Examining God’s Word – Psalm 98

First, see Joel’s post here.

God’s Word to the Nations

New American Standard

New Living Translation

A psalm. Sing a new song to the LORD because he has done miraculous things. His right hand and his holy arm have gained victory for him. A Psalm. O Sing to the LORD a new song, For He has done wonderful things, His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for Him. Sing a new song to the LORD, for he has done wonderful deeds. His right hand has won a mighty victory; his holy arm has shown his saving power!
2 The LORD has made his salvation known. He has uncovered his righteousness for the nations to see. 2 The LORD has made known His salvation; He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations. 2 The LORD has announced his victory and has revealed his righteousness to every nation!
3 He has not forgotten to be merciful and faithful to Israel’s descendants. All the ends of the earth have seen how our God saves them. 3 He has remembered His lovingkindness and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. 3 He has remembered his promise to love and be faithful to Israel. The ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
4 Shout happily to the LORD, all the earth. Break out into joyful singing, and make music. 4 Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises. 4 Shout to the LORD, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy!
5 Make music to the LORD with a lyre, with a lyre and the melody of a psalm, 5 Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre; With the lyre and the sound of melody. 5 Sing your praise to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and melodious song,
6 with trumpets and the playing of a ram’s horn. Shout happily in the presence of the king, the LORD. 6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn Shout joyfully before the King, the LORD. 6 with trumpets and the sound of the ram’s horn. Make a joyful symphony before the LORD, the King!
7 Let the sea, everything in it, the world, and those who live in it roar like thunder. 7 Let the sea roar and all it contains, The world and those who dwell in it. 7 Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise! Let the earth and all living things join in.
8 Let the rivers clap their hands and the mountains sing joyfully 8 Let the rivers clap their hands; Let the mountains sing together for joy 8 Let the rivers clap their hands in glee! Let the hills sing out their songs of joy
9 in the LORD’s presence because he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with justice and its people with fairness. 9 Before the LORD; for He is coming to judge the earth; He will judge the world with righteousness, And the peoples with equity. 9 before the LORD. For the LORD is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with justice, and the nations with fairness.

Notes:

v3, merciful,

v9, people,

Overall, this is a good translation of this Psalm

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Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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