December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- Hallelujah! 1 Praise the LORD from the heavens; give praise in the heights.
- Praise him, all you angels; give praise, all you hosts.
- Praise him, sun and moon; give praise, all shining stars.
- 2 Praise him, highest heavens, you waters above the heavens.
- Let them all praise the LORD'S name; for the LORD commanded and they were created,
- Assigned them duties forever, gave them tasks that will never change.
- Praise the LORD from the earth, you sea monsters and all deep waters;
- You lightning and hail, snow and clouds, storm winds that fulfill his command;
- You mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars;
- You animals wild and tame, you creatures that crawl and fly;
- You kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all who govern on earth;
- Young men and women too, old and young alike.
- Let them all praise the LORD'S name, for his name alone is exalted, majestic above earth and heaven.
- 3 The LORD has lifted high the horn of his people; to the glory of all the faithful, of Israel, the people near to their God. Hallelujah!
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1 [Psalm 148] A hymn inviting the beings of heaven (Psalm 148:1-6) and of earth (Psalm 148:7-14) to praise God. The hymn does not distinguish between inanimate and animate (and rational) nature.
2  Highest heavens: literally, "the heavens of the heavens," i.e., the space above the firmament, where the "upper waters" are stored. Cf Genesis 1:6-7; Deut 10:14; 1 Kings 8:27; Psalm 104:3, 13.
3  The LORD has lifted high the horn of his people: horn = strength, the concrete noun for the abstract. Of all peoples God has chosen Israel to return praise and thanks in a special way.
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