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Psalms 95:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Oh come, let us sing unto Jehovah; Let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD, Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— O come, let us sing to the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Come, let us sing aloud to Jehovah, let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Come, let us make a joyful noise to Yahweh, Let us shout in triumph, to the rock of our salvation!
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Come, we sing to Jehovah, We shout to the rock of our salvation.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Come let us praise the Lord with joy: let us joyfully sing to God our saviour.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— O come, let vs sing vnto the LORD: let vs make a ioyfull noise to the rocke of our saluation.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— [[The praise of a Song by David.]] Come, let us exult in the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to God our Saviour.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— O come, let us sing unto Yahweh: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
O come, y3212
[3212] Standard
A primitive root (compare H1980); to walk (literally or figuratively); causatively to carry (in various senses).
<8798> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 2847
(1980) Complement
Akin to H3212; a primitive root; to walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively).
let us sing 7442
{7442} Prime
A primitive root; properly to creak (or emit a stridulous sound), that is, to shout (usually for joy).
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
unto Yhw יָהוֶה: 3068
{3068} Prime
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
let us make a joyful noise 7321
{7321} Prime
A primitive root; to mar (especially by breaking); figuratively to split the ears (with sound), that is, shout (for alarm or joy).
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
to the rock 6697
{6697} Prime
From H6696; properly a cliff (or sharp rock, as compressed); generally a rock or boulder; figuratively a refuge; also an edge (as precipitous).
of our salvation. 3468
{3468} Prime
From H3467; liberty, deliverance, prosperity.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Psalms 95:1

_ _ Psalms 95:1-11. David (Hebrews 4:7) exhorts men to praise God for His greatness, and warns them, in God’s words, against neglecting His service.

_ _ The terms used to express the highest kind of joy.

_ _ rock — a firm basis, giving certainty of salvation (Psalms 62:7).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalms 95:1-7

_ _ The psalmist here, as often elsewhere, stirs up himself and others to praise God; for it is a duty which ought to be performed with the most lively affections, and which we have great need to be excited to, being very often backward to it and cold in it. Observe,

_ _ I. How God is to be praised. 1. With holy joy and delight in him. The praising song must be a joyful noise, Psalms 95:1 and again Psalms 95:2. Spiritual joy is the heart and soul of thankful praise. It is the will of God (such is the condescension of his grace) that when we give glory to him as a being infinitely perfect and blessed we should, at the same time, rejoice in him as our Father and King, and a God in covenant with us. 2. With humble reverence, and a holy awe of him (Psalms 95:6): “Let us worship, and bow down, and kneel before him, as becomes those who know what an infinite distance there is between us and God, how much we are in danger of his wrath and in need of his mercy.” Though bodily exercise, alone, profits little, yet certainly it is our duty to glorify God with our bodies by the outward expressions of reverence, seriousness, and humility, in the duties of religious worship. 3. We must praise God with our voice; we must speak forth, sing forth, his praises out of the abundance of a heart filled with love, and joy, and thankfulness — Sing to the Lord; make a noise, a joyful noise to him, with psalms — as those who are ourselves much affected with his greatness and goodness, are forward to own ourselves so, are desirous to be more and more affected therewith, and would willingly be instrumental to kindle and inflame the same pious and devout affection in others also. 4. We must praise God in concert, in the solemn assemblies: “Come, let us sing; let us join in singing to the Lord; not others without me, nor I alone, but others with me. Let us come together before his presence, in the courts of his house, where his people are wont to attend him and to expect his manifestations of himself.” Whenever we come into God's presence we must come with thanksgiving that we are admitted to such a favour; and, whenever we have thanks to give, we must come before God's presence, set ourselves before him, and present ourselves to him in the ordinances which he has appointed.

_ _ II. Why God is to be praised and what must be the matter of our praise. We do not want matter; it were well if we did not want a heart. We must praise God,

