Psalm 7

A Psalm pertaining to Dauid, which he sang to the Lord because of the words of Chousi son of Iemeni. O Lord my God, in you I hoped;save me from all pursuing me, and rescue me, lest he like a lion seize my soul,there being no one redeeming me or saving me. O Lord my…

Psalm 6

Forever. Among hymns. Over the eighth. A Psalm. Pertaining to Dauid. O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger,nor discipline me in your wrath. Have mercy on me, O Lord, because I am weak;heal me, O Lord, because my bones were troubled, and my soul was troubled greatly.And you, O Lord — how long?…

Psalm 5

Forever. Over her that inherits. A Psalm of Dauid. Give ear to my words, O Lord;understand my cry. Attend to the voice of my petitionmy King and my God,Because to you I will pray, O Lord. In the morning you will hear my voice,in the morning I will present myself to you and will look…

Psalm 4

Forever. Among Psalms. An Ode concerning Dauid. When I would call, the God of my righteousness heard me. In affliction you enlarged me. Have compassion on me and hear my prayer. You sons of humanity, how long will you be heavy-hearted? Why do you agape-love futility and seek falsehood? Musical Interlude  And know that the…

Psalm 3

A Psalm. To Dauid, when he was running away before the face of Abessalom his son. O Lord, why did those afflicting me multiply? Many arise against me. Many say to my soul, There is no deliverance for him in his God. Musical Interlude But you, O Lord, are my protector, my glory, and the…

Psalm 2

Why did the nations rage, and the peoples contemplate empty things? The kings of the earth stood together and the rulers gathered together Against the Lord and against his anointed-one. Musical Interlude Let us burst their bonds And cast their yoke from us. The one dwelling in the heavens will laugh at them, The Lord…

‘Selah’

There’s a curious word that occurs 74 times in the Psalms and three times in Habbakuk. It’s so problematic that many translations, starting with the King James, don’t even try to translate it, they just transliterate it — phonetically spell it into English: ‘selah’. The meaning of the word is not known, though various interpretations…

Psalm 1

Blessed is the man who did not walk in the council of the impious, nor stand in the road of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the pestilent. Rather, his will is in the law of the Lord and on his law he will contemplate day and night. And he will be like a…

The Septuagint Psalms

The Psalms are unique in the Bible in that they are both God’s words to humanity and humanity’s words to God. Only in modern times have the Psalms lost this centrality in the heart and mind of the church. It was not so in former times. Indeed at the Second Council of Nicaea in 787…