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This division of the Psalms, mentioned above, is probably made to mirror  _____________ (FSB 827).

A.The 5 books of the Pentateuch

B.God's perfect, holy nature, symbolized by 7

C.The 10 Commandments

D.The 12 tribes of Israel


Some of the Psalms are _____________ poems, which means that the successive sections begin with the different letters of the Hebrew alphabet, in alphabetic order; the most obvious example of these is Psalm 119 (pg. 950 in FSB).

A.Metaphoric

B.Acrostic

C.Synthetic

D.Metrical



The major feature of poetry in the Hebrew Old Testament is a design called parallelism. This is briefly explained in FSB on page 823, with a chart on page 1008. FSB 1008: What kind of parallelism does the second line of poetry restate the idea of the first?

A.Number

B.Developmental

C.Antithetic

D.Synonymous



In Hebre poetry, in what type of parallelism does the second line contrast the idea of the first line?

A.Developmental

B.Synonymous

C.Number

D.Antithetic


In Hebrew poetry, in what type of parallelism does the second line extend or build upon the idea of the first line?

A.Number

B.Anithetic

C.Synonymous

D.Developmental or Synthetic


Biblical scholars have categorized the psalms into various genres, forms or types (FSB 823-825). Understanding the different types of psalms helps us to understand each psalm's purpose. Which psalm type (FSB 823-824) is a cry to God for help brought on by hardship or despair, which is mixed with trust in God?

A.Lament

B.Royal

C.Thanksgiving

D.Praise 



Which type of Psalm does not focus upon a specific situation, but calls attention to the general power, ove and protective care of God? (FSB 823-824)

A.Thanksgiving

B.Lament

C.Praise

D.Royal




Which type of psalm emphasizes the role of a human king as God's chosen leader for Israel?

A.Royal

B.Praise

C.Lament

D.Thanksgiving




Which type of Psalm has not only a plea to God for help, but then celebrates the fact that God responded to the prayer and rescued the person?

A.Royal

B.Praise

C.Thanksgving

D.Lament


Psalm 30 is an example of a "Thanksgiving Psalm." It opens with praise to God (vs. 1-5), then recounts the problem that came to the poet (vs. 6-7). Then in verse 8-10, the poet addresses God, saying, "I will cry out to you, O Lord. I will plead to the Lord for _____________." (God's Word version)

A.Compassion

B.Salvation

C.Pity

D.Mercy



The Lament is another Psalm type.  The usually have an address (to whom is the prayer given?), an expression of trust, the narration of a problem, the explicit request for help, and then some concluding words of trust as the poet waits for God to act. In Psalm 3, what is the Psalmist's problem?

A.He is mourning the loss of a loved one

B.He is being attacked by enemies

C.He is sick and dying

D.He has lost his wealth



In Psalm 3 the author expresses trust in God by saying, "But you O LOD, are a ______________ that surrounds me."

A.Sword

B.Cloud

C.Fire

D.Shield




In Psalm 3, the author also expresses trust in God in verse 4, when He says that God answers his cry for help from ___________________.

A.His holy mountian

B.His majestic throne

C.His holy temple

D.The Ark of the Covenant



In another Psalm Lament, David pleads with God to hear him.  in verse one he says, "If you remain silent, I will be like those who go ______________."

A.Into exile

B.Away from Your presence

C.Into the valley of death

D.Into the pit


David ends Psalm 28 with a statement of praise and trust, praying, "Save your people, and bless those who belong to you. Be their _______________, and carry them forever."

A.King

B.Warrior

C.Redeemer

D.Shepherd


In Psalm 109, another Lament of David, he talks about his desperate situation by saying in verse 23 "I fade away like ____________________. I have been shaken off like a grasshopper."

A.The morning mist

B.A faint echo

C.A setting sun

D.A lengthening shadow



Once again David ends his lament, this time in Psalm 109, with a word of praise and trust in God.  He says that he will praise God, because God "stands beside ________________."

A.The Ark of the Covenant

B.Needy people

C.The archangels

D.Those who mourn




Psalm 137 is a Lament written by someone in Exile.  It starts off, "By the rivers of ______________, we sat down and cried as we remembered Zion."

A.Babylon

B.Israel

C.Egypt

D.Assyria



Psalm 8 is an example of a Praise Psalm. It praises God that He has given ____________ such a high or exalted role over the rest of God's creation.

A.Angels

B.Humans

C.Israelite kings

D.Archangels



Psalm 27 is another beautiful example of a Praise Psalm.  It starts off, "The Lord is my __________________ and my salvation. Who is there to fear?"

