New American Standard Bible
Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.
King James Bible
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.
Darby Bible Translation
Shout aloud unto Jehovah, all the earth; break forth and shout for joy, and sing psalms.
World English Bible
Make a joyful noise to Yahweh, all the earth! Burst out and sing for joy, yes, sing praises!
Young's Literal Translation
Shout to Jehovah, all the earth, Break forth, and cry aloud, and sing.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord - By singing; by instruments of music. See the notes at Psalm 95:1.
All the earth - All lands. The event is of sufficient importance to be celebrated by all nations. It is a matter of universal exultation and joy.
Make a loud noise - The word used here - פצח pâtsach - means properly to break in pieces; then, to break forth, as a shout of triumph or joy, as if the joy could be no longer confined or repressed. See the notes at Isaiah 14:7. The word occurs only in the following places (besides that which is before us), in all of which it is rendered "break forth." Isaiah 14:7; Isaiah 44:23; Isaiah 49:13; Isaiah 52:9; Isaiah 54:1; Isaiah 55:12 - (except in Micah 3:3, where it it is rendered "break"). It is expressive of irrepressible joy.
Rejoice and sing praise - This very combination of the words, "Break forth into joy, sing together" - the same words in Hebrew as here - occurs in Isaiah 52:9, showing, as above remarked, that the psalm was composed after the times of Isaiah, and probably had reference to the same event.
The piety of the Old Testament Church is reflected with more clearness and variety in the Psalter than in any other book of the Old Testament. It constitutes the response of the Church to the divine demands of prophecy, and, in a less degree, of law; or, rather, it expresses those emotions and aspirations of the universal heart which lie deeper than any formal demand. It is the speech of the soul face to face with God. Its words are as simple and unaffected as human words can be, for it is the genius …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.
For the choir director. A Song. A Psalm. Shout joyfully to God, all the earth;
Bless our God, O peoples, And sound His praise abroad,
For the choir director; on the Gittith. A Psalm of Asaph. Sing for joy to God our strength; Shout joyfully to the God of Jacob.
A Psalm for Thanksgiving. Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.
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.
Break forth, shout joyfully together, You waste places of Jerusalem; For the LORD has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem.
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