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 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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"If I make my bed in hell" from Psalm 139:8

Psalm 139:8 (KJV), 8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. I am interested to know what the Psalmist meant by making his "bed in hell&...
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Hebrew vowel pointing in Psalm 119:67

In Psalm 119:67, the last word is a Qal perfect first person common singular of the verb "to guard, watch, keep." I'm curious about the qåmeṣ vowel under the mem when I expected a pàṯaḥ. ...
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In the Psalms, who is David asking God to save him from?

After David had committed adultery with Bathsheba and had Uriah murdered, Samuel laid out what God's judgment on David would be in II Sam 12:10-12,14. David would be beleaguered by people for his sin,...
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What is Jesus' argument in John 10:34-36?

I'm not a Biblical scholar. This question is prompted by listening to Michael Heiser, and I currently feel persuaded by his argument that the elohim in Psalm 82 are spiritual beings rather than ...
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Why does the Psalmist say the flies and frogs "devoured" and "destroyed" them in Psalms 78:45?

Psalms 78:45 ESV He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them, and frogs, which destroyed them The above text says the flies devoured them and the frogs destroyed but in the original ...
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How to hermeneutically understand hyperboles in the Psalms? [closed]

Psalm 97:5 (NASB) The mountains melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.” How do we hermeneutically understand hyperboles like this, especially ...
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Is Psalm 83 an imprecatory prayer or a prophecy or both?

Many people view Psalm 83 as a prophecy about a war involving the tribes listed or their descendants. 5 With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you— 6 the tents of Edom and ...
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Do heavenly beings possession genitals? Genesis 6:4 [closed]

“And David took more wives in Jerusalem, and David fathered more sons and daughters.” ‭‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭14:3‬ ‭ “Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, and also healed his wife and ...
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How do we interpret Psalms 137:9 in light of Exodus 20:13? [duplicate]

I’m aware of the fact that Atheists will quote Psalms 137:9 as a rebuttal to Christians. This particular verse doesn’t seem to be a command from God. How do we interpret it in light of Exodus 20:13, ...
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Are verses 1-19 of Psalm 22 speaking of Christ, or is the entire psalm Messianic?

In the Book of Psalms, Psalm 22, a psalm of David, appears to be describing Christ and His Sacrifice for humanity throughout: Psalm 22:1-19: "My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Far from ...
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What does it mean to cast a shoe?

What is the cultural context of casting a shoe? Psalm 60:8: Moab is My washpot; Over Edom I will cast My shoe; Philistia, shout in triumph because of Me.”
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What does Psalm 139:15 "..in the lowest part of the earth.." mean?

The Psalmist says that our frame were made in secret in the LOWEST PART OF THE EARTH. What dies this refer to? What is the real meaning?
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Is Satan a proper name in the Hebrew Psalm 109:6?

Psalm 109:6 New International Version: Appoint someone evil to oppose my enemy; let an accuser stand at his right hand. King James Bible: Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his ...
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Why do English bibles change אַרְצ֗וֹת הַחַיִּֽים from Psalm 116:9 to "Land of the Living"?

In Hebrew, the phrase בְּ֝אַרְצ֗וֹת הַחַיִּֽים from [Tehillim 116:9] is plural referencing multiple "Lands" אַרְצ֗וֹת Aretsot (on earth) where "The Living" הַחַיִּֽים Ha-Chayim (...
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In Psalm 18:24, Does Cleanliness of χειρῶν “Hands” merit righteousness?

Why does LXX version of Psalm 18:24 use the word “χειρῶν” [worse] instead of “χεῖρας“ [hands] like Job 17:9, when translating יָ֝דַ֗י yaday from Tehillim 18:25? [Tehillim 18:25, MT] “and YHVH has ...
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What is the meaning of the kidneys when written in paleo Hebrew? [closed]

Psalm 139:13 says: For thou hast possessed my reins thou hast covered me in my mother's womb (KJV) The word 'reins' (כִּלְיָה) can also be translated as 'kidneys'. I was wondering what the original ...
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In Psalm 2:9 is the verb תְּ֭רֹעֵם from the root רָעָה shepherd or רָעַע break?

In Psalm 2:9 is the verb תְּ֭רֹעֵם from the root רָעָה shepherd or רָעַע break? תְּ֭רֹעֵם has multiple homonyms, three based on the root רָעָה and two off the root רָעַע. Two of these five make sense,...
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If Psalm 119 is true, what 'law' is Galatians 2:21 referencing?

Paul presents a theological condition in [Galatians 2:21, KJV] regarding righteousness associated with the 'law'. "I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then ...
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What is meant by meditation in Psalm 48:9 and Psalm 104:34?

What is meant by meditation in Psalm 48:9 and Psalm 104:34? The English word “meditate” evolved its meaning in the mid- to late-1900’s. Previously, it had been more like ”to contemplate”. So how can a ...
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What does it mean to die like mere men as stated in Psalm 82:7 [closed]

Please I want clarification on ye shall die like mere men, after God creating as in His own image.
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Is Psalm 51:11 proof that people in O.T. times could have the Holy Spirit indwelling them too, just like in the New Testament?

