16:25 For the Lord is great and certainly worthy of praise,
he is more awesome than 1 all gods.
but the Lord made the heavens. 3
he is the source of strength and joy. 5
16:28 Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the nations,
ascribe to the Lord splendor and strength!
Bring an offering and enter his presence!
Worship the Lord in holy attire! 7
1 tn Or “feared above.”
2 tn The Hebrew word אֱלִילִים (’elilim, “worthless”) sounds like אֱלֹהִים (’elohim, “gods”). The sound play draws attention to the statement. Many modern English translations render this term as “idols” here.
4 tn Heb “majesty and splendor [are] before him.”
5 tn Heb “strength and joy [are] in his place.”
6 tn Heb “the splendor of [i.e., due] his name.”
7 tn Or “in holy splendor.”