Questions tagged [psalms]

The book of Psalms, also known as "the Psalter", a collection of many poems and hymns from ancient Israel and Judah.

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Psalm 17:2 Why the Hebrew word for eyes is singular?

https://biblehub.com/psalms/17-2.htm Psalm 17:2 Let my vindication come from you; may your eyes see what is right. may Your eyes עֵ֝ינֶ֗יךָ (‘ê·ne·ḵā) Noun - cdc | second person masculine singular ...
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What is the meaning behind Psalm 114:2

Psalm 114 is recited by Jews at Passover, commemorating the departure of God's people from Egypt. This year (2021) it falls on the evening of Sunday 28 March. Verse 1 recalls God's great redemptive ...
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What is the apple of God's eye?

Psalm 17:8 Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings. What is the writer depicting?
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Was the generation that grumbled & rebelled merely refused entry into the Promised Land, or did they also lose their salvation?

Deuteronomy 1:30-46 34 “Then the Lord heard the sound of your words, and He was angry and took an oath, saying, 35 ‘Not one of these men, this evil generation, shall see the good land which I swore to ...
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How to interpret Psalm 76:10? [duplicate]

Psalm 76:10 Even the wrath of man shall praise You; with the survivors of wrath You will clothe Yourself. I can't make head or tail of this.
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How to reconcile John 5:29 with Psalm 145:9?

John 5:29 and come out--those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned. Psalm 145:9 The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on ...
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Psalms 8:5, a little lower than: (angels), (God), (yourself) or (gods)? [duplicate]

Psalms 8:5, HOT; (8:6) ותחסרהו מעט מאלהים וכבוד והדר תעטרהו׃ LXX; (8:6) ἠλάττωσας αὐτὸν βραχύ τι παρ᾿ ἀγγέλους, δόξῃ καὶ τιμῇ ἐστεφάνωσας αὐτόν· The literal translation of מאלהים is (gods), as in ...
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Firstborn killed by a band of destroying angels?

In Exodus 12:23 (NASB) For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians; but when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and will not allow ...
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Did God give an oath to Isaac as alluded in Psalms 105:8-10?

PSALMS 105:8-10 niv 8 He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations, 9 the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac. 10 He confirmed it to Jacob ...
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Is Mark 4:36-39 a fulfillment of Psalm 144:7? [closed]

NIV | Psalm 144:7 "Reach down your hand from on high; deliver me and rescue me from the mighty waters, from the hands of foreigners" If hands of foreigners could pull on a boat like mighty ...
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Does (Psalm 112:7) Old Testament Hebrew mean “Bad News” Or “Evil Tidings”? All “Evil Tidings” is “Bad News” but Not all “Bad News is ”Evil Tidings"

All "Evil Tidings" is obviously "Bad News" but Not all "Bad News" is "Evil Tidings" Psalm 112:7 (NASB 1995) He will Not fear evil tidings; His heart is ...
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Why does the ESV translate ‘South’ as ‘Wilderness’ in Psalm 75:6?

While King James and some other versions cited ‘South’ in Psalm 75:6, ESV appears to translate South as ‘Wilderness’. For not from the east or from the west and not from the wilderness comes lifting ...
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Whom is God talking to in Psalm 82:2?

Psalm 82 says: 1 God presides in the great assembly; he renders judgment among the “gods”. 2 How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked? Who is "you" in this ...
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Who are the Characters Choirmaster, and Dove in the heading of Psalm 56?

I was reading this heading, and was wondering whom the choirmaster and The Dove people are: To the choirmaster: according to The Dove on Far-off Terebinths. A Miktam of David, when the Philistines ...
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What is the imagery in Psalm 19:5?

Psalm 19:5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. What does this signify? Is it romantic/sexual?
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What is Psalm 2:8 referring to?

Psalm 2:8 Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as your possession. (NASB) Who is God speaking to here? And in what way will the nations ...
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Psalm 14 or Psalm 53 - Which came first?

