Praise Yahweh forever (Ps 146:10-146:10)

“Yahweh will reign forever!

Your God!

O Zion!

For all generations!

Praise Yahweh!”

This psalm ends where it began with an alleluia, praise Yahweh, the Hebrew “Hallelujah.” Yahweh will rule as the God of Zion forever to all generations.

Yahweh protects all (Ps 146:7-146:9)

“Yahweh executes justice for the oppressed.

Yahweh gives food to the hungry.

Yahweh sets the prisoners free.

Yahweh opens the eyes of the blind.

Yahweh lifts up those who are bowed down.

Yahweh loves the righteous.

Yahweh watches over the strangers.

Yahweh upholds the orphan and the widow.

Yahweh brings to ruin the way of the wicked.”

Yahweh makes sure that there is justice for the oppressed. He gives food to the hungry. He sets prisoners free. He opens the eyes of the blind. He lifts up those who are bowed down. He loves the righteous. He watches over strangers. He helps orphans. He holds up widows. However, he brings to ruin those who are pursuing wicked ways.

The happy ones (Ps 146:5-146:6)

“Happy are those whose help is

The God of Jacob.

Happy are those whose hope is

In Yahweh,

Their God.

He made heaven

He made the earth.

He made the sea,

He made all that is in them.

He keeps faith forever.”

The happy people are those who trust in the God of Jacob. They are the ones who trust in Yahweh as their God. Yahweh has made heaven, earth, the sea, and everything that is in heaven, on earth, or in the sea. He has made all things.

Do not trust human princes (Ps 146:3-146:4)

“Do not put your trust in princes.

Do not put your trust in mortals.

There is no help from them.

When their breath departs

They return to the earth.

On that very day

Their plans perish.”

You were not to put your trust in human princes. They were no help. When they died, they returned to earth. When they stopped breathing, so did all their plans perish with them.

Alleluia (Ps 146:1-146:2)

“Praise Yahweh!                    

Praise Yahweh!

O my soul!

I will praise Yahweh

As long as I live.

I will sing praises to my God

All my life long.”

Psalm 146 is the first of these last few psalms that are the alleluia hymns since they have no title. They all begin and end with the phrase alleluia or praise Yahweh, another way of saying the Hebrew “Hallelujah.” These psalms or hymns were usually recited in the morning. The opening verses are clearly about praising Yahweh. This psalmist will praise Yahweh as long as he would live. He was going to praise his God all his whole life.