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Psalms 98

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Psalm 98 1 

A psalm.

98:1 Sing to the Lord a new song, 2 

for he performs 3  amazing deeds!

His right hand and his mighty arm

accomplish deliverance. 4 

98:2 The Lord demonstrates his power to deliver; 5 

in the sight of the nations he reveals his justice.

98:3 He remains loyal and faithful to the family of Israel. 6 

All the ends of the earth see our God deliver us. 7 

98:4 Shout out praises to the Lord, all the earth!

Break out in a joyful shout and sing!

98:5 Sing to the Lord accompanied by a harp,

accompanied by a harp and the sound of music!

98:6 With trumpets and the blaring of the ram’s horn,

shout out praises before the king, the Lord!

98:7 Let the sea and everything in it shout,

along with the world and those who live in it!

98:8 Let the rivers clap their hands!

Let the mountains sing in unison

98:9 before the Lord!

For he comes to judge the earth!

He judges the world fairly, 8 

and the nations in a just manner.

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1 sn Psalm 98. The psalmist summons the whole earth to praise God because he reveals his justice and delivers Israel.

2 sn A new song is appropriate because the Lord is constantly intervening in the world as its just king. See Ps 96:1.

3 tn The perfect verbal forms in vv. 1-3 are understood here as describing characteristic divine activities. Another option is to translate them as present perfects, “has performed…has accomplished deliverance, etc.” referring to completed actions that have continuing results.

4 tn Heb “his right hand delivers for him and his holy arm.” The right hand and arm symbolize his power as a warrior-king (see Isa 52:10). His arm is “holy” in the sense that it is in a category of its own; God’s power is incomparable.

5 tn Heb “makes known his deliverance.”

6 tn Heb “he remembers his loyal love and his faithfulness to the house of Israel.”

7 tn Heb “the deliverance of our God,” with “God” being a subjective genitive (= God delivers).

8 tn The verbal forms in v. 9 probably describe God’s typical, characteristic behavior, though they may depict in dramatic fashion the outworking of divine judgment or anticipate a future judgment of worldwide proportions (“will judge…”).



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