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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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In Psalm 82:1 who are in the “congregation” and who are the “gods”?

How should we understand Psalm 82:1? God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. Who is the congregation? And who are the gods? According to other answers here ...
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In Psalm 110 verse 5; to whom does the word Lord refer?

Psalm 110:4-5 (KJV) 4 The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. 5 The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of ...
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In Psalm 81 how does the blowing of the horn relate to the Exodus?

Psalm 81:3-6 (NIV) 3 Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon, and when the moon is full, on the day of our festival; 4 this is a decree for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob. 5 When God ...
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Why does the Psalmist “lft up [his] eyes to the mountains”?

Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV) reads as follows: I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Why did the author look at ...
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What type of sacrifice was bound to the altar in Psalms 118:27?

Psalms 118:27-28 KJV 27 God is the LORD, which hath showed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar. 28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God,...
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To whom is Psalm 46:10 spoken?

Psalm 46:10 is written as a proclamation from God: Be still, and know that I am God.     I will be exalted among the nations,     I will be ...
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Is Psalm 104:4 an allusion to Exodus 3:2?

First of all, I take "his ministers" to refer to the "angels": Psa 104:4  Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire: It appears that To the Hebrews also takes 104:4 to refer to ...
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In Psalm 22:16, is “pierced” or “like a lion” correct? [duplicate]

King James Bible For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet JPS Tanakh 1917 For dogs have encompassed me; A company of evil-doers ...
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In Psalm 40:12: is he surrounded by “evils” or by “iniquities”?

Psalm 40:12 (KJV) " For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore ...
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Why did Korah's conspirators suffer heavier casualties than him in Numbers 16?

When Korah rebelled against Moses & Aaron he brought along Dathan & Abiram but when the judgement was executed it seems his conspirators suffered heavier casualities than him.Its clear in the ...
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Why do translations of Psalm 75:6 vary so widely?

Comparing the NKJV: For exaltation (comes) neither from the east nor from the west nor from the south. To the NIV: No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt themselves. To ...
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Is Psalm 110:6-7 an allusion to Judges 7:4-8?

BSB Psalm 110: 6He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead; He will crush the leaders far and wide. 7He will drink from the brook by the road; therefore He will lift up His head. NIV ...
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What is the purpose of the Lord in killing the gentile kings (Psalm 110:5-6)?

Part of Psalm 110 reads as follows (Webster translation): 110:5 The Lord at thy right hand will strike through kings in the day of his wrath. 110:6 He will judge among the heathen, he will fill ...
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When and to whom was Psalm 45 written?

Psalm 45 is one of the most mysterious and bizarre compositions of the book of Psalms; it speaks about an anonymous king and his sensuous wives, and goes into great detail about his wealth, power and ...
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To whom were the Jews referring in John 6:31?

John 6:31 New King James Version (NKJV) 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”[a] In the following text Christ accuses the Jews as ...
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Is Psalm 8:2 saying that humanity was made to fight Satan?

I've heard it suggested that Psalm 8:2 indicates that God made mankind to defeat Satan. Is that what is being suggested or is it referring to something more mundane?? KJV Psalm 8:2  Out of the ...
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In 1 Corinthians 10:1 is the cloud that covered the cloud that led and vice versa?

NIV 1 Corinthians 10:1 For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. This appears ...
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Why does a segolate noun in Psalm 38:1[2] retain its segol with pronominal suffix?

The first column (right-to-left) is a list of segolate nouns. The second column shows that, when a pronoun is added to segolate noun, the vowel under the first letter of the root reverts to whatever ...
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In Psalms 46:4-5, what does “river”, “city” and “break of day” means?

Psalms 46:4 - 5 There is a river whose streams bring joy to God's city, it sanctifies the dwelling of the Most High. God is in the city, it cannot fall; at break of day God comes to its rescue. ...
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Why did Jesus say, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

"Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" (Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34) appears to be a quote from Tehillim 22.2. Was Jesus saying G-D had forsaken him? Or was he merely quoting from Tehillim (Psalms) 22.2 (as an ...
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Where does the Bible say the sun goes when it sets?

Psalm 19:4-6 describes the sun as a warrior running a distance. How does the sun get back to its tent in the east? What route does it take?
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What is the mood of {יהיו} in Psalm 19:15

יהיו לרצון they shall be of desiring/liking אםרי פי speech of my mouth והגיון לבי and reasoning/logic of my heart לפניך יי צורי וגאלי before you Hashem my rock and my redeemer. What is the ...
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Why was Ham the only one among Noah's three sons who had a land named after him. Psalm 105:23

Psalm 105:23 (NKJV) Israel also came into Egypt, And Jacob dwelt in the land of Ham. Psalm 106:22 (NKJV) Wondrous works in the land of Ham, Awesome things by the Red Sea. Noah had three ...
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What does it mean to “Kiss the Son” Psalm 2:12?

Psalm 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him. What did it mean to "Kiss ...
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Psalm 56:8, What Does The Expression Mean: “Put my tears in Your bottle.”

Psalm 56:8 What did David mean by the expression: "Put my tears in Your bottle" You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book? (NASB)
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What is the argument for psalm 42 and psalm 43 being different psalms?

Psalm 42 and 43 in English translation are separated following a tradition of the LXX but are translated from the MT apparently being a single composition via all the commentaries. Can you offer a ...
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How can a sparrow nest on the altars of God according to Psalm 84:3

The sparrow finds a while the swallow finds a nest. Both birds find homes and nests on the LORD'S Altars (plural), not altar. Psalm:84.3 Even the sparrow has found a home, And the swallow a ...
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Does Jesus misquote Psalm 110: Who is speaking to whom?

