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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Why did the captive Jews refuse to sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?

As I focus on Psalm 137:4; the part of the psalm which relates to where the Jews declined to singing the Lord’s song in their land of captivity; I am still pondering over why those captive Jews said: ...
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Is Psalm 121:1 a question or an assertion?

I don't read Hebrew and I'm wondering why Psalm 121:1 is posed by so many translators as a question instead of an assertion: https://www.blueletterbible.org/nlt/psa/121/1/s_599001 It seems to me ...
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In Psalm 22:20 is there a change to singular animals?

In Psalm 22 the Messiah refers to his enemies in the plural until verse 20. Is the singular in verse 20 a particular singular enemy or is this still the same plural referent only singular in form? Is ...
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Is James 5:19-20 an allusion to Job 33:23-30?

[Jas 5:13-20 NLT] (13) Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. (14) Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to ...
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In Psalm 37:23, who delights in whose way?

There are many different takes on how this verse should be translated. Does the LORD delight in the godly man's path or does the godly man enjoy his own path?: Translations for Psa 37:23 KJV ...
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Is the NLT interpretation/translation of Psalm 51:6 accurate?

[Psa 51:6 NLT] (6) But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there. Other translations render more literally as "hidden part" instead of "womb". I'm wondering if this might be an ...
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In sin or into sin? Psalm 51:5

In light of a comment made on another question into sin not in sin I would like to ask the question, how should one read the passage in psalm 51:5 the psalmist was conceived in sin and therefore a ...
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What are the Seven Historical (Canonical) Hours David prayed a day?

I have been meditating on Psalm 119 for quite sometime now. And verse 164 has somewhat caught my attention, where David said: Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous rules. Praising ...
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How should the 2fs form of amar be understood in Psalm 16:2

Psalm 16:2 reads: אָמַרְתְּ לַיהוָה אֲדֹנָי אָתָּה טוֹבָתִי בַּל-עָלֶיךָ אָמַרְתְּ is 2fs in form. I was curious about how to understand this. Looking around, most translations seem to understand ...
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In Psalm 90:2 is “from age to age” a restatement of “in generation after generation”?

[Psa 90:1-2 YLT] (1) A Prayer of Moses, the man of God. Lord [ADONAY], a habitation Thou -- Thou hast been, To us -- in generation and generation, (2) Before mountains were brought forth, And Thou ...
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Is John 8:58 an allusion to Psalm 90:2 LXX?

[Jhn 8:58 CSB] (58) Jesus said to them, "Truly I tell you, before Abraham was, I am." [Jhn 8:58 MGNT] (58) εἶπεν αὐτοῖς Ἰησοῦς ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν πρὶν Ἀβραὰμ γενέσθαι ἐγὼ εἰμί [...
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Is There A Thematic Link Between Exodus 3:15 and Psalm 2?

A long time ago, I was reading in Exodus and came to 3:15, which speaks of the Lord's Name and also His memorial, and the thought occurred to me - Most people (including myself up to this point) ...
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Where, if anywhere is Psalms 22:16 in Qumran Dead Sea Scroll 4Q88/4QPs?

Regarding Psalm 22:16 By Psalm 22:16, I mean "Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet." (v17 in the jewish verse numbering) Is Psalms 22:16 missing ...
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What is the 'me' in “masoretic text me” in the NIV note on Psalms 22:16?

What is the 'me' in "masoretic text me" in the NIV note on Psalms 22:16? https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+22%3A16&version=NIV
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What happened to Psalm 14 verses 5–7?

In the classic Book of Common Prayer (Coverdale) psalter, there are these verses 5–7 of Psalm 14 (13 in the LXX/Vulgate numbering): Their throat is an open sepulchre, with their tongues have they ...
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Are the words “broken” & “contrite” in Psalm 51:17 used as the attributes of Christ any where in the scripture?

Are the words "broken" & "contrite" in Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. used as the attributes of Christ ...
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In Psalm 90:1 what does Moses mean when he says “you have been our dwelling place”?

Psalm 90 seems to be about the brevity and transience of human life in contrast to God's eternity: [Psa 90:1-17 ASV] (1) A Prayer of Moses the man of God. Lord, thou hast been our dwelling-place In ...
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“Erased” from the book of life?

Throughout scripture there are passages regarding the names-of-the-redeemed being written in (or conversely “excluded from”) the book of life. And in Psalm 69:28 David asks God, regarding his enemies,...
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In Psalm 139:17: רֵעֶיךָ: „thoughts” or „friends”?

In Psalm 139:17, most of the Eglish versions would go like this: Psalm 139:17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God! (NIV) For the Hebrew: Psalm 139:17 וְלִי מַה־יָּקְרוּ רֵעֶיךָ אֵל מֶה ...
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Psalm 45* and Hebrews is Jesus a different god than the Father, (polytheism or monotheism)?

I understand Trinitarian belief and have taught it many times in apologetics, but after being a Mormon for 21 years before Christianity I completely understand the argument made. God said "we/us" ...
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Psalm 22:12 Who are the 'bulls of Bashan' to David?

"Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round." Psalm 22:12 (KJV) Who were the to bulls of Bashan to David? What was significant about Bashan being used in this verse?
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Was there rain and thunder when they crossed the Red Sea as alluded in Psalms 77:15-20?

This Psalm seems to point out that there was rain and thunderstorm during the night they crossed the Red sea Psalms 77:15-20 NASB 15You have by Your [j]power redeemed Your people, The sons of ...
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Is Revelation 21:23 an allusion from Psalm 119:105 [118:105 LXX]?

