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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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What does the word god really mean?

In John 1:1c, should the Greek word θεὸς be translated into English as “a god” or “God”? Comment to the link above: The Father and the Son are one in the Spirit. "Rom 8,11" But if the Spirit ...
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What is meant by Sleep of Death in Psalm 13:3?

We see David beseeching the Lord in Psalm 13:3( KJV): Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; < Here,we see a connection between eyesight and ...
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Dissecting Psalm 22 metrically

In his comments on Psalm 22, Hans-Joachim Kraus writes the following, "Metrically, Psalm 22 presents many problems, most of which cannot be solved by text-critical means. If we observe the text ...
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How does the NIV translation of Psalm 42:4 arrive at the phrase "under the protection of the Mighty One"?

In Psalm 42:4, the NIV translates the phrase כִּי אֶעֱבֹר בַּסָּךְ, אֶדַּדֵּם עַד-בֵּית אֱלֹהִים as "how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One" while the ...
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Is Matthew alluding to Psalm 2 in Herod's court?

Is the mention of King Herod and the Chief priests being troubled because of the announcement of Christ a veiled reference to the Kings and Princes from Psalm 2? I don't understand Greek, but a quick ...
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Geerhardus von Rad's work abbreviated 'ThW' by Hans-Joachim Kraus in his commentary on Psalm 3

In reading through the text Psalms 1-59 by Hans-Joachim Kraus, he references a work by G. von Rad with the abbreviation 'ThW' (Psalm 3, p140). For the life of me, I've been unable to figure out this ...
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What is the connection between Y-H-V-H's battle with the dragon and creation in Psalms 74?

Psalms 74:13-17 recounts a series of victories of Y-H-V-H. The first couplet documents victories in battle against both the Canaanite chaos sea snake [1] and the sea monster Leviathan [2]: אַתָּ֤ה ...
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Psalm 125:3 Why would the righteous ever use "scepter of wickedness"..."to do wrong"?

Psalm 125:3 seems strange because the bible reader could wonder why the righteous would ever use the "scepter of wickedness"..."to do wrong". Please read on to find out why I find ...
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What does the psalmist mean in Psalm 38:3-4?

In verse 3, when he says ... nor any health in my bones because of my sin... the hebrew word for "health", used there, is "shalom". Is he talking about peace in his spiritual (...
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Can "good man" mean righteous in Psalm 37:23?

I've heard this verse read: The steps of a righteous man are ordered by God..... Does the definition of "good man" equate to righteous? Ps 37:23 (KJV) - The steps of a good man are ...
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Is Psalm 74:10 referencing a generic enemy or a specific one?

Psalm 74:10 O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? Shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever? Is the psalmist addressing a generic enemy or a specific one?
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Who does God prepare the praise for in Matthew 21:16/Psalm 8:2

When Jesus quotes Psalm 8:2(LXX) in Matthew 21:16(ESV) “‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise’?” The greek word used for "prepared" is Κατηρτίσω. Who is ...
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In Psalm 77:10, is Asaph grieving that God's right hand has changed, or is he grieving for the past years of deliverance by God's right hand?

Most translations like the NASB render it as: Then I said, “It is my grief, that the right hand of the Most High has changed.” But does the Hebrew actually say: Then I said, “I grieve for the years ...
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What are the interpretations of the phrase "Be still " in Psalm 46:10?

Psalm 46: 9-10( NIV) says: He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will ...
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How should we understand “…, the ancient heavens … (NIV, NIVUK)” and why is the translation different in other versions like CJB, NABRE?

Psalms 68:33:- “to him who rides across the highest heavens, the ancient heavens, who thunders with mighty voice.”
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Is there any linguistic precedent / justification for conflating elohim and bene'elohim?

The Hebrew terms elohim ("God") and bene'elohim ("Sons of God") both seem to have a wide range of uses in the Bible (for example, elohim can be an alternate name for Yahweh or ...
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Is "trumpets" plural in some English translations of Psalm 47:5 based on a textual variant?

In Psalm 47:5, the NIV has "God has ascended amid shouts of joy, the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets." The NLT, HCSB, CEV/GNT, and NET all similarly translate "trumpets" in ...
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How can God draw near to us (James 4:8) if He is already wherever we are (Psalm 139:7-12)?

James 4:8 NKJV Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Psalm 139:7-12 NKJV 7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or ...
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What does the Psalmist mean by "see thy power and thy glory" in Psalm 63:2?

Psalm 63:1-3 KJV O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; 2 To see thy power and thy glory, ...
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Does God hate sinners according to Psalm 5:5?

I need some help interpreting a scripture correctly. I'll state my question first, but read my quotation after to understand the direction of it. Does Psalm 5:5 indicate that God hates sinners? Romans ...
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Does Psalm 45:6 and Hebrews 1:8 say, "Your throne, God, is forever" or "Your throne is God's forever"?

Traditional translation: Your throne, God, is forever and ever. Or this translation: Your throne is God's forever and ever. A significant clue is that the context is written about a human ...
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Precious or difficult?

"יָ֭קָר (yaqar) in Psalm 116:15 is translated to the KJV as "precious", the verse reading: Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. But the Hebrew Bible, quoting ...
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Does everyone born of a woman start with their name in God's Book of Life?

Ex 32:33 And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book. Does everyone born of a woman start with their name in God's Book of Life?
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Which is the oldest fragment of LXX containing Psalm 22:16?

As far as I am aware, LXX uses a word in this crucial verse which would uncontroversially be translated as "pierced" into English. If it predates the Roman practice of crucifixion and/or ...
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Can 'everlasting' in Psalm 90:2 mean two different things?

