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Author: fabian
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10 Things You Might Not Know About the Psalms

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Here are 10 things you might not know about the psalms:

1. Psalms comes from Greek word meaning "the plucking of strings," indicating that this Scripture was originally accompanied by stringed instruments for the purpose of worship.

2. With 150 chapters, Psalms is by far the longest book of the Bible. Isaiah's 66 chapters put it in a distant second.

3. Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible—with 176 verses.

4. Psalm 117 is also the shortest chapter in the Bible—only 2 verses.

5. Psalm 117 is also the middle chapter in the 1,189 chapters contained within the Bible.

6. Psalm 118:8—"it is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man" —is the exact middle verse of the 31,173 verses of the Bible.

7. Most books in the Bible are attributed to one author, but Psalms has many authors. The author of exactly half of them(75) is King David. Other authors include Asaph(50; 73—83), the sons of Korah(42; 44—49; 84—85; 87), Solomon(72; 127), Moses(90), Herman(88), and Ethan(89). The remaining 48 psalms have anonymous authors, and many believe that Ezra wrote some of them.

8. The earliest psalm recorded is most likely Psalm 90, written by Moses after the exodus and during the wandering period(1445-1405 B.C). The latest psalm is most likely Psalm 126, for the isrealite returning to their land after the Babylonian exile(500-430 B.C). This expensive collection of songs from isreal's history makes this book a unique contribution.

9. Many psalms are alphabetical acrostics. The Hebrew alphabet has 22 letters, and a way to memorize the psalm was to make the stanzas match a certain progression. These psalms have some type of alphabetical acrostic: 9; 10; 34; 111; 112; 119; 145.

10. Psalms are Hebrew poetry. While our English translation are great reads, we miss certain rhythms and parallel words and phrases that are clear in the original Hebrew manuscripts.

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