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Chapter 111


1 Hallelujah. 2 I will praise the LORD with all my heart in the assembled congregation of the upright.


Great are the works of the LORD, to be treasured for all their delights.


3 Majestic and glorious is your work, your wise design endures forever.


You won renown for your wondrous deeds; gracious and merciful is the LORD.


4 You gave food to those who fear you, mindful of your covenant forever.


5 You showed powerful deeds to your people, giving them the lands of the nations.


The works of your hands are right and true, reliable all your decrees,


Established forever and ever, to be observed with loyalty and care.


You sent deliverance to your people, ratified your covenant forever; holy and awesome is your name.


6 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; prudent are all who live by it. Your praise endures forever.



1 [Psalm 111] A temple singer ( Psalm 111:1) tells how God is revealed in Israel's history ( Psalm 111:2-10). The deeds reveal God's very self, powerful, merciful, faithful. The poem is an acrostic, each verse beginning with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

2 [1] In the assembled congregation of the upright: in the temple. Cf Psalm 149:1.

3 [3] Your: the psalm refers to God in the third person throughout; the shift to the second person is for the sake of inclusive language.

4 [5] Food to those who fear you: probably a reference to the manna in the desert, which elsewhere is seen as a type of the Eucharist. Cf John 6:31-33, 49-51.

5 [6] Lands: literally, "inheritance, heritage."

6 [10] The fear of the LORD: reverence for God, the Hebrew term for religion.

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