A. M. 3468. B.C. 536. Praise ye the Lord
Hallelujah! Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His faithful love endures forever.
May the LORD, the God of Israel, be praised from everlasting to everlasting. Let all the people say, "Amen!" Hallelujah!
[For the choir director: according to Muth-labben. A Davidic psalm.] I will thank the LORD with all my heart; I will declare all Your wonderful works.
[Davidic.] My soul, praise the LORD, and all that is within me, praise His holy name.
[Davidic.] I will give You thanks with all my heart; I will sing Your praise before the heavenly beings.
I will give praise in the great congregation because of You; I will fulfill my vows before those who fear You.
I will praise You in the great congregation; I will exalt You among many people.
I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly; see, I do not keep my mouth closed-- as You know, LORD.
I did not hide Your righteousness in my heart; I spoke about Your faithfulness and salvation; I did not conceal Your constant love and truth from the great assembly.
LORD, the heavens praise Your wonders-- Your faithfulness also-- in the assembly of the holy ones.
God is greatly feared in the council of the holy ones, more awe-inspiring than all who surround Him.
Let them exalt Him in the assembly of the people and praise Him in the council of the elders.
I will praise You, LORD, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations.
I will fervently thank the LORD with my mouth; I will praise Him in the presence of many.
Hallelujah! Sing to the LORD a new song, His praise in the assembly of the godly.
Then David praised the LORD in the sight of all the assembly. David said, "May You be praised, LORD God of our father Israel, from eternity to eternity.
Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the splendor and the majesty, for everything in the heavens and on earth belongs to You. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom, and You are exalted as head over all.
Riches and honor come from You, and You are the ruler of everything. In Your hand are power and might, and it is in Your hand to make great and to give strength to all.
Now therefore, our God, we give You thanks and praise Your glorious name.
"But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? For everything comes from You, and we have given You only what comes from Your own hand.
For we are foreigners and sojourners in Your presence as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope.
LORD our God, all this wealth that we've provided for building You a house for Your holy name comes from Your hand; everything belongs to You.
I know, my God, that You test the heart and that You are pleased with uprightness. I have willingly given all these things with an upright heart, and now I have seen Your people who are present here giving joyfully and willingly to You.
LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our ancestors, keep this desire forever in the thoughts of the hearts of Your people, and confirm their hearts toward You.
Give my son Solomon a whole heart to keep and to carry out all Your commandments, Your decrees, and Your statutes, and to build the temple for which I have made provision."
Then David said to the whole assembly, "Praise the LORD your God." So the whole assembly praised the LORD God of their ancestors. They bowed down and paid homage to the LORD and the king.
Then the king turned and blessed the entire congregation of Israel while they were standing.
He said: May the LORD God of Israel be praised! He spoke directly to my father David, and He has fulfilled [the promise] by His power. He said,
They assembled in the Valley of Beracah on the fourth day, for there they praised the LORD. Therefore, that place is still called the Valley of Beracah today.
Then all the men of Judah and Jerusalem turned back with Jehoshaphat at their head, returning joyfully to Jerusalem, for the LORD enabled them to rejoice over their enemies.
So they came into Jerusalem to the LORD's temple with harps, lyres, and trumpets.