Psalm 150

Praise him!

Overview

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Purpose

Answers the question: "What is the psalmist trying to accomplish?"

Content

Answers the question: "What argument(s) does the psalmist make to accomplish this purpose?

Message

Answers the question: "What theological truth might an ancient or contemporary audience draw from this Psalm?

Orientation

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Background ideas

Key pieces of information that were already understood by the original audience. This information is usually implied - not stated - in the text, and these assumptions are made explicit here. 

Background situation

The scene into which the psalm may have been spoken. It represents in graphic form the events that led up to the time of the psalm.

At-a-glance

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Sections

The main verse groupings of the psalm and their boundaries. Each section is given a heading, a brief content summary, and an icon.

Connections

The at-a-glance also displays the most significant connection(s) within the psalm [not shown in the image here].

Translations as Tools

Purpose

No single translation can fully capture the meaning and beauty of the original Hebrew. These different English renderings each has its own specific purpose, but all highlight a particular feature(s) of the biblical text. 

Close-but-clear*

Psalm 150

 

1. Praise Yah. Praise God who is in his sanctuary. Praise him who is in his strong firmament.

2. Praise him for his achievements. Praise him according to his great greatness.

3. Praise him with the blast of a horn. Praise him with lyre and lute.

4. Praise him with drum and dance. Praise him with strings and flute.

5. Praise him with loud cymbals. Praise him with loud, resounding cymbals.

6. Let every living creature praise Yah. Praise Yah.

* The "close-but-clear" is a formal-equivalent rendering of the Hebrew. It is based on the interlinear, adjusted for English word-order. It aims to be as close to the Hebrew as possible while still being clear in English. 

Synthesis translation**

Psalm 150

1.  Praise Yah!

    Praise God, who is in his sanctuary!
    Praise the one who is in his strong firmament!

2. Praise him for his exploits!
    Praise him as his greatness demands!

3. Praise him with the blast of a horn!
    Praise him with lyres and lutes!

4. Praise him with drums and a victory dance!
    Praise him with stringed instruments and flutes!

5. Praise him with loud cymbals!
    Praise him with resounding cymbals!

6. Let every living creature praise Yah!

    Praise Yah!

** The "synthesis" is a dynamic-equivalent rendering, intended to support the Synthesis (at-a-glance) visualisation.