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The NLT Study Bible on Psalms 1-8

February 1, 2009

Pss 1-8

Psalms 1 and 8 form an inclusio (set of literary bookends) that describes what God expects of the ideal person (cp. Pss 19, 33, 104, 145), contrasts the godly person with the wicked, and extols the godly person’s dignity. Jesus the Messiah (Ps 2) – the sovereign Lord (Heb 2:6-8; see 1 Cor 15:27) and perfection of humanity – embodies this ideal.

Pss 3-7

This group of psalms moves readers from the orderly world of Pss 1-2 to a disoriented one. The Lord’s annointed cries out while facing enemies, ferocious opposition, evil schemes, and the Lord’s apparent distance.

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