Psalm 150 is a psalm in the Hebrew Bible. In it, the writer urges the congregation to praise God with music and dancing. The text, beloved by Jews and Christians alike, has often been set to music. The basic concept of this psalm is that there are a variety of ways one can praise God.
Hebrew Bible version
Following is the Hebrew text and English translation of Psalm 150:
|1||הַ֥לְלוּיָ֨הּ | הַֽלְלוּ־אֵ֥ל בְּקָדְשׁ֑וֹ הַֽ֜לְ֗לוּהוּ בִּרְקִ֥יעַ עֻזּֽוֹ||Hallelujah! Praise God in His holy place, praise Him in the firmament of His might.|
|2||הַֽלְלוּהוּ בִּגְבֽוּרֹתָ֑יו הַֽ֜לְל֗וּהוּ כְּרֹ֣ב גֻּדְלֽוֹ||Praise Him with His mighty deeds, praise Him as befits His superb greatness.|
|3||הַֽלְלוּהוּ בְּתֵ֣קַע שׁוֹפָ֑ר הַֽ֜לְל֗וּהוּ בְּנֵ֣בֶל וְכִנּֽוֹר||Praise Him with a shofar blast, praise Him with psaltery and lyre.|
|4||הַֽלְלוּהוּ בְתֹ֣ף וּמָח֑וֹל הַֽ֜לְל֗וּהוּ בְּמִנִּ֥ים וְעֻגָֽב||Praise Him with timbres and dance, praise Him with stringed instruments and flute.|
|5||הַֽלְלוּהוּ בְּצִֽלְצְלֵי־שָׁ֑מַע הַֽ֜לְל֗וּהוּ בְּצִלְצְלֵ֥י תְרוּעָֽה||Praise Him with resounding cymbals, praise Him with resonant cymbals.|
|6||כֹּ֣ל הַ֖נְּשָׁמָה תְּהַלֵּ֥ל יָ֜֗הּ הַֽלְלוּיָֽהּ||Let every soul praise God. Hallelujah!|
New King James Version
In the New King James Version, Psalm 150 is translated into English as follows:
1 Praise the LORD!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty firmament!
2 Praise Him for His mighty acts;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
3 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;
Praise Him with the lute and harp!
4 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
5 Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with clashing cymbals!
6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD!
- Together with Psalms 146, 147, 148, and 149, Psalm 150 is recited during Pesukei dezimra, which begins daily prayer each morning. When sung as part of Pesukei dezimra in the morning liturgy, verse 6 is always repeated. These five psalms are considered an alternate form of Hallel, and their recitation is considered the equivalent of saying Hallel daily.
- Verse 3 is found in the repetition of the Shacharit Amidah on Rosh Hashanah.
- The Psalm is found in the Mussaf Amidah on Rosh Hashanah.
- Psalm 150 is the tenth of the ten Psalms of the Tikkun HaKlali of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
The Hebrew word הללו (hallelu, we praise, see halleluja) occurs 12 times in this psalm. From this, the Geonim concluded that Psalm 150 is a reference to the new moon and therefore that the Hallel psalms should be recited as part of the Rosh Chodesh liturgy.
- Ernani Aguiar - Salmo 150
- Johann Sebastian Bach, motet Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied
- Benjamin Britten - Psalm 150 for upper voices
- Anton Bruckner—Psalm 150 Halleluja. Lobet den Herrn in seinem Heiligthum WAB 38 (1892)
- Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy - citation in Lobgesang ("Symphonie-Kantate") Op. 52 ("Alles, was Odem hat, lobe den Herrn.")
- Charles Ives - Psalm 150
- Cesar Franck - Psalm 150
- Zoltán Kodály - Geneva Psalm 150
- Louis Lewandowski - Halleluyah (Psalm 150)
- Edmund Rubbra – Three Psalms, op.61 (no.3)
- Charles Villiers Stanford - Psalm 150: O praise God in his holiness
- Igor Stravinsky - Symphony of Psalms - Third Movement
- Duke Ellington - "Praise God and Dance" in the Second Sacred Concert
- Jimmy Webb - "Psalm One-Five-O" on Words and Music
- P.O.D. - "Psalm 150" on The Fundamental Elements of Southtown
- J. Moss - "Psalm 150" on The J Moss Project
- Ronald Corp - Psalm 150, O Praise God in His Holiness (2007). He also set the Latin version of the same text in Laudate Dominum (2011)
- Karl Jenkins in Gloria (Jenkins), movement 3 Tellihim, Psalm 150 in Hebrew (or Latin), 2010
- VaShawn Mitchell - "Psalm 150" on Created4This
- Isaacs, Ronald H. Every Person's Guide to Jewish Prayer, p.115.
- "Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 150". Chabad.org. 2018. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
- Lawrence Hoffman, ed, [My People's Prayer Book, Vol. 3], Jewish Lights, 2001; page 143, commentaries of Landes and Hoffman.
- The Complete Artscroll Machzor for Rosh Hashanah, p.324.
- The Complete Artscroll Machzor for Rosh Hashanah, p.465.
- Weintraub, Rabbi Simkha Y. "Psalms as the Ultimate Self-Help Tool". My Jewish Learning. Retrieved January 18, 2018..
- Elie Munk, The World of Prayer, Vol. 2, Revised ed., Feldheim, Jerusalem, 2007; pages 129-130.
- Grasberger, Franz. Rickett, Richard, translator. "Foreword", Anton Bruckner: Sämtliche Werke: Band 20 Teil 6: Psalm 150: Studienpartitur, Musikwissenschaftlicher Verlag der Internationalen Bruckner-Gesellschaft, Vienna, 1964.
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