Psalm 146 II

II Author supposedly David for Psalm 146 no consensus among biblical scholars


I Mostly David

II Mainly David & sons of Korah

III Mainly Asaph

IV Mainly anonymous

V Mainly David

III Approx Date 515 BC[1], Historical Context Post Exile, about 600 years after Book I completed

Different voices coming into Psalms compilations

IV Outline/ Major Themes

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, symphonic finale Praise of God for every blessing 146-47, by everyone Ps 148 with everything Ps 150[2]

  1. Opening[3] cheer [halleluiah, Praise Yahweh}
  2. Summons to praise
  3. Admonitions
  4. Beatitude
  5. Hymn to Yahweh
  6. Wish
  7. Closing cheer

V Micah Reading

Praise for God’s Help (RSV)

146 Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have being.

Put not your trust in princes,
in a son of man, in whom there is no help.
When his breath departs he returns to his earth;
on that very day his plans perish.

Happy is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord his God,
who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them;
who keeps faith for ever;
    who executes justice for the oppressed;
who gives food to the hungry.

The Lord sets the prisoners free;
    the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the sojourners,
he upholds the widow and the fatherless;
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

10 The Lord will reign for ever,
thy God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the Lord!

[1]  accessed April 12, 2023

[2] Bergsma & Pietre 577

[3] Erhard S. Gerstenberger, Psalms Part 2, and Lamentations Volume XV (Eerdmans: Grand Rapids, MI 2001) 437