A Selection From the Psalms

Note: ancient Hebrew poetry has a tendency to have pairs of contrasting or complementary lines: in other words, the ideas ‘rhyme' rather than the sounds.

Psalm 67

God be merciful unto us, and bless us
And cause his face to shine upon us
That your way may be known upon earth
Your saving health among all nations

Let the people praise you, O God
Let all the people praise you

O let the nations be glad and sing for joy
For you shall judge the people righteously
And govern the nations upon earth.

Let the people praise you, O God
Let all the people praise you

Then shall the earth yield her increase
And God, our own God, shall bless us
God shall bless us
And all the ends of the earth shall fear him

Psalm 98

O sing unto the Lord a new song
For he has done marvellous things
His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him the victory

The Lord has made known his salvation
His righteousness has he openly shewed
In the sight of the heathen

He has remembered his mercy and his truth
Toward the house of Israel
All the ends of the earth have seen
The salvation of our God

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord all the earth
Make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise
Sing unto the Lord with the harp
With the harp, and the voice of a psalm
With trumpets and sound of cornet
Make a joyful noise before the Lord, the King

Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof
The world, and they that dwell therein
Let the floods clap their hands
Let the hills be joyful together

Before the Lord;
For he comes to judge the earth
With righteousness shall he judge the world
And the people with equity

Psalm 148

Praise the Lord

Praise the Lord from the heavens
Praise him in the heights

Praise him all his angels
Praise him all his hosts

Praise him sun and moon
Praise him all stars of light

Praise him heavens of heavens
And waters that be above the heavens

Let them praise the name of the Lord
For he commanded and they were created
He has also stablished them for ever and ever
He has made a decree which shall not pass

Praise the Lord from the earth
Dragons and all deeps

Fire and hail, snow and vapour
Stormy wind fulfilling his word

Mountains and all hills
Fruitful tress and all cedars

Beasts and all cattle
Creeping things and flying fowl

Kings of the earth and all people
Princes and all judges of the earth

Both young men and maidens
Old men and children

Let them praise the name of the Lord
For his name alone is excellent
His glory is above the earth and heaven

He also exalts the horn of his people
The praise of His saints
Even of the children of Israel
A people near unto him

Praise the Lord

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