Psalm 98:4
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New International Version
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music;

New Living Translation
Shout to the LORD, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy!

English Standard Version
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!

New American Standard Bible
Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.

King James Bible
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Shout to the LORD, all the earth; be jubilant, shout for joy, and sing.

International Standard Version
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Break forth into joyful songs of praise!

NET Bible
Shout out praises to the LORD, all the earth! Break out in a joyful shout and sing!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Praise Lord Jehovah, all the Earth; exult and sing and glorify our God!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Shout happily to the LORD, all the earth. Break out into joyful singing, and make music.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Sing with joy unto the LORD, all the earth; lift up thy voice and rejoice and sing praises.

King James 2000 Bible
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.

American King James Version
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.

American Standard Version
Make a joyful noise unto Jehovah, all the earth: Break forth and sing for joy, yea, sing praises.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Sing joyfully to God, all the earth; make melody, rejoice and sing.

Darby Bible Translation
Shout aloud unto Jehovah, all the earth; break forth and shout for joy, and sing psalms.

English Revised Version
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: break forth and sing for joy, yea, sing praises.

Webster's Bible Translation
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.

World English Bible
Make a joyful noise to Yahweh, all the earth! Burst out and sing for joy, yes, sing praises!

Young's Literal Translation
Shout to Jehovah, all the earth, Break forth, and cry aloud, and sing.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

98:4-9 Let all the children of men rejoice in the setting up the kingdom of Christ, for all may benefit by it. The different orders of rational creatures in the universe, seem to be described in figurative language in the reign of the great Messiah. The kingdom of Christ will be a blessing to the whole creation. We expect his second coming to begin his glorious reign. Then shall heaven and earth rejoice, and the joy of the redeemed shall be full. But sin and its dreadful effects will not be utterly done away, till the Lord come to judge the world in righteousness. Seeing then that we look for such things, let us give diligence that we may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth. God is to be praised heartily - with a loud and ringing voice. The body is to unite with the soul in giving him thanks, and to perform its part vigorously and with zeal (comp. Psalm 5:3; Psalm 66:1; Psalm 81:1; Psalm 95:1, 2; Psalm 100:1, etc.). And in the praise of God the whole earth is to join. Make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise; rather, break forth, and sing for joy, and sing praise (see the Revised Version).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth,.... That is, all the inhabitants of the earth, as the Targum, to whom the joyful sound of the Gospel comes; See Gill on Psalm 95:1,

make a loud noise, rejoice, and sing praise; exalt and extend the voice to the highest pitch, in the most musical and melodious strains; this heap of words is used to express the intenseness of mind, vehemency of affection, and strength of spirit and exceeding greatness of joy, with which the Lord should be praised for his great and marvellous works.

The Treasury of David

4 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth; make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.

5 Sing unto the Lord with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a Psalm.

6 With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the Lord, the King.

In these three verses we are taught how to praise the Lord.

Psalm 98:4

"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth." Every tongue must applaud, and that with the vigour which joy of heart alone can arouse to action. As men shout when they welcome a king, so must we. Loud hosannas, full of happiness, must be lifted up. If ever men shout for joy it should be when the Lord comes among them in the proclamation of his gospel reign. John Wesley said to his people, "Sing lustily, and with a good courage. Beware of singing as if you were half dead or half asleep; but lift up your voice with strength. Be no more afraid of your voice now, nor more ashamed of its being heard, than when you sung the songs of Satan." "Make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise;" or "Burst forth, and sing, and play." Let every form of exultation be used, every kind of music pressed into the service till the accumulated praise causes the skies to echo the joyful tumult. There is no fear of our being too hearty in magnifying the God of our salvation, only we must take care that the song comes from the heart, otherwise the music is nothing but a noise in his ears, whether it be caused by human throats, or organ pipes, or far-resounding trumpets. Loud let our hearts ring out the honours of our conquering Saviour; with all our might let us extol the Lord who has vanquished all our enemies, and led our captivity captive. He will do this best who is most in love with Jesus: -

"I've found the pearl of greatest price,

My heart doth sing for joy;

And sing I must, a Christ Ihave,

Oh, what a Christ have!"

Psalm 98:5

"Sing unto the Lord with the harp." Skill in music should not be desecrated to the world's evil mirth, it should aid the private devotions of the saint, and then, like George Herbert, he will sing, -

"My God, my God,

continued...

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4-6. make a loud noise—or, "burst forth" (Isa 14:7; 44:23).

before … King—hail Him as your sovereign; and while, with every aid to demonstrate zeal and joy, intelligent creatures are invited to praise, as in Ps 96:11-13, inanimate nature is also summoned to honor Him who triumphs and rules in righteousness and equity.

Psalm 98:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Sing to the Lord a New Song!
3He has remembered His lovingkindness and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. 4Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises. 5Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, With the lyre and the sound of melody.…
Cross References
Psalm 33:3
Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.

Psalm 66:1
For the director of music. A song. A psalm. Shout for joy to God, all the earth!

Psalm 66:8
Praise our God, all peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard;

Psalm 81:1
For the director of music. According to gittith. Of Asaph. Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob!

Psalm 100:1
A psalm. For giving grateful praise. Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.

Isaiah 44:23
Sing for joy, you heavens, for the LORD has done this; shout aloud, you earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees, for the LORD has redeemed Jacob, he displays his glory in Israel.

Isaiah 52:9
Burst into songs of joy together, you ruins of Jerusalem, for the LORD has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem.
Treasury of Scripture

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.

Psalm 47:1-5 O clap your hands, all you people; shout to God with the voice of triumph…

Psalm 66:1,4 Make a joyful noise to God, all you lands…

Psalm 67:4 O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for you shall judge the …

Psalm 95:1 O come, let us sing to the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the …

Psalm 100:1 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all you lands.

Isaiah 12:6 Cry out and shout, you inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy …

Isaiah 42:11 Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the …

Isaiah 44:23 Sing, O you heavens; for the LORD has done it: shout, you lower parts …

Jeremiah 33:11 The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, …

Zephaniah 3:14 Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with …

Matthew 21:9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, …

Revelation 19:1,6 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, …

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