This summary of the book of psalms provides information about the title authors date of writing chronology theme theology outline a brief overview and the chapters of the book of psalms title the titles psalms and psalter come from the septuagint the pre christian greek translation of the ot where they originally referred to stringed instruments such as harp lyre and lute . Book 1 psalms 1 41 the five divisions correspond roughly to the five books of moses the first book is like genesis detailing blessing fall and redemption book 2 psalms 42 72 like exodus this book describes ruin and rescue by god book 3 psalms 73 89 as leviticus covers gods tabernacle this book covers gods temple. The collected psalms comprise the largest book in the bible and the most frequently quoted old testament book in the new testament psalm 117 represents the middle out of 1189 in the bible psalm 119 is the largest in the entire bible through the ages the psalms have retained their original primary purpose ie to engender the proper praise and worship of god the bible tells us that . If i understand the psalms correctly they provide the saints with a pattern for participation in worship as well as with a prayer book the old testament psalms which are read or repeated in fact the psalms of the bible are not even confined to the book of psalms the worship of individuals and of congregations often employed psalms for example the israelites sang a song a psalm of
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