A.Strength

B.Light

C.Anchor

D.Peace



Psalm 27 goes on to say, "I have asked one thing from the LORD. This I will seek: to remain in the LORD''s house all the days of my life in order to gaze at ______________________."

A.The angelic hosts

B.The saints in glory

C.The LORD's majestic glory

D.The LORD;s beauty



Psalm 27 ends with an expression of trust or faith in God with a common synonym in the Psalms for trust. The Psalmist says that he will: _______________________."

A.Wait with hope for the LORD

B.Pray to the LORD

C.Bow down to the LORD

D.Bring an offering to the LORD



In Psalm 46, another Praise Psalm, the Psalmist starts off "God is our _______________ and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble."

A.Refuge

B.Shepherd

C.Light

D.Salvation


Psalm 48 praises God taht He has chosen to stay close to His people on Mount ____________ (a synonym for Jerusalem) and defend them.

A.Zion

B.Tabor

C.Carmel

D.Sinai


Psalm 121 reminds us that "My help comes from Yahweh (remember the word LORD in all caps in your Bible is a way of designating God's actual name "Yahweh"), the maker of heaven and earth." Then, in verses 3-8, what is God's role among His people? He is the ________________ of Israel."

A.The Rock

B.The Light

C.Shepherd

D.The Guardian



Psalm 150 concludes, "Let ___________________________ praise the LORD/Yahweh!"

A.Everything that breathes

B.The valleys and hills

C.The angel hosts

D.The people of Israel




Psalm 2 is a Royal Psalm.  I talks about the _______________ (v. 1) who want to break free from the rule of God's king, and describes God's divine establishment of the authority of this king (vs. 7-12).

A.Nations

B.The poor

C.Rebels

D.Israelites



The divine proclamation by God concerning the King in Psalm 2:7, that He said to the king, "You are my ____________" was repeated by God the Father about Jesus at His baptism and again on the Mount of Transfiguration.

A.King

B.Son

C.Warrior

D.Beloved



Psalm 45 celebrates the wedding of a king. The new bride is encouraged to" ______________ your people and . . . your father's house" because she now is part of the family of her great husband (v. 10).

A.Hate

B.Remove

C.Ridicule

D.Forget



The Wisdom Psalms are best understood as meditations on the great truths of life. Psalm 139 discusses the fact that we can never _____________________.

A.Have too many friends

B.Let our guard down

C.Get far away from God

D.Have too many children




Psalm 49 discusses the fact that it is often evil people who become rich and powerful in this life, and that fact tempts us to give up the faith. But all humans die, just like animals. But hope is held out for believers in verse 15: "But God will buy me back me back from the power of __________ because he will take me."

A.Sin

B.Hell

C.Satan

D.Corruption



Psalms 14 and 15 discuss the fact that most humans turn away from God, but it is those who actually try to follow God (trust in Him) who have a place reserved in God's __________ (15:1) with God."

A.Temple

B.Tent

C.City

D.Kingdom


Psalm 1 is a Wisdom Psalm placed at the beginning of the entire book to give a theme or mood to the use of the psalms. There, the person who "delights in the teachings of the LORD/Yahweh" (v. 2) is the person who "___________" (v. 3).

A.is happy most of the time

B.Learns to deal with disappointment

C.Succeeds in everything he does.

D.Suffers less than his enemies



The book of Proverbs is a collection of "sayings that offer _________________" (FSB 984).

A.Advice in how to become wealthy

B.Practical advice for daily life

C.Tools to put down your enemy

D.Guidance in how to save yourself



Proverbs 1:7 gives us the theme for the whole book (and really, for all Wisdom Literature): "_______________ is the beginning of knowledge."

A.Listening to your parents

B.The fear of the LORD/Yahweh

C.Years of study

D.Hard work



Proverbs 10 teaches us that "Hate starts quarrels, but love _________________" (vs. 9, 12).  

A.Is blind to faults

B.Accepts everything

C.Stops quarrels

D.Covers every wrong


Ecclesiastes looks at life from a purely human perception, and sees what human reason and experience alone can tell us. It examines many possible goals or purposes for human life, and it concludes over and over again that human existence (apart from God) is ________________ (NIV text from FSB, Ecl. 1:2).

A.Wonderful

B.Meaningless

C.A joyful labor

D.A struggle but worth it


Psalm 46 goes on to praise God that He is a savior when nature seems to fall apart (vss. 2-3), or when human politics and ____________ threaten us (vs. 9).

A.Famine

B.Flooding

C.Economic loss

D.War

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