1: Give praise to the Lord; for it is good to make melody to our God; praise is pleasing and beautiful. 2: The Lord is building up Jerusalem; he makes all the outlaws of Israel come together. 3: He makes the broken-hearted well, and puts oil on their wounds. 4: He sees the number of the stars; he gives them all their names. 5: Great is our Lord, and great his power; there is no limit to his wisdom. 6: The Lord gives help to the poor in spirit; but he sends sinners down in shame. 7: Make songs of praise to the Lord; make melody to our God with instruments of music. 8: By his hand the heaven is covered with clouds and rain is stored up for the earth; he makes the grass tall on the mountains. 9: He gives food to every beast, and to the young ravens in answer to their cry. 10: He has no delight in the strength of a horse; he takes no pleasure in the legs of a man. 11: The Lord takes pleasure in his worshippers, and in those whose hope is in his mercy. 12: Give praise to the Lord, O Jerusalem; give praise to your God, O Zion. 13: He has made strong the iron bands of your doors; he has sent blessings on your children inside your walls. 14: He gives peace in all your land, making your stores full of fat grain. 15: He sends out his orders to the earth; his word goes out quickly. 16: He gives snow like wool; he sends out ice-drops like dust. 17: He sends down ice like raindrops: water is made hard by his cold. 18: At the outgoing of his word, the ice is turned to water; when he sends out his wind, there is a flowing of waters. 19: He makes his word clear to Jacob, teaching Israel his laws and his decisions. 20: He has not done these things for any other nation: and as for his laws, they have no knowledge of them. Let the Lord be praised.