1 A psalm. Sing to Hashem a new song, for He has worked wonders; His right hand, His holy arm, has won Him victory.
א מִזְמוֹר שִׁירוּ לַיהוָה שִׁיר חָדָשׁ כִּי־נִפְלָאוֹת עָשָׂה הוֹשִׁיעָה־לּוֹ יְמִינוֹ וּזְרוֹעַ קָדְשׁוֹ׃
2 Hashem has manifested His victory, has displayed His triumph in the sight of the nations.
ב הוֹדִיעַ יְהוָה יְשׁוּעָתוֹ לְעֵינֵי הַגּוֹיִם גִּלָּה צִדְקָתוֹ׃
3 He was mindful of His steadfast love and faithfulness toward the house of Yisrael; all the ends of the earth beheld the victory of our God.
ג זָכַר חַסְדּוֹ וֶאֱמוּנָתוֹ לְבֵית יִשְׂרָאֵל רָאוּ כָל־אַפְסֵי־אָרֶץ אֵת יְשׁוּעַת אֱלֹהֵינוּ׃
4 Raise a shout to Hashem, all the earth, break into joyous songs of praise!
ד הָרִיעוּ לַיהוָה כָּל־הָאָרֶץ פִּצְחוּ וְרַנְּנוּ וְזַמֵּרוּ׃
5 Sing praise to Hashem with the lyre, with the lyre and melodious song.
ה זַמְּרוּ לַיהוָה בְּכִנּוֹר בְּכִנּוֹר וְקוֹל זִמְרָה׃
6 With trumpets and the blast of the horn raise a shout before Hashem, the King.
ו בַּחֲצֹצְרוֹת וְקוֹל שׁוֹפָר הָרִיעוּ לִפְנֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ יְהוָה׃
7 Let the sea and all within it thunder, the world and its inhabitants;
ז יִרְעַם הַיָּם וּמְלֹאוֹ תֵּבֵל וְיֹשְׁבֵי בָהּ׃
8 let the rivers clap their hands, the mountains sing joyously together
n’-ha-ROT yim-kha-u KHAF YA-khad ha-REEM y’-ra-NAY-nu
ח נְהָרוֹת יִמְחֲאוּ־כָף יַחַד הָרִים יְרַנֵּנוּ׃
98:8 Let the rivers clap their hands
The sharp sounds of waters crashing into the rocks, as if calling out to Hashem, and the juxtaposition of great mountains which stand as an affirmation of God’s wondrous creations, can only be referring to one place in Israel: Rosh Hanikra. At the northwestern tip of the country, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, one can see an unusual geological phenomenon. A cliff made of soft white chalk rock hovers over the sea. Over time, the crashing of the waves into the soft rock of the mountain has created different rock formations as well as cavernous tunnels called grottoes. The grottoes weave the geology, history and spirit of the Land of Israel together beautifully, representing nature’s grand praise of God in Eretz Yisrael.3 comments
9 at the presence of Hashem, for He is coming to rule the earth; He will rule the world justly, and its peoples with equity.
ט לִפְנֵי־יְהוָה כִּי בָא לִשְׁפֹּט הָאָרֶץ יִשְׁפֹּט־תֵּבֵל בְּצֶדֶק וְעַמִּים בְּמֵישָׁרִים׃