Ps 135-137

Praise for God's Goodness and Might 1Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord; give praise, O servants of the Lord,2you that stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God.3Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing to his name, for he is gracious.4For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself, Israel as his own possession. 5For I know that the Lord is great; our Lord is above all gods.6Whatever the Lord pleases he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.7He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth; he makes lightnings for the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses. 8He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, both human beings and animals;9he sent signs and wonders into your midst, O Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants.10He struck down many nations and killed mighty kings—11Sihon, king of the Amorites, and Og, king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan—12and gave their land as a heritage, a heritage to his people Israel. 13Your name, O Lord, endures forever, your renown, O Lord, throughout all ages.14For the Lord will vindicate his people, and have compassion on his servants. 15The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of human hands.16They have mouths, but they do not speak; they have eyes, but they do not see;17they have ears, but they do not hear, and there is no breath in their mouths.18Those who make them and all who trust them shall become like them. 19O house of Israel, bless the Lord! O house of Aaron, bless the Lord!20O house of Levi, bless the Lord! You that fear the Lord, bless the Lord!21Blessed be the Lord from Zion, he who resides in Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!Chapter 136God's Work in Creation and in History 1O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.2O give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever.3O give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever; 4who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever;5who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever;6who spread out the earth on the waters, for his steadfast love endures forever;7who made the great lights, for his steadfast love endures forever;8the sun to rule over the day, for his steadfast love endures forever;9the moon and stars to rule over the night, for his steadfast love endures forever; 10who struck Egypt through their firstborn, for his steadfast love endures forever;11and brought Israel out from among them, for his steadfast love endures forever;12with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, for his steadfast love endures forever;13who divided the Red Sea in two, for his steadfast love endures forever;14and made Israel pass through the midst of it, for his steadfast love endures forever;15but overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea, for his steadfast love endures forever;16who led his people through the wilderness, for his steadfast love endures forever;17who struck down great kings, for his steadfast love endures forever;18and killed famous kings, for his steadfast love endures forever;19Sihon, king of the Amorites, for his steadfast love endures forever;20and Og, king of Bashan, for his steadfast love endures forever;21and gave their land as a heritage, for his steadfast love endures forever;22a heritage to his servant Israel, for his steadfast love endures forever. 23It is he who remembered us in our low estate, for his steadfast love endures forever;24and rescued us from our foes, for his steadfast love endures forever;25who gives food to all flesh, for his steadfast love endures forever. 26O give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.Chapter 137Lament over the Destruction of Jerusalem 1By the rivers of Babylon— there we sat down and there we wept when we remembered Zion.2On the willows there we hung up our harps.3For there our captors asked us for songs, and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” 4How could we sing the Lord's song in a foreign land?5If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither!6Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy. 7Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites the day of Jerusalem's fall, how they said, “Tear it down! Tear it down! Down to its foundations!”8O daughter Babylon, you devastator! Happy shall they be who pay you back what you have done to us!9Happy shall they be who take your little ones and dash them against the rock!