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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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Psalm 22:31 - Whose children are they?

Psalm 22:31 (or 30) זֶ֥רַע יַֽעַבְדֶ֑נּוּ יְסֻפַּ֖ר לַֽאדֹנָ֣י לַדּֽוֹר׃ Offspring shall serve Him; the Lord’s fame shall be proclaimed to the generations. I notice that the JPS (Jewish) translation ...
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In Matthew 27:46, was Jesus fulfilling, quoting and/or citing Psalm 22?

"And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabaktanei?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” - Matthew 27:46 (NASB) This morning, I was ...
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In Psalms 56:10, why does David address "God" and "Jehohvah" separately?

A recent question, Why does David 'praise word' in both Elohim and Jehovah? asks about the use of "word" here without a qualifier (e.g. "his word"). In God will I praise [his] ...
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Psalm 110:7 what does "he shall drink of the brook in the way" mean?

Psalm 110:7 "He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head." It seems almost out of place considering the Psalm seems to be talking about God. So what does it mean? ...
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Why does David 'praise word' in both Elohim and Jehovah?

Literal, see Biblehub, from Psalm 56:10 : In God I will praise word. In Yahweh I will praise word. 'Word' here is dabar דָבָר Strong 1697 used 1,440 times in the Hebrew Old Testament (a significant ...
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Should Psalm 104 be read as a commentary on Genesis 1 or vice versa?

Should Psalm 104 be read as a commentary on Genesis 1 or vice versa? What does scholarly consensus say about when Psalm 104 and Genesis 1 was written?
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Psalm 23:6 meaning

I encountered a very depressing word study that says that the end of Psalm 23:6, "forever" is not infinite, but more on the lines of "all my days" ... Other sources say this shows ...
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How do scholars interpret Psalm 36:5 from the perspective of units of physical measurement Vs literary analogy?

We read in Psalm 36:5 (AKJV): Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. Generally, people especially those residing on hills know that clouds move at a ...
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Psalm 139:13 says that God knits us in our mother's womb. If Jesus creates all things, and not God, then who knitted Jesus in his mother's womb?

Psalm 139:13-16 ESV For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very ...
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Which one of these three Latin translations are correct?

The translations in the Vulgata and the Nova Vulgata of Psalm 27 (26) are very different. Psalm 27:8 (26:8) is very interesting Vulgata says: Tibi dixit cor meum, exquisivit te facies mea; faciem ...
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Does Psalm 45:6 and Hebrews 1:8 say, "Your throne, God, is forever" or "Your throne is God forever"?

Traditional translation: Your throne, God, is forever and ever. Or this translation: Your throne is God forever and ever. A significant clue is that the context is written about a human Israelite ...
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Matthew 22 and Psalms 110. Did Jesus lose the original meaning? Was there ever such a thing as the original meaning?

What is the meaning of the footnote (a) in Psalm 110 in the NIV? Ps 110:1 The LORD says to my lord [(a) or Lord]: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” How ...
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What is the difference (in the Hebrew) between 'sin' and 'sins' in Psalm 51:2 and Psalm 51:9?

In Psalm 51, David is clearly deeply penitent and stricken by the enormity of what he had done. It is evident that he blames none but himself, saying 'my transgressions' verse 1 ; 'mine iniquity' and '...
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Psalm 73:15? What is wrong if he speaks out, and why would speaking out betray the generation of God's children?

Psalm 73 (NASB) ..........3 For I was envious of the [b]arrogant As I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4 For there are no pains in their death, And their [c]body is fat. ................. ...............
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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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In Psalm 13, what takes "take counsel in my soul" mean?

I've personally appreciated Psalm 13's expressions of emotional trouble during a difficult time, and its usefulness for prayer. For quite a few years, I've wondered what the phrase in verse 2, really ...
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Psalm 7:9 and meaning of the word "reins" within the context

Whilst reading Psalm 7 this morning, I came across a strange expression at the end of verse 9: O let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth ...
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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 to reconcile John 5:29 with Psalm 145:9?

John 5:29 and come out--those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned. Psalm 145:9 The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on ...
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Why is Psalm 22:16 not quoted in the New Testament?

For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. [Psalm 22:16 KJV] One of the biggest objections to this verse not being used to refer to ...
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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 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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“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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In Psalm 68:4 and Psalm 135:1 how are contractions formed in Hebrew and how does YHWH become Yah?

Psalm 68:4 expresses the name of God as Yah. This seems obvious related to the name of God as he expounded it to Moses in Exodus 3:14. We also see the two directly connected in passages such as Psalm ...
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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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Missing verset in Psalm 15:3

The verset ". . .slanders not with his tongue" is missing from the Psalm (15,3) found at Qumran. The LXX does contain this reference to slander which begs the question, at least for me, when ...
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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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Is the speaker in Psalm 22:1 forsaken literally or poetically?

The well-known Psalm 22 begins with the following as the first verse (KJV): My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? It is ...
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What did Jesus mean when he referred to the book of Psalms as the Law?

Twice in the book of John Jesus quotes parts of Psalm's and directly refers to the scripture as the Law. John 10:34 John 15:25 Traditionally we see the books of the Law as only the first 5 books of ...
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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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How can a sparrow nest on the altars of God according to Psalm 84:3

The sparrow finds home a while the swallow finds a nest. Both birds find homes and nests on the LORD'S Altars (plural), not altar. Psalm:84.3 Even the sparrow has found a home, And the swallow a nest ...
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What is the meaning of “The Death of the Son” at the beginning of Psalm 9?

The superscript of Psalm 9 contains the phrase: BHS: עַלְמ֥וּת לַבֵּ֗ן RSV/ESV: according to Muth-labben. NIV: To the tune of “The Death of the Son.” Most translations have chosen something ...
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"for my thirst they gave me sour wine" and anything else?

He said, "I thirst". (John 19:28 ESV) They gave me poison for food, and for my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink. (Psalm 69:21 ESV) So, now John compares "I thirst" with ...
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Why did Jesus say, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

"Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" (Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34) appears to be a quote from Tehillim 22.2. Was Jesus saying G-D had forsaken him? Or was he merely quoting from Tehillim (Psalms) 22.2 (as an ...
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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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Psalm 51:5 CEV vs ESV

How can we determine which translation is more close to the original message? Clearly "the day I was born" vs "mother conceive me" paints a completely different picture - and arguably, a different ...
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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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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 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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"Some trust in chariots..." in Psalm 20:8

Psalm 20:8 in the Hebrew reads: אֵלֶּה בָרֶכֶב וְאֵלֶּה בַסּוּסִים וַאֲנַחְנוּ ׀ בְּשֵׁם־יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ נַזְכִּֽיר for which the ESV (v.7) gives: Some trust in chariots and some in horses, ...
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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 (basis for translation of LXX) or רָעַע break (MT Masora)? תְּ֭רֹעֵם has multiple homonyms, three based on the root רָעָה and two off ...
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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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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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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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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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In Psalm 27:13 where is "the land of the living"?

NET Bible Psalm 27:13 Where would I be if I did not believe I would experience the Lord’s favor in the land of the living? "in this life"? in Zion? in the "afterlife"?
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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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Psalm 69:28 What is the “book of the living”?

It appears this is an evidentiary registry, but who or what qualifies a person to be added and consequently remain registered? “Let them be blotted out of the book of the living; let them not be ...

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