Psalms 1-12 Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers on Psalms 1-12

Psalms 1-12 – Questions and Answers

Psalms 1-12 begins the second longest book of the Bible which has 150 chapters. The book of Psalms was written over a span of roughly 700 years by about 7 different authors but David wrote 73 of the Psalms. Psalms was the “songbook” of the Jews.

What does “chaff” mean? The husk from a stalk of corn or wheat. This is the waste part of the grain, not good for anything.

Are they saying the ungodly should not judge people in Psalms 1:5? It isn’t necessarily saying that the ungodly people should not be judges. What it is saying is that the ungodly people will not do what is right. The second part of that verse seems to back this up saying that sinners will not be found in the congregations or gathering of the righteous people.

What do they mean in Psalm 2:2-7? Are they talking about the son of God? This is a deep piece of Scripture since I believe that it is referring to the end of the Tribulation, right before and right when Christ returns to Earth.

Why are there books instead of chapters? The Psalms were broken down into five individual books, or divisions, in the Hebrew Bible. In the English Bible, chapters are used to further break down the divisions and make it easier to read. They were also written in different times of Jewish history. The first 72 chapters of Psalms are ascribed to King David (10th century BC), some of the Psalms are by other priests, some psalms were written in the time of King Hezekiah (More than 200 years after David), etc.

What does mean “Selah” at the end of Psalm 3:4? Selah means to pause or consider what is being said. When the Levites and King David put music to the Psalms, it is possible they would sing a verse and then pause while music was being played. It is a reminder for us as we read to Psalms to stop and think about what was just said.

What is “leasing”? “Leasing” means falsehood, or lying.

What does “sepulcher” mean? A sepulcher is tomb to bury the dead, like the one Christ was placed in after he was crucified.

In Psalm 5 is David praying to the LORD? Yes, most if not all of the Psalms are prayers to God.

In Psalm 6 is David asking forgiveness? And he also tells the reader that the Lord has heard him and forgiven him.

What is meant by “God trieth the heart and reins?” in Psalm 7:9? It means God is trying or testing the heart and the kidneys to ascertain the reason behind the thoughts and emotions. From the heart come our thoughts and from our kidneys come some of our emotions.

Who is talking in Psalm 7?  David.

Who is talking in Psalm 8?  David.

What does “abhorrenth” mean? It means abhors, or hates. Example: God abhors sin.

What does “croucheth” mean? In this case it means to collapse. It is the only place in the Bible this word is found.

What are they saying “O LORD; O God” in Psalm 10:12? They are saying first the personal Hebrew name of God “Jehovah”, spelled in English as LORD, (all capitals). Second, they are saying “God” (Jewish: “Elohim”). Elohim in Hebrew means “The Mighty One” or “The putter forth of power”, “The Strong One” and has the mean of three persons. The writer of this Psalm is talking to one God but identifying two of His characteristics.

What does “trieth” mean? in Psalm 11:5? It means that God is continually observing and helping mankind.

Did the Lord rain down snares, fire and brimstone the people that did bad? Yes, the Lord did so in Sodom and Gomorrah. But I also believe that this could also be a description of hell.

The furnace are they talking about in Psalm 12:16, is it hell? In this case it is talking about a melting furnace. A place where ore is melted into fine metal, like the silver that is mentioned in this Scripture.

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Mary Jane

I'm Mary Jane, child of God, wife of Joe, mom to furry little ones, writer and author of The Faith Series devotionals. Trying every day to be better this day than I was yesterday in every part of my life. Thank you for visiting.

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