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Psalm 55

<<To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David.>>

Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication. Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise; Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.

My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.

Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah. I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest. Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city.

Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it. Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets. For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance.

We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company. Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.

As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.

God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God. He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant.

The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords. Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee. (Psalms 55:1-23 kjv)

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 Psalm 107

O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy; And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south. They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.

Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses. And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation. Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron; Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High: Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help. Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.

Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder. Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted. Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.

Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep. For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end. Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven. Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders. He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground; A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.

He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings. And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation; And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase. He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not their cattle to decrease. Again, they are minished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow.

He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way. Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock. The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth. Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD. (Psalm 107 kjv)


The Hebrew title for this book is "Book of Praises." The English title, however, was
derived from the Greek word psalmoi (5568) which means "pious songs" or "music of stringed instruments."
The Book of Psalms is a collection of the works of at least six authors. The titles of the psalms credit David with writing seventy-three psalms and two others are assigned to him in the New Testament (Ps. 2, see Acts 4:25; Ps. 95, see Heb. 4:7).
Asaph was the author of twelve psalms (Ps. 50; 73 -83), or at least he is responsible for their preservation. The sons of Korah wrote eleven psalms (Ps. 42; 44 -49; 84; 85; 87; 88), Solomon composed two (Ps. 72; 127), Psalm 89 is attributed to Ethan, and Moses is the author of Psalm 90 possibly Ps. 91).

The Book of Psalms was originally five separate books (Ps. 1 -41; 42 -72; 73 -89; 106; 107 -150). Each of the first four books conclude with a doxology and the fifth is a finale for the book as a whole. Consequently, it is believed that the psalms were used for liturgical purposes.
This is supported by Jewish tradition and the fact that the five books of Psalms correspond to the five books of the Pentateuch. The individual psalms are often classified according to their content: Didactic Psalms are those which give instruction (e.g., 119); the Messianic Psalms contain prophecy relating to the Messiah (see note on Ps. 22:1-31); the Imprecatory Psalms involve pleas to God for the punishment of the wicked (see note on Ps. 109:1-29); Penitential Psalms express not only the feelings of a repentant heart but also appeal for divine cleansing (Ps. 6; 32; 38; 51; 102; 130; 143).

Other psalms are classified according to their titles: psalms of degrees or ascent were sung at the beginning of the worship services at the temple and by those who were traveling up to Jerusalem (Ps. 120 -134); miktam psalms deal with atonement or the covering over of sin (Ps. 16; 56-60).

The Psalms powerfully convey the feelings common to believers of all ages. The nature of Hebrew poetry (see introduction to Job) is especially well suited to expressing strong feelings. The psalms are intimately personal in that they explore the whole realm of human emotion from deep despair to ecstatic delight; from a yearning for vengeance to a spirit of humility and forgiveness; from earnest pleading with God for protection to jubilant praise for His deliverance. The general principle that can be seen in all of the psalms is that the writers have a serene confidence in God's guidance and provision.
  [Source for Introduction of chapter: Hebrew Greek Key Study Bible KJV edited by Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D. AMG Publishers, Chattanooga, TN 37422]

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