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Psalm 117

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Psalm 117

Psalm 117 is the 117th psalm of the Book of Psalms. With just two verses and sixteen words in Hebrew, it is the shortest of all 150 psalms.

It is the 595th of the 1,189 chapters of the King James Version of the Bible making it the middle chapter. It is also the shortest chapter in this version of the Bible.


  • Uses 1
    • Judaism 1.1
    • Christianity 1.2
  • Musical settings 2
  • External links 3
  • References 4



  • Is one of six psalms (113-118) of which Hallel is composed. On all days when Hallel is recited, this psalm is recited in its entirety.[1]


In this Psalm the gentiles are invited to join in praise of God. Christians view this as a fulfillment of God's promise of mercy to the gentiles, pointing to God's promise that all nations would be blessed in the seed of Abraham whom they believe is Christ, as described in the book of Galatians. Galatians 3:16 says "The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say "and to seeds," meaning many people, but "and to your seed," meaning one person, who is Christ."

Musical settings

Psalm 117, known by the opening words in Latin as "Laudate dominum" (translated "O, Praise the Lord" or "Praise ye the Lord"), has been set to music by a number of composers, including William Byrd and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. From this century there is a setting by the Swedish composer Fredrik Sixten

As with the other Psalms, "Laudate Dominum" is concluded with a trinitarian doxology (Gloria Patri) when used in the Roman rite.[2] In Catholic churches, the Psalm may be sung after the blessing at the devotional service called Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.[3]

The title "Laudate Dominum" can also refer to Psalm 150 which begins with identical text. The exhortations to praise God through music in Psalm 150 have inspired settings from a number of composers.

External links

  • Laudate Dominum by Fredrik Sixten
  • Laudate Dominum (Psalm 117) (William Byrd) - Midi files and PDF scores by ChoralWiki
  • Laudate Dominum (Psalm 117) (Mozart) - Midi files and PDF scores by ChoralWiki
  • Laudate Dominum (Psalm 150) (Ronald Corp) - Excerpt, programme note and PDF score


  1. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 638
  2. ^ Fortescue, Adrian. Doxology The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 5. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1909. 6 Oct. 2009
  3. ^ The Benedictines of Solesmes, ed. Liber Usualis, p. 1853. New York: Desclee Company, 1961.
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