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Psalm 147 Modern English Version (MEV)

Psalm 147

Praise the Lord!

For it is good to sing praises unto our God;
    for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.

The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
    He gathers together the outcasts of Israel.
He heals the broken in heart,
    and binds up their wounds.
He counts the number of the stars;
    He calls them all by their names.
Great is our Lord and great in power;
    His understanding is without measure.
The Lord lifts up the meek;
    He casts the wicked down to the ground.

Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving;
    sing praise upon the harp unto our God:
who covers the heaven with clouds,
    who provides rain for the earth,
    who makes grass to grow upon the mountains.
He gives food to the animals
    and to the young ravens that chirp.

10 He delights not in the strength of the horse,
    nor does He take pleasure in the legs of a man,
11 but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him,
    in those who hope in His mercy.

12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem;
    praise your God, O Zion.

13 For He has strengthened the bars of your gates;
    He has blessed your children within you.
14 He makes peace in your borders,
    and fills you with the finest of the wheat.

15 He sends forth His commandment on the earth;
    His word goes out swiftly.
16 He gives snow like wool;
    He scatters the frost like ashes;
17 He casts forth His ice like morsels;
    who can stand before His cold?
18 He sends out His word and melts them;
    He causes His wind to blow and the waters flow.

19 He shows His word to Jacob,
    and His statutes and His judgments to Israel.
20 He has not dealt so with any other nation;
    they have not known His judgments.

Praise the Lord!

Modern English Version (MEV)

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Psalm 147 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 147

Praise the Lord.[a]

How good it is to sing praises to our God,
    how pleasant and fitting to praise him!

The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
    he gathers the exiles of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted
    and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars
    and calls them each by name.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
    his understanding has no limit.
The Lord sustains the humble
    but casts the wicked to the ground.

Sing to the Lord with grateful praise;
    make music to our God on the harp.

He covers the sky with clouds;
    he supplies the earth with rain
    and makes grass grow on the hills.
He provides food for the cattle
    and for the young ravens when they call.

10 His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,
    nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;
11 the Lord delights in those who fear him,
    who put their hope in his unfailing love.

12 Extol the Lord, Jerusalem;
    praise your God, Zion.

13 He strengthens the bars of your gates
    and blesses your people within you.
14 He grants peace to your borders
    and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.

15 He sends his command to the earth;
    his word runs swiftly.
16 He spreads the snow like wool
    and scatters the frost like ashes.
17 He hurls down his hail like pebbles.
    Who can withstand his icy blast?
18 He sends his word and melts them;
    he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.

19 He has revealed his word to Jacob,
    his laws and decrees to Israel.
20 He has done this for no other nation;
    they do not know his laws.[b]

Praise the Lord.


  1. Psalm 147:1 Hebrew Hallelu Yah; also in verse 20
  2. Psalm 147:20 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint nation; / he has not made his laws known to them
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