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The Book of Psalms KJV

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Published on Apr 20, 2016

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The Psalms Has the longest chapter of the Bible (Psalm 119), it also has the shortest (Psalm 117)—and, according to some enumerations, the middle chapter of the Bible is right between them (Psalm 118). Indeed, most chapters/psalms are but a fraction of a single column in length. St. Ambrose calls this book a “gymnasium for the soul.” It gives a good workout and has much for every one of our human moods and needs. In the shortness of the space of this column, I won't try to summarize each chapter, but give an overview instead. More than 70 of the Psalms are attributed to King David (1000 B.C.) and others are attributed to Asaph (50 and 73-83) or others named along the way. The Psalms are divided into 5 Books, according to The Bible Made Easy (ISBN 978-0-86716-598-2) by Timothy Schehr: Book 1 (Ps. 1-41: The Challenge of Walking With God), Book 2 (Ps. 42-72: Struggles Along the Way), Book 3 (Ps. 73-89: Pleas for Help), Book 4 (Ps. 90-106: God's Power to Save), and Book 5 (Ps. 107-150: Songs of Praise). To try to keep it all from being too overwhelming, I picked out a favorite psalm from each Book. My choices (which may very well change the next time I read the Bible) are: 40, 68, 85, 103, 130. See what yours are along the way and if any of ours may match. (My pick for the worst psalm is 58. Ugh!). Amongst the psalms, there are Penitential Psalms ( 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 142), there are Alphabetical Psalms where each verse begins with the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet (9, 25, 34, 37, 111, 112, 119, 145), there are Invitatory Psalms which can be used to begin each day's time of prayer (24, 67, 95, 100), and there are Psalms of Ascent sung by the faithful Jew as approaching Jerusalem for a visit to the Temple (120-134). You'll also notice that the numbering differs in Greek/Catholic and Hebrew/Protestant Bibles with Psalms 10-147 being numbered one higher in the latter. Psalm 87 would seem to be a favorite at the County Clerk 's Office. Also, there is actually a 151st Psalm found in the Masoretic text of the Hebrew Bible although the codex Alexandrinus of the Septuagint excludes it.

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