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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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Whom is God talking to in Psalm 82:2?

Psalm 82 says: 1 God presides in the great assembly; he renders judgment among the “gods”. 2 How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked? Who is "you" in this ...
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Who are the Characters Choirmaster, and Dove in the heading of Psalm 56?

I was reading this heading, and was wondering whom the choirmaster and The Dove people are: To the choirmaster: according to The Dove on Far-off Terebinths. A Miktam of David, when the Philistines ...
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What is the imagery in Psalm 19:5?

Psalm 19:5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. What does this signify? Is it romantic/sexual?
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What is Psalm 2:8 referring to?

Psalm 2:8 Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as your possession. (NASB) Who is God speaking to here? And in what way will the nations ...
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Psalm 14 or Psalm 53 - Which came first?

Psalm 14 and 53 are nearly identical. Thrice Psalm 14 uses "LORD" (the Tetragrammaton) where 53 uses "God". 53 adds "according to the machalath style; a well-written song"...
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What is the meaning of perfect hatred?

Psalm 139:21-22 Berean Study Bible 21 Do I not hate those who hate You, O LORD, and detest those who rise against You? 22I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them as my enemies.
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What is the significance of "He makes me lie down in green pastures"?

Psalm 23:1The LORD is my shepherd I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. Does not the sheep want to lie down on his own accord?
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What is the meaning of "your footprints were not seen" in Psalm 77:19?

Psalm 77:19 Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen. Your footprints were not seen. What's meaningful significance here?
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Did the Overseer of Psalm 8 play music on a winepress?

After reading commentaries on Psalm 8:1 regarding the "Gittith" possibly representing a winepress, I was curious if the bible specifically mentions what the Gittith instrument did. Was a ...
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Does Psalm 73:24 allude to eternal life?

Psalm 73:24 New International Version You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. What is the meaning of glory here? Note the parallelism with Genesis 5:24 Enoch ...
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In Psalm 76:10, does God tactfully use the wrath of his enemies to Glorify Himself, and finally destroys the remainder?

Psalm 76:9-11 (NASB 2020) 9 When God arose to judgment, To save all the humble of the earth. Selah 10 For the wrath of mankind shall praise You; You will encircle Yourself with a remnant of wrath. 11 ...
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Why does Psalm 38 contradict God's view of disabilities in Exodus 4:11-12?

YHVH tells us in Shemot 4:11-12 that individuals with disabilities were created as special instruments to reveal God to others. Shemot / Exodus 4 : [11] But YHVH said to him, " Who gave mouth to-...
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In Psalm 78:34 - How can Yisrael (ישראל) repent (שָׁ֗בוּ) if they have been slain?

We read in Tehillim 78:31-34 that God slew the chosen of Israel in order for them to repent. Tehillim / Psalms 78 [31] And-Anger of God ascended upon them and-slew their stoutest and-[the] chosen [of] ...
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Who are "The Fallen" (Ha-Nofelim, הַנֹּֽפְלִ֑ים) God supports in Psalm 145:14?

In Psalm 145:14, we are told God supports all The-Fallen. Tehillim / Psalms 145:14 [MT] YHVH supports for-all The-Fallen ( סוֹמֵ֣ךְ יְ֖הֹוָה לְכָל־הַנֹּֽפְלִ֑ים ) Who are "The Fallen" (Ha-...
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What is the "Horn" (Qeren, קֶ֨רֶן) God raised in Psalm 148:14?

In Psalm 148, we are told in verse 14 that God raised a Horn for His people. Tehillim / Psalms 148:14 [MT] "And He raised [a] Horn for His people" ( וַיָּ֚רֶם קֶ֨רֶן לְעַמּ֡וֹ ) What is ...
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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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Translating forms of Yirah as Fear or Seeing

I have heard numerous rabbis connect verses about the fear of God to seeing God. This always hinges on the fact that some of the conjugations of yirah (fear) look the same as some of the conjugations ...
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Psalm 139:16 all my days "are" or "will be" written?

I am looking at Psalm 139:16 which the NRSV translates as: In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed. But the "were written" is ...
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Psalm 146:3 son of man?

Psalm 146:3 (KJV) states Do not put your trust in princes, or in the son of man, in whom there is no help. Depending on the translation, it says "Mortal man" "a son of man" "...
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Some Isaiah 61:8 translations use phrase "burnt offering" as opposed to "wrong"/"wrongdoing". Therefore, what does Hebrew WLC version say?

It's big difference if some bible translations say: the burnt offering as opposed to wrong/wrongdoing Could some please read and evaluate the corresponding Hebrew WLC version, and give and elaborate ...
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How should psalm 137:9 be interpreted?

When reading Psalm 137:9 "Blessed is the one who takes your babies and dashes them against rocks." Sometimes they’re translated as happy or blessed. So are the enemies happy that they dashed ...
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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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Angels are already spirits or can become spirits?

(I must preface this by saying, just because a psalm is poetic, it does not therefore take away from the fact that it is also making a truth statement, and accurate. Jesus quoted psalm 82 about the ...
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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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Does DSS version of Psalm 119:65 reveal Masoretes abbreviated original text?

Besides revealing the ancient Hebrew Name of YHVH from 30 AD, does the DSS version of [Psalm 119:65] prove the original Hebrew suffix “Your” (Kha) was originally written with a combined ‘Kaf-Hei’ ...
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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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What is the connection between "because of the angels" 1 Corinthians 11:10 and Psalm 8:5? [closed]

1 Corinthians 11:1-16 mentions - mankind, glory, honour, angels just as Psalm 8:5 does.
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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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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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