In Psalm 110:1, the Psalmist states (roughly): Yahweh said to my master, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet. This indicates God spoke to the ...
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Did God whisper when he spoke to Moses in Numbers 7:89?

Many a times God's voice is described as thunderous & powerful All texts from NASB Numbers 7 [89]Now when Moses went into the tent of meeting to speak with Him, he heard the voice speaking ...
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Why does the ethos of David's Psalms not reflect the Royal Law?

In Acts 13:22 David is said to be a man who's heart accords with God's own heart: Berean Literal Bible And having removed him, He raised up David to them as king, to whom also He said, having ...
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In Psalm 27:13 where is “the land of the living”?

NET Bible Psalm 27:13 Where would I be if I did not believe I would experience the Lord’s favor in the land of the living? "in this life"? in Zion? in the "afterlife"?
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In Psalm 27:6 is there a historic or prophetic reason David is confident that “now” is when he will triumph?

David's life was marked by a long period of being on the run, defeated and so on. However in this Psalm he seems to very confident that the time has come for him to triumph over his enemies. Does this ...
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Is Psalm 146:8 a promise for a particular time?

In Psalm 146:8 it is asserted by a Jew to the Jews that God gives sight to blind people. The context seems to suggest that a physical blindness is being referred to rather than a spiritual one: NIV ...
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What does it mean for God to magnify his word above his name ? Psalm 138:2

Singing Psalm 138 this morning, I find I am no further forward in understanding verse 2 than when I first heard a preacher, in my youth, mention the text without explaining it. "Thou hast made ...
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In Psalm 148:4 are the waters above the highest heaven?

This verse seems to reflect the understanding that there are multiple heavens (aka "skies"), one above the other: New American Standard Bible Psalm 148:4 Praise Him, highest heavens, And the ...
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“The Resurrection Psalm” - should we interpret Psalm 23 in the context of Psalms 22 / 24?

Recently I encountered the concept that some call Psalm 23 "the Resurrection Psalm", which as far as I can ascertain is primarily due to its location between Psalm 22 (referenced by Christ at the ...
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Is Psalm 102 (LXX 101) a messianic prophecy?

Hebrews 1 quotes from Psalm 102 (LXX 101) from the LXX. YLT Hebrews 1: 8and unto the Son: ‘Thy throne, O God, is to the age of the age; a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy reign; ...
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In Psalm 32:5, do sins count or not?

In the beginning of Psalm 32 David says how great it is to be someone who's sin is never counted against them: 1Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. ...
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Was Psalms 45:6 mistranslated? [duplicate]

I'm having difficulty with this passage. In Psalms 45:7-8 (MT): כִּסְאֲךָ֣ אֱ֭לֹהִים עוֹלָ֣ם וָעֶ֑ד שֵׁ֥בֶט מִ֝ישֹׁ֗ר שֵׁ֣בֶט מַלְכוּתֶֽךָ אָהַ֣בְתָּ צֶּדֶק֮ וַתִּשְׂנָ֫א רֶ֥שַׁע עַל־כֵּ֤ן ׀ ...
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Was Psalms 45:6 In our bibles a mistranslation (King instead of God)?

And why did the author of Hebrews quoted from this verse if it was badly translated? I'd really appreciate any help I could get because I'm having difficulties with this. Thanks
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John 10:34 - Is there a basis to call “Psalms” : “the Law”?

Is there a Biblical basis, (perhaps in the prophets), or precedent in ancient Jewish literature, (before Jesus), to refer to the Psalms as, "The law"? NASB, John 10:34-35 - Jesus answered them, “...
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In Hebrews 1, why is Psalms 102:25–28 seen as referring to Jesus, rather than to God?

In the beginning of Ps 102, the Psalmist uses the term "O LORD" v1 Hear my prayer, O LORD, And let my cry come to You It makes sense to assume that v 1-24 are referring to God the Father. In ...
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Who cries for help in Psalm 34:17?

Psalm 34:16-17 in the ESV reads: The face of the LORD is against those who do evil,      to cut off the memory of them from the earth. When the righteous cry for help, the ...
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What exactly does Psalms 66:3 say?

Psalms 66:3 reads: Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you." (NIV) but the translation of my language(Amharic) reads: "እግዚአብሔርን ...
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“Some trust in chariots…” in Psalm 20:8

Psalm 20:8 in the Hebrew reads: אֵלֶּה בָרֶכֶב וְאֵלֶּה בַסּוּסִים וַאֲנַחְנוּ ׀ בְּשֵׁם־יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ נַזְכִּֽיר for which the ESV (v.7) gives: Some trust in chariots and some in horses, ...
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When was Psalm 83 composed?

Some scholars date this Psalm to the period of the Judges, because of the many references to their victories (namely: Zevach and Tzalmuna, Sisera). Are there any other reasons why this Psalm should be ...
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What is the 'ten stringed' instrument in Psalm 33, Psalm 92 and Psalm 144?

Psalm 92:3 (ESV) Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound. Psalm 33:2 (ESV) Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an ...
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is Psalm 58:3 a reality or a metaphor?

Psalm 58:1-3 (1) For the director of music. To the tune of "Do Not Destroy." Of David. A miktam. Do you rulers indeed speak justly? Do you judge people with equity? (NIVUK) (2) No, in your ...
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“Sleep” or 'in their sleep' in Psalm 127:2

My question is: In the original Hebrew of Psalm 127:2, what is the syntactial function of the word translated as "sleep"? Is sleep the time (or metaphorically the mode) of giving, or is it the gift ...
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In Psalm 9 “The Death of the Son” [duplicate]

My Bible says 'to the tune of' "The Death of the Son." Is there a literal song "The Death of the Son"?