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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


11, The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.

PSALM CXLVII. 60. Verse 12 to the end.

Anthem of thanksgiving of David, on the completion of bis edifices

in Mount Zion and Jerusalem. 2 Sam. v, 9.-11. and 1 Chron. si. 7, 8.

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.


Psalm of David, inviting all creatures to praise God. Supposed to

have been composed in the fulness of his joy, when retiring after his first short visit to the court of Saul, he returned to Bethlehem to his occupation of a shepherd. 1 Sam. xvi. 19-23, and xvii. 15.

1. PRAISE ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights.

2. Praise ye him, all bis angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.

3. Praise ye him, sun and moon : praise him, all ye stars of light.

4. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.

5. Let them praise the name of the Lord : for he commanded, and they were created.

6. He hath also established them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not


7. Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps:

8. Fire, and hail; snow, and vapours; stormy wind fulfilling his word:

9. Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars :

10. Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl:

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11. Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth:

12. Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:

13. Let them praise the name of the Lord : for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.

14. He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; eden of the children of Israel, a people near unto him.

Praise ye the Lord.


Psalm of praise and thanksgiving of David, on taking the fortress

of Zion from the Jebusites; which he afterwards called the city of David, and where he established his dwelling. 2 Sam, v. 6-9. Chron. xi. 4-9.

1. PRAISE ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.

2. Let Israel rejoice in him that made bim: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.

3. Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.

4. For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people; he will beautify the meek with salvation.

5. Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.

6. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;

7. To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people ;

8. To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;

9. To execute upon them the judgment writ. ten: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the Lord.


David having established a band of levites, singers, players on

trumpets and numerous other instruments, for the tabernacle service, gives them this psalm of instruction. 1 Chron. xvi. 4-37.

1. PRAISE ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.

2. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.

3. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.

4, Praise him with the timbrel and dance : praise him with stringed instruments and organs.

5. Praise him upon the loud cymbals : praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.

6. Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

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