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. - Psalm 90:2 (KJV) 'Everlasting' is translated from the ...
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How did Jesus complete the sign of Jonah?

Matthew 12:40 ESV For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. To those who ...
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Psalm 5:7 - What is the holy temple?

Psalm 5:7 NASB But as for me, by Your abundant graciousness I will enter Your house, At Your holy temple I will bow in reverence for You. I'm wondering if the temple was a physical location that ...
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Who is the blessed man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity (Psalm 32:2)?

Psalm 32:2 NASB95 How blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity,
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“Who heals all your diseases (anguish?)” Psalm 103:3b

Is there a linguistic link between the Hebrew word ﬨחﬥאים [“diseases” (Psalm 103:3b)] and חול [“whirl,dance,writhe,anguish” (Esther 4:4, “…and she writhed in anxiety (BDB: Hithpalpel))]?
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Is a mystical interpretation of Psalm 51:11 justified?

Psalm 51:11 KJV Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Other similar passages include: Psalm 16:11 KJV Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is ...
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Masoretic apparatus in Psalm 89 of the Stuttgartensia

What is the significance of the Hebrew letter làmεḏ preceding a number of verses in Psalm 89 in the margin of the Masoretic text?
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Psalm 50(51):4 when Thou art judged (referring to God)

Can anyone explain the meaning of "when Thou art judged" in Psalm 50(51):4? This only shows up in translations of the Psalms according to the Septuagint and it appears as though God is being ...
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What is the significance of Psalm 119:168 having נֶגְדֶּֽךָ (before you) instead of לְפָנֶ֥יךָ (before you) as in Psalm 102:28?

More common is לְפָנֶ֥יךָ for before you, etymologically toward your face, while נֶגְדֶּֽךָ has the idea of opposite or across from you. Is there significant to the use of these different words?
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Psalm 94 and NT Reconciliation [closed]

How can one reconcile the use of Psalm 94 in the New Testament Jewish-speaking world? I have always assumed Jesus was of great familiarity with the Psalms. Psalm 94:15 NET For justice will prevail ...
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Does Psalm 19 lack any reference to the fifth commandment to honor one's parents?

In studying Psalm 19, which extols God's law, I have found positive or negative references to nine of the Ten Commandments, the sole exception being the commandment to honor your father and mother. ...
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Is Psalm 5:3 referring to prayer or sacrifice?

Psalm 5:3, ESV: O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch. However, from the NIV: In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I ...
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How are we to understand the earth does not move?

How are we to understand the creation of the earth / world and does the bible contradict science. A few passages; Psalm 104:5 - He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved. (NIV) ...
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Psalm 74:8 feast of God or God's meeting place!

They have said in their heart, even all their kindred together, Come, let us abolish the feasts of the Lord from the earth. Brenton's LXX: (Psalm 74:8). They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them ...
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Did God cause the Egyptians to sin?

I was reading Psalm 105 today. I read these verses. I noticed that verse 25 says God turned the heart of the adversaries mentioned in verse 24 to hate His people. Contextually as far as I see it. It ...
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What is the grammatical basis for understanding אלי in Psalm 2:7 differently than Psalm 22:1?

Let me tell of the decree: the LORD said to me, "You are my son, I have fathered you this day." (Psalm 2:7 NJPS) אספרה אל חק יהוה אמר אלי בני אתה אני היום ילדתיך The phrase LORD (YHVH) said ...
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What is the meaning of Psalm 91 and is it a failed promise?

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” 3 Surely he will save ...
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Does the Fool say, " There is no God!" because he doesn't know, or he ignores General Revelation? Psalm 14:1

Reason? Does any person claim assertively, "There is no God," because of lack of information (or because of alleged, misleading "proof"); or is an Atheist deliberately choosing to ...
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Does the Fool say "There is no God" or "No to God" in Psalm 14:1

I saw Billy Graham say in a 1993 video that the Hebrew text says "No to God". Is that a possible translation he is described as a rebel against God's sovereignty/governance, or suggests the ...
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Did Hermann Gunkel believe that cultic poetry and Psalms were the same genre?

Chapter 1 of Introduction to Psalms by Hermann Gunkel contains the following quote: The primary preliminary task will be to provide an overview of the entire material transmitted to us. The reason is ...
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A question about Psalm 37:5

I'm meditating on Psalm 37:5, and I can't grasp the meaning of gālāl at the beginning. I suspect it has the same meaning in Psalm 22:8 and Prov. 16:3. What is the precise meaning of commit your way to ...
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What are the strophes of Psalm 37?

I'm reading VanGemeren's commentary about Psalms. He says that Psalm 37 is an alphabetic acrostic organized in 22 strophes, which seems not to follow a logical progression of thought. I wonder what ...
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Can we know how or why the Septuagint renders "forever" in Psalm 102:28? No other translation has this

Can we know how or why the Septuagint renders "forever" in Psalm 102:28? No other translation has this. Most render this "established." Is there an underlying semantic reason for ...
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What does "atoned" mean in "Yet he, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity". Psalm 78:38?

Psalm 78:38 "Yet he, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity and did not destroy them; he restrained his anger often and did not stir up all his wrath." ESV. My emphasis. Being ...
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What does "laughs" mean in "but the Lord laughs at the wicked," Psalm 37:13?

Psalm 37:12-13 "The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him, 13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming". ESV. My emphasis. What is ...
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Who does "his" refer to in "for he sees that his day is coming", Psalm 37:13?

Psalm 37:13 "but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming". All from ESV. My emphasis. Whose day? Zephaniah 1:14 "The great day of the LORD is near, near ...
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