Psalms 146:1-2

1 Praise the LORD.[a]Praise the LORD, my soul.
2 I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

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Psalms 146:1 in Other Translations

KJV
1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul.
ESV
1 Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul!
NLT
1 Praise the LORD ! Let all that I am praise the LORD .
MSG
1 Hallelujah! O my soul, praise God!
CSB
1 Hallelujah! My soul, praise the Lord.

Psalms 146:1-2 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 146

This psalm is entitled by the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Ethiopic, and Arabic versions, "hallelujah", of Haggai and Zechariah; and by Apollinarius, the common hymn of them: and the Syriac inscription is still more expressive,

``it was said by Haggai and Zechariah, prophets, who came up with the captivity out of Babylon.''

Theodoret says this title was in some Greek copies in his time; but was not in the Septuagint, in the Hexapla: nor is it in any other Greek interpreters, nor in the Hebrew text, nor in the Targum; though some Jewish commentators, as R. Obadiah, take it to be an exhortation to the captives in Babylon to praise the Lord: and Kimchi interprets it of their present captivity and deliverance from it; and observes, that the psalmist seeing, by the Holy Spirit, the gathering of the captives, said this with respect to Israel; and so refers it to the times of the Messiah, as does also Jarchi, especially the Ps 146:10; and which, though they make it to serve an hypothesis of their own, concerning their vainly expected Messiah; yet it is most true, that the psalm is concerning the Messiah and his kingdom, to whom all the characters and descriptions given agree.

Psalms 146:1-2 In-Context

1 Praise the LORD.Praise the LORD, my soul.
2 I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
3 Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.
4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.
5 Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God.
6 He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— he remains faithful forever.

Cross References 4

  • 1. Psalms 103:1; Psalms 104:1
  • 2. Psalms 104:33
  • 3. S Psalms 105:2
  • 4. S Psalms 63:4

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Hebrew "Hallelu Yah" ; also in verse 10
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