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Psalm 147 Young's Literal Translation (YLT)

147 Praise ye Jah! For [it is] good to praise our God, For pleasant -- comely [is] praise.

Building Jerusalem [is] Jehovah, The driven away of Israel He gathereth.

Who is giving healing to the broken of heart, And is binding up their griefs.

Appointing the number of the stars, To all them He giveth names.

Great [is] our Lord, and abundant in power, Of His understanding there is no narration.

Jehovah is causing the meek to stand, Making low the wicked unto the earth.

Answer ye to Jehovah with thanksgiving, Sing ye to our God with a harp.

Who is covering the heavens with clouds, Who is preparing for the earth rain, Who is causing grass to spring up [on] mountains,

Giving to the beast its food, To the young of the ravens that call.

10 Not in the might of the horse doth He delight, Not in the legs of a man is He pleased.

11 Jehovah is pleased with those fearing Him, With those waiting for His kindness.

12 Glorify, O Jerusalem, Jehovah, Praise thy God, O Zion.

13 For He did strengthen the bars of thy gates, He hath blessed thy sons in thy midst.

14 Who is making thy border peace, [With] the fat of wheat He satisfieth Thee.

15 Who is sending forth His saying [on] earth, Very speedily doth His word run.

16 Who is giving snow like wool, Hoar-frost as ashes He scattereth.

17 Casting forth His ice like morsels, Before His cold who doth stand?

18 He sendeth forth His word and melteth them, He causeth His wind to blow -- the waters flow.

19 Declaring His words to Jacob, His statutes and His judgments to Israel.

20 He hath not done so to any nation, As to judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye Jah!

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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