Praise the Lord, O my soul! *I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
2Put not your trust in rulers, nor in any child of earth, *for there is no help in them.
3When they breathe their last, they return to earth, *and in that day their thoughts perish.
4Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help! *whose hope is in the Lord their God;
5Who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them; *who keeps his promise for ever;
6Who gives justice to those who are oppressed, *and food to those who hunger.
7The Lord sets the prisoners free;
the Lord opens the eyes of the blind; *the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
8The Lord loves the righteous;
the Lord cares for the stranger; *he sustains the orphan and widow,
but frustrates the way of the wicked.
9The Lord shall reign for ever, *your God, O Zion, throughout all generations.