Psalm 95

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Psalm 95
"O come, let us sing unto the LORD"
Royal Psalm
St James Bramley Psalm 95 (1).jpg
Text of Psalm 95 at St James' Church, Bramley
Other name
  • Psalm 94
  • "Venite exultemus"
LanguageHebrew (original)
Psalm 95
BookBook of Psalms
Hebrew Bible partKetuvim
Order in the Hebrew part1
CategorySifrei Emet
Christian Bible partOld Testament
Order in the Christian part19

Psalm 95 is the 95th psalm of the Book of Psalms, beginning in English in the King James Version: "O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation". The Book of Psalms starts the third section of the Hebrew Bible, and, as such, is a book of the Christian Old Testament. In the slightly different numbering system in the Greek Septuagint version of the Bible, and in the Latin Vulgate, this psalm is Psalm 94. In Latin, it is known as "Venite exultemus". The psalm is a hymn psalm, one of the Royal psalms, praising God as the King of His people. Psalm 95 identifies no author, but Hebrews 4:7 attributes it to David.[1] The Vulgate also names David as the author.[2]

The psalm forms a regular part of Jewish, Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican and other Protestant liturgies, in particular as a responsorial psalm.[3]


King James Version[edit]

  1. O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
  2. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
  3. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
  4. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.
  5. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.
  6. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.
  7. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,
  8. Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
  9. When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.
  10. Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:
  11. Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.



Psalm 95 is the opening paragraph of Kabbalat Shabbat.[4] It is recited on Shabbat Hagadol.[5] The first three verses are part of the psalm of the day for the Shir Shel Yom on Wednesday, which is primarily the previous psalm.[6] This is the only day of the week in which the song of the day is composed on verses from multiple psalms. These verses are recited by most congregations because of their inspiring message.[7]

New Testament[edit]

Verses 7-11 of Psalm 95 are quoted in Hebrews 3:7–11, 15, 18; Hebrews 4:1, 3, 5, 7.[8]


In the Latin Psalters used by the Roman liturgy, the psalm forms the invitatory which is sung daily before matins. It may be sung as a canticle in the Anglican and Lutheran liturgy of Morning Prayer, when it is referred to by its incipit as the Venite or "Venite exultemus Domino",[2] sometimes also A Song of Triumph.


Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville set one grand motet "Venite, exultemus" (before 1740).


  1. ^ Peterson, David (1994). "Hebrews". In Carson, D. A.; France, R. T.; Motyer, J. A.; Wenham, G. J. (eds.). New Bible Commentary: 21st Century Edition (4, illustrated, reprint, revised ed.). Inter-Varsity Press. p. 1322. ISBN 9780851106489.. Quote: "...acknowledging David as the writer of Ps. 95, Hebrews insists that the Holy Spirit was the primary author (4:7; 3:7)"
  2. ^ a b Parallel Latin/English Psalter / Psalmus 94 (95) Archived 7 May 2017 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^, Psalm 95 (A Responsorial Setting), accessed 1 April 2022
  4. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur, page 308
  5. ^ The Artscroll Tehillim, page 329
  6. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur, page 164
  7. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur, page 167
  8. ^ 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. 839. Retrieved February 28, 2019.

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