Psalm 135

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135:1 Praise the LORD!
Praise the name of the LORD!
Offer praise, you servants of the LORD,
135:2 who serve in the LORD’s temple,
in the courts of the temple of our God.
135:3 Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good!
Sing praises to his name, for it is pleasant!
135:4 Indeed, the LORD has chosen Jacob for himself,
Israel to be his special possession.
135:5 Yes, I know the LORD is great,
and our Lord is superior to all gods.
135:6 He does whatever he pleases
in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and all the ocean depths.
135:7 He causes the clouds to arise from the end of the earth,
makes lightning bolts accompany the rain,
and brings the wind out of his storehouses.
135:8 He struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
including both men and animals.
135:9 He performed awesome deeds and acts of judgment
in your midst, O Egypt,
against Pharaoh and all his servants.
135:10 He defeated many nations,
and killed mighty kings –
135:11 Sihon, king of the Amorites,
and Og, king of Bashan,
and all the kingdoms of Canaan.
135:12 He gave their land as an inheritance,
as an inheritance to Israel his people.
135:13 O LORD, your name endures,
your reputation, O LORD, lasts.
135:14 For the LORD vindicates his people,
and has compassion on his servants.
135:15 The nations’ idols are made of silver and gold,
they are man-made.
135:16 They have mouths, but cannot speak,
eyes, but cannot see,
135:17 and ears, but cannot hear.
Indeed, they cannot breathe.
135:18 Those who make them will end up like them,
as will everyone who trusts in them.
135:19 O family of Israel, praise the LORD!
O family of Aaron, praise the LORD!
135:20 O family of Levi, praise the LORD!
You loyal followers of the LORD, praise the LORD!
135:21 The LORD deserves praise in Zion –
he who dwells in Jerusalem.
Praise the LORD!

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Psalm 133

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133:1 Look! How good and how pleasant it is
when brothers live together!
133:2 It is like fine oil poured on the head
which flows down the beard –
Aaron’s beard,
and then flows down his garments.
133:3 It is like the dew of Hermon,
which flows down upon the hills of Zion.
Indeed that is where the LORD has decreed
a blessing will be available – eternal life.

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Psalm 132

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132:1 O LORD, for David’s sake remember
all his strenuous effort,
132:2 and how he made a vow to the LORD,
and swore an oath to the powerful ruler of Jacob.
132:3 He said, “I will not enter my own home,
or get into my bed.
132:4 I will not allow my eyes to sleep,
or my eyelids to slumber,
132:5 until I find a place for the LORD,
a fine dwelling place for the powerful ruler of Jacob.”
132:6 Look, we heard about it in Ephrathah,
we found it in the territory of Jaar.
132:7 Let us go to his dwelling place!
Let us worship before his footstool!
132:8 Ascend, O LORD, to your resting place,
you and the ark of your strength!
132:9 May your priests be clothed with integrity!
May your loyal followers shout for joy!
132:10 For the sake of David, your servant,
do not reject your chosen king!
132:11 The LORD made a reliable promise to David;
he will not go back on his word.
He said, “I will place one of your descendants on your throne.
132:12 If your sons keep my covenant
and the rules I teach them,
their sons will also sit on your throne forever.”
132:13 Certainly the LORD has chosen Zion;
he decided to make it his home.
132:14 He said, “This will be my resting place forever;
I will live here, for I have chosen it.
132:15 I will abundantly supply what she needs;
I will give her poor all the food they need.
132:16 I will protect her priests,
and her godly people will shout exuberantly.
132:17 There I will make David strong;
I have determined that my chosen king’s dynasty will continue.
132:18 I will humiliate his enemies,
and his crown will shine.

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Psalm 127 & Psalm 131

Psalm 127:1 If the LORD does not build a house,
then those who build it work in vain.
If the LORD does not guard a city,
then the watchman stands guard in vain.
127:2 It is vain for you to rise early, come home late,
and work so hard for your food.
Yes, he can provide for those whom he loves even when they sleep.
127:3 Yes, sons are a gift from the LORD,
the fruit of the womb is a reward.
127:4 Sons born during one’s youth
are like arrows in a warrior’s hand.
127:5 How blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!
They will not be put to shame when they confront enemies at the city gate.

Psalm 131:1 O LORD, my heart is not proud,
nor do I have a haughty look.
I do not have great aspirations,
or concern myself with things that are beyond me.
131:2 Indeed I am composed and quiet,
like a young child carried by its mother;
I am content like the young child I carry.
131:3 O Israel, hope in the LORD
now and forevermore!

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Psalm 131

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131:1 O LORD, my heart is not proud,
nor do I have a haughty look.
I do not have great aspirations,
or concern myself with things that are beyond me.
131:2 Indeed I am composed and quiet,
like a young child carried by its mother;
I am content like the young child I carry.
131:3 O Israel, hope in the LORD
now and forevermore!

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Psalm 130

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130:1 From the deep water I cry out to you, O LORD.
130:2 O Lord, listen to me!
Pay attention to my plea for mercy!
130:3 If you, O LORD, were to keep track of sins,
O Lord, who could stand before you?
130:4 But you are willing to forgive,
so that you might be honored.
130:5 I rely on the LORD,
I rely on him with my whole being;
I wait for his assuring word.
130:6 I yearn for the Lord,
more than watchmen do for the morning,
yes, more than watchmen do for the morning.
130:7 O Israel, hope in the LORD,
for the LORD exhibits loyal love,
and is more than willing to deliver.
130:8 He will deliver Israel
from all the consequences of their sins.

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