Psalm 92

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Psalm 92
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The beginning of Psalm 92 in the German Kurfürstenbibel of 1768.
BookBook of Psalms
Hebrew Bible partKetuvim
Order in the Hebrew part1
CategorySifrei Emet
Christian Bible partOld Testament
Order in the Christian part19

The Psalm 92, known as Mizmor Shir L'yom HaShabbat, is ostensibly dedicated to the Shabbat day.[1] In the slightly different numbering system used in the Greek Septuagint and Latin Vulgate translations of the Bible, this psalm is Psalm 91.

Although it can be recited any day, in Jewish tradition it is generally reserved for Shabbat and is also recited during the morning services on festival days.


The psalm is originally written in the Hebrew language.

The Hebrew text is divided into 16 verses,[2] as Psalm 92:1 comprises the designation

A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath day. (NKJV)

This is not numbered as a separate verse in the English versions. Verses 1–15 in English versions correspond to verses 2–16 in the Hebrew text.

King James Version[edit]

A Psalm or Song for the sabbath day.
  1. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:
  2. To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,
  3. Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.
  4. For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.
  5. O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.
  6. A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.
  7. When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever:
  8. But thou, LORD, art most high for evermore.
  9. For, lo, thine enemies, O LORD, for, lo, thine enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.
  10. But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.
  11. Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me.
  12. The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
  13. Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.
  14. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;
  15. To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

Textual witnesses[edit]

Some early manuscripts containing the text of this chapter in Hebrew are of the Masoretic Text tradition, which includes the Aleppo Codex (10th century), and Codex Leningradensis (1008).[3]

The extant palimpsest AqTaylor includes a translation into Koine Greek by Aquila of Sinope in c. 130 CE, containing verses 1–10.[4]

Verse 1[edit]

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;[5]

Franz Delitzsch, who sub-titles this psalm "sabbath thoughts", observes that honouring the Sabbath is "is good ... not merely good in the eyes of God, but also good for man, beneficial to the heart, pleasant and blessed".[6]



Psalm 92 is recited three times during all of Shabbat:

Verse 1 is part of Mishnah Tamid 7:4.[10]

Verses 1–2 are part of Likel Asher Shabbat recited in the blessings preceding the Shema on Shabbat.[11]

According to the Midrash, Psalm 92 was said by Adam. Adam was created on Friday, and he said this psalm on the onset of the Shabbat. It is not a psalm that speaks about the Shabbat, but one that was said on the Shabbat: this was Adam's first day of existence and he marveled at the work of the Creator.[12]

Musical settings[edit]

  • Psalm 92 "Bonum est confiteri Domino" H.195, for soloists, chorus, 2 treble viols or violins and continuo, was set to music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1687 - 88)
  • Psalm 92 was set to music by Franz Schubert for Salomon Sulzer (D 953).
  • The Requiem Ebraico (Hebrew Requiem) (1945) by Austrian-American composer Eric Zeisl, a setting of Psalm 92 dedicated to the memory of the composer's father "and the other countless victims of the Jewish tragedy in Europe", is considered the first major work of Holocaust commemoration.[citation needed]
  • American composer Mark Alburger also composed a musical setting for Psalm 92.

See also[edit]

Wikisource - Psalm 92


  1. ^ A Psalm: A Song for the Sabbath Day - title in the New Revised Standard Version
  2. ^ "Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 92". 2019. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  3. ^ *Würthwein, Ernst (1995). The Text of the Old Testament. Translated by Rhodes, Erroll F. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans. pp. 35–37. ISBN 0-8028-0788-7. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  4. ^ *Schürer, Emil; Vermes, Geza; Millar, Fergus (2014). The History of the Jewish People in the Age of Jesus Christ: Volume 3.i. A&C Black. p. 497. ISBN 9780567604521.
  5. ^ Psalm 92:1: New King James Version
  6. ^ Delitzsch, F., Keil and Delitzsch OT Commentary on Psalm 92, accessed 28 March 2022
  7. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur, p. 320
  8. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur, p. 388
  9. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur, p. 488
  10. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur, p. 479
  11. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur, p. 411
  12. ^ Twerski, Rabbi Abraham J., M.D. (1 May 2013), Hamodia, p. B49

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