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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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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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"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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