Psalm 146 (145)
21The Lord frees the oppressed. The extent of human anguish – the hungry, the prisoners, the op pressed – has reached such a point that the powerful of this earth alone are incapable of finding a solution for it. Only God can give the world justice, peace, and hope. He has sent me to give Good News to the poor, to announce freedom to prisoners…
1 Praise the Lord, my soul!
2 I will sing to the Lord all my life;
2 I will sing praise to God while I live.
3 Do not put your trust in princes,
3 in a great one who cannot save.
4 Not sooner his spirit has left,
4 that he goes back to the earth;
4 on that very day, any plan comes to nothing.
5 Blessed are they whose help is the God of Jacob,
5 whose hope is in the Lord their God,
6 maker of heaven and earth,
6 the sea and all they contain.
6 The Lord is forever faithful;
7 he gives justice to the oppressed
7 and gives food to the hungry.
7 The Lord sets the prisoners free.
8 The Lord gives sight to the blind,
8 the Lord straightens the bent.
9 The Lord protects the stranger,
9 sustains the widow and the orphan.
8c The Lord loves the virtuous,
8c but he brings to ruin the way of the wicked.
10 The Lord will reign forever,
10 your God, O Zion,
10 from generation to generation. Alleluia!