Psalms 148
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1  Hallelujah. Praise ye Hashem from the heavens; praise Him in the heights.

א  הַלְלוּ יָהּ הַלְלוּ אֶת יְהוָה מִן הַשָּׁמַיִם הַלְלוּהוּ בַּמְּרוֹמִים.

2  Praise ye Him, all His angels; praise ye Him, all His hosts.

ב  הַלְלוּהוּ כָל מַלְאָכָיו הַלְלוּהוּ כָּל צְבָאָו.

3  Praise ye Him, sun and moon; praise Him, all ye stars of light.

ג  הַלְלוּהוּ שֶׁמֶשׁ וְיָרֵחַ הַלְלוּהוּ כָּל כּוֹכְבֵי אוֹר.

4  Praise Him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that are above the heavens.

ד  הַלְלוּהוּ שְׁמֵי הַשָּׁמָיִם וְהַמַּיִם אֲשֶׁר מֵעַל הַשָּׁמָיִם.

5  Let them praise the name of Hashem; for He commanded, and they were created.

ה  יְהַלְלוּ אֶת שֵׁם יְהוָה כִּי הוּא צִוָּה וְנִבְרָאוּ.

6  He hath also established them for ever and ever; He hath made a decree which shall not be transgressed.

ו  וַיַּעֲמִידֵם לָעַד לְעוֹלָם חָק נָתַן וְלֹא יַעֲבוֹר.

7  Praise Hashem from the earth, ye sea-monsters, and all deeps;

ז  הַלְלוּ אֶת יְהוָה מִן הָאָרֶץ תַּנִּינִים וְכָל תְּהֹמוֹת.

8  Fire and hail, snow and vapour, stormy wind, fulfilling His word;

ח  אֵשׁ וּבָרָד שֶׁלֶג וְקִיטוֹר רוּחַ סְעָרָה עֹשָׂה דְבָרוֹ.

9  Mountains and all hills, fruitful trees and all cedars;

ט  הֶהָרִים וְכָל גְּבָעוֹת עֵץ פְּרִי וְכָל אֲרָזִים.

10  Beasts and all cattle, creeping things and winged fowl;

י  הַחַיָּה וְכָל בְּהֵמָה רֶמֶשׂ וְצִפּוֹר כָּנָף.

11  Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all judges of the earth;

יא  מַלְכֵי אֶרֶץ וְכָל לְאֻמִּים שָׂרִים וְכָל שֹׁפְטֵי אָרֶץ.

12  Both young men and maidens, old men and children;

יב  בַּחוּרִים וְגַם בְּתוּלוֹת זְקֵנִים עִם נְעָרִים.

13  Let them praise the name of Hashem, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven.

y’-ha-l’-LU et shaym a-do-NAI kee nis-GAV sh’-MO l’-va-DO ho-DO al E-retz v’-sha-MA-yim

יג  יְהַלְלוּ אֶת שֵׁם יְהוָה כִּי נִשְׂגָּב שְׁמוֹ לְבַדּוֹ הוֹדוֹ עַל אֶרֶץ וְשָׁמָיִם.

148:13   Let them praise the name of the LORD

Psalm 148 can be divided into two parts. The first half speaks of God being praised in the celestial spheres; the second half speaks of human praise of God. Though both seemingly praise Him the same way, “let them praise the name of the LORD” (verese 5 and 13), the praises are actually very different. The angels praise God “for He commanded, and they were created.” They are robotically programmed to sing God’s praises. Humans, on the other hand, praise Him because they see the beauty of creation, understand God’s compassion and choose to sing His praises voluntarily. We are all recipients of God’s love and His bounty. It is our duty to recognize what He gives us and to sing His praises.

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14  And He hath lifted up a horn for His people, a praise for all His saints, even for the children of Yisrael, a people near unto Him. Hallelujah.

יד  וַיָּרֶם קֶרֶן לְעַמּוֹ תְּהִלָּה לְכָל חֲסִידָיו לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל עַם קְרֹבוֹ הַלְלוּ יָהּ.

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Psalms 148