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Psalms 98:1

Context
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 

Psalms 86:10

Context

86:10 For you are great and do amazing things.

You alone are God.

Isaiah 26:4

Context

26:4 Trust in the Lord from this time forward, 5 

even in Yah, the Lord, an enduring protector! 6 

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 Or “forevermore.” For other uses of the phrase עֲדֵי־עַד (’ade-ad) see Isa 65:18 and Pss 83:17; 92:7.

6 tc The Hebrew text has “for in Yah, the Lord, an everlasting rock.” Some have suggested that the phrase בְּיָהּ (beyah, “in Yah”) is the result of dittography. A scribe seeing כִּי יְהוָה (ki yÿhvah) in his original text would somehow have confused the letters and accidentally inserted בְּיָהּ between the words (bet and kaf [ב and כ] can be confused in later script phases). A number of English versions retain both divine names for emphasis (ESV, NIV, NKJV, NRSV, NLT). One of the Qumran texts (1QIsaa) confirms the MT reading as well.



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