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- 1 Hallelujah. 2 I will praise the LORD with all my heart in the assembled congregation of the upright.
- Great are the works of the LORD, to be treasured for all their delights.
- 3 Majestic and glorious is your work, your wise design endures forever.
- You won renown for your wondrous deeds; gracious and merciful is the LORD.
- 4 You gave food to those who fear you, mindful of your covenant forever.
- 5 You showed powerful deeds to your people, giving them the lands of the nations.
- The works of your hands are right and true, reliable all your decrees,
- Established forever and ever, to be observed with loyalty and care.
- You sent deliverance to your people, ratified your covenant forever; holy and awesome is your name.
- 6 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; prudent are all who live by it. Your praise endures forever.
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1 [Psalm 111] A temple singer (Psalm 111:1) tells how God is revealed in Israel's history (Psalm 111:2-10). The deeds reveal God's very self, powerful, merciful, faithful. The poem is an acrostic, each verse beginning with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
2  In the assembled congregation of the upright: in the temple. Cf Psalm 149:1.
3  Your: the psalm refers to God in the third person throughout; the shift to the second person is for the sake of inclusive language.
4  Food to those who fear you: probably a reference to the manna in the desert, which elsewhere is seen as a type of the Eucharist. Cf John 6:31-33, 49-51.
5  Lands: literally, "inheritance, heritage."
6  The fear of the LORD: reverence for God, the Hebrew term for religion.
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