Psalm 114

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Psalm 114 is the 114th psalm of the Book of Psalms. In the Septuagint, it is combined with Psalm 115 into one psalm.[1]



  • Is one of six psalms (113-118) of which Hallel is composed. On all days when Hallel is recited, this psalm is recited in its entirety.[2]
  • Is recited on the first and/or eighth days of Passover in some traditions.[3]


Since the sixth century, the psalm has been used as a reading at Christian burial services, and also in ministry to those who are dying.[4] It has also been read at Easter Day services, as Israel's deliverance from slavery is seen as a metaphor for deliverance from sin.[5] In the Revised Common Lectionary, the Psalm appears in Year A on the seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.[6] In Slavic and Greek Orthodox churches, it is sung as an antiphon for the feast of Theophany,[7] for the following Sunday[8] and for Palm Sunday.[9]

Cultural references[edit]

Part of the psalm is quoted at the beginning of Dante's Purgatorio.[10]


  1. ^ The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible. Oxford University Press. 2011. p. 194. ISBN 978-0-19-537737-8. 
  2. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 633
  3. ^ The Artscroll Tehillim page 329
  4. ^ Phillips 2001, p. 224-225.
  5. ^ Phillips 2001, p. 225.
  6. ^ Harn & Strawn 2009, p. 297.
  7. ^ Psalm Verses of the Orthodox Liturgy 2000, p. 62.
  8. ^ Psalm Verses of the Orthodox Liturgy 2000, p. 66.
  9. ^ Psalm Verses of the Orthodox Liturgy 2000, p. 103.
  10. ^ Hamlin 2004, p. 108-109.