Psalm 14 and 53 are nearly identical. Thrice Psalm 14 uses "LORD" (the Tetragrammaton) where 53 uses "God". 53 adds "according to the machalath style; a well-written song"...
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What is the meaning of perfect hatred?

Psalm 139:21-22 Berean Study Bible 21 Do I not hate those who hate You, O LORD, and detest those who rise against You? 22I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them as my enemies.
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What is the significance of “He makes me lie down in green pastures”?

Psalm 23:1The LORD is my shepherd I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. Does not the sheep want to lie down on his own accord?
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What is the meaning of “your footprints were not seen” in Psalm 77:19?

Psalm 77:19 Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen. Your footprints were not seen. What's meaningful significance here?
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Did the Overseer of Psalm 8 play music on a winepress?

After reading commentaries on Psalm 8:1 regarding the "Gittith" possibly representing a winepress, I was curious if the bible specifically mentions what the Gittith instrument did. Was a ...
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Does Psalm 73:24 allude to eternal life?

Psalm 73:24 New International Version You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. What is the meaning of glory here? Note the parallelism with Genesis 5:24 Enoch ...
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In Psalm 76:10, does God tactfully use the wrath of his enemies to Glorify Himself, and finally destroys the remainder?

Psalm 76:9-11 (NASB 2020) 9 When God arose to judgment, To save all the humble of the earth. Selah 10 For the wrath of mankind shall praise You; You will encircle Yourself with a remnant of wrath. 11 ...
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Why does Psalm 38 contradict God's view of disabilities in Exodus 4:11-12?

YHVH tells us in Shemot 4:11-12 that individuals with disabilities were created as special instruments to reveal God to others. Shemot / Exodus 4 : [11] But YHVH said to him, " Who gave mouth to-...
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In Psalm 78:34 - How can Yisrael (ישראל) repent (שָׁ֗בוּ) if they have been slain?

We read in Tehillim 78:31-34 that God slew the chosen of Israel in order for them to repent. Tehillim / Psalms 78 [31] And-Anger of God ascended upon them and-slew their stoutest and-[the] chosen [of] ...
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Who are “The Fallen” (Ha-Nofelim, הַנֹּֽפְלִ֑ים) God supports in Psalm 145:14?

In Psalm 145:14, we are told God supports all The-Fallen. Tehillim / Psalms 145:14 [MT] YHVH supports for-all The-Fallen ( סוֹמֵ֣ךְ יְ֖הֹוָה לְכָל־הַנֹּֽפְלִ֑ים ) Who are "The Fallen" (Ha-...
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What is the “Horn” (Qeren, קֶ֨רֶן) God raised in Psalm 148:14?

In Psalm 148, we are told in verse 14 that God raised a Horn for His people. Tehillim / Psalms 148:14 [MT] "And He raised [a] Horn for His people" ( וַיָּ֚רֶם קֶ֨רֶן לְעַמּ֡וֹ ) What is ...
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Psalm 73:15? What is wrong if he speaks out, and why would speaking out betray the generation of God's children?

Psalm 73 (NASB) ..........3 For I was envious of the [b]arrogant As I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4 For there are no pains in their death, And their [c]body is fat. ................. ...............
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Translating forms of Yirah as Fear or Seeing

I have heard numerous rabbis connect verses about the fear of God to seeing God. This always hinges on the fact that some of the conjugations of yirah (fear) look the same as some of the conjugations ...
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Psalm 139:16 all my days “are” or “will be” written?

I am looking at Psalm 139:16 which the NRSV translates as: In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed. But the "were written" is ...
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Psalm 146:3 son of man?

Psalm 146:3 (KJV) states Do not put your trust in princes, or in the son of man, in whom there is no help. Depending on the translation, it says "Mortal man" "a son of man" "...
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Some Isaiah 61:8 translations use phrase “burnt offering” as opposed to “wrong”/“wrongdoing”. Therefore, what does Hebrew WLC version say?

It's big difference if some bible translations say: the burnt offering as opposed to wrong/wrongdoing Could some please read and evaluate the corresponding Hebrew WLC version, and give and elaborate ...
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How should psalm 137:9 be interpreted?

