Psalm 117

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General information

Psalm 117 is the last of series of 11 (107 - 117) which is considered to form a consistent whole (the First Group of Eleven). It is unusually short, most probably because the kabbalistics at work in the group of 11 required only a limited number of words. The Hebrew text contains only 15 words.

The setting by Georg Philipp Telemann substitutes word 'Jehovam' for 'Dominum'

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In Latin, unless otherwise stated.

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Text and translations

Clementine Vulgate (Psalm 117)

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1  Alleluja. Laudate Dominum, omnes gentes; laudate eum, omnes populi.
2  Quoniam confirmata est super nos misericordia ejus, et veritas Domini manet
in aeternum.

Luther's translation

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1  Lobet den HERRN, alle Heiden; preiset ihn, alle Völker!
2  Denn seine Gnade und Wahrheit waltet über uns in Ewigkeit. Halleluja!

Statenbijbel (1637)

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1  Looft den HEERE, alle heidenen; prijst Hem, alle natiën!
2  Want Zijn goedertierenheid is geweldig over ons, en de waarheid des HEEREN is in der eeuwigheid! Hallelujah!

Káldi fordítás

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1  Alleluja! Dicsérjétek az Urat, minden nemzetek! dicsérjétek őt, minden népek!
2  mert megerősödött rajtunk az ő irgalmassága, és az Úr igazvolta mindörökké megmarad.

Church of England 1662 Book of Common Prayer

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1  O praise the Lord, all ye heathen: praise him, all ye nations.
2  For his merciful kindness is ever more and more towards us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise the Lord.

King James Version

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1  O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.
2  For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise ye the Lord.

Another English translation

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1  Praise the Lord, all nations; praise him, all peoples.
2  Certain is his love and mercy for us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.

Another English translation, as used by William Byrd

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1  Praise our Lord, all ye Gentiles; praise him, all ye people:
2  Because his mercy is confirmed upon us, and his truth remaineth for ever.

'Old Version' (Thomas Norton)

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O all ye nations of the world,
Praise ye the Lord always;
And all ye people everywhere
Set forth his noble praise:

For great his kindness is to us,
His truth doth not decay;
Wherefore praise ye the Lord our God,
Praise ye the Lord alway.

Metrical Paraphrases (Isaac Watts)

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VERSION 1. (C. M.)
O all ye nations, praise the Lord,
Each with a different tongue;
In every language learn his word,
And let his name be sung.

His mercy reigns through every land;
Proclaim his grace abroad;
For ever firm his truth shall stand
Praise ye the faithful God.


VERSION 2. (L. M.)
From all that dwell below the skies
Let the Creator's praise arise;
Let the Redeemer's name be sung
Through every land, by every tongue.

Eternal are Thy mercies, Lord,
Eternal truth attends Thy word;
Thy praise shall sound from shore to shore,
Till suns shall rise and set no more.


VERSION 3. (S. M.)
Thy name, Almighty Lord,
Shall sound through distant lands;
Great is thy grace, and sure thy word;
Thy truth for ever stands.

Far be thine honor spread,
And long thy praise endure,
Till morning light and evening shade
Shall be exchanged no more.