New American Standard Bible
Let the rivers clap their hands, Let the mountains sing together for joy
King James Bible
Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together
Darby Bible Translation
Let the floods clap their hands; let the mountains sing for joy together,
World English Bible
Let the rivers clap their hands. Let the mountains sing for joy together.
Young's Literal Translation
Floods clap hand, together hills cry aloud,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Let the floods clap their hands - The rivers. Let them join in the universal praise. As if conscious of their beauty, their grandeur, their usefulness; as if sensible that all this was conferred by God; as if rejoicing in the goodness of God manifested to them, and through them, let them unite in the universal praise. Compare the notes at Isaiah 55:12.
Let the hills be joyful together - The mountains - in view of the goodness of God toward them - crowning them with beauty - clothing them with sublimity and grandeur - let them also rejoice in God as "their" God. Let all nature thus join in praise.
Psalm 98:8-9.Praise the Lord from the earth,
Ye dragons and all deeps;
Fire and hail; snow and vapor;
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
For the choir director. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. O clap your hands, all peoples; Shout to God with the voice of joy.
The pastures of the wilderness drip, And the hills gird themselves with rejoicing.
The meadows are clothed with flocks And the valleys are covered with grain; They shout for joy, yes, they sing.
The north and the south, You have created them; Tabor and Hermon shout for joy at Your name.
The floods have lifted up, O LORD, The floods have lifted up their voice, The floods lift up their pounding waves.
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.
"For you will go out with joy And be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
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