Psalms 1491Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song!
Praise him in the assembly of the godly! ▼
▼ Heb “his praise in the assembly of the godly ones.”
2 Let Israel rejoice in their Creator!
Let the people ▼
▼ Heb “sons.”of Zion delight in their king! ▼
▼ The Lord is the king here, as the parallelism in the previous line (“their creator”) indicates.
3 Let them praise his name with dancing!
Let them sing praises to him to the accompaniment of the tambourine and harp!
4 For the Lord takes delight in his people;
he exalts the oppressed by delivering them. ▼
▼ Heb “he honors the oppressed [with] deliverance.”
5 Let the godly rejoice because of their vindication! ▼
Let them shout for joy upon their beds! ▼
▼ The significance of the reference to “beds” is unclear. Perhaps the point is that they should rejoice at all times, even when falling asleep or awaking.
6 May they praise God
while they hold a two-edged sword in their hand, ▼
▼ Heb “[May] praises of God [be] in their throat, and a two-edged sword in their hand.”
7 in order to take ▼
▼ Heb “to do.”revenge on the nations,
and punish foreigners.
8 They bind ▼
▼ Heb “to bind.”their kings in chains,
and their nobles in iron shackles,
9 and execute the judgment to which their enemies ▼
▼ Heb “they”; the referent (the enemies of the people of God) has been specified in the translation for clarity.have been sentenced. ▼
▼ Heb “to do against them judgment [that] is written.”
All his loyal followers will be vindicated. ▼
Praise the Lord!
▼ Psalm 150. The Psalter concludes with a resounding call for praise from everything that has breath.
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