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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 147

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God's Word Restores Jerusalem

1Hallelujah!

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How good to celebrate our God in song; how sweet to give fitting praise. o Pss 33, 1; 92, 2 . 2The LORD rebuilds Jerusalem, gathers the dispersed of Israel, p Is 11, 12; 56, 8; Jer 31, 10 . 3Heals the brokenhearted, binds up their wounds, q Jb 5, 18; Is 30, 26; 61, 1; Jer 33, 6 . 4Numbers all the stars, calls each of them by name. r Is 40, 26 . 5Great is our Lord, vast in power, with wisdom beyond measure. s JDt 16, 13; Jer 51, 15 . 6The LORD sustains the poor, but casts the wicked to the ground. t Ps 146, 9; 1 Sm 2, 7–8 .

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7Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; with the lyre celebrate our God, u Ps 71, 22 . 8Who covers the heavens with clouds,* provides rain for the earth, makes grass sprout on the mountains, v Ps 104, 13f; Jb 5, 10; Jer 14, 22; Jl 2, 23 . 9Who gives animals their food and ravens what they cry for. w Jb 38, 41; Mt 6, 26 . 10God takes no delight in the strength of horses,* no pleasure in the runner's stride. x Pss 20, 8; 33, 16–18 . 11Rather the LORD takes pleasure in the devout, those who await his faithful care.

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12Glorify the LORD, Jerusalem; Zion, offer praise to your God, 13Who has strengthened the bars of your gates, blessed your children within you, y Ps 48, 14 . 14Brought peace to your borders, and filled you with finest wheat. z Ps 81, 17 . 15The LORD sends a command to earth;* his word runs swiftly! a Ps 33, 9 . 16Thus snow is spread like wool, frost is scattered like ash, b Jb 6, 16; 37, 10; 38, 22 . 17Hail is dispersed like crumbs; before such cold the waters freeze. 18Again he sends his word and they melt; the wind is unleashed and the waters flow. 19The LORD also proclaims his word to Jacob, decrees and laws to Israel. c Ps 78, 5; Bar 3, 37; Dt 4, 7–8 . 20God has not done this for other nations; of such laws they know nothing. Hallelujah!

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