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Chapter 150


1 Hallelujah! 2 Praise God in his holy sanctuary; give praise in the mighty dome of heaven.


Give praise for his mighty deeds, praise him for his great majesty.


Give praise with blasts upon the horn, praise him with harp and lyre.


Give praise with tambourines and dance, praise him with flutes and strings.


Give praise with crashing cymbals, praise him with sounding cymbals.


Let everything that has breath give praise to the LORD! Hallelujah!


1 [Psalm 150] The psalm is a closing doxology both for the fifth book of the Psalms (Psalm 150:107-149) and for the Psalter as a whole. Temple musicians and dancers are called to lead all beings on earth and in heaven in praise of God. The psalm proclaims to whom praise shall be given, and where ( Psalm 150:1); what praise shall be given, and why ( Psalm 150:2); how praise shall be given ( Psalm 150:3-5), and by whom ( Psalm 150:6).

2 [1] His holy sanctuary: God's temple on earth. The mighty dome of the heavens: literally, "[God's] strong vault"; heaven is here imagined as a giant plate separating the inhabited world from the waters of the heavens.

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