December 25, 2023 – Monday – Christmas – Halleljah!
Psalm 111:1 CJB
1 Halleluyah! I will wholeheartedly give thanks to Adonai in the council of the upright and in the assembly.
Psalm 111:1 ESV
1 Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Psalm 111:1 TLV
1 Halleluyah! I praise Adonai with all my heart in the company and congregation of the upright.
Psalm 111:1 NKJV
1 Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.
In the Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) we see Praise the Lord! as Halleluyah! Then in the Tree of Life Version (TLV) we again see Praise the Lord! as Halleluyah! At the same time in the ESV and the NKJV we see Praise the Lord! What is going on here?
Go here and you will see most translations have Praise the Lord! instead of Halleluyah! This is truly odd as Halleluyah directly translates as Praise the Lord! I find it odd as the song Halleluyah is so popular at the time we celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas when we do praise the Lord, thanking Him for sending Jesus to us.
Looking at the etymology of Hallelujah (at Wikipedia) we find it is a transliteration of Hebrew which means ‘praise ye Jah.’ The word hallel in Hebrew is a joyous praise in song and the second part Yah is an abbreviated form of YHWH or Yahweh.
Thus, when we hear the song Hallelujah we hear a song of Praise the Lord or Praise Ye the Lord. However, it was not truly a Christian song of worship in the original version by Leonard Cohen although it had many Biblical references. There are distinctly Christian versions, and we can hear one here. Want more background on the history of Hallelujah!, go here for Old Testament history of Hallelujah.
Bottom Line: As for me I will praise God and shout Hallelujah! in celebration of Jesus’ birth.
Prayer: Almighty God, Hallelujah! Thank You for so many blessings and especially for sending Jesus to us as a baby in the manger in Bethlehem. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
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