|Source (Hebrew)||Translation (English)|
הַ֥לְלוּ יָ֨הּ ׀
שִׁ֣ירוּ לַֽ֭יהוָה שִׁ֣יר חָדָ֑שׁ
יְהַֽלְל֣וּ שְׁמ֣וֹ בְמָח֑וֹל
כִּֽי־רוֹצֶ֣ה יְהוָ֣ה בְּעַמּ֑וֹ
רוֹמְמ֣וֹת אֵ֭ל בִּגְרוֹנָ֑ם
וְחֶ֖רֶב פִּֽיפִיּ֣וֹת בְּיָדָֽם׃
לַעֲשׂ֣וֹת נְ֭קָמָה בַּגּוֹיִ֑ם
לֶאְסֹ֣ר מַלְכֵיהֶ֣ם בְּזִקִּ֑ים
וְ֝נִכְבְּדֵיהֶ֗ם בְּכַבְלֵ֥י בַרְזֶֽל׃
Sing a brand new song to Yah.
This, is how he is celebrated
Among the Ḥassidim.
Yisrael, is happy
Knowing his Maker.
Delight in their King.
Dancing, they chant his Name,
With drums and strings.
Yah, loves his people.
Can count on him for help.
His awesome Presence.
Even on their bed, they hum his praises.
They exalt God, in inner speech.
Such praise is a potent weapon,
To immobilize their commanders,
And arrest their agitators.
לַעֲשׂ֤וֹת בָּהֶ֨ם ׀
Rebuke them, as they deserve!
מִשְׁפָּ֬ט כָּת֗וּב הָדָ֣ר ה֭וּא
All this, because God’s Ḥassidim
Gives honor to him in splendor.
Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l, included his translation of Psalms 149 in his Siddur Tehillat Hashem Yidaber Pi (2009). To the best of my ability, I have set his English translation side-by-side with the Hebrew verses comprising Psalms 149. I have replaced some anglicizations and removed capitalization for divine pronouns. –Aharon N. Varady
“תהלים קמ״ט | Psalms 149, translated by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi” is shared through the Open Siddur Project with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International copyleft license.
Works of related interest:
אַשְׁרֵי יוֹשְׁבֵי בֵיתֶךָ | Ashrei Yoshvei Veitekha :: Sitting in your home is happiness (Psalms 145), translated by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi