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Psalm 35 (Of David.)

Summary: O LORD, fight against those who fight against me! Then I will rejoice. They repay evil for good. Vindicate me in your righteousness!

35:1 Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me.

35:2 Take up shield and buckler; arise and come to my aid.

35:3 Brandish spear and javelin against those who pursue me. Say to my soul, “I am your salvation.”

35:4 May those who seek my life be disgraced and put to shame; may those who plot my ruin be turned back in dismay.

35:5 May they be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the LORD driving them away;

35:6 may their path be dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them.

35:7 Since they hid their net for me without cause and without cause dug a pit for me,

35:8 may ruin overtake them by surprise— may the net they hid entangle them, may they fall into the pit, to their ruin.

35:9 Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD and delight in his salvation.

35:10 My whole being will exclaim, “Who is like you, O LORD? You rescue the poor from those too strong for them, the poor and needy from those who rob them.”

35:11 Ruthless witnesses come forward; they question me on things I know nothing about.

35:12 They repay me evil for good and leave my soul forlorn.

35:13 Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth and humbled myself with fasting. When my prayers returned to me unanswered,

35:14 I went about mourning as though for my friend or brother. I bowed my head in grief as though weeping for my mother.

35:15 But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee; attackers gathered against me when I was unaware. They slandered me without ceasing.

35:16 Like the ungodly they maliciously mocked; they gnashed their teeth at me.

35:17 O Lord, how long will you look on? Rescue my life from their ravages, my precious life from these lions.

35:18 I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among throngs of people I will praise you.

35:19 Let not those gloat over me who are my enemies without cause; let not those who hate me without reason maliciously wink the eye.

35:20 They do not speak peaceably, but devise false accusations against those who live quietly in the land.

35:21 They gape at me and say, “Aha! Aha! With our own eyes we have seen it.”

35:22 O LORD, you have seen this; be not silent. Do not be far from me, O Lord.

35:23 Awake, and rise to my defense! Contend for me, my God and Lord.

35:24 Vindicate me in your righteousness, O LORD my God; do not let them gloat over me.

35:25 Do not let them think, “Aha, just what we wanted!” or say, “We have swallowed him up.”

35:26 May all who gloat over my distress be put to shame and confusion; may all who exalt themselves over me be clothed with shame and disgrace.

35:27 May those who delight in my vindication shout for joy and gladness; may they always say, “The LORD be exalted, who delights in the well-being of his servant.”

35:28 My tongue will speak of your righteousness and of your praises all day long.

Final Thoughts on Chapter 35:

Again, David’s main theme of his psalms pops up again, “God, save me from my enemies!” What’s troubling for me though, is that David is almost using his worship of God as a bargaining tool for God’s protection. David promises God that if God will save him from his enemies that “then my soul will rejoice in the LORD” and that he will “give you thanks in the great assembly; among throngs of people I will praise you.” It’s when God has saved him that then his “tongue will speak of your righteousness and of your praises all day long.” Would God really appreciate and reward this sort of bargaining for his protection over another’s unconditional faith?

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Psalm 34 (Of David. When He Pretended to Be Insane Before Abimelech, Who Drove Him Away and He Left.)

Summary: O magnify the LORD with me! I sought him and he answered. Taste and see that the LORD is good. He is close to the brokenhearted.

34:1 I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.

34:2 My soul will boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.

34:3 Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together.

34:4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

34:5 Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.

34:6 This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.

34:7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.

34:8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

34:9 Fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing.

34:10 The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.

34:11 Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

34:12 Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days,

34:13 keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.

34:14 Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

34:15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry;

34:16 the face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.

34:17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.

34:18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

34:19 A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all;

34:20 he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.

34:21 Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned.

34:22 The LORD redeems his servants; no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him.

Final Thoughts on Chapter 34:

Psalm 34 suggests doing some good things like, “keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies,” and “turn from evil and do good; seeking peace and pursuing it.” 

Besides those points though, Psalm 34’s main idea is that God will deliver those who follow him from trouble. Which, if left vague like that, wouldn’t be too troubling. But the psalmist clarifies that point with a couple of specifics like, for the God-fearing person, God will “protect all his bones, not one of them will be broken.” Really? There are plenty of people who follow God whole-heartedly who have broken bones in their lifetime. Another claim: “Those who fear [God] lack nothing” and “The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.” There are millions who believe in God who are very lacking.

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Psalm 33

Summary: Rejoice in the LORD! Make melody, play skilfully. Let all the earth fear the LORD. His eye is on those who hope in his steadfast love.

33:1 Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him.

33:2 Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.

33:3 Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.

33:4 For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.

33:5 The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.

33:6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.

33:7 He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses.

33:8 Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him.

33:9 For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.

33:10 The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.

33:11 But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.

33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.

33:13 From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind;

33:14 from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth—

33:15 he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.

33:16 No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength.

33:17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save.

