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"Psalm 150" by Jericho Brown, A Poetry Film by Travis Wood - On Being Project

Updated: Jun 29, 2023

"Psalm 150" by Jericho Brown

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Psalm 150

Let Everything Praise the Lord

Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens![a] 2 Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!

3 Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! 4 Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! 5 Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! 6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!

Christians and Jews look at Psalm 150 as a special psalm written to finish the Book of Psalms. Written after the exile which was 600 years before Jesus Christ came to earth. Babylon was located east of Jerusalem in modern day Iraq. The army of Babylon destroyed Jerusalem and the *temple in Jerusalem. The army of Babylon then took many Jews to Babylon to live in exile. This came to be known as the Diaspora.

The captive Jews were allowed to go back to their own land 70 years later. They rebuilt Jerusalem and the Temple again and wrote the Book of Psalms to be sung in the new Temple. They used psalms by Moses, by David, by Isaiah, by the sons of Korah and by many other people. But Scholars think that they wrote two new psalms for their book. They were Psalm 1 and Psalm 150.

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