Psalm 51:11 (ESV): Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Does this mean that people in the Old Testament could have the Holy Spirit indwelling them too? ...
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Psalm 95:7b-8a is cited 3 times in Hebrews. Why?

New International Version Psalm 95: 7b Today, if only you would hear his voice, 8a “Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah Hebrews 3: 7 So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his ...
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What are “the nations” in Psalm 67:4?

Psalm 67:4 NASB: Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; For You will judge the peoples with uprightness and guide the nations on the earth. Who are the “nations” the Psalmist is referring to, ...
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How to understand the KJV translation of Psalms 68:8?

Psalms 68:8 KJV 8 The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God: even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel. Psalms 68:8 NIV the earth shook, the heavens ...
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Why does the Septuagint translated Psalm 99:1 with the optative?

Why did the writers of the Septuagint (LXX) choose the particular word for wrath and use the optative mood for that word (ὀργιζέσθωσαν) normally translated "angry/rage/wrath" in Psalm 99:1 - ...
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Why according to Psalm 8:5 is it man only a little lower than the elohim?

מעט - little Why and according to whom is man only a little lower than his counterpart elohim (heavenly beings) with heavenly bodies? From a human perspective it seems that humans are far more ...
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Does Psalm 51:5 indicate that David was the illegitimate son of Jesse Or his woman?

Psalm 51:5 5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me. ( The following youtube video link will lead to a video of a Charismatic/Pentecostal Pastor named Brian Carn ...
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Psalm 16:10: hell vs Sheol vs realm of the dead

Psalm 16:10 King James Bible For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. New King James Version For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor ...
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Was Psalm 56:8 written on the basis of a custom which prevailed at that time?

In Psalms 56:8, the believer says to God: You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your record? That verse has been the subject of deep meditation, vocal ...
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How does Psalms 89:10 say Rahab was crushed?

It is said that Rahab had been crushed Psalm 89:10 NIV You crushed Rahab like one of the slain; with your strong arm you scattered your enemies. Again Isaiah seems to say the same thing about Rahab ...
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Is it OK to resolve your disagreement tomorrow?

Found this article recently with the title Joy Comes in the Morning: It’s OK to Resolve Your Disagreement Tomorrow which addresses the commonly found advice "Don’t go to bed mad" extracted ...
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What does Psalm 1:1 mean to walk not in the counsel of the wicked?

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers (Psalm 1:1 NIV) What is this "counsel"? Edit: I have now found ...
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In Psalm 126:1 why are the alternative phrasing footnotes there?

The footnotes for Psalm 126:1 NIV provide an alternative for the phrasing, why is it there? Psalm 126:1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed Psalm 126:1 with ...
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(Psalm 33:6) LXX Duality to Logos?

I've been chasing the concept of Logos around the text and was drawn into Psalm 33:6 where we have: Psalm 33:6 (NRSV), By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all their host by the breath ...
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In Psalm 113:7 verse, what is suggested by the use of the word "poor"?

Sorry if I am lingering on the use of the word "poor" in the bible too many times. Psalm 113:4-9 New American Standard Bible 1995 4 The Lord is high above all nations; His glory is above ...
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Matthew 27:46 NIV vs YLT

Psalm 22:1 New International Version For the director of music. To the tune of "The Doe of the Morning." A psalm of David. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from ...
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Psalm 9:16 Haggaion & Selah

How shall these two words properly be understod? The Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah. (Psalm 9:16 KJV) Are the ...
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Hebrews 1:6 "Proskuneo" & Psalm 2:12 "Kiss the son"

I studied trough The Book of Hebrews chapter 1 and found the word worship προσκυνησ proskyneō literal means ""to kiss and was immediately thinking of Psalm 2:12 "Kiss the Son" (...
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Who was Melchizedek?

In Genesis 14:17-20 we read that Abram met with Melchizedek. Then, we only find Melchizedek mentioned again in Psalms 110:4 The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after ...
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Is God talking with God in Psalm 45:7?

You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed you With the oil of joy above your companions. Ps 45:7 A recent answer suggested God is talking to God here. ...
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Why sometimes Jacob been referred though his name renamed to Israel [duplicate]

In Psalm 135:4, why psalmist referred Jacob and Israel separately though they are same as God renamed Jacob as Israel in Genesis?
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Is Psalm 2 referencing the Tower of Babel?

“Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst ...
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How do we reconcile John 5:18 with Psalm 2:7?

At John 5:18, "Because of this, the Jews tried all the harder to kill Him. Not only was He breaking the Sabbath, but He was even calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God." ...
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Is Psalm 106:14-15 referring to general overall quasi-collective summarization of Israelites numerous quarrels with God Or is it more specific?

I might be just asking the obvious or maybe I'm just being unnecessarily nit-picky but which plague among the Israelites is Psalm 106:14-15 discussing about? The surrounding scripture verses (Psalm ...

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