Psalm 136:1

Hebrew Bible

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his loyal love endures. 2 Give thanks to the God of gods, for his loyal love endures. 3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his loyal love endures. 4 To the one who performs magnificent, amazing deeds all by himself, for his loyal love endures. 5 To the one who used wisdom to make the heavens, for his loyal love endures.

1 Maccabees 4:24


22 they all fled into the land of the Philistines. 23 Then Judas returned to plunder the camp, and they seized a great amount of gold and silver, and cloth dyed blue and sea purple, and great riches. 24 On their return they sang hymns and praises to Heaven—"For he is good, for his mercy endures forever." 25 Thus Israel had a great deliverance that day. 26 Those of the foreigners who escaped went and reported to Lysias all that had happened.

 Notes and References

"... The laments comprise about a third of the pieces that may qualify as poetry in 1 Maccabees (compare 2:49b–68; 3:3–9; 4:24b; 4:30b–33; 7:17, 37–38; 9:21, 41; 14:4–15). It is noteworthy that all except the last two of these lyrical segments are in the first half of the book, which is devoted to the careers of Mattathias and Judas. The only piece that explicitly mentions joy is the last one, the eulogy of Simon, which thereby reflects a reversal of fortunes compared to the five laments (14:4– 15). Three pieces are scriptural quotations (4:24b [compare Ps 136:1]; 7:17 [compare Psalm 79:2–3]; 9:21 [compare 2 Samuel 1:25a, 27a; Judges 3:9]). The five laments along with Mattathias’s farewell speech (2:48b–68) and the ode to Judas (3:3–9) represent the highest concentration of poetry in 1 Maccabees as they punctuate the narration from Antiochus’s plundering of the Temple to Judas’s leading of his troops into battle at Emmaus (1:20–3:60) ..."

Duggan, Michael "1 Maccabees: Emotions of Life and Death in Narrative and Lament" in Reif, Stefan C., and Renate Egger-Wenzel (eds.) Ancient Jewish Prayers and Emotions: Emotions Associated with Jewish Prayer in and around the Second Temple Period (pp. 95-116) De Gruyter, 2015

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