Psalm 134:2
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New International Version
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD.

New Living Translation
Lift up holy hands in prayer, and praise the LORD.

English Standard Version
Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the LORD!

New American Standard Bible
Lift up your hands to the sanctuary And bless the LORD.

King James Bible
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Lift up your hands in the holy place and praise the LORD!

International Standard Version
Lift up your hands to the Holy Place and bless the LORD.

NET Bible
Lift your hands toward the sanctuary and praise the LORD!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lift up your hands unto Holiness and bless Lord Jehovah!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Lift your hands toward the holy place, and praise the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.

American King James Version
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.

American Standard Version
Lift up your hands to the sanctuary, And bless ye Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In the nights lift up your hands to the holy places, and bless ye the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless Jehovah.

English Revised Version
Lift up your hands to the sanctuary, and bless ye the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.

World English Bible
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary. Praise Yahweh!

Young's Literal Translation
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, And bless ye Jehovah.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

134:1-3 An exhortation to bless the Lord. - We must stir up ourselves to give glory to God, and encourage ourselves to hope for mercy and grace from him. It is an excellent plan to fill up all our spare minutes with pious meditations, and prayers and praises. No time would then be a burden, nor should we murder our hours by trifling conversation and vain amusements, or by carnal indulgences. We need desire no more to make us happy, than to be blessed of the Lord. We ought to beg spiritual blessings, not only for ourselves, but for others; not only, The Lord bless me, but, The Lord bless thee; thus testifying our belief that there is enough for others as well as for us, and showing our good will to others.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - Lift up your hands. The attitude of prayer and praise (Psalm 63:4; Psalm 119:48; Psalm 141:2). In the sanctuary; rather, towards the sanctuary; i.e. towards the holy of holies. Others render, "in holiness." And bless the Lord (compare the first clause of ver. 1).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Lift up your hands in the sanctuary,.... Which Aben Ezra interprets of the priests lifting up their hands to bless the people; but Kimchi, better, of lifting up of the hands to God in prayer; see Psalm 141:2; which should be done "with holiness", as the Targum renders it, in a holy manner; and is the same with lifting up holy hands, 1 Timothy 2:8; or towards the holy place; the oracle in the holy of holies, and the ark of the covenant, typical of Christ; see 1 Kings 8:29, Psalm 28:2; so Kimchi; or rather, according to Arama, unto the holy name of God, to whom prayer is to be directed;

and bless the Lord; which is repeated, to show the importance of the work, that it might not be forgotten and neglected; this being a principal part of spiritual service, and greatly acceptable to God.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. Lift up your hands—(Compare Ps 28:2).

Psalm 134:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Praise the Lord, All You Servants
1A Song of Ascents. Behold, bless the LORD, all servants of the LORD, Who serve by night in the house of the LORD! 2Lift up your hands to the sanctuary And bless the LORD. 3May the LORD bless you from Zion, He who made heaven and earth.
Cross References
1 Timothy 2:8
Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.

Psalm 28:2
Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place.

Psalm 63:2
I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.
Treasury of Scripture

Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.

lift up

Psalm 28:2 Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry to you, when I lift …

Psalm 63:4 Thus will I bless you while I live: I will lift up my hands in your name.

Psalm 141:2 Let my prayer be set forth before you as incense; and the lifting …

Lamentations 2:19 Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour …

Lamentations 3:41 Let us lift up our heart with our hands to God in the heavens.

in the sanctuary. or, in holiness

Psalm 26:6 I will wash my hands in innocence: so will I compass your altar, O LORD:

1 Timothy 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, …

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