135 1Hallelujah! Praise the name of God, praise the works of God. 2All you priests on duty in God’s temple, serving in the sacred halls of our God, 3Shout “Hallelujah!” because God’s so good, sing anthems to his beautiful name. 4And why? Because God chose Jacob, embraced Israel as a prize possession. 5I, too, give witness to the greatness of God, our Lord, high above all other gods. 6He does just as he pleases— however, wherever, whenever. 7He makes the weather—clouds and thunder, lightning and rain, wind pouring out of the north. 8He struck down the Egyptian firstborn, both human and animal firstborn. 9He made Egypt sit up and take notice, confronted Pharaoh and his servants with miracles. 10Yes, he struck down great nations, he slew mighty kings— 11Sihon king of the Amorites, also Og of Bashan— every last one of the Canaanite kings! 12Then he turned their land over to Israel, a gift of good land to his people. 13God, your name is eternal, God, you’ll never be out–of–date. 14God stands up for his people, God holds the hands of his people. 15The gods of the godless nations are mere trinkets, made for quick sale in the markets: 16Chiseled mouths that can’t talk, painted eyes that can’t see, 17Carved ears that can’t hear— dead wood! cold metal! 18Those who make and trust them become like them. 19Family of Israel, bless God! Family of Aaron, bless God! 20Family of Levi, bless God! You who fear God, bless God! 21Oh, blessed be God of Zion, First Citizen of Jerusalem! Hallelujah!
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