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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In Psalm 139 - Does God use His Book (סִפְרְךָ) to document 'our design' or 'our time' on Earth?

In Psalm 139 - Does God use His Book (סִפְרְךָ) to document 'our design' or 'our time' on Earth? Tehillim (Psalms) 139:16 [MT] : "Your eyes saw my unformed body, and on Your Book they were all ...
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Psalm 8:5 You have made him or them a little lower than the angels?

Psalm 8:5 New International Version You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. English Standard Version Yet you have made him a little lower than the ...
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Did the psalmist taunt God in Psalm 44:23?

NIV 1 Kings 18:27 At noon Elijah began to taunt them. "Shout louder!" he said. "Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must ...
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What is the difference between bless and praise in Psalm 145:2?

Psalm 145:2 New Living Translation I will praise you every day; yes, I will praise you forever. English Standard Version Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. NLT does ...
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Does “Asor” (עָשׂוֹר) in Psalm 92:4 [MT] mean a “Tenth” in regards to a “Tithe” (מַעְשַׂ֤ר) instead of an instrument?

For Sabbath (Shabat, שַּׁבָּ֜ת) worship in Psalm 92, does "Asor" (עָשׂוֹר) mean a "Tenth" in regards to a Tithe (מַעְשַׂ֤ר) instead of an instrument? In Biblical Hebrew, "Asor&...
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What is the meaning of bless the Lord?

English Standard Version Hebrews 7:7 It is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior. So the higher blesses the lower. English Standard Version Psalm 135:20 O house of Levi, bless ...
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Psalm 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Why fearfully?

Psalm 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. What is the significance of being fearfully made?
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Regarding Asaph (אָ֫סָ֥ף ), why do digital versions of KJV Bible remove his name from Psalms 73-83?

Regarding Asaph (אָ֫סָ֥ף), why do certain online KJV texts remove his name from Psalms 73-83, such as Bible Gateway's? If we only read the KJV, the Tehillim (Psalms) may appear to be written by King ...
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Why did Paul change the word order of “retribution” and “trap” from Psalm 69:22?

NIV Psalm 69:22 May their table become a snare; may it be a retribution and a trap. Romans 11:9 And David says: "May their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution ...
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Is there a reason Psalm 136 has exactly 26 repetitions of “For His mercy endures forever”?

Psalm 136 comprises 26 verses, each ending with For His mercy endures forever. (NKJV) Our pastor stated this morning that 26 was a special number in this regard, but didn't clarify this. Now 26 is ...
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Would God take his Spirit from me (Psalm 51:11)?

Psalm 51:11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Is it possible that God would take his Holy Spirit from us?
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In Psalm 91, what is the “secret place of the Most High”?

Psa 91:1 NKJV - He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. https://www.blueletterbible.org/nkjv/psa/91/1/p0/t_conc_569001
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What is that “it” represents in Psalm 91:7?

New International Version Psalm 91:7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. It cannot literally be death because people are dying right ...
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What did Elizabeth mean by “the mother of my Lord” in Luke 1:43?

Before Jesus was born, Elizabeth called him "my Lord" in Luke 1:43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? Later, her son John knew that he was not the ...
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In light of Proverbs 24:17 , how would we go about justifying or reasoning Psalm 54:5-7 claim of being satisfied with enemies' destruction?

Proverbs 24:17 (NASB) Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; Proverbs 24:17 (KJV) Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be ...
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Is “Vindicate” or “Judge” more aligned with the Ancient Hebrew Old Testament when it comes to translating Psalm 54:1?

For Psalm 54:1, most of the recent English translation's use the word "vindicate" but the KJV uses the word "judge" Psalm 54 (NASB) Save me, O God, by Your name, And [c]vindicate ...
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Which version most faithfully translated Psalm 51:5b?

Psalm 51:5 CEV vs ESV addressed the questions of CEV vs ESV. Contemporary English Version: I have sinned and done wrong since the day I was born. English Standard Version Behold: I was brought forth ...
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Does Psalm 127:4 praise the practice of having children at an early age?

Psalm 127:4 (ESV) reads: Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. The part "the children of one's youth" is a bit ambiguous to me. Is it referring to children ...
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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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What is the meaning of “The days” in Psalm 139:16?

"And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me," N.K.J.V. If David believed some of his days had been fashioned by God, he might, I suggest, have not included the day when "Then ...
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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 ...
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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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