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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Is a Psalm title considered inspired scripture?

Psalm 59 For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David. A miktam. When Saul had sent men to watch David’s house in order to kill him. 1Deliver me from my enemies, O God; be my ...
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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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Psalm 22:12 Who are the 'bulls of Bashan' to David?

"Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round." Psalm 22:12 (KJV) Who were the to bulls of Bashan to David? What was significant about Bashan being used in this verse?
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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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Is Psalm 51:11 proof that people in O.T. times could have the Holy Spirit indwelling them too, just like in the New Testament?

Psalm 51:11 (ESV): Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Does this mean that people in the Old Testament could have the Holy Spirit indwelling them too? ...
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How can Ephesians 4:8 be a quote/translation of Psalms 68:18?

In Psalms we have: You ascended on high, leading a host of captives in your train and receiving gifts among men, even among the rebellious, that the Lord God may dwell there. (Psalms 68:18, ...
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Why do English bibles change אַרְצ֗וֹת הַחַיִּֽים from Psalm 116:9 to "Land of the Living"?

In Hebrew, the phrase בְּ֝אַרְצ֗וֹת הַחַיִּֽים from [Tehillim 116:9] is plural referencing multiple "Lands" אַרְצ֗וֹת Aretsot (on earth) where "The Living" הַחַיִּֽים Ha-Chayim (...
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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 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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What are “the nations” in Psalm 67:4?

Psalm 67:4 NASB: Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; For You will judge the peoples with uprightness and guide the nations on the earth. Who are the “nations” the Psalmist is referring to, ...
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What is the context of Psalm 44?

As part of my daily Bible reading, I was going through Psalm 44, which contains a very familiar verse from Paul's writings: 22 Yet for your sake we are killed all the day long; we are regarded ...
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Psalm 95:7b-8a is cited 3 times in Hebrews. Why?

New International Version Psalm 95: 7b Today, if only you would hear his voice, 8a “Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah Hebrews 3: 7 So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his ...
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In Psalm 18:24, Does Cleanliness of χειρῶν “Hands” merit righteousness?

Why does LXX version of Psalm 18:24 use the word “χειρῶν” [worse] instead of “χεῖρας“ [hands] like Job 17:9, when translating יָ֝דַ֗י yaday from Tehillim 18:25? [Tehillim 18:25, MT] “and YHVH has ...
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How does the rod in the 23rd Psalm relate to David - is it used to punish or chastise him?

Elsewhere in the Bible there are Proverbs that warn, "spare the rod and spoil the child." Evidently the rod in this context is used to chastise, to correct. When the Psalm mentions "Thy rod and Thy ...
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What is the meaning of the kidneys when written in paleo Hebrew? [closed]

Psalm 139:13 says: For thou hast possessed my reins thou hast covered me in my mother's womb (KJV) The word 'reins' (כִּלְיָה) can also be translated as 'kidneys'. I was wondering what the original ...
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In Psalm 2:9 is the verb תְּ֭רֹעֵם from the root רָעָה shepherd or רָעַע break?

In Psalm 2:9 is the verb תְּ֭רֹעֵם from the root רָעָה shepherd or רָעַע break? תְּ֭רֹעֵם has multiple homonyms, three based on the root רָעָה and two off the root רָעַע. Two of these five make sense,...
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Waters above the heavens true or false - Psalm 148:4

I realize there is a similar question In Psalm 148:4 are the waters above the highest heaven? But I’d like to revisit this verse and ask a different question or pose the question differently ...
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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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If Psalm 119 is true, what 'law' is Galatians 2:21 referencing?

Paul presents a theological condition in [Galatians 2:21, KJV] regarding righteousness associated with the 'law'. "I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then ...
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What is meant by meditation in Psalm 48:9 and Psalm 104:34?

What is meant by meditation in Psalm 48:9 and Psalm 104:34? The English word “meditate” evolved its meaning in the mid- to late-1900’s. Previously, it had been more like ”to contemplate”. So how can a ...
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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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How to understand the KJV translation of Psalms 68:8?

Psalms 68:8 KJV 8 The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God: even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel. Psalms 68:8 NIV the earth shook, the heavens ...
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What does it mean to die like mere men as stated in Psalm 82:7 [closed]

Please I want clarification on ye shall die like mere men, after God creating as in His own image.
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Why does the Septuagint translated Psalm 99:1 with the optative?

Why did the writers of the Septuagint (LXX) choose the particular word for wrath and use the optative mood for that word (ὀργιζέσθωσαν) normally translated "angry/rage/wrath" in Psalm 99:1 - ...
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Why according to Psalm 8:5 is it man only a little lower than the elohim?

