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Psalm 150

Psalm 150 is a psalm in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. In it, the writer urges the congregation to praise God with music and dancing. The text, beloved by Jews and Christians alike, has often been set to music. The basic concept of this psalm is that there are a variety of ways one can praise God.[1]


In Judaism

A long tradition ascribes authorship of Psalms 150 to King David.

  • Together with Psalms 146, 147, 148 and 149, Psalm 150 is recited as a part of daily prayer during Pesukei D'Zimrah. They are considered an alternate form of Hallel, and their recitation is considered to be reciting Hallel daily.
  • Verse 3 if found in the repetition of the Shacharit Amidah on Rosh Hashanah.[2]
  • Verses 1-6 are found in the Mussaf Amidah on Rosh Hashanah.[3]

In Christianity

It is one of the Laudate psalms and was sung as part of a trio of psalms during Lauds in the Roman rite.

Psalm 150 (New King James Version)

Psalm 150 - New King James Version
Let All Things Praise the LORD
1 Praise the LORD!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty firmament!
2 Praise Him for His mighty acts;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
3 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;
Praise Him with the lute and harp!
4 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
5 Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with clashing cymbals!
6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD!

Musical settings

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Children singing and playing music, illustration of Psalm 150 (Laudate Dominum).


  1. ^ Isaacs, Ronald H. Every Person's Guide to Jewish Prayer, p.115.
  2. ^ The Complete Artscroll Machzor for Rosh Hashanah, p.324.
  3. ^ The Complete Artscroll Machzor for Rosh Hashanah, p.465.
  4. ^ Grasberger, Franz. Rickett, Richard, translator. "Foreword", Anton Bruckner: Sämtliche Werke: Band 20 Teil 6: Psalm 150: Studienpartitur, Musikwissenschaftlicher Verlag der Internationalen Bruckner-Gesellschaft, Vienna, 1964.

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