- 1 Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.
- Sing to the LORD, bless his name; announce his salvation day after day.
- Tell God's glory among the nations; among all peoples, God's marvelous deeds.
- 2For great is the LORD and highly to be praised, to be feared above all gods.
- For the gods of the nations all do nothing, but the LORD made the heavens.
- Splendor and power go before him; power and grandeur are in his holy place.
- Give to the LORD, you families of nations, give to the LORD glory and might;
- give to the LORD the glory due his name! Bring gifts and enter his courts;
- bow down to the LORD, splendid in holiness. Tremble before God, all the earth;
- say among the nations: The LORD is king. The world will surely stand fast, never to be moved. God rules the peoples with fairness.
- Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice; let the sea and what fills it resound;
- let the plains be joyful and all that is in them. Then let all the trees of the forest rejoice
- before the LORD who comes, who comes to govern the earth, To govern the world with justice and the peoples with faithfulness.
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Footnotes1 [Psalm 96] A hymn inviting all humanity to praise the glories of Israel's God (Psalm 96:1-3), who is the sole God (Psalm 96:4-6). To the just ruler of all belongs worship (Psalm 96:7-10); even inanimate creation is to offer praise (Psalm 96:11-13). This psalm has numerous verbal and thematic contacts with Isaiah 40-55, as does Psalm 98. Another version of the psalm is 1 Chron 16:23-33.
2 For references to other gods, see comments on Psalm 58 and 82.
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