מעט - little Why and according to whom is man only a little lower than his counterpart elohim (heavenly beings) with heavenly bodies? From a human perspective it seems that humans are far more ...
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Psalm 16:10: hell vs Sheol vs realm of the dead

Psalm 16:10 King James Bible For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. New King James Version For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor ...
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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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Does Psalm 51:5 indicate that David was the illegitimate son of Jesse Or his woman?

Psalm 51:5 5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me. ( The following youtube video link will lead to a video of a Charismatic/Pentecostal Pastor named Brian Carn ...
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Did Moses write Psalm 90?

Psalm 90 begins (ESV): A prayer of Moses, the man of God. Translations seem mostly to agree about this, although I’m not sure if that’s the only way to translate it.* This has traditionally been ...
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Did Jesus misquote Psalm 8:2? [duplicate]

Matthew 21:16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise? Psalm 8:2 Out of ...
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In Psalm 148:4 are the waters above the highest heaven?

This verse seems to reflect the understanding that there are multiple heavens (aka "skies"), one above the other: New American Standard Bible Psalm 148:4 Praise Him, highest heavens, And the ...
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How does Psalms 89:10 say Rahab was crushed?

It is said that Rahab had been crushed Psalm 89:10 NIV You crushed Rahab like one of the slain; with your strong arm you scattered your enemies. Again Isaiah seems to say the same thing about Rahab ...
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Was Psalm 56:8 written on the basis of a custom which prevailed at that time?

In Psalms 56:8, the believer says to God: You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your record? That verse has been the subject of deep meditation, vocal ...
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Is Psalm 2 referencing the Tower of Babel?

“Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst ...
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Did God give an oath to Isaac as alluded in Psalms 105:8-10?

PSALMS 105:8-10 niv 8 He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations, 9 the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac. 10 He confirmed it to Jacob ...
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What does Psalm 1:1 mean to walk not in the counsel of the wicked?

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers (Psalm 1:1 NIV) What is this "counsel"? Edit: I have now found ...
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Is it OK to resolve your disagreement tomorrow?

Found this article recently with the title Joy Comes in the Morning: It’s OK to Resolve Your Disagreement Tomorrow which addresses the commonly found advice "Don’t go to bed mad" extracted ...
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In Psalm 32:5, do sins count or not?

In the beginning of Psalm 32 David says how great it is to be someone who's sin is never counted against them: 1Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. ...
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In Psalm 126:1 why are the alternative phrasing footnotes there?

The footnotes for Psalm 126:1 NIV provide an alternative for the phrasing, why is it there? Psalm 126:1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed Psalm 126:1 with ...
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(Psalm 33:6) LXX Duality to Logos?

I've been chasing the concept of Logos around the text and was drawn into Psalm 33:6 where we have: Psalm 33:6 (NRSV), By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all their host by the breath ...
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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 9:16 Haggaion & Selah

How shall these two words properly be understod? The Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah. (Psalm 9:16 KJV) Are the ...
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In Psalm 113:7 verse, what is suggested by the use of the word "poor"?

Sorry if I am lingering on the use of the word "poor" in the bible too many times. Psalm 113:4-9 New American Standard Bible 1995 4 The Lord is high above all nations; His glory is above ...
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Matthew 27:46 NIV vs YLT

Psalm 22:1 New International Version For the director of music. To the tune of "The Doe of the Morning." A psalm of David. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from ...
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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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Does the Bible describe the "earth" as flat?

I have found so much gossip on the Net and no Biblical verses that clearly support the 'flat earth' notion. I know Job spoke of the 'circle of the Earth' and other very interesting aspects of the ...
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Hebrews 1:6 "Proskuneo" & Psalm 2:12 "Kiss the son"

I studied trough The Book of Hebrews chapter 1 and found the word worship προσκυνησ proskyneō literal means ""to kiss and was immediately thinking of Psalm 2:12 "Kiss the Son" (...
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Is Psalm 106:14-15 referring to general overall quasi-collective summarization of Israelites numerous quarrels with God Or is it more specific?

I might be just asking the obvious or maybe I'm just being unnecessarily nit-picky but which plague among the Israelites is Psalm 106:14-15 discussing about? The surrounding scripture verses (Psalm ...
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Who was Melchizedek?

In Genesis 14:17-20 we read that Abram met with Melchizedek. Then, we only find Melchizedek mentioned again in Psalms 110:4 The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after ...

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