_ _ 1. Because he is a great God, and sovereign Lord of all, Psalms 95:3. He is great, and therefore greatly to be praised. He is infinite and immense, and has all perfection in himself. (1.) He has great power: He is a great King above all gods, above all deputed deities, all magistrates, to whom he said, You are gods (he manages them all, and serves his own purposes by them, and to him they are all accountable), above all counterfeit deities, all pretenders, all usurpers; he can do that which none of them can do; he can, and will, famish and vanquish them all. (2.) He has great possessions. This lower world is here particularly specified. We reckon those great men who have large territories, which they call their own against all the world, which yet are a very inconsiderable part of the universe: how great then is that God whose the whole earth is, and the fulness thereof, not only under whose feet it is, as he has an incontestable dominion over all the creatures and a propriety in them, but in whose hand it is, as he has the actual directing and disposing of all (Psalms 95:4); even the deep places of the earth, which are out of our sight, subterraneous springs and mines, are in his hand; and the height of the hills which are out of our reach, whatever grows or feeds upon them, is his also. This may be taken figuratively: the meanest of the children of men, who are as the low places of the earth, are not beneath his cognizance; and the greatest, who are as the strength of the hills, are not above his control. Whatever strength is in any creature it is derived from God and employed for him (Psalms 95:5): The sea is his, and all that is in it (the waves fulfil his word); it is his, for he made it, gathered its waters and fixed its shores; the dry land, though given to the children of men, is his too, for he still reserved the property to himself; it is his, for his hands formed it, when his word made the dry land appear. His being the Creator of all makes him, without dispute, the owner of all. This being a gospel psalm, we may very well suppose that it is the Lord Jesus whom we are here taught to praise. He is a great God; the mighty God is one of his titles, and God over all, blessed for evermore. As Mediator, he is a great King above all gods; by him kings reign; and angels, principalities, and powers, are subject to him; by him, as the eternal Word, all things were made (John 1:3), and it was fit he should be the restorer and reconciler of all who was the Creator of all, Colossians 1:16, Colossians 1:20. To him all power is given both in heaven and in earth, and into his hand all things are delivered. It is he that sets one foot on the sea and the other on the earth, as sovereign Lord of both (Revelation 10:2), and therefore to him we must sing our songs of praise, and before him we must worship and bow down.

_ _ 2. Because he is our God, not only has a dominion over us, as he has over all the creatures, but stands in special relation to us (Psalms 95:7): He is our God, and therefore it is expected we should praise him; who will, if we do not? What else did he make us for but that we should be to him for a name and a praise? (1.) He is our Creator, and the author of our being; we must kneel before the Lord our Maker, Psalms 95:6. Idolaters kneel before gods which they themselves made; we kneel before a God who made us and all the world and who is therefore our rightful proprietor; for his we are, and not our own. (2.) He is our Saviour, and the author of our blessedness. He is here called the rock of our salvation (Psalms 95:1), not only the founder, but the very foundation, of that work of wonder, on whom it is built. That rock is Christ; to him therefore we must sing our songs of praises, to him that sits upon the throne and to the Lamb. (3.) We are therefore his, under all possible obligations: We are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. All the children of men are so; they are fed and led by his Providence, which cares for them, and conducts them, as the shepherd the sheep. We must praise him, not only because he made us, but because he preserves and maintains us, and our breath and ways are in his hand. All the church's children are in a special manner so; Israel are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand; and therefore he demands their homage in a special manner. The gospel church is his flock. Christ is the great and good Shepherd of it. We, as Christians, are led by his hand into the green pastures, by him we are protected and well provided for, to his honour and service we are entirely devoted as a peculiar people, and therefore to him must be glory in the churches (whether it be in the world or no) throughout all ages, Ephesians 3:21.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 95:1

O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a (a) joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

(a) He shows that God's service stands not in dead ceremonies, but chiefly in the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Psalms 34:3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
Psalms 66:8 O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:
Psalms 107:8 Oh that [men] would praise the LORD [for] his goodness, and [for] his wonderful works to the children of men!
Psalms 107:15 Oh that [men] would praise the LORD [for] his goodness, and [for] his wonderful works to the children of men!
Psalms 107:21 Oh that [men] would praise the LORD [for] his goodness, and [for] his wonderful works to the children of men!
Psalms 117:1 O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.
Psalms 118:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good: because his mercy [endureth] for ever.
Psalms 136:1-3 O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever. ... O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.
Psalms 148:11-13 Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: ... Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory [is] above the earth and heaven.
Psalms 150:6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.


Psalms 47:6-7 Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. ... For God [is] the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.
Psalms 66:1-2 [[To the chief Musician, A Song [or] Psalm.]] Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: ... Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.
Psalms 81:1 [[To the chief Musician upon Gittith, [A Psalm] of Asaph.]] Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.
Psalms 96:1-2 O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. ... Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.
Psalms 101:1 [[A Psalm of David.]] I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.
Exodus 15:1 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
Exodus 15:21 And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
1 Chronicles 16:9 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.
Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
Revelation 14:3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred [and] forty [and] four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
Revelation 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous [are] thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true [are] thy ways, thou King of saints.

let us make:

Psalms 66:1 [[To the chief Musician, A Song [or] Psalm.]] Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:
Psalms 98:4-8 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. ... Let the floods clap [their] hands: let the hills be joyful together
Psalms 100:1 [[A Psalm of praise.]] Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Ezra 3:11-13 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because [he is] good, for his mercy [endureth] for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid. ... So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off.
Isaiah 12:4-6 And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. ... Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great [is] the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.
Jeremiah 33:11 The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD [is] good; for his mercy [endureth] for ever: [and] of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD.
Matthew 21:9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed [is] he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
Revelation 19:6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

the rock:

Psalms 89:26 He shall cry unto me, Thou [art] my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.
Deuteronomy 32:15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered [with fatness]; then he forsook God [which] made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
2 Samuel 22:47 The LORD liveth; and blessed [be] my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.
1 Corinthians 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
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