”The Book of Psalms” is a collection of religious poems and songs in the Old Testament of the Bible. Many of the poems are songs of praise and celebration. Why does the speaker in this Psalm praise the Lord?
O Lord our Lord,
That thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers,
The moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
What is man, that thou art mindful of him?
And the son of man, that thou visitest him?
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels,
And hast crowned him with glory and honor.
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands;
Thou hast put all things under his feet:
All sheep and oxen,
Yea, and the beasts of the field;
The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea,
And whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
O Lord our Lord,
How excellent is thy name in all the earth!
1. According to the speaker, whose name is “excellent ... in all the earth"?
Psalm 24 is a song of joy and reverence. According to this psalm, what must people do if God is to accept them?
The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof;
Lift up your heads, O ye gates;
Even lift them up, ye everlasting doors;
1. To whom does the speaker say the world belongs?
People have always wondered about the meaning and purpose of life. What wisdom does this well--known verse offer about the experiences of life?
To every thing there is a season, and a time
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant,
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down,
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn,
A time to cast away stones, and a time
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep,
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence,
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war,
1. According to the speaker, what is true of every thing in life?
In the Bible, The Book of Proverbs contains essays, poems, and proverbs. What advice does this essay give to young men?
Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth our her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. O Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
1. In the first paragraph, what does the writer say about the value of a "virtuous" woman?
An epigram is a brief saying or poem that makes a clever point. Would a person who lived by these Biblical epigrams be happier and more content?
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye
It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Pride goeth before destruction, and an
The Sabbath was made for man, and not
Whatsoever a man soweth,
Where your treasure is, there
Greater love hath no man than this,
Faith is the substance of things hoped for,
If a house be divided against itself,
A prophet is not without honor,
Wisdom is better than rubies.
He that maketh haste to be rich
No man can serve two masters.
All they that take the sword shall perish by the sword.
1. According to the speaker in Proverbs, 16:18, what is the problem with pride?