All Creation Exhorted to Praise the LORD
148 1 Hallelujah! Praise Jehovah from the heavens; praise him in the heights. 2 Praise ye him, all his angels; praise ye him, all his hosts. 3 Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all ye stars of light. 4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that are above the heavens. 5 Let them praise the name of Jehovah, for he it is that commanded, and they were created: 6 And he established them for ever and ever; he made [for them] a statute which shall not pass.
7 Praise Jehovah from the earth, ye sea-monsters, and all deeps; 8 Fire and hail, snow and vapour, stormy wind fulfilling his word; 9 Mountains and all hills, fruit-trees and all cedars; 10 Beasts and all cattle, creeping things and winged fowl; 11 Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all judges of the earth; 12 Both young men and maidens, old men with youths,— 13 Let them praise the name of Jehovah: for his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above the earth and the heavens. 14 And he hath lifted up the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints, [even] of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Hallelujah!
Israel Exhorted to Praise the LORD
149 1 Hallelujah! Sing unto Jehovah a new song; [sing] his praise in the congregation of the godly. 2 Let Israel rejoice in his Maker; let the sons of Zion be joyful in their King. 3 Let them praise his name in the dance; let them sing psalms unto him with the tambour and harp. 4 For Jehovah taketh pleasure in his people; he beautifieth the meek with salvation. 5 Let the godly exult in glory; let them shout for joy upon their beds.
6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand: 7 To execute vengeance against the nations, [and] punishment among the peoples; 8 To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; 9 To execute upon them the judgment written. This honour have all his saints. Hallelujah!
A Call to Praise God with Musical Instruments
150 1 Hallelujah! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in the firmament of his power. 2 Praise him in his mighty acts; praise him according to the abundance of his greatness. 3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet; praise him with lute and harp; 4 Praise him with the tambour and dance; praise him with stringed instruments and the pipe; 5 Praise him with loud cymbals; praise him with high sounding cymbals. 6 Let everything that hath breath praise Jah. Hallelujah!
29 Since what shall the baptised for the dead do if [those that are] dead rise not at all? why also are they baptised for them? 30 Why do we also endanger ourselves every hour? 31 Daily I die, by your boasting which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord. 32 If, [to speak] after the manner of man, I have fought with beasts in Ephesus, what is the profit to me if [those that are] dead do not rise? let us eat and drink; for to-morrow we die. 33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 34 Awake up righteously, and sin not; for some are ignorant of God: I speak to you as a matter of shame.
35 But some one will say, How are the dead raised? and with what body do they come? 36 Fool; what thou sowest is not quickened unless it die. 37 And what thou sowest, thou sowest not the body that shall be, but a bare grain: it may be of wheat, or some one of the rest: 38 and God gives to it a body as he has pleased, and to each of the seeds its own body. 39 Every flesh [is] not the same flesh, but one [is] of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another [flesh] of birds, and another of fishes. 40 And [there are] heavenly bodies, and earthly bodies: but different is the glory of the heavenly, different that of the earthly: 41 one [the] sun's glory, and another [the] moon's glory, and another [the] stars' glory; for star differs from star in glory. 42 Thus also [is] the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruptibility. 43 It is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body: if there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual [one]. 45 Thus also it is written, The first man Adam became a living soul; the last Adam a quickening spirit. 46 But that which is spiritual [was] not first, but that which is natural, then that which is spiritual: 47 the first man out of [the] earth, made of dust; the second man, out of heaven. 48 Such as he made of dust, such also those made of dust; and such as the heavenly [one], such also the heavenly [ones]. 49 And as we have borne the image of the [one] made of dust, we shall bear also the image of the heavenly [one]. 50 But this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit God's kingdom, nor does corruption inherit incorruptibility.
51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all fall asleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in an instant, in [the] twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must needs put on incorruptibility, and this mortal put on immortality. 54 But when this corruptible shall have put on incorruptibility, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall come to pass the word written: Death has been swallowed up in victory. 55 Where, O death, [is] thy sting? where, O death, thy victory? 56 Now the sting of death [is] sin, and the power of sin the law; 57 but thanks to God, who gives us the victory by our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 So then, my beloved brethren, be firm, immovable, abounding always in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in [the] Lord.