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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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Is there a contradiction in Psalm 44:17?

In Psalm 44, the psalmist seems to be mourning over the present conditions they are facing in Babylon. You handed us over like sheep to be eaten; you scattered us among the nations. (Psalms‬ ‭44:11‬ ‭...
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How are we to understand the words "womb" "begotten" and "morning" in Psalm 110:3?

Psalm 110:3 Brenton Septuagint Translation, With thee is dominion in the day of thy power, in the splendours of thy saints: I have begotten thee from the womb before the morning. Psalm 110:3 Peshitta ...
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Why is "גל" translated variously in Psalm 22:8?

The first part of Psalm 22:8 is translated variously between translations. Most translations render it as: “He trusted in the Lord..." (NKJV) Other translations render it: "Commit thyself ...
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Who are the builders in Psalm 118:22 and why did the Psalmist call them "builders?"

In Psalm 118:22 (KJV) we read: The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. As I understand, the "stone" is Jesus Christ and the builders' refusal refers ...
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Is a completely generic 'speaking of oppression' a viable reading of Ps. 73:8

Psalm 73 is my favourite Psalm. Verse 8 seems to be a little obscure. In the NASB, one clause is rendered, "they mock wickedly and speak of oppression". Other formal equivalence translations ...
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Who are the rulers of Psalm 2:2?

The kings are described as being of the earth but the rulers are not necessarily of the earth. It does not read the kings and rulers of the earth, only the kings are of the earth. And the kings merely ...
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Has Psalms 22:16 been deliberately mistranslated? [duplicate]

Translation error Psalms 22:16 (17 in the Jewsih Tanakh) is translated inaccurately. Psalm 22:16 The translation given is: "Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands ...
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Is the speaker in Psalm 22:1 forsaken literally or poetically?

The well-known Psalm 22 begins with the following as the first verse (KJV): My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? It is ...
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Is God hidden or not?

The following passages seem to support divine hiddenness: Truly, you are a God who hides himself, O God of Israel, the Savior. (Isaiah 45:15 ESV) How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How ...
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Why does the book of Proverbs portray a negative bias towards wine?

Proverbs 4:17 KJV For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. Proverbs 20:1 KJV Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. ...
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What is ‘dew’ as described in scripture and what is the application of this to our lives?

What is the dew from heaven? Zechariah 8:12 - For there shall be a sowing of peace. The vine shall give its fruit, and the ground shall give its produce, and the heavens shall give their dew. And I ...
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Who was anointed in Psalm 45:7 and Hebrews 1:9.?

Psalm 45:7 ASV Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; Therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee With the oil of gladness above thy fellows. Whose fellows are the ones mentioned on both ...
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What is 'put on' in Psalm 132:9 ? What is the 'righteousness' and the 'salvation' that clothes?

Singing through the Songs of Degrees, morning by morning, I was struck by 132:9 and 16 and pondered on what it actually (in experience and in practice) means . . . . ... thy priests do put on ...
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Can man bless God!? Psalm 115:18

But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the Lord. (Psalm 115:18 KJV) But we, the living, will bless the Lord, from henceforth and for ever. (PS 115:18 LXX - Brenton) ...
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How can we reconcile Revelation 13:8 with Psalms 69:28?

We compare: “All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.” ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭...
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How do we reconcile psalms 127:3 with Ephesians 2:3?

We read: Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Psalm 127:3 And: And you were dead in your offenses and sins, in which you previously walked according to the ...
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Psalm 11:5 does God’s soul hate the wicked, or does the wicked hate his own soul?

In Psalm 11:5, most English translations say something to the effect of “God’s soul hates the wicked” (NASB) The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked, And the one who loves violence His soul hates....
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Psalms, difference between the Lord and his name?

Psalms 113:2; KJV; 2 Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and for evermore. Psalms 41:13; KJV; 13 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and ...
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Can elohim in Isaiah 53:4 be understood as gods plural, not God singular?

