- 1 Hallelujah!
- Praise the LORD, my soul; I shall praise the LORD all my life, sing praise to my God while I live.
- I Put no trust in princes, in mere mortals powerless to save.
- When they breathe their last, they return to the earth; that day all their planning comes to nothing.
- Happy those whose help is Jacob's God, whose hope is in the LORD, their God,
- The maker of heaven and earth, the seas and all that is in them, Who keeps faith forever,
- secures justice for the oppressed, gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free;
- the LORD gives sight to the blind. The LORD raises up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous.
- The LORD protects the stranger, sustains the orphan and the widow, but thwarts the way of the wicked.
- The LORD shall reign forever, your God, Zion, through all generations! Hallelujah!
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Footnotes1 [Psalm 146] A hymn of someone who has learned there is no other source of strength except the merciful God. Only God, not mortal humans (Psalm 146:3-4), can help vulnerable and oppressed people (Psalm 146:5-9). The first of the five hymns that conclude the Psalter.
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