33:18 But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

33:19 to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.

33:20 We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.

33:21 In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.

33:22 May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.

Final Thoughts on Chapter 33:

The psalmist suggests to his readers to write songs about God and to sing them out to him. They also talk about how God is all-seeing, “From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth—he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.”

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Psalm 32 (Of David. A “Maskil.”)

Summary: Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven. When I kept silent, my bones wasted away. You surround me with glad cries of deliverance!

32:1 Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.

32:2 Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.

32:3 When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.

32:4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. “Selah”

32:5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”— and you forgave the guilt of my sin. “Selah”

32:6 Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him.

32:7 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. “Selah”

32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.

32:9 Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.

32:10 Many are the woes of the wicked, but the LORD’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him.

32:11 Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!

Final Thoughts on Chapter 32:

I sort of like what I perceive Psalm 32 to be about. In verse 3, the psalmist says, “When I kept silent,” about negative things he had done, “my bones wasted away…my strength was sapped” but that when he finally “acknowledged” and “confessed” whatever it was that he was guilty about, he found deliverance from that confession. Whether or not you believe in God, I think it’s an important reminder that, to quote another Bible phrase: “the truth will set you free.”

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Psalm 31 (For the Director of Music. A Psalm of David.)

Summary: In you, O LORD, I seek refuge. Into your hand I commit my spirit. Deliver me from my enemies. Praise the LORD for his steadfast love!

31:1 In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness.

31:2 Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me.

31:3 Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.

31:4 Free me from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge.

31:5 Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth.

31:6 I hate those who cling to worthless idols; I trust in the LORD.

31:7 I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul.

31:8 You have not handed me over to the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place.

31:9 Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief.

31:10 My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak.

31:11 Because of all my enemies, I am the utter contempt of my neighbors; I am a dread to my friends— those who see me on the street flee from me.

31:12 I am forgotten by them as though I were dead; I have become like broken pottery.

31:13 For I hear the slander of many; there is terror on every side; they conspire against me and plot to take my life.

31:14 But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.”

31:15 My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me.

31:16 Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.

31:17 Let me not be put to shame, O LORD, for I have cried out to you; but let the wicked be put to shame and lie silent in the grave.

31:18 Let their lying lips be silenced, for with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly against the righteous.

31:19 How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you.

31:20 In the shelter of your presence you hide them from the intrigues of men; in your dwelling you keep them safe from accusing tongues.

31:21 Praise be to the LORD, for he showed his wonderful love to me when I was in a besieged city.

31:22 In my alarm I said, “I am cut off from your sight!” Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help.

31:23 Love the LORD, all his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful, but the proud he pays back in full.

31:24 Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

Final Thoughts on Chapter 31:

Psalm 31 is almost identical to pretty much every psalm that has come before it: David thanks God for protecting him from his enemies. Psalms is quickly becoming one of those Bible books that become very repetitive, and it becomes harder to push my self to get through each chapter and I think that’s why recently its been getting further and further in between each post. Gotta press on though. 

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Psalm 30 (A Psalm. A Song. For the Dedication of the Temple. Of David)

Summary: I will exalt you, O LORD, for you spared me from going down to the pit. I cried to you for mercy. You turned my mourning into dancing.

30:1 I will exalt you, O LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me.

30:2 O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.

30:3 O LORD, you brought me up from the grave; you spared me from going down into the pit.

30:4 Sing to the LORD, you saints of his; praise his holy name.

30:5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

30:6 When I felt secure, I said, “I will never be shaken.”

30:7 O LORD, when you favored me, you made my mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed.

30:8 To you, O LORD, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy:

30:9 “What gain is there in my destruction, in my going down into the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness?

30:10 Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me; O LORD, be my help.”

30:11 You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,

30:12 that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever.

Final Thoughts on Chapter 30:

This psalm is quite beautiful. David says some nice things about God like with God, “weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”

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isaiah 44:6-23 explaination or summary

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Sorry, haven’t got there yet. 

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Psalm 29 (A Psalm of David)

Summary: Ascribe to the LORD glory! The voice of the LORD is over the waters. The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness. The LORD is king!

29:1 Ascribe to the LORD, O mighty ones, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

29:2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.

29:3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.

29:4 The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic.

29:5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.

29:6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox.

29:7 The voice of the LORD strikes with flashes of lightning.

29:8 The voice of the LORD shakes the desert; the LORD shakes the Desert of Kadesh.

29:9 The voice of the LORD twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

29:10 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever.

29:11 The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

Final Thoughts on Chapter 29:

This is the first psalm in a while that abandons the “Please save me from my enemies” subject that David has usually been writing about. Instead, this is a psalm strictly about God’s voice. Really: “The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic.” It reminds me again of Greek mythology where the weather is attributed to a god, “The LORD thunders over the mighty waters” and “The voice of the LORD strikes with flashes of lightning.”