I'm currently trying to understand the atonement and Isaiah 53 often comes up as a proof text in penal substitution theory. I noticed in verse 4 that it often is translated as it was God who struck ...
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Psalms 48:1; 145:3; translations didn't mention "great is the Lord"?

Psalms 48:1; DRB; 48 Unto the end, a psalm for the sons of Core. Psalms 48:1; KJV; 48 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Psalms ...
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Does anyone know if there is a complete translation table from the Masoretic numbering to the Greek numbering of the Psalms available somewhere?

I asked myself this question today and could not find anything. I have thus decided to answer my own question here. The basic translation table (found e.g. in Wikipedia) is the following: Hebrew ...
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Are Psalm 41:1-2 & Psalm 51:11-12 referring to the same spiritual experience?

Psalm 42:1-2 (ESV): As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? Psalm 51:11-12 (ESV):...
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Are promises in the psalms for today? [closed]

Can we still today claim promises in the psalms for today? Or did they ended when the NT was written? For example psalm 145 14 "The lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down&...
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What is the most accurate rendering of Psalms 11:7

4 different translations: “For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭11:7‬ ‭NKJV “Certainly the Lord is just; he rewards godly deeds; the ...
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What is the most accurate rendering of Psalms 7:11 (Textual Criticism)

A few different translations: “God judgeth the righteous, And God is angry with the wicked every day.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭7:11‬ ‭KJV “God is a righteous judge, And a God who shows indignation every day.” ‭‭...
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Can the departed spirits / Rephaim rise (Isaiah 14:9) or not (Psalm 88:10, Isaiah 26:14)?

According to Isaiah 14:9, they can: Sheol below is excited about you, to meet you when you come; It stirs the spirits of the dead (Or shades (Heb Repha’im)) for you, all the leaders of the earth; It ...
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What does "never" mean in "...the earth...it should never be moved". Psalm 104:5?

Psalm 104:5 "He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved". ESV. My emphasis. Benson Commentary gives a time limit to this "never". It says,"till the ...
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Do the Lord of glory in 1 Corinthians and the King of glory in Psalm 24 have the same referent?

Psalm 24:7-10 says: Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD ...
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Psalms 53:2-3 vs Romans 3:10-11 “all turned aside/none seek after God”

Between the variants of the Psalms & Romans it would appear that Paul added the words “there is none who seeks after God” when it would also appear he is quoting the psalms: “God looks down from ...
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What is the "wide place" in Psalm 119:45?

Psalm 119:44-45: I will keep your law continually, forever and ever, and I shall walk in a wide place, for I have sought your precepts. What, exactly, is the "wide place" in this context ...
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Did David and Saul have different afterlife theologies?

On the one hand, one could arguably say that David seemed to have believed that the dead were unconscious, based on what he said in Psalm 146:4 (YLT): His spirit goeth forth, he returneth to his ...
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Psalm 16:2 first person or second person

Some translations render “said” in Psalm 16:2 as first person singular, while others choose second person singular. Which of these two translations has a stronger textual basis? From what I can see, ...
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Didn't David and Isaiah believe they would go to a paradise, in the presence of God, where they would worship Him, as soon as they died?

I admit one can get this impression from the following passages, which are commonly cited to make this point: 17 The dead do not praise the Lord, nor do any who go down into silence. [Psalm 115:17 ...
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Hebrew of Psalm 82:8 - Gender Mismatch?

This Psalm has been dug into frequently for it's peculiar use of Elohim and conflating this name for God with children of God. It is quoted in John 10:34 as part of Jesus's discourse with the Jewish ...
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Is to die gain or not? Paul (Philippians 1:21-24, 2 Corinthians 5:8) vs. David (Psalm 6:4-5, 30:9)

According to Paul, it is: 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard ...
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God fashioning Human Hearts in Psalms 33:15

I have a Psalm I knew for years, yet I never understood it. It’s Psalms 33:15. This Psalm makes it sound like God fashions/crafts/designs human personality, yet the word used is “heart”. Is there any ...
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What is the primary method/meaning in “test” in Psalms 11:5?