The new heaven and earth described in Revelation has a city with no need of the light of either the sun or the moon: And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God ...
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In Philippians 2:9-11 does YHVH surrender his name to the Messiah?

As far back as Exodus, God told the Jews not to give YHVH's angel/agent a hard time because "my name is in him": [Exo 23:21 KJV] (21) Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will ...
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How does the Douay Rheims Bible translate שַׁדַּי as God of Jacob in Psalms 91:1?

Psalms 91 Douay Rheims Bible 1 He that dwelleth in the aid of the most High, shall abide under the protection of the God of Jacob. Psalms 91:1 KJV 1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the ...
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In Titus 2:13 is “that blessed hope” an allusion to Psalms 84:5?

Brenton Septuagint Translation Psalm 84: 1For the end, a Psalm for the sons of Core, concerning the wine-presses. How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! 2My soul longs, and faints ...
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Is Luke 19:44 an allusion to Psalm 137:9?

[Luke 19:44 NLT] (44) They will crush you into the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you did not accept your opportunity for salvation." ...
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Does 'cutting a covenant' (Psalm 50:5) imply personal separation?

... those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice. KJV ... making covenant with Me over a sacrifice. Young's Literal ... those who cut My covenant by sacrifice. Green's Literal The ...
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Psalm 60:4 difference between different translations

Why are ESV and NKJV on the second part of Psalm 60:4 very different? Which one is correct? Ps 60:4, ESV: You have set up a banner for those who fear you, that they may flee to it from ...
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Waters above the heavens true or false - Psalm 148:4

I realize there is a similar question In Psalm 148:4 are the waters above the highest heaven? But I’d like to revisit this verse and ask a different question or pose the question differently ...
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In Exodus 3:15 what does God mean by “memorial”?

Exo 3:15 KJV - 15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent ...
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How to understand Proverbs 6:16-19 in light of Psalm 51:5 and 58:3

In Proverbs 6, the writer lists 7 things that God hates. There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent ...
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Psalm 69:28 What is the “book of the living”?

It appears this is an evidentiary registry, but who or what qualifies a person to be added and consequently remain registered? “Let them be blotted out of the book of the living; let them not be ...
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God or zion 'the perfection of beauty' in Psalms 50:2?

Psalms 50:2 KJV 2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined. To whom or what does perfection of beauty refer: God or Zion?
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Psalm 46.10. Be still and know that I am God. What does it mean?

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” I am interested in the meaning and context of ‘be still’ and ‘know’. I ‘...
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What does the Psalm 75 title 'Al-Taschith' mean?

Robert Young's Analytical Concordance simply states : destroy or corrupt not There is a Hebrew word tashbets meaning 'broidered' but that may not be relevant. I am interested primarily in Psalm ...
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What is the verbal difference between 'dwelt in the bush' and 'dwelleth the cherubim'?

The Hebrew verb occurring in Deuteronomy 33:16 : And for the precious things of the earth and fulness thereof, and for the good will of him that dwelt in the bush ... [KJV] is yoshev. The Hebrew ...
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Who is the righteousness who will go before him Psalms 85:12-13?

Psalms 85:12-13 NASB Indeed, the Lord will give what is good, And our land will yield its produce. 13 Righteousness will go before Him And will make His footsteps into a way. In the ...
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Is Romans 3:10 a quote from the Septuagint?

Romans 3:10 : There is none righteous, no, not one: is usually attributed to Psalm 14 :3 there is none that doeth good, no, not one. and to Psalm 53:1 there is none that doeth good, no, not ...
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To whom does 'righteous' refer in Psalm 14:5?

It is not clear to me what Psalm 14:5 means. Here are the translations I am referring to : Green's Literal : For God [is] in the generation righteous (Interlinear Literal) For God [is] in the ...
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What is the truth about Psalm 22:1-2; did the Father forsake the Son? [closed]

Psalm 22:1-2 (KJV): 1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? 2 O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; ...
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When did David hope to see the Lord? (Psalm 17:15)

When did David hope to see the Lord? Psalm 17:15 15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness. KJV, ©1769
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In 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2 is Paul's reference to “our gathering with him” an allusion to Psalm 46:10 LXX?

Paul associates the coming of Christ with "our gathering together to him": [2Th 2:1-2 NASB] 1 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering ...
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In 1 Corinthians 14:15 is Paul alluding to Psalm 46:7-8 LXX?

In 1 Corinthians 14:15 Paul is admonishing the Corinthians for "wasting their breath" by addressing God and others (including unbelievers) in languages that were not understood by the hearers: [1Co ...
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Is 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 alluding to Psalm 47:5?

In Paul's accounting of the ordering of the resurrection he mentions a few things that seem to be an allusion to Psalm 47:5: [1Th 4:14-18 KJV] 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, ...
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Where is “They hated me without cause/reason” in John 15:25 within the Old Testament?

In John 15:25, it is written 25But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’ Where in the Old Testament (in the exact phrasing) was Jesus quoting from? ...
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Should “A Psalm of David” be written as “A Psalm to David”?

It has recently been said to me that the Hebrew phrase for "A Psalm to David", which appears at the beginning of many Psalms, should actually be translated "A Psalm to David". The Hebrew text for "...
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What does the Chronicler accomplish by saying “offspring of Israel” instead of “offspring of Abraham” as found in Psalm 105?

In the account of David bringing the Ark to Jerusalem, Chronicles states on that day David appointed Asaph to sing praises: Then on that day David first appointed that thanksgiving be sung to the ...
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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 ...