When reading Psalm 137:9 "Blessed is the one who takes your babies and dashes them against rocks." Sometimes they’re translated as happy or blessed. So are the enemies happy that they dashed ...
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In Psalm 139 - Does God use His Book (סִפְרְךָ) to document 'our design' or 'our time' on Earth?

In Psalm 139 - Does God use His Book (סִפְרְךָ) to document 'our design' or 'our time' on Earth? Tehillim (Psalms) 139:16 [MT] : "Your eyes saw my unformed body, and on Your Book they were all ...
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Psalm 8:5 You have made him or them a little lower than the angels?

Psalm 8:5 New International Version You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. English Standard Version Yet you have made him a little lower than the ...
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Did the psalmist taunt God in Psalm 44:23?

NIV 1 Kings 18:27 At noon Elijah began to taunt them. "Shout louder!" he said. "Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must ...
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What is the difference between bless and praise in Psalm 145:2?

Psalm 145:2 New Living Translation I will praise you every day; yes, I will praise you forever. English Standard Version Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. NLT does ...
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Does “Asor” (עָשׂוֹר) in Psalm 92:4 [MT] mean a “Tenth” in regards to a “Tithe” (מַעְשַׂ֤ר) instead of an instrument?

For Sabbath (Shabat, שַּׁבָּ֜ת) worship in Psalm 92, does "Asor" (עָשׂוֹר) mean a "Tenth" in regards to a Tithe (מַעְשַׂ֤ר) instead of an instrument? In Biblical Hebrew, "Asor&...
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What is the meaning of bless the Lord?

English Standard Version Hebrews 7:7 It is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior. So the higher blesses the lower. English Standard Version Psalm 135:20 O house of Levi, bless ...
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Psalm 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Why fearfully?

Psalm 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. What is the significance of being fearfully made?
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Angels are already spirits or can become spirits?

(I must preface this by saying, just because a psalm is poetic, it does not therefore take away from the fact that it is also making a truth statement, and accurate. Jesus quoted psalm 82 about the ...
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Regarding Asaph (אָ֫סָ֥ף ), why do digital versions of KJV Bible remove his name from Psalms 73-83?

Regarding Asaph (אָ֫סָ֥ף), why do certain online KJV texts remove his name from Psalms 73-83, such as Bible Gateway's? If we only read the KJV, the Tehillim (Psalms) may appear to be written by King ...
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Why did Paul change the word order of “retribution” and “trap” from Psalm 69:22?

NIV Psalm 69:22 May their table become a snare; may it be a retribution and a trap. Romans 11:9 And David says: "May their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution ...
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Does DSS version of Psalm 119:65 reveal Masoretes abbreviated original text?

Besides revealing the ancient Hebrew Name of YHVH from 30 AD, does the DSS version of [Psalm 119:65] prove the original Hebrew suffix “Your” (Kha) was originally written with a combined ‘Kaf-Hei’ ...
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Is there a reason Psalm 136 has exactly 26 repetitions of “For His mercy endures forever”?

Psalm 136 comprises 26 verses, each ending with For His mercy endures forever. (NKJV) Our pastor stated this morning that 26 was a special number in this regard, but didn't clarify this. Now 26 is ...
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Would God take his Spirit from me (Psalm 51:11)?

Psalm 51:11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Is it possible that God would take his Holy Spirit from us?
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In Psalm 91, what is the “secret place of the Most High”?

Psa 91:1 NKJV - He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. https://www.blueletterbible.org/nkjv/psa/91/1/p0/t_conc_569001
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What is that “it” represents in Psalm 91:7?

New International Version Psalm 91:7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. It cannot literally be death because people are dying right ...
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What did Elizabeth mean by “the mother of my Lord” in Luke 1:43?

Before Jesus was born, Elizabeth called him "my Lord" in Luke 1:43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? Later, her son John knew that he was not the ...
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In light of Proverbs 24:17 , how would we go about justifying or reasoning Psalm 54:5-7 claim of being satisfied with enemies' destruction?

Proverbs 24:17 (NASB) Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; Proverbs 24:17 (KJV) Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be ...

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