115:1 Not to us, O Lord, not to us!
But to your name bring honor, 2
for the sake of your loyal love and faithfulness. 3
115:2 Why should the nations say,
“Where is their God?”
115:3 Our God is in heaven!
He does whatever he pleases! 4
they are man-made. 6
115:5 They have mouths, but cannot speak,
eyes, but cannot see,
115:6 ears, but cannot hear,
noses, but cannot smell,
115:7 hands, but cannot touch,
feet, but cannot walk.
They cannot even clear their throats. 7
as will everyone who trusts in them.
115:9 O Israel, trust in the Lord!
he will bless the family 19 of Israel,
he will bless the family of Aaron.
both young and old. 21
115:14 May he increase your numbers,
yours and your children’s! 22
115:15 May you be blessed by the Lord,
the creator 23 of heaven and earth!
but the earth he has given to mankind. 25
115:17 The dead do not praise the Lord,
nor do any of those who descend into the silence of death. 26
115:18 But we will praise the Lord
now and forevermore.
Praise the Lord!
[115:1] 3 sn The psalmist asks the
[115:8] sn Because the idols are lifeless, they cannot help their worshipers in times of crisis. Consequently the worshipers end up as dead as the gods in which they trust.
[115:13] 21 tn Heb “the small along with the great.” The translation assumes that “small” and “great” here refer to age (see 2 Chr 15:13). Another option is to translate “both the insignificant and the prominent” (see Job 3:19; cf. NEB “high and low alike”).