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Psalms 33:3

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33:3 Sing to him a new song! 1 

Play skillfully as you shout out your praises to him! 2 

Psalms 40:3

Context

40:3 He gave me reason to sing a new song, 3 

praising our God. 4 

May many see what God has done,

so that they might swear allegiance to him and trust in the Lord! 5 

Psalms 98:1

Context
Psalm 98 6 

A psalm.

98:1 Sing to the Lord a new song, 7 

for he performs 8  amazing deeds!

His right hand and his mighty arm

accomplish deliverance. 9 

1 sn A new song is appropriate because the Lord is constantly intervening in the lives of his people in fresh and exciting ways.

2 tn Heb “play skillfully with a loud shout.”

3 sn A new song was appropriate because the Lord had intervened in the psalmist’s experience in a fresh and exciting way.

4 tn Heb “and he placed in my mouth a new song, praise to our God.”

5 tn Heb “may many see and fear and trust in the Lord.” The translation assumes that the initial prefixed verbal form is a jussive (“may many see”), rather than an imperfect (“many will see”). The following prefixed verbal forms with vav (ו) conjunctive are taken as indicating purpose or result (“so that they might swear allegiance…and trust”) after the introductory jussive.

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

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

8 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.

9 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.



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