The Wisdom of Israel
(Category 9 of 16)
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Psalms, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the book of Psalms, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
The book of Psalms has been designed to be the prayer book of God’s people as they wait for the Messiah and his coming kingdom.
The Book of
THE Book of Psalms is the largest and perhaps most widely used book in the Bible. It explores the full range of human experience in a very personal and practical way. Its 150 “songs” run from the Creation through the
exilic , and
postexilic periods. The tremendous breadth of subject matter in the Psalms includes diverse topics, such as jubilation, war, peace, worship, judgment, messianic prophecy, praise, and lament. The Psalms were set to the accompaniment of stringed instruments and served as the temple hymnbook and devotional guide for the Jewish people. The Book of Psalms was gradually collected and originally unnamed, perhaps due to the great variety of material. It came to be known as Sepher Tehillim— “Book of Praises”—because almost every psalm contains some note of praise to God. The Septuagint uses the Greek work Psalmoi as its title for this book, meaning “Poems Sung to the Accompaniment of Musical Instruments.” It also calls it the Psalterium (“A Collection of Songs”), and this word is the basis for the term Psalter. The Latin title is Liber Psalmorum, “Book of Psalms.”
The Way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly
1 BLESSED ais the man Who walks not in the counsel of the 1ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, bNor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But ahis delight is in the law of the LORD, bAnd in His law he 1meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree aPlanted by the 1rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall bprosper.
PSALM 1 References
1 aProv. 4:14
2 aPs. 119:14,
16, 35 b[Josh.
by talking to
3 aJer. 17:8
bGen. 39:2, 3,
4 aJob 21:18
6 aPs. 37:18
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For athe LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.
The Messiah’s Triumph and Kingdom
1 WHY ado the 1nations 2rage, And the people plot a 3vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, And the arulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His bAnointed,1 saying,
3 “Let aus break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us.”
4 He who sits in the heavens ashall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision.
5 Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, And distress them in His deep displeasure:
6 “Yet I have 1set My King 2On My holy hill of Zion.”
PSALM 2 References
1 aActs 4:25,
2 a[Mark 3:6;
3 aLuke 19:14
4 aPs. 37:13
6 1Lit. installed
the hill of My
7 a[Heb. 1:5;
5:5] 1Or decree
said to Me
9 aPs. 89:23;
110:5, 6; 1So
with MT, Tg.;
Vg. rule (cf.
12 a[Rev. 6:16,
17] b[Ps. 5:11;
8 Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
9 aYou shall 1break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ ”
10 Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD with fear, And rejoice with trembling.
12 1Kiss the Son, lest 2He be angry, And you perish in the way, When aHis wrath is kindled but a little. bBlessed are all those who put their trust in Him.
Praise to God for His Word and Providence
PRAISE1 the LORD!
1 For ait is good to sing praises to our God; bFor it is pleasant, and cpraise is beautiful.
2 The LORD abuilds up Jerusalem; bHe gathers together the outcasts of Israel.
3 aHe heals the brokenhearted And binds up their 1wounds.
4 aHe counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name.
5 aGreat is our Lord, and bmighty in power; cHis understanding is infinite.
6 aThe LORD lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground.
7 Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; Sing praises on the harp to our God,
8 aWho covers the heavens with clouds, Who prepares rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.
9 aHe gives to the beast its food, And bto the young ravens that cry.
PSALM 147 References
1 aPs. 92:1
bPs. 135:3 cPs.
2 aPs. 102:16
Is. 11:12; 56:8;
3 a[Ps. 51:17];
Is. 61:1; Luke
4:18 1Lit. sorrows
4 aIs. 40:26
5 aPs. 48:1
bNah. 1:3 cIs.
6 aPs. 146:8, 9
8 aJob 38:26;
9 aJob 38:41
b[Matt. 6:26] 10 aPs. 33:16,
14 aIs. 54:13;
60:17, 18 bPs.
fat of wheat
107:20] 16 aJob 37:6
18 aJob 37:10
19 aDeut. 33:4;
[Rom. 3:1, 2] 1Heb. Hallelujah
10 aHe does not delight in the strength of the horse; He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man.
11 The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, In those who hope in His mercy.
12 Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion!
13 For He has strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed your children within you.
14 aHe makes peace in your borders, And bfills you with 1the finest wheat.
15 aHe sends out His command to the earth; His word runs very swiftly.
16 aHe gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes;
17 He casts out His hail like 1morsels; Who can stand before His cold?
18 aHe sends out His word and melts them; He causes His wind to blow, and the waters flow.
19 aHe declares His word to Jacob, bHis statutes and His judgments to Israel.
20 aHe has not dealt thus with any nation; And as for His judgments, they have not known them. 1
Praise the LORD!
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