Psalm 135

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Psalm 135
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BookBook of Psalms
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CategorySifrei Emet
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Psalm 135 of the biblical Book of Psalms begins and ends "Praise ye the LORD" (Hebrew: הַלְלוּ יָהּ, hallelujah). The New King James Version entitles it "Praise to God in Creation and Redemption".[1] In the numbering system used in the Greek Septuagint and Latin Vulgate translations, it is Psalm 134.

Allusions to other psalms and OT passages[edit]

Cyrill Rodd notes references to Psalm 134 in verses 2 and 21, to Deuteronomy 32:36 (the Song of Moses) in verse 14, and to Exodus 19:5 and Deuteronomy 7:6 in verse 4, and "a close similarity" between verses 15-20 and Psalm 115:4-11.[2] Verse 7 is reflected in Jeremiah 10:13.



New Testament[edit]

Eastern Orthodox Church[edit]

  • Along with Psalm 136 (LXX numbers as 134 and 135 respectively) is called the Polyeleos or translated to "Many Mercies", named such after the refrain used "for His mercy endures forever". The Polyeleos is sung at Orthros (Matins) of a Feast Day and at Vigils. In some Slavic traditions and on Mount Athos it is read every Sunday at Orthros.
  • On Mount Athos it is considered[by whom?] one of the most joyful periods of Matins-Liturgy, and the highest point of Matins. In Athonite practice, all the candles are lit, and the chandeliers are made to swing as the Psalms are sung, it is also accompanied by a joyful peal of the bells and censing of the church, sometimes with a hand censer which has many bells on it.
  • At vigils, it accompanies the opening of the Royal Doors and a great censing of the nave by the Priest(s) or Deacon(s).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Psalm 135: NKJV
  2. ^ a b Rodd, C. S., 18. Psalms, in Barton, J. and Muddiman, J. (2001), The Oxford Bible Commentary, p. 401
  3. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur, page 382
  4. ^ The Artscroll Tehillim, page 329
  5. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur, pages 64-66
  6. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur, pages 74, 264
  7. ^ Kirkpatrick, A. F. (1901). The Book of Psalms: with Introduction and Notes. The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges. Vol. Book IV and V: Psalms XC-CL. Cambridge: At the University Press. p. 840. Retrieved February 28, 2019.

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