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Sunday, April 12 2015

Psalm 135: What Does Praise Mean?

"Praise ye the Name of the LORD; praise Him, O ye servants of the LORD ... The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands

The English-language word "praise" originated from a Latin word, pretium, that meant most valuable. The word premium originated from the same root word.

"Praise" originally meant "a joyful tribute or gratitude of homage paid to the Divine Being" (The Consolidated Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary), but it later came to be used by some humans merely to "praise" one another ("12:42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: 12:43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God." John 12:42-43 KJV; see Theaters Of Vanity and What Does The Bible Say About Ministers?; also the Fact Finder question below).

"Praise" is used to translate a number of Hebrew words of the Holy Scriptures and their Greek equivalents. Keep in mind that both the Old and the New Testaments were spoken and based primarily on the Hebrew language - the New Testament was written in Greek, the "world language" of the day, even though the people spoke Hebrew and taught from the Hebrew-language Scriptures.

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  • The Hebrew word, pronounced yaw-daw, that meant to revere with extended hands. Example:

    "7:6 And the priests waited on their offices: the Levites also with instruments of musick of the LORD, which David the king had made to praise [i.e. to revere with extended hands] the LORD, because his mercy endureth for ever, when David praised by their ministry; and the priests sounded trumpets before them, and all Israel stood." (2 Chronicles 7:6 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced hawl-lawl, that meant to celebrate the glory. Example:

    "22:26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise [i.e. to celebrate the glory] the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever." (Psalm 22:26 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced teh-il-law, that meant a song of reverence. Example:

    "40:3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise [i.e. a song of reverence] unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD." (Psalm 40:3 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced zaw-mawr, that meant play music with stringed instruments. Example:

    "21:13 Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise [i.e. play music with stringed instruments] thy power." (Psalm 21:13 KJV)

  • The Greek word, pronounced ah-ee-nos, that meant tell about something wonderful. Example:

    "18:42 And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. 18:43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise [i.e. tell about something wonderful] unto God." (Luke 18:42-43 KJV)

  • The Greek word, pronounced doxa, that meant to worship, or to recognize glory. Example:

    "4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise [i.e. to worship, or to recognize glory] and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." (1 Peter 4:11 KJV)

  • The Greek word, pronounced ep-ahee-nos, that meant recognition of magnificence. Example:

    "4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise [i.e. recognition of magnificence] of God." (1 Corinthians 4:5 KJV)

  • The Greek word, pronounced hoom-neh-oh, that meant worship with song. Example:

    "2:12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise [i.e. worship with song] unto thee." (Hebrews 2:12 KJV)

King David was a man of praise - of the LORD, not of himself (see Truly Uplifting and The Christian Universe; also David's View From The Cross and The Patriotism Prophecy).

"135:1 Praise ye the LORD.

Praise ye the name of the LORD; praise him, O ye servants of the LORD. 135:2 Ye that stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God, 135:3 Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant. 135:4 For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.

135:5 For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. 135:6 Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places. 135:7 He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries.

135:8 Who smote the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast. 135:9 Who sent tokens and wonders into the midst of thee, O Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his servants. 135:10 Who smote great nations, and slew mighty kings; 135:11 Sihon king of the Amorites, and Og king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan: 135:12 And gave their land for an heritage, an heritage unto Israel his people.

135:13 Thy name, O LORD, endureth for ever; and thy memorial, O LORD, throughout all generations. 135:14 For the LORD will judge his people, and he will repent himself concerning his servants.

135:15 The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. 135:16 They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not; 135:17 They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths. 135:18 They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them.

135:19 Bless the LORD, O house of Israel: bless the LORD, O house of Aaron: 135:20 Bless the LORD, O house of Levi: ye that fear the LORD, bless the LORD. 135:21 Blessed be the LORD out of Zion, which dwelleth at Jerusalem.

Praise ye the LORD." (Psalm 135:1-21 KJV)

Fact Finder: What is the difference between rightful praise and Satanic flattery?
See Praise or Flattery?

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This Day In History, April 12

238: The Battle of Carthage. The forces of Gordian II were defeated by Numidian forces of Maximinus Thrax. Gordian II was killed in the battle and his father, Gordian I, committed suicide.

240: Shapur I became king of the Sasanian Empire - the last Iranian empire prior to the invention of the Islamic religion in the fifth century.

467: Anthemius was proclaimed Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.

1204: During the Fourth Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), Constantinople was taken from the Muslims by the Crusaders (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad). Constantinople was founded in 330 by the Roman Emperor Constantine, after whom the city is named (listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy). Centuries later, the city became the capital of the Ottoman Empire (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).

1606: King James of England (after whom the King James Bible is named) ordered a "Union Flag" combining the crosses of St. George of England and St. Andrew of Scotland. The origin of the Union Jack.

1654: The Ordinance of Union came into effect, uniting Ireland and Scotland with England.

1782: The British, under Admiral Sir George Rodney, won a naval victory in the West Indies over the French off Dominica.

1796: Napoleon's forces defeated the Austrian and Sardinian armies at the end of the Battle of Montenotte. It was Napoleon's first significant victory.

1861: The U.S. Civil War began when Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina.

1877: The United Kingdom annexed the Transvaal of South Africa.

1917: During the First World War, four divisions of the Canadian Army captured Vimy Ridge (France) from the German Sixth Army.

1928: The Bremen, a German Junkers W33, departed on the first successful transatlantic flight from east to west.

1945: U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt died at age 63. In his last weeks, he had reportedly turned "anti-Zionist" after a meeting with Arabian King Ibn Saud after the Yalta Conference. The "pro-Zionist" Presidential assistant, David Niles, later asserted: "There are serious doubts in my mind that Israel would have come into being if Roosevelt had lived" (Mr. Niles overestimated Roosevelt and the late-comers who became involved in what others had built - nothing or no one could stop the fulfillment of the prophecy of Judah's return; see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).

1955: The polio vaccine, which was developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, was declared safe and effective.

1955: Albert Einstein collapsed at home in Princeton, New Jersey from a ruptured aortic aneurysm; he died in hospital 3 days later.

1961: Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in outer space when he completed the first manned orbital flight aboard Vostok 1.

1981: The first U.S. space shuttle launch, the Columbia. The vehicle completed 27 missions before disintegrating during re-entry on its 28th flight, on February 1, 2003. Seven astronauts, including the first Israeli astronaut, were killed.
The U.S. often sought to overshadow important dates of Russia's space accomplishments by choosing specific "cover up" dates whenever possible - there are too many for it to have been mere coincidence. Examples: the first U.S. space shuttle launch was deliberately chosen to be on the same date as Russia's putting Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, 20 years earlier (see entry of 1961, above) and Sally Ride was made the first U.S. woman in space on June 18, 1983 - exactly 20 years to the day after the Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space on June 16-19 1963.

"3:27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it." (Proverbs 3:27 KJV)


1999: U.S. President Bill Clinton was cited for contempt of court for testifying "intentionally false statements" in a sexual harassment civil lawsuit.

2002: A 17 year old Palestinian (see Where Is Palestine?) female suicide bomber murdered 7 people and wounded 104 at Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda open-air market.


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