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Triumphant Praise

149 Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!
    It’s time to sing to God a brand-new song[a]
    so that all his holy people will hear how wonderful he is!
May Israel be enthused with joy because of him,
    and may the sons of Zion pour out
    their joyful praises to their King.
Break forth with dancing!
    Make music and sing God’s praises with the rhythm of drums!
For he enjoys his faithful lovers.
    He adorns the humble with his beauty,
    and he loves to give them victory.
His godly lovers triumph in the glory of God,
    and their joyful praises will rise even while others sleep.
God’s high and holy praises fill their mouths,
    for their shouted praises are their weapons of war!
These warring weapons will bring vengeance
    on the nations and every resistant power—
to bind kings with chains and rulers with iron shackles.
Praise-filled warriors will enforce
    the judgment decreed against their enemies.
    This is the honor he gives to all his godly lovers.
    Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!


  1. 149:1 Or “a spontaneous song.”