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 22:1 - Masoretic and Septuagint

The septuagint appears to read differently from the Masoretic text in Psalm 22:1 and I wondered why this might be ? אֵלִ֣י אֵ֭לִי לָמָ֣ה עֲזַבְתָּ֑נִי רָחֹ֥וק מִֽ֝ישׁוּעָתִ֗י דִּבְרֵ֥י ...
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Any connection between Genesis 1:2 and Psalm 42:7: deep calls to deep?

King James Bible Psalm Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. King James Bible ...
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Why does God refer to David as his Firstborn? Psalm 89:27

Psalm 89:20 ,27 NASB 20 “I have found David My servant;With My holy oil I have anointed him,27 “I also shall make him My firstborn, The highest of the kings of the earth. David was not a firstborn ...
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Trying to understand the meaning/purpose when it comes to Psalm 45 use of the word “daughter”

Hebrews 1:5-9 (NASB) 5 For to which of the angels did He ever say, “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You”? And again, “I will be a Father to Him And He shall be a Son to Me”? ........................
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Who or what is Asaph?

Psalm 79:1 A psalm of Asaph. 2 Chronicles 29:30 King Hezekiah and his officials ordered the Levites to praise the LORD with the words of David and of Asaph the seer. So they sang praises with ...
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Psalm 103:3 The Lord forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases. ALL your diseases including Covid-19? [closed]

Psalm 103:1-3 (NIV) 1Praise the Lord, my soul;     all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 2Praise the Lord, my soul,     and forget not all his benefits— 3who forgives all your sins     and heals ...
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Hebrews 1:10 and Psalms 102:25 (101:26)

In Hebrews 1:10–12, the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews quotes Psalms 102:25–27 (101:26–28)1 of the Greek Septuagint. Footnotes         1 There is a difference in how the Greek Septuagint of ...
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Did the writer of Psalm 45:6 think that the human king to which this verse was addressed was Almighty God?

Psalm 45:6 of the American King James Version says, Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the scepter of your kingdom is a right scepter. Did the writer of this verse think that the human king ...
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Psalm 37:20 verse differs because the NASB uses the term “the glory of the pastures” while the KJV uses “the fat of lambs”

(Psalm 37:20) (NASB) But the wicked will perish; And the enemies of the LORD will be like the glory of the pastures, They vanish-- like smoke they vanish away. (Psalm 37:20) (KJV) But the ...
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( Romans 12:14 “14 Bless those who persecute [d]you; bless and do Not curse.”) can stand side-by-side withOut contradicting the imprecatory scripture

I am trying to go about reasoning how ( Romans 12:14 "14 Bless those who persecute [d]you; bless and do Not curse.") can stand side-by-side withOut contradicting the imprecatory scripture ( i.e., ...
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Who are the 2 lords in Psalm 110:1. Are these two lords equal? [duplicate]

Who are the two lords in Psalm 110:1? Are these two lords equal? Are these Lords one and the same? If the LORD and my lord are not equal in the Old Testament, has the meaning of "adoni" in the New ...
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(Psalm 139:18) Feminine God?

Psalm 139:17-18 (KJV), "How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with ...
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What meaning does the verb ἐτελέσθησαν have in Psalms 105:28 LXX (106:28 KJV)?

καὶ ἐτελέσθησαν τῷ Βεελφεγωρ καὶ ἔφαγον θυσίας νεκρῶν I reviewed the Hebrew word צָמַד (tzamad), and it seems to mean “join” or “fasten.” When I reviewed LSJ’s entry on τελέω (τέλω), I didn’t see any ...
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Psalm 141:7 - Whose bones scattered at the mouth of Sheol?

Amplified Bible - AMP 1987 read Psalm 141:7 The unburied bones [of slaughtered rulers] shall lie scattered at the mouth of Sheol, [as unregarded] as the lumps of soil behind the plowman when he ...
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Does Psalm 18:21 verse's use of term “Not wickedly” mean that he did Not intentionally,Not purposely or Not deliberately depart from God?

The second part of the Psalm 18:21 verse in most bible translations uses the term "Not wickedly" is interesting. To elaborate, Psalm 18:21 is interesting because it seems like when the Psalm 18 author ...
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(Psalm 17:14-15 / Matthew 10:37 & Luke 14:26) Is Psalm 17 author saying seeking God's righteousness should be higher priority than earthly children?

