Psalm 147

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    Praise ye the Lord; for it is good
       praise to our God to sing:
     For it is pleasant, and to praise
       it is a comely thing.
2    God doth build up Jerusalem;
       and he it is alone
     That the dispers'd of Israel
       doth gather into one.

3    Those that are broken in their heart,
       and grieved in their minds,
     He healeth, and their painful wounds
       he tenderly up-binds.
4    He counts the number of the stars;
       he names them ev'ry one.
5    Great is our Lord, and of great pow'r;
       his wisdom search can none.

6    The Lord lifts up the meek; and casts
       the wicked to the ground.
7    Sing to the Lord, and give him thanks;
       on harp his praises sound;
8    Who covereth the heav'n with clouds,
       who for the earth below
     Prepareth rain, who maketh grass
       upon the mountains grow.

9    He gives the beast his food, he feeds
       the ravens young that cry.
10   His pleasure not in horses' strength,
       nor in man's legs, doth lie.
11   But in all those that do him fear
       the Lord doth pleasure take;
     In those that to his mercy do
       by hope themselves betake.

12   The Lord praise, O Jerusalem;
       Sion, thy God confess:
13   For thy gates' bars he maketh strong;
       thy sons in thee doth bless.
14   He in thy borders maketh peace;
       with fine wheat filleth thee.
15   He sends forth his command on earth,
       his word runs speedily.

16   Hoar-frost, like ashes, scatt'reth he;
       like wool he snow doth give:
17   Like morsels casteth forth his ice;
       who in its cold can live?
18   He sendeth forth his mighty word,
       and melteth them again;
     His wind he makes to blow, and then
       the waters flow amain.

19   The doctrine of his holy word
       to Jacob he doth show;
     His statutes and his judgments he
       gives Israel to know.
20   To any nation never he
       such favour did afford;
     For they his judgments have not known.
       O do ye praise the Lord.

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