What does it mean that the Lord tests the righteous? I know for some other Christians this seems easy for them to interpret but for me I am curious about the exact definition. Thanks! “The Lord ...
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How to correctly interpret the psalmist's prayer in Psalm 30:9-10?

I'm meditating in the prayer of Psalm 30:9-10: 9 “What is gained if I am silenced, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness? 10 Hear, Lord, and be ...
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What does it mean to rejoice with trembling in Psalm 2:11?

Psalm 2:11 KJV Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Somehow the above the text seems contradictory in the sense that how could one rejoice yet at the same time tremble.My ...
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Psalm 149:5-9's indication that "godly ones" will execute "vengeance" in light of Romans 12:19 & Leviticus 19:18 prohibiting vengeance?

How do we reason the use of Psalm 149:5-9's indication that "godly ones" will execute "vengeance" in light of Romans 12:19 & Leviticus 19:18 emphasizing prohibiting vengeance? ...
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Does Hebrews use Psalm 95 to speak about Jesus and His presence during the Exodus?

Psalm 95 is a "kingship Psalm (see v. 3 the great king), which, after an introductory call to worship (vv. 1-3) focuses on God as creator of the world (vv. 4-5) and creator of Israel (vv. 6-7). ...
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Does Psalm 146:3-4 affirm that the dead are unconscious?

In my opinion, one of the passages that most clearly support the belief that the dead are unconscious is Psalm 146:3-4: 3 Trust not in princes -- in a son of man, For he hath no deliverance. 4 His ...
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What it is the second sign below "Yah" on Psalm 68:5?

On Psalm 68:5 "Yah" have a second sign below (it is like a ','), it is a vowel too? Or what it is and what is it function?
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How should we understand the connection between Ps 2 and Heb 1, ‘becoming heir’?

He said to me, ‘You are My son, today I have fathered you. 8‘Ask it of Me, and I will certainly give the nations as your inheritance, and the ends of the earth as your possession. Ps 2:8 But in these ...
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Psalm 145:10 pronominal suffix surprise on verb 'to bless'

The final verb in Psalm 146:10 (יבﬧכוכה - "And Thy Godly ones shall bless Thee") doesn't make sense to me. I would have expected a 'ך' (final 'כ') instead of 'כה.' Does its coming at the end ...
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Is Psalm 85:13 a reference to the ministry of John the Baptist?

Righteousness shall go before him ; and shall set us in the way of his steps [Psalm 85:13 KJV] Righteousness shall go before Him and shall make a way for His footsteps. [Psalm 85:13 YLT] Malachi ...
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Psalm 84:10 - what is the significance of "a doorkeeper in God's house"?

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. Psalms 84:10 NIV What does the author mean by &...
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Can anyone shed some "light" on the vocabulary in Psalm 119:105?

This is one of my favorite verses, Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. 105נֵר־ לְרַגְלִ֥י דְבָרֶ֑ךָ וְ֝א֗וֹר לִנְתִיבָתִֽי׃ I've always had my own interpretation of the verse, but ...
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Seeking explanations for renounced covenant and God’s wrath “against (His) anointed” in Psalm 89:38-45

Psalms 89:38-45 38 But now you have cast off and rejected; you are full of wrath against your anointed. 39 You have renounced the covenant with your servant; you have defiled his crown in the dust. ...
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Why do English bibles change the correct meaning of אֶקְרָ֑א Eqra “I-will-call” in Psalms, but אֶקְרָ֑א “I-call” in Proverbs (as if קוֹרֵא Qore)?

Tehillim תְּהִלִּים “Psalms” 55:17 in Irvit states : אֲנִי אֶל־אֱלֹהִ֣ים אֶקְרָ֑א וַֽ֜יהֹוָ֗ה יֽוֹשִׁיעֵֽנִי | “Ani el-Elohim Eqra Va-YHVH yoshieni”. In English NKJV bible, this verse is in Psalms 55:...
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