The church is called upon to praise God for his peculiar graces and favours to his people. In the Hebrew, this psalm is joined to the foregoing.
147:12. Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem: praise thy God, O Sion.
147:13. Because he hath strengthened the bolts of thy gates, he hath blessed thy children within thee.
147:14. Who hath placed peace in thy borders: and filleth thee with the fat of corn.
147:15. Who sendeth forth his speech to the earth: his word runneth swiftly.
147:16. Who giveth snow like wool: scattereth mists like ashes.
147:17. He sendeth his crystal like morsels: who shall stand before the face of his cold?
He sendeth his crystal... That is, his ice. Some understand it of hail, which is, as it were, ice, divided into particles or morsels.
147:18. He shall send out his word, and shall melt them: his wind shall blow, and the waters shall run.
147:19. Who declareth his word to Jacob: his justices and his judgments to Israel.
147:20. He hath not done in like manner to every nation: and his judgments he hath not made manifest to them. Alleluia.
Psalms Chapter 148
Laudate Dominum de caelis.
All creatures are invited to praise their Creator.
148:1. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise ye him in the high places.
148:2. Praise ye him, all his angels, praise ye him, all his hosts.
148:3. Praise ye him, O sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars and light.
148:4. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens: and let all the waters that are above the heavens
148:5. Praise the name of the Lord. For he spoke, and they were made: he commanded, and they were created.
148:6. He hath established them for ever, and for ages of ages: he hath made a decree, and it shall not pass away.
148:7. Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all ye deeps:
148:8. Fire, hail, snow, ice, stormy winds, which fulfil his word:
148:9. Mountains and all hills, fruitful trees and all cedars:
148:10. Beasts and all cattle: serpents and feathered fowls:
148:11. Kings of the earth and all people: princes and all judges of the earth:
148:12. Young men and maidens: let the old with the younger, praise the name of the Lord:
148:13. For his name alone is exalted.
148:14. The praise of him is above heaven and earth: and he hath exalted the horn of his people. A hymn to all his saints to the children of Israel, a people approaching to him. Alleluia.
Psalms Chapter 149
The church is particularly bound to praise God.
149:1. Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle: let his praise be in the church of the saints.
149:2. Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: and let the children of Sion be joyful in their king.
149:3. Let them praise his name in choir: let them sing to him with the timbrel and the psaltery.
149:4. For the Lord is well pleased with his people: and he will exalt the meek unto salvation.
149:5. The saints shall rejoice in glory: they shall be joyful in their beds.
149:6. The high praises of God shall be in their mouth: and two-edged swords in their hands:
149:7. To execute vengeance upon the nations, chastisements among the people:
149:8. To bind their kings with fetters, and their nobles with manacles of iron.
149:9. To execute upon them the judgment that is written: this glory is to all his saints. Alleluia.
Psalms Chapter 150
Laudate Dominum in sanctis.
An exhortation to praise God with all sorts of instruments.
150:1. Praise ye the Lord in his holy places: praise ye him in the firmament of his power.
150:2. Praise ye him for his mighty acts: praise ye him according to the multitude of his greatness.