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Psalms 148:1-5

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Psalm 148 1 

148:1 Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord from the sky!

Praise him in the heavens!

148:2 Praise him, all his angels! 2 

Praise him, all his heavenly assembly! 3 

148:3 Praise him, O sun and moon!

Praise him, all you shiny stars! 4 

148:4 Praise him, O highest heaven,

and you waters above the sky! 5 

148:5 Let them praise the name of the Lord,

for he gave the command and they came into existence.

1 sn Psalm 148. The psalmist calls upon all creation to praise the Lord, for he is the creator and sovereign king of the world.

2 tn Or “heavenly messengers.”

3 tn Heb “all his host.”

4 tn Heb “stars of light.”

5 sn The “water” mentioned here corresponds to the “waters above” mentioned in Gen 1:7. See also Ps 104:3. For a discussion of the picture envisioned by the psalmist, see L. I. J. Stadelmann, The Hebrew Conception of the World, 47.



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