Psalm

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v psalm sing or celebrate in psalms "He psalms the works of God"
    • n psalm any sacred song used to praise the deity
    • n Psalm one of the 150 lyrical poems and prayers that comprise the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament; said to have been written by David
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119, which is 176 verses
    • Psalm A sacred song; a poetical composition for use in the praise or worship of God. "Humus devout and holy psalms Singing everlastingly."
    • Psalm Especially, one of the hymns by David and others, collected into one book of the Old Testament, or a modern metrical version of such a hymn for public worship.
    • v. t Psalm To extol in psalms; to sing; as, psalming his praises.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The name for Ivory Soap was inspired by a verse from the Bible. Harley Proctor got though of the name when the minister read from Psalms 45:8, "All thy garments smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia, out of the ivory palaces whereby they have made thee glad."
    • n psalm A sacred poem or song, especially one in which expressions of praise and thanksgiving are prominent: usually restricted either to those contained in the Book of Psalms, or to the versifications of these composed for the use of churches, as the Psalms of Tate and Brady, of Watts, etc.
    • n psalm plural [capitalized] A book of the Old Testament which follows Job and precedes Proverbs, and contains 150 psalms and hymns; more fully, the Book of Psalms. The authorship of a large number of the psalms is ascribed traditionally to David. Many of them, however, are supposed to date from the time of the exile or later.
    • n psalm plural Among the ancient Jews, the Hagiographa: so called because the Psalms constitute the first book in it.
    • psalm To sing psalms.
    • psalm To celebrate in psalms; hymn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is believed that Shakespeare was 46 around the time that the King James Version of the Bible was written. In Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is shake and the 46th word from the last word is spear.
    • n Psalm säm a sacred song
    • v.t Psalm to celebrate in psalms
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Quotations

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    “They that sow in tears shall reap joy. [Psalms 126:5]”
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    “With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall. [Psalms 18:29]”
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    “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. [Psalm 23:4]”
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    “For such is God our God, forever and ever. He will guide us until death. [Psalm 48:14]”
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    “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. [Psalms 34:14]”
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    “If I regard wickedness in my heart the Lord will not hear. [Psalms 66:18]”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. psalm, salm, AS. sealm, L. psalmus, psalma, fr. Gr. , , fr. to pull, twitch, to play upon a stringed instrument, to sing to the harp: cf. OF. psalme, salme, F. psaume,

Usage

In literature:

After breakfast played some of the psalm tunes.
"A Journey to America in 1834" by Robert Heywood
Thomas Sternhold, who together with Hopkins put the Psalms into metre for singing, lived in the outskirts of Hursley.
"Old Times at Otterbourne" by Charlotte M. Yonge
If we keep near enough to Him the glance of His eye will do for guidance, as the old psalm has it.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
The singing of them in the public service alternates with an equal number of psalms.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
And so he read the psalm and waited in silence for John to begin, and then Mrs Hume turned toward him.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
This Psalm is called the "Shepherd Psalm" because it was written by David, after he became a king.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Literature" by Ontario Ministry of Education
We also committed a hymn to memory, and five verses of a psalm.
"When Grandmamma Was New" by Marion Harland
We call them the Psalms of David.
"Child's Story of the Bible" by Mary A. Lathbury
The ould psalm-singing Tommy Noddy!
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
The psalm he had learned for last Sunday came to him.
"The Transformation of Job" by Frederick Vining Fisher
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In poetry:

But still the glorious psalm goes forth,
And fills the earth and sky,
Like some wild threnody for men
To sing before they die.
"Cameron's Stone" by Alexander Anderson
"Ye raised the psalm in dule an' wae,
An' prayed wi' sabs an' tears;
We'll sing a psalm o' joy an' praise
To Him wha prayer hears."
"Ballad of The Monkland Cottar" by Janet Hamilton
But they come no more to cheer me
As they did in those early days,
When the earth like a mighty temple
Flew open with psalm and praise.
"Ah! The Dreams" by Alexander Anderson
If earth's weariness for rest is changed,
Rest on the far off shore,
If earth's sighing's changed for singing
Psalms of praise for evermore.
"Little Minnie" by Nora Pembroke
So I live within the calm,
And the birds and roses know
That the days that come and go
Are as peaceful as the flow
Of a prayer beneath a psalm.
"St. Mary's" by Abram Joseph Ryan
When I hear music, whether waltz or psalm,
Among a crowd, I find myself alone;
It does not touch me with a soothing balm,
But brings an echo like a moan
"Music In A Crowd" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard

In news:

Read an excerpt from THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD: HEALING WISDOM FROM THE TWENTY-THIRD PSALM by Harold S Kushner (Knopf).
TUNING UP/'SYMPHONY OF PSALMS '.
The major event of the festival, one of the formative experiences of my musical life, was the final concert, in which Stravinsky conducted the "Symphony of Psalms ".
Psalms , Vespers & Glorias.
Just like apps for an iPhone, there is a psalm for every occasion.
Utah Chamber Artists to present Stravinsky's "Symphony of Psalms ".
The verse was, "Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of your wings" Psalm 17:8.
Islam holds the Psalms of David, known in that tradition as Zabur, among its sacred texts, although it does not incorpor...
In translating Psalm 23, I was very aware that it is the psalm that people are most familiar with, and so I wrestled with it.
Psalm 109, verse 8, which is a psalm that wishes destruction upon the enemy in very vivid terms, and that kind of thing terrifies me.
Church transforms basement into 'Holy Ground' for Passage Through Psalms .
For His mercy endureth forever.—Psalms 106:1 Services for Martha Ree Williams, 69, of Picayune will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 11 am at Rose of Sharon Church of God In Christ.
Utah Chamber Artists to present Stravinsky 's "Symphony of Psalms".
Theology of the Psalms .
A Poet on the Psalms .
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