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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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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 ...
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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 “lift 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 ...