1 Hallelujah. Sing unto Hashem a new song, and His praise in the assembly of the saints.
א הַלְלוּ יָהּ שִׁירוּ לַיהוָה שִׁיר חָדָשׁ תְּהִלָּתוֹ בִּקְהַל חֲסִידִים.
3 Let them praise His name in the dance; let them sing praises unto Him with the timbrel and harp.
ג יְהַלְלוּ שְׁמוֹ בְמָחוֹל בְּתֹף וְכִנּוֹר יְזַמְּרוּ לוֹ.
4 For Hashem taketh pleasure in His people; He adorneth the humble with salvation.
ד כִּי רוֹצֶה יְהוָה בְּעַמּוֹ יְפָאֵר עֲנָוִים בִּישׁוּעָה.
5 Let the saints exult in glory; let them sing for joy upon their beds.
ה יַעְלְזוּ חֲסִידִים בְּכָבוֹד יְרַנְּנוּ עַל מִשְׁכְּבוֹתָם.
6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;
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ו רוֹמְמוֹת אֵל בִּגְרוֹנָם וְחֶרֶב פִּיפִיּוֹת בְּיָדָם.
149:6 A two-edged sword in their hand
Israel wants to live in peace in the Promised Land, but sometimes they are attacked by nations attempting to destroy the land and the people. Israel can respond with might or with spirit, but each one on its own is insufficient. This psalm emphasizes the true synthesis of power and prayer. This verse reminds us of the judge, Ehud the son of Gera, who, after killing the king of Moab with a double edged sword, rallied the people of Israel to fight, shouting “Follow after me; for the LORD hath delivered your enemies the Moabites into your hand” (Judges 3:28). The men he rallied were singers and fighters, seeking to lift up God’s name in the world as well as eradicate evil and bring justice to the land. This is the message of the penultimate chapter in the Book of Psalms.
7 To execute vengeance upon the nations, and chastisements upon the peoples;
ז לַעֲשׂוֹת נְקָמָה בַּגּוֹיִם תּוֹכֵחוֹת בַּלְאֻמִּים.
8 To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;
ח לֶאְסֹר מַלְכֵיהֶם בְּזִקִּים וְנִכְבְּדֵיהֶם בְּכַבְלֵי בַרְזֶל.
9 To execute upon them the judgment written; He is the glory of all His saints. Hallelujah.
ט לַעֲשׂוֹת בָּהֶם מִשְׁפָּט כָּתוּב הָדָר הוּא לְכָל חֲסִידָיו הַלְלוּ יָהּ.