Psalm 149:6
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New International Version
May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands,

New Living Translation
Let the praises of God be in their mouths, and a sharp sword in their hands--

English Standard Version
Let the high praises of God be in their throats and two-edged swords in their hands,

New American Standard Bible
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand,

King James Bible
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Let the exaltation of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands,

International Standard Version
Let high praises to God be heard in their throats, while they wield two-edged swords in their hands

NET Bible
May they praise God while they hold a two-edged sword in their hand,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They will exalt God in their throats with a dual edged sword in their hands

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Let the high praises of God be in their throats and two-edged swords in their hands

Jubilee Bible 2000
The high praises of God shall be in their mouth and a two-edged sword in their hand,

King James 2000 Bible
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;

American King James Version
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;

American Standard Version
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand;

Douay-Rheims Bible
The high praise of God shall be in their mouth: and two-edged swords in their hands:

Darby Bible Translation
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand:

English Revised Version
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;

Webster's Bible Translation
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;

World English Bible
May the high praises of God be in their mouths, and a two-edged sword in their hand;

Young's Literal Translation
The exaltation of God is in their throat, And a two-edged sword in their hand.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

149:6-9 Some of God's servants of old were appointed to execute vengeance according to his word. They did not do it from personal revenge or earthly politics, but in obedience to God's command. And the honour intended for all the saints of God, consists in their triumphs over the enemies of their salvation. Christ never intended his gospel should be spread by fire and sword, or his righteousness by the wrath of man. But let the high praises of God be in our mouths, while we wield the sword of the word of God, with the shield of faith, in warfare with the world, the flesh, and the devil. The saints shall be more than conquerors over the enemies of their souls, through the blood of the Lamb and the word of his testimony. The completing of this will be in the judgement of the great day. Then shall the judgement be executed. Behold Jesus, and his gospel church, chiefly in her millennial state. He and his people rejoice in each other; by their prayers and efforts they work with him, while he goes forth in the chariots of salvation, conquering sinners by grace, or in chariots of vengeance, to destroy his enemies.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - Let the high praises of God be in their mouth; literally, in their throat (comp. Isaiah 58:1). And a two-edged sword in their hand. Some understand this metaphorically. But the weapons of Jewish warfare in Nehemiah's time were thoroughly carnal (Nehemiah 4:13, 16, 17, 18); and against adversaries such as Sanbailat, Geshem, and Tobiah, a nation threatened with extermination is certainly entitled to use the sword.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,.... Or "throats" (m); loudly declared by them. The word "praises" is not in the text, and so may be read, "the high things of God" (n); or, "the heights of God", as the Septuagint: and these are the perfections of God; as his omniscience, which is knowledge too high for a creature to attain unto, and even to conceive of; his omnipotence, for high is his right hand; his omnipresence, this is higher than heaven, deeper than hell, its measure is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea; his love, grace, and mercy, which are in the heavens; and his truth and faithfulness, which reach to the clouds; his eternity, immutability, and other attributes; all which should be often talked of and celebrated: also the high acts and works of God, those more inward and secret; as the thoughts of his heart, which are higher than ours, as the heavens than the earth; the everlasting love of God, which has an height not to be reached; the eternal choice of persons to grace and glory, before all time; the covenant of grace, which exceeds the mountains for height, as well as duration; and the glorious scheme of our peace, reconciliation, and redemption, contrived in the divine mind, and formed in Christ from everlasting: and others more outward, open, and manifest; as the works of creation and providence; of redemption by Christ; the operations of the Spirit, and the powerful success of the Gospel among Jews and Gentiles. The Vulgate Latin version and others render it, "the exaltations of God" (o); Father, Son, and Spirit: Jehovah the Father should be exalted in the mouths of his saints, for his love to them, choice of them, covenant with them, the mission of his Son on their account, and the regeneration of them according to his abundant mercy; and Jehovah the Son should be exalted by them with their mouths and lips, as well as in their hearts, in his person, by honouring him as they do the Father, in his offices, kingly, priestly, and prophetic; and the Holy Spirit should be exalted, by ascribing the work of grace to him, the beginning, carrying on, and finishing of it;

and a twoedged sword in their hand; which is no other than the word of God, Ephesians 6:17; one of its edges is the law, which sharply reproves and menaces for sin, threatening with curses, condemnation, and death; and which, in the Spirit's hand, cuts deep into the hearts of men, lays open the corruption of their nature, and the swarms of sin which are in them; it causes pain and grief, working wrath in the conscience; it wounds and kills, and is therefore called the letter that kills, 2 Corinthians 3:6. The other edge is the Gospel, which cuts in pieces the best of men; all their works of righteousness, which it removes from their justification and salvation; and all their wisdom, holiness, freewill power, and creature abilities; and it cuts down the worst in man, his sinful as well as his righteous self; it teaches him to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts; it is useful to refute errors, and defend truth: and it is an instrument, and only a passive instrument, used by the Lord, as his power unto salvation; it is a sword, but only effectual as it is the sword of the Spirit; it is a part of the weapons of our warfare, and it is mighty, but only through God; it can do nothing of itself, but as it is in the hand of another; and it should be in the hands of all the saints in common, as well as in the hands of Gospel ministers, to withstand error, maintain truth, and repel the temptations of Satan. The Targum is,

"the praises of God in their throats, and as twoedged swords in their hands;''

making the praises of God and the twoedged swords to be the same: and so Jarchi and R. Jeshuah in Aben Ezra interpret them.

(m) "in gutture eorum", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Piscator, &c. (n) , Sept. "celsitudines", Schmidt. (o) "Exaltationes Dei", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Musculus, Gejerus, Michaelis; so Ainsworth.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. high praises—or, "deeds." They shall go forth as religious warriors, as once religious laborers (Ne 4:17).

Psalm 149:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Sing to the Lord a New Song!
5Let the godly ones exult in glory; Let them sing for joy on their beds. 6Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand, 7To execute vengeance on the nations And punishment on the peoples,…
Cross References
Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Nehemiah 4:17
who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other,

Psalm 66:17
I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue.

Jeremiah 50:28
Listen to the fugitives and refugees from Babylon declaring in Zion how the LORD our God has taken vengeance, vengeance for his temple.
Treasury of Scripture

Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;

the high

Psalm 96:4 For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared …

Nehemiah 9:5 Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah…

Daniel 4:37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, …

Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Revelation 19:6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the …

mouth. Heb. throat

Psalm 115:7 They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk …

Psalm 145:3-5 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is …

and a two-edged

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any …

Revelation 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went …

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