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Psalm 95Contemporary English Version (CEV)

Worship and Obey the Lord

95 Sing joyful songs to the Lord!
    Praise the mighty rock [a]
    where we are safe.
Come to worship him
with thankful hearts
    and songs of praise.

The Lord is the greatest God,
    king over all other gods.
He holds the deepest part
    of the earth in his hands,
    and the mountain peaks
    belong to him.
The ocean is the Lord’s
    because he made it,
    and with his own hands
    he formed the dry land.

Bow down and worship
    the Lord our Creator!
The Lord is our God,
    and we are his people,
    the sheep he takes care of
    in his own pasture.

Listen to God’s voice today!
Don’t be stubborn and rebel
    as your ancestors did
    at Meribah and Massah[b]
    out in the desert.
For forty years
they tested God
    and saw
    the things he did.
10 Then God got tired of them
    and said,
“You never show good sense,
    and you don’t understand
    what I want you to do.”
11 In his anger, God told them,
    “You people will never enter
    my place of rest.”

Footnotes:

  1. 94.22; 95.1 mighty rock: See the note at 18.2.
  2. 95.8 Meribah and Massah: See the note at 81.7.

Psalm 95New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 95

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
    let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
    and extol him with music and song.

For the Lord is the great God,
    the great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth,
    and the mountain peaks belong to him.
The sea is his, for he made it,
    and his hands formed the dry land.

Come, let us bow down in worship,
    let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
for he is our God
    and we are the people of his pasture,
    the flock under his care.

Today, if only you would hear his voice,
“Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah,[a]
    as you did that day at Massah[b] in the wilderness,
where your ancestors tested me;
    they tried me, though they had seen what I did.
10 For forty years I was angry with that generation;
    I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray,
    and they have not known my ways.’
11 So I declared on oath in my anger,
    ‘They shall never enter my rest.’”

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 95:8 Meribah means quarreling.
  2. Psalm 95:8 Massah means testing.
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