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Psalm 28 (Of David.)

Summary: To you I cry, O LORD my rock. Repay the wicked according to their works! The LORD is my shield. He is the strength of his people.

28:1 To you I call, O LORD my Rock; do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you remain silent, I will be like those who have gone down to the pit.

28:2 Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place.

28:3 Do not drag me away with the wicked, with those who do evil, who speak cordially with their neighbors but harbor malice in their hearts.

28:4 Repay them for their deeds and for their evil work; repay them for what their hands have done and bring back upon them what they deserve.

28:5 Since they show no regard for the works of the LORD and what his hands have done, he will tear them down and never build them up again.

28:6 Praise be to the LORD, for he has heard my cry for mercy.

28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.

28:8 The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.

28:9 Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever.

Final Thoughts on Chapter 28:

David asks God for mercy, and then says in verse 6, “Praise be to the LORD, for he has heard my cry for mercy.” How does he know, as God didn’t answer him? We might feel something when we pray, but how does anyone really know if God is listening?

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just read your anon ask about job. All i'll say in regards to it is that according to the bible, 1:we are made in God's image. our physical attributes should give a glimpse into His spiritual form. 2. it is not that God "cannot look on sin" but that our impure hearts would cause us to physically die if exposed to God's glory. God controls all, so why wouldn't He be able to view evil? 3.God had job's heart which is what matters more than life and death experienced through our five senses. Peace.

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Psalm 27 (Of David.)

Summary: The LORD is my light and my salvation. My heart will not fear. I will seek your face, O LORD; do not forsake me! Wait for the LORD.

27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

27:2 When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall.

27:3 Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.

27:4 One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.

27:5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.

27:6 Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD.

27:7 Hear my voice when I call, O LORD; be merciful to me and answer me.

27:8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek.

27:9 Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, O God my Savior.

27:10 Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me.

27:11 Teach me your way, O LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.

27:12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing out violence.

27:13 I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

27:14 Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

Final Thoughts on Chapter 27:

David talks once again about protection from God from his enemies. It seems to be the main theme of his psalms thus far. One particular line stood out to me in verse 10, “Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me.”

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re: Job - I find it interesting that god seems to be physical. Like he is sort of sitting in a room, in a chair, (with his "body") when satan comes around, so casually. Let alone the argument that a perfect god cannot even "look" on sin or have sinful creatures like us in heaven - but satan just walks in? then why cant we go to him at death? and if my someone accused my daughter of not loving me - would I subject her more to The Accuser? no - I would protect her. I vote - not a literal story.

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All good points. 

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I am a newly skeptical Christian - just now becoming one after 15 years of devotion to "God's Word". You have a great site here on a skeptics journey thru the bible - easier for a regular person like me to understand and relate to than skeptics annotated bible. Thank you for sharing your hard work! Your comments make so much sense!!!! Take care :D

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That’s the best compliment I’ve gotten in a while. Thank you!! 

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Psalm 26 (Of David.)

Summary: Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked with integrity. I do not sit with deceitful men. I love the place where your glory dwells.

26:1 Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the LORD without wavering.

26:2 Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind;

26:3 for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth.

26:4 I do not sit with deceitful men, nor do I consort with hypocrites;

26:5 I abhor the assembly of evildoers and refuse to sit with the wicked.

26:6 I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, O LORD,

26:7 proclaiming aloud your praise and telling of all your wonderful deeds.

26:8 I love the house where you live, O LORD, the place where your glory dwells.

26:9 Do not take away my soul along with sinners, my life with bloodthirsty men,

26:10 in whose hands are wicked schemes, whose right hands are full of bribes.

26:11 But I lead a blameless life; redeem me and be merciful to me.

26:12 My feet stand on level ground; in the great assembly I will praise the LORD.

Final Thoughts on Chapter 26:

I’m assuming most readers of the Psalms read what David is writing and see beauty, but as I read through, I am beginning to feel weary of David. For starters, he’s got this holier-than-thou type of attitude about himself. Despite actually committing great sins in his lifetime, he has constantly described himself as “blameless” and has separated himself in his mind from other sinners (despite being one himself) “Do not take away my soul along with sinners…” He asks God not to take “my life with bloodthirsty men…” but has asked God numerous times to help him defeat and kill his enemies.  

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Jacob’s Behavoir

Hi, I think it’s great that you are reading the Bible for yourself. I noticed your comment regarding bad behavior by heroes of the Bible. I hope you can see a major theme is that God doesn’t wait for the perfect human to arrive—He’d be waiting to eternity. He takes everyday people and allows them free will which sometimes gets very messy as humans are apt to be. At times he even uses what has been referred to as a “define setup” to allow them to learn and grow from their mistakes, all with their best interest in mind. I find it encouraging to think that one doesn’t have to be perfect to be loved, accepted, and used by God. If it weren’t for that, I wouldn’t stand a chance.