115 1Not for our sake, God, no, not for our sake, but for your name’s sake, show your glory. Do it on account of your merciful love, do it on account of your faithful ways. 2Do it so none of the nations can say, “Where now, oh where is their God?” 3Our God is in heaven doing whatever he wants to do. 4Their gods are metal and wood, handmade in a basement shop: 5Carved mouths that can’t talk, painted eyes that can’t see, 6Tin ears that can’t hear, molded noses that can’t smell, 7Hands that can’t grasp, feet that can’t walk or run, throats that never utter a sound. 8Those who make them have become just like them, have become just like the gods they trust. 9But you, Israel: put your trust in God! —trust your Helper! trust your Ruler! 10Clan of Aaron, trust in God! —trust your Helper! trust your Ruler! 11You who fear God, trust in God! —trust your Helper! trust your Ruler! 12O God, remember us and bless us, bless the families of Israel and Aaron. 13And let God bless all who fear God— bless the small, bless the great. 14Oh, let God enlarge your families— giving growth to you, growth to your children. 15May you be blessed by God, by God, who made heaven and earth. 16The heaven of heavens is for God, but he put us in charge of the earth. 17Dead people can’t praise God— not a word to be heard from those buried in the ground. 18But we bless God, oh yes— we bless him now, we bless him always! Hallelujah!
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