Psalm 146
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The LORD an Abundant Helper.

1Praise the LORD! (Hallelujah!)

Praise the LORD, O my soul!

2While I live I will praise the LORD;

I will sing praises to my God as long as I live.

3Do not trust in princes,

In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation (help).

4When his spirit leaves him, he returns to the earth;

In that very day his thoughts and plans perish.

5How blessed and graciously favored is he whose help is the God of Jacob (Israel),

Whose hope is in the LORD his God,

6Who made heaven and earth,

The sea, and all that is in them,

Who keeps truth and is faithful forever,

7Who executes justice for the oppressed,

Who gives food to the hungry.

The LORD sets free the prisoners.

8The LORD opens the eyes of the blind;

The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;

The LORD loves the [a]righteous [the upright in heart].

9The LORD protects the strangers;

He supports the fatherless and the widow;

But He makes crooked the way of the wicked.

10The LORD shall reign forever,

Your God, O Zion, to all generations.

Praise the LORD! (Hallelujah!)

[a] 8 I.e. those whose moral and spiritual integrity places them in right standing with God.

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