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Psalm 146 English Standard Version (ESV)

Put Not Your Trust in Princes

146 Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
2 I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
  I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

3 Put not your trust in princes,
  in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
4 When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
  on that very day his plans perish.

5 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
  whose hope is in the Lord his God,
6 who made heaven and earth,
  the sea, and all that is in them,
who keeps faith forever;
7   who executes justice for the oppressed,
  who gives food to the hungry.

The Lord sets the prisoners free;
8   the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
  the Lord loves the righteous.
9 The Lord watches over the sojourners;
  he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
  but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

10 The Lord will reign forever,
  your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the Lord!


  • This, first of the five Hallelujah psalms that close the palms, focuses our attention on who Israel’s God is and what he does.
  • God is our only real source of help and deliverance. This is the God who bound himself by covenant oath to be the God of Israel. We celebrate him for this God is the maker of all, faithful forever, sustainer of the oppressed, who frees the prisoner, heals the infirm, loves the righteous, watches over the alien, sustains the helpless, and frustrates the ways of the wicked.
  • “The Lord will reign forever”, this is the capstone. The one we know and celebrate is sovereign in this universe. In him we are safe and secure.
  • Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)