Lament Psalm
Complaint Psalms • Lament Psalms
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Lament Psalms
Lament PsalmsLament psalms, comprising approximately one-third of the book of Psalms, are the most numerous category of psalms. They are also called “complaints” by the psalmists themselves. These poems contain the poet’s strategy for mastering a crisis, and they can be either private (e.g., Ps 3; 4;
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings
Psalms Of Lament
LAMENT, PSALMS OFA lament psalm (also called a psalm of complaint or petition or prayer) is a set poetic prayer aimed to present a need to God so that he may resolve it and further his praise. The corporate laments draw from a variety of national historical traditions and probably were sung at the central
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
1. Complaint or Prayer Psalms
1. Complaint or prayer psalmsSometimes called “laments,” these psalms are most frequently cast in the first-person singular voice, “I.” A simple example is Ps 13. Its constituent parts include invocation (v. 1), complaint (vv. 1–2), petition (vv. 3–4), and affirmation of trust and praise (v. 5). The
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