In Psalm 17:14-15, it seems as if the Psalm 17 author is saying that the wicked are more satisfied with their children, and leave all their possessions to their children, and suggests that it is wrong....
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(Psalm 15:5) Associate the fragment verse “He does Not put out his money at interest” with “against the innocent”?

If we took the first part of Psalm 15:5a which states "He does Not put out his money at interest" to be understood by and in itself then in my opinion, we would be taking said fragment verse out of ...
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“See the light in the light” (Ps. 35,10)

In his book on "Rhenish mysticism" (La mystique rhénane, Paris : Le Seuil, 1994 [1984]), Alain de Libera quotes Psalm 35:10 : "nous voyons la lumière dans la lumière" ("we see the light in/within the ...
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What are the “gates” and “doors” in Psalm 24:7?

Psalm 24:7 (ESV) says: Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. repeated in verse 9. I'm curious regarding the reference to gates and doors....
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Psalm 104:9 Waters will not or should not?

Does Psalm 104:9 in speaking of the waters that once covered the earth at creation say that they will not again cover the whole earth? or that the water might not cover the whole earth again? ...
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What the second part of Psalm 7:7 actually mean? Does that mean return them with favors/blessings?

I'm trying to get a better understanding of Psalm 7:7 verse. I understand the author is saying in the first part of the verse which is letting the Lord's assembly or congregation of people surround ...
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Was Psalm 2:7 fulfilled when Jesus was baptized?

The BDAG states the use of life in John 5:26 means transcendent life of God and Christ: For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself. (KJV) I ...
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Why does the author switch from plural to singular in Psalms 35:8,10?

Psalms 35:8 NASB 8 Let destruction come upon him unawares, And let the net which he hid catch himself; Into that very destruction let him fall. Psalms 35:10 NASB 10 All my bones will say,...
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Divine council and the Bible

Recently saw this video from The Bible Project with title "The Divine Council". This comes from the Psalms 82:1, ESV, which states God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the ...
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Psalm 2:6 “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.”

Which Kings does Psalm 2:6 refer to? "I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain."
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Why does the NIV translate Psalms 52:1 differently than many other translations?

Psalms 52:1 NIV Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero? Why do you boast all day long, you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God? Psalm 52 King James Version (KJV) 52 Why ...
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Since the LXX says Wisdom was created at Proverbs 8:22 but begotten at 8:25, does this disprove “begotten not made?”

At Proverbs 8:22 in the LXX the speaker is created with the Greek κτίζω but in verse 25 he is begotten with γεννά με. This speaks of the same event. According to advanced Hebrew lexicons like BDB ...
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“Restores my soul” means what? Psalm 23:3

“He restores my soul.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:3‬ ‭ How is the soul restored and from what does it need restoring? (Since there is no attempt to answer the question thus far, I wonder if...) “Or he will ...
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Psalm 104:30 grammar

Does the grammar in Psalm 104:30 support what is to come, as opposed to what has happened in the past? From my extremely basic understanding it supports what is to come, but I want to be sure. 30 ...
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What does justice/judgment (mishpat) refers to in Psalm 105:7?

In Psalm 105 (ESV), the Psalmist asks Israel to "remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered" (v5), where he reviewed how the LORD delivered them from ...
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Psalm 23:2 - Why is “pastures of grass” translated to “green pastures” (or similar)?

In interlinear translations, it seems that the most direct translation of the phrase "green pastures" (seen in common translations such as ESV, NIV, KJV, etc.) is "pastures of grass". Other commonly ...
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Psalm 96 (95) Why does the LXX translate אלילים as δαιμόνια?

Psalm 96 (95) v. 5 (Westminister Leningrad Codex) כִּ֤י ׀ כָּל־אֱלֹהֵ֣י הָעַמִּ֣ים אֱלִילִ֑ים וַֽ֝יהוָ֗ה שָׁמַ֥יִם עָשָֽׂה׃ (LXX) ὅτι πάντες οἱ θεοὶ τῶν ἐθνῶν δαιμόνια, ὁ δὲ κύριος τοὺς ...
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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 that ...
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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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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 [Psalm 90:2 ...
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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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