Psalms 96:1-6

1 Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.
3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
4 For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.
5 For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.
6 Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary.

Psalms 96:1 in Other Translations

KJV
1 O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.
ESV
1 Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!
NLT
1 Sing a new song to the LORD ! Let the whole earth sing to the LORD !
MSG
1 Sing God a brand-new song! Earth and everyone in it, sing!
CSB
1 Sing a new song to the Lord; sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Psalms 96:1-6 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 96

This psalm was written by David, as appears from 1Ch 16:7,23 to whom it is ascribed by the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, and all the Oriental versions. This and part of Psalm 105 were first composed and sung at the bringing of the ark from the house of Obededom to the city of David; and here it is detached from that with a new introduction to it, and applied to the times and kingdom of the Messiah, and; with great propriety, since the ark was an eminent type of him. The inscription in the Syriac version is,

``a Psalm of David, a Prophecy of the coming of the Messiah, and of the calling of the Gentiles that believe in him:''

and very rightly, since express mention is made of them in it, and of the publication of the Gospel among them; and clear reference is had to Christ, who is the Jehovah all along spoken of Jarchi well observes, that wherever a "new song" is mentioned, it is to be understood of future time, or the times of the Messiah; and the end of the psalm shows it,

\\he cometh to judge\\

Psalms 96:1-6 In-Context

1 Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.
3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
4 For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.
5 For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.
6 Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary.
7 Ascribe to the LORD, all you families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
8 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts.
9 Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth.
10 Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns.” The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity.

Cross References 13

  • 1. Psalms 30:4; 1 Chronicles 16:23
  • 2. Psalms 33:3; S Psalms 40:3; Psalms 98:1; Psalms 144:9; Psalms 149:1; Isaiah 42:10; S Revelation 5:9
  • 3. S Psalms 68:4
  • 4. Psalms 27:1; Psalms 71:15
  • 5. Psalms 8:1
  • 6. S Psalms 71:17; Revelation 15:3
  • 7. S Psalms 48:1; Psalms 18:3; Psalms 145:3
  • 8. S Deuteronomy 28:58; S 1 Chronicles 16:25; Psalms 89:7
  • 9. S Psalms 95:3
  • 10. S Leviticus 19:4
  • 11. S Genesis 1:1; S 2 Chronicles 2:12; Psalms 115:15
  • 12. S Psalms 21:5
  • 13. Psalms 29:1; Psalms 89:17
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