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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 135

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Praise of God, the Ruler and Benefactor of Israel

1Hallelujah!

I

Praise the name of the LORD! Praise, you servants of the LORD, s Ps 113, 1 . 2Who stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God! t Ps 134, 1 . 3Praise the LORD; the LORD is good! Sing to God's name; it is gracious! 4For the LORD has chosen Jacob, Israel as a treasured possession. u Pss 33, 12; 144, 15; Ex 19, 6; Dt 7, 6 . *

II

5I know that the LORD is great, our Lord is greater than all gods. v Ps 95, 3; Ex 18, 11 . 6Whatever the LORD wishes he does in heaven and on earth, in the seas and in all the deeps. w Ps 115, 3 . 7He raises storm clouds from the end of the earth, makes lightning and rain, brings forth wind from the storehouse. x Ps 148, 8; Jer 10, 13; 51, 16; Jb 37, 9 .

III

8He struck down Egypt's firstborn, y 8–9: Pss 78, 51; 105, 27. 36; 136, 10; Ex 12, 29 . human and beast alike, 9And sent signs and portents against you, Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants. 10The Lord struck down many nations, z 10–12: Nm 21, 21–35; Dt 2, 24–3, 17; Ps 136, 17–22 . slew mighty kings— 11Sihon, king of the Amorites, Og, king of Bashan, all the kings of Canaan— 12And made their land a heritage, a heritage for Israel his people. 13O LORD, your name is forever, your renown, from age to age! a Ps 102, 13; Ex 3, 15 . 14For the LORD defends his people, shows mercy to his servants. b Dt 32, 36 .

IV

15The idols of the nations are silver and gold, c 15–18: Ps 115, 4–6. 115, 8 . the work of human hands. 16They have mouths but speak not; they have eyes but see not; 17They have ears but hear not; no breath is in their mouths. 18Their makers shall be like them, all who trust in them.

V

19House of Israel, bless the LORD! d 19–20: Ps 118, 2–4 . House of Aaron, bless the LORD! 20House of Levi, bless the LORD! You who fear the LORD, bless the LORD! 21Blessed from Zion be the LORD, who dwells in Jerusalem! Hallelujah!

Notes:

s: Ps 113, 1 .

t: Ps 134, 1 .

u: Pss 33, 12; 144, 15; Ex 19, 6; Dt 7, 6 .

v: Ps 95, 3; Ex 18, 11 .

w: Ps 115, 3 .

x: Ps 148, 8; Jer 10, 13; 51, 16; Jb 37, 9 .

y: 8–9: Pss 78, 51; 105, 27. 36; 136, 10; Ex 12, 29 .

z: 10–12: Nm 21, 21–35; Dt 2, 24–3, 17; Ps 136, 17–22 .

a: Ps 102, 13; Ex 3, 15 .

b: Dt 32, 36 .

c: 15–18: Ps 115, 4–6. 115, 8 .

d: 19–20: Ps 118, 2–4 .

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