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Psalm 135

Praise for God’s Goodness and Might


Praise the L ord!

Praise the name of the L ord;

give praise, O servants of the L ord,


you that stand in the house of the L ord,

in the courts of the house of our God.


Praise the L ord, for the L ord is good;

sing to his name, for he is gracious.


For the L ord has chosen Jacob for himself,

Israel as his own possession.



For I know that the L ord is great;

our Lord is above all gods.


Whatever the L ord pleases he does,

in heaven and on earth,

in the seas and all deeps.


He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth;

he makes lightnings for the rain

and brings out the wind from his storehouses.



He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,

both human beings and animals;


he sent signs and wonders

into your midst, O Egypt,

against Pharaoh and all his servants.


He struck down many nations

and killed mighty kings—


Sihon, king of the Amorites,

and Og, king of Bashan,

and all the kingdoms of Canaan—


and gave their land as a heritage,

a heritage to his people Israel.



Your name, O L ord, endures forever,

your renown, O L ord, throughout all ages.


For the L ord will vindicate his people,

and have compassion on his servants.



The idols of the nations are silver and gold,

the work of human hands.


They have mouths, but they do not speak;

they have eyes, but they do not see;


they have ears, but they do not hear,

and there is no breath in their mouths.


Those who make them

and all who trust them

shall become like them.



O house of Israel, bless the L ord!

O house of Aaron, bless the L ord!


O house of Levi, bless the L ord!

You that fear the L ord, bless the L ord!


Blessed be the L ord from Zion,

he who resides in Jerusalem.

Praise the L ord!

15. The images of the nations, etc. As the whole of this part of the Psalm has been explained elsewhere, it is needless to insist upon it, and repetition might be felt irksome by the reader. I shall only in a few words, therefore, show what is the scope of the Psalmist. In upbraiding the stupidity of the heathen, who thought that they could not have God near them in any other way than by resorting to idol worship, he reminds the Israelites of the signal mercy which they had enjoyed, and would have them abide the more deliberately by the simplicity and purity of God’s worship, and avoid profane superstitions. He declares, that idolaters only draw down heavier judgments upon themselves, the more zealous they are in the service of their idols. And there is no doubt, that, in denouncing the awful judgments which must fall upon the worshippers of false gods, it is his object to deter such as had been brought up under the word of God from following their example. In Psalm 115 the exhortation given is to trust or hope in the Lord; here, to bless him. The Levites are mentioned in addition to the house of Aaron, there being two orders of priesthood. Every thing else in the two Psalms is the same, except that, in the last verse:, the Psalmist here joins himself, along with the rest of the Lord’s people, in blessing God. He says, out of Zion, for when God promised to hear their prayers from that place, and to communicate from it the rich display of his favor, he thereby gave good ground why they should praise him from it. 169169     “Quant et quant aussi il donnoit occasion et matiere de luy chanter louanges.” — Fr. The reason is stated, that he dwelt in Jerusalem; which is not to be understood in the low and gross sense that he was confined to any such narrow residence; but in the sense, that he was there as to the visible manifestation of his favor, experience showing, that while his majesty is such as to fill heaven and earth, his power and grace were vouchsafed in a particular manner to his own people.

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