Tag Archives: Psalms

Kiln blog: Psalm 128

Teaser… This is another Psalm of Ascension that wasn’t composed specifically for pilgrimage. Rather, it is didactic in nature and presents the pilgrim’s goal of Jerusalem as the capstone of blessings. God’s favor on Jerusalem was the foundation of national … Continue reading

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Kiln blog: Psalm 127

Reposted in full due to brevity; source. Translations vary on whether Solomon wrote this himself of took it into his collection of wisdom literature. Either way, it reflects the kind of broad moral insight he had. We can be sure … Continue reading

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Kiln blog: Psalm 126

Teaser… This Song of Ascents refers to the Exile and Restoration, but looks back upon it from a later date. Yet still fresh in memory was the giddy joy of the imperial announcement that the Judeans could go home and … Continue reading

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Kiln blog: Psalm 125

(Due to brevity, this study is reposted here in full; source.) A song of security, scholars suggest this was not originally meant as a pilgrimage psalm. However, it fits the theme well enough referring to the geography around the City … Continue reading

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Kiln blog: Psalm 124

(Reposted in full due to brevity; original post.) This is ascribed specifically to David. We should take notice how very much this is like a responsive song, heavy with Hebrew parallelism. We have this basic confession: Were it not for … Continue reading

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Kiln blog: Psalm 123

Teaser… While very short, this Psalm of Ascents is far more intense than any English translation can convey. It echoes of someone in deep distress from oppression, implying a persecution for one’s faith in Jehovah. The first word in the … Continue reading

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Kiln blog: Psalm 122

Excerpt… Though written by David whose palace sits in Jerusalem, he assumes the perspective of a pilgrim who has come from the farthest distance. We have arrived! We are here in Jerusalem and the first thing we want to do … Continue reading

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