Psalm 147 – New International Version (NIV)

  1. Praise the Lord.[a] How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!
  2. The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel.
  3. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
  4. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.
  5. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.
  6. The Lord sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground.
  7. Sing to the Lord with grateful praise; make music to our God on the harp.
  8. He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills.
  9. He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call.
  10. His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;
  11. the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.
  12. Extol the Lord, Jerusalem; praise your God, Zion.
  13. He strengthens the bars of your gates and blesses your people within you.
  14. He grants peace to your borders and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.
  15. He sends his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly.
  16. He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes.
  17. He hurls down his hail like pebbles. Who can withstand his icy blast?
  18. He sends his word and melts them; he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.
  19. He has revealed his word to Jacob, his laws and decrees to Israel.
  20. He has done this for no other nation; they do not know his laws.[b] Praise the Lord.


a. Psalm 147:1 Hebrew Hallelu Yah; also in verse 20
b. Psalm 147:20 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint nation; / he has not made his laws known to them

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Psalm 147 – King James Version (KJV)

  1. Praise ye the LORD: For it is good to sing praises unto our God; For it is pleasant; and praise is comely.
  2. The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: He gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.
  3. He healeth the broken in heart, And bindeth up their wounds.
  4. He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names.
  5. Great is our Lord, and of great power: His understanding is infinite.
  6. The LORD lifteth up the meek: He casteth the wicked down to the ground.
  7. Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; Sing praise upon the harp unto our God:
  8. Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, Who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.
  9. He giveth to the beast his food, And to the young ravens which cry.
  10. He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: He taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.
  11. The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, In those that hope in his mercy.
  12. Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem; Praise thy God, O Zion.
  13. For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; He hath blessed thy children within thee.
  14. He maketh peace in thy borders, And filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.
  15. He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: His word runneth very swiftly.
  16. He giveth snow like wool: He scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.
  17. He casteth forth his ice like morsels: Who can stand before his cold?
  18. He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: He causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow.
  19. He sheweth his word unto Jacob, His statutes and his judgments unto Israel.
  20. He hath not dealt so with any nation: And as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.