His Wonderful Works
A song of the stairway
1Shout hallelujah and praise the greatness of God!
All his righteous ones, praise him!
2All you worshiping priests on duty in the temple,
3praise him, for he is beautiful!
Sing loving praises to his lovely name.
4For Yahweh has chosen Jacob for his own purpose,
and Israel is his special treasure.
5Next to every other god, the greatness of our God is unequaled.
For our God is incomparable!
6He does what he pleases with unlimited power and authority,
extending his greatness throughout the entire universe!
7He forms the misty clouds and creates thunder and lightning,
bringing the wind and rain out of his heavenly storehouse.
8He struck down the eldest child in each Egyptian home;
both man and beast perished that night.
9He did great miracles—mighty signs and wonders throughout the land
before Pharaoh and all his subjects.
10He conquered many nations and killed their mighty kings,
11like Sihon, king of the Amorites, and Og, king of Bashan,
and kings from every kingdom in Canaan.
12He gave their land to Israel as an inheritance for his people.
13O Yahweh, your name endures forever!
Your fame is known in every generation.
14For you will vindicate your persecuted people,
showing your tender love to all your servants.
15The unbelieving nations worship what they make.
They worship their wealth and their work.
They idolize what they own and what they do.
16-18Their possessions will never satisfy.
Their lifeless and futile works cannot bring life to them!
Their things can’t talk to them or answer their prayers.
Blind men can only create blind things.
Those deaf to God can only make a deaf image. # 135:16–18 Referring to the idols, the Hebrew could be translated “with mouths, but they cannot speak; with eyes, but they cannot see; with ears, but they cannot hear.”
Dead men can only create dead idols.
And everyone who trusts in these powerless, dead things
will be just like what they worship—powerless and dead!
19Praise Lord Yahweh, all the families of Israel!
Praise Lord Yahweh, you family of Aaron! # 135:19 The name Aaron means “light-bringer” or “light-bearer.”
20Let all the priests # 135:20 Or “all the family of Levi.” Levi represents the holy priesthood. bless Lord Yahweh!
Let all his lovers who bow low before him # 135:20 Or “those who fear him.”
praise the Lord Yahweh!
21So bless the Lord Yahweh who lives in Jerusalem
and dwells in Zion’s glory!
Hallelujah and praise the Lord!