New American Standard Bible
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; Let the sea roar, and all it contains;
King James Bible
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.
Darby Bible Translation
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof;
World English Bible
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice. Let the sea roar, and its fullness!
Young's Literal Translation
The heavens joy, and the earth is joyful, The sea and its fulness roar.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad - Let all worlds be full of joy, as they are all interested in the fact here stated. The universe is one. It has been made by the same hand; it is under the control of the same mind; it is governed by the same laws. The God who reigns on earth reigns in heaven; and what affects one part of the universe affects all. Hence, in all the manifestation of the character of God, whether made in heaven or in the earth, it is proper to call on all the universe to partake in the general joy.
Let the sea roar - In praise to God. It is not uncommon in the Scriptures to call on inanimate things to praise God. Compare Psalm 148:7-9. The same thing is common in all poetry.
And the fulness thereof - Its abundance. That which fills it. All that it contains. That is, Let all that dwell in the seas praise God. His reign is an occasion for universal gladness. All in the inanimate world; all among the irrational tribes of being; all in the air, in the waters, or on the earth, have occasion for praise, and would render praise if they could appreciate the wisdom and goodness evinced in their creation. Though unconscious, the lower creatures seem to celebrate his praise; but man only can give an intelligent utterance to thanksgiving.
Psalm 96:11-13.Let the floods clap their hands.
Let the hills be joyful together
Before the Lord.
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27. Therefore go on, Saints of God, boys and girls, males and females, unmarried men, and women; go on and persevere unto the end. Praise more sweetly the Lord, Whom ye think on more richly: hope more happily in Him, Whom ye serve more instantly: love more ardently Him, whom ye please more attentively. With loins girded, and lamps burning, wait for the Lord, when He cometh from the marriage.  Ye shall bring unto the marriage of the Lamb a new song, which ye shall sing on your harps. Not surely …
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Hiram, the Inspired Artificer
"For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time."
Let heaven and earth praise Him, The seas and everything that moves in them.
The floods have lifted up, O LORD, The floods have lifted up their voice, The floods lift up their pounding waves.
The LORD reigns, let the earth rejoice; Let the many islands be glad.
Let the sea roar and all it contains, The world and those who dwell in it.
Sing to the LORD a new song, Sing His praise from the end of the earth! You who go down to the sea, and all that is in it. You islands, and those who dwell on them.
Shout for joy, O heavens, for the LORD has done it! Shout joyfully, you lower parts of the earth; Break forth into a shout of joy, you mountains, O forest, and every tree in it; For the LORD has redeemed Jacob And in Israel He shows forth His glory.
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