Psalm 150

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Psalm 150 embroidered in Hebrew on David's Tomb.

Psalm 150 is a psalm in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. 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.[1]


In Judaism[edit]

A long tradition ascribes authorship of Psalms 150 to King David.

  • Together with Psalms 146, 147, 148 and 149, Psalm 150 is recited during Pesukei D'Zimrah, which begins daily prayer each morning. The five psalms are considered an alternate form of Hallel, and their recitation is considered to be reciting Hallel daily.
  • Verse 3 is found in the repetition of the Shacharit Amidah on Rosh Hashanah.[2]
  • The Psalm is found in the Mussaf Amidah on Rosh Hashanah.[3]
  • Psalm 150 is the tenth of ten Psalms recited in the Tikkun HaKlali of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

A transliteration of the Hebrew:

1. Halleluyah. Hallelu El b’kodsho, Halleluhu birkiea uzo.
2. Halleluhu vig’vurotav, Halleluhu kerov gudlo.
3. Halleluhu b’teika shofar, Halleluhu b’neivel v’chinor.
4. Halleluhu b’toph u’machol, Halleluhu b’minim v’ugav.
5. Halleluhu b’tziltzilei shama, Halleluhu b’tziltzilei teruah.
6. Kol nan’shama t’hallel Yah. Halleluyah.

When sung as part of pesukei dezimra in the morning liturgy, verse 6 is always repeated.[4]

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.[5]

In Christianity[edit]

It is one of the Laudate psalms and was sung as part of a trio of psalms during Lauds in the Roman rite.

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!

Musical settings[edit]

Children singing and playing music, illustration of Psalm 150 (Laudate Dominum).


  1. ^ Isaacs, Ronald H. Every Person's Guide to Jewish Prayer, p.115.
  2. ^ The Complete Artscroll Machzor for Rosh Hashanah, p.324.
  3. ^ The Complete Artscroll Machzor for Rosh Hashanah, p.465.
  4. ^ Lawrence Hoffman, ed, [My People's Prayer Book, Vol. 3], Jewish Lights, 2001; page 143, commentaries of Landes and Hoffman.
  5. ^ Elie Munk, The World of Prayer, Vol. 2, Revised ed., Feldheim, Jerusalem, 2007; pages 129-130.
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  7. ^ 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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