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Sing to the Lord a new song

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In six psalms the psalmist either claims to be singing a new song or exhorts others to do so. The same exhortation is found also in Isaiah. 42:10 and a similar one at the beginning of the psalm of praise in Judith: 'Raise to him a new psalm'. The question the author wishes to try and answer in this chapter is: In what sense are these psalms new? He takes it for granted that the psalms in which the summons or the promise to sing a new song comes are to be understood as the new songs themselves. The conviction that Yahweh is not only the God of Israel but also the Creator and therefore the God of the whole earth and all people are being expressed with a new confidence, thanks to events in the exile which show that Babylon and its gods are not all-powerful.

Keywords: Babylon; God; Isaiah; Israel; psalm; Yahweh

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