Three-Month Bible Reading Notes – Part 4 – Psalms to the Song of Solomon

2:11 “Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling.” Philippians 2:12 “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”

2:12 “Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.” Jeremiah 17:7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord.”

3:7 “Break the teeth of the wicked.” Lamentations 3:16 “He has also broken my teeth with gravel, And covered me with ashes.” Teeth (bone) = horn (bone) = physical power or authority.

4:4 “Be angry, yet do not sin; on your bed, search your heart and be still. Selah.” Ephesians 4:26 “Be angry, and do not sin. Do not let the sun go down on your wrath.”

5:9 “Their throat is an open sepulchre (tomb); They flatter with their tongue.” Romans 3:13 “Their throat is an open sepulchre (tomb); With their tongues they have practiced deceit.”

6:8 “You hate all workers of iniquity.” Matthew 7:23, Luke 13:27 “Depart from me, all that work iniquity.”

8:2 “Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength.” Matthew 21:16 “…and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?” Jesus quoted from the Greek Septuagint (LXX), not the Masoretic Text.

11:3 “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Mark 10:26 “And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, ‘Who then can be saved?’”

– Psalm 16 is a rare cheerful one.

16:10 “For You will not leave my soul in Sheol [the grave], nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.” Acts 13:35 “So also, He says in another Psalm: ‘You will not let Your Holy One see decay.’”

18:29 “For by You I can run against a troop. By my God I can leap over a wall.” Elijah experienced that power in 1 Kings 18:46.

19:7 “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul. The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.” Sounds like Deuteronomy 4:6 “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.”

19:9 “The fear of the LORD is clean [pure], enduring for ever.” Leviticus 11:44, Leviticus 11:45, Leviticus 19:2, Leviticus 20:7, 1 Peter 1:16 “Be holy, for I am holy.”

– “Set to the tune of ‘The Doe of the Dawn.’” Another missing psalm *sigh*

22:20 “Deliver Me from the sword, My precious life from the power of the dog.” Philippians 3:2 “Watch out for those dogs, those workers of evil, those mutilators of the flesh!” Dog can also symbolizes Gentiles. Matthew 15:26 “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs [puppies].”

30:5 “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Oh, that’s where that comes from. 2 Corinthians 4:17 “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” 1 Peter 5:10 “But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.”

30:7 “…You made my mountain to stand strong.” Mountain can symbolize a capital city (the City of David, where David had lived, was the seat of the king’s government) or established authority.

31:5 “Into Your hand I commit my spirit.” Luke 23:46, Acts 7:59

35:17 “Rescue my soul from their ravages, my precious life from these lions.” Psalm 22:21 “Save Me from the lion’s mouth and from the horns of the wild oxen! You have answered Me.” Lion = Judah, family; oxen = leaders in Israel, government, military.

37:11 “But the meek shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5

48:14 “He will be our guide even unto death.” Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me.” Luke 16:22 “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom.”

55:17 “Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice.” Daniel 6:10 “And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, [Daniel] knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.”

58:10 “He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.” No, I do not want to dance in the blood of my enemies.

68:4 “…by His name, Yah…” I believe this is the earliest use of the Father’s nickname.

68:23 “That your foot may crush them in blood…” No, no thank you. I’m good. Revelation 19:13 “He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.”

69:6 “Let not those who seek You be confounded because of me, O God of Israel.” Oh, trust me, I’m not. My faith has never been dependent on humans.

71:20 “Though You have shown me many troubles and misfortunes, You will revive me once again.” Bad things happen to good people.

72:1 “A psalm of Solomon.” Oh really?

72:17 “All nations shall call Him blessed.” Bunches of passages about Gentiles (nations) coming to Yah.

Psalm 78, Asaph wrote about the history of Israel.

80:8 “You have brought a vine out of Egypt; You have cast out the nations, and planted it.” Egypt can symbolize the world. John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the keeper of the vineyard.” Hosea 11:1 “When Israel was a child, I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son [Matthew 2:15].” Also, Abraham, Issac, and Jacob went to Egypt. Two were sent away with gifts because of their wives; Jacob and his family stayed until God prompted the Egyptians to drive the nation of Israel out their land.

80:10-13 “The hills were covered with its shadow,
And the mighty cedars with its boughs.
She sent out her boughs to the Sea,
And her branches to the River.
Why have You broken down her hedges,
So that all who pass by the way pluck her fruit?
The boar out of the woods uproots it,
And the wild beast of the field devours it.”

When I heard and read this, it reminded me of apostles, evangelists, and missionaries.

88:9 “Lord, I have called daily upon You. I have stretched out my hands to You.” Yes, raised hands are acceptable for prayer and worship, contrary to some people’s beliefs.

90:4 “For a thousand years in Your sight Are like yesterday when it is past, And like a watch in the night.” 2 Peter 3:8 “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”

90:10 “The days of our lives are 70 years; And if by reason of strength they are eighty years…” Even back then, people expected to live between 70-80 years, if they got past childhood.

90:16 “Let Your work appear to Your servants, And Your glory to their children.” We are called to recognize the Lord’s work in our lives and show it to our children. The Creator, His many Names, is what He does.

95:9 “When your fathers tested Me; They tried Me, though they saw My work.” Do you see the Father’s work? If you do, celebrate it, yet do not make the Lord prove His affection towards you.

96:1 “Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! Sing to the LORD, all the earth.”
Psalm 33:3 “Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.”
Psalm 40:3 “He has put a new song in my mouth— Praise to our God.”
Psalm 98:1 “Sing to the LORD a new song, for He has done marvelous things.”
Psalm 144:9 “I will sing to You a new song, O God.”
Psalm 149:1 “Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, And His praise in the assembly of saints.”

Anyone notice a theme here?

– Rock badger or coney is the rock hyrax.

What is the cup of salvation in Psalm 116:13?

118:17 “I… declare the works of the Lord.” Once again, we are to notice and praise the Father’s work in our lives.

119:20 “My soul breaks with longing for Your judgments at all times.” Keep asking for correction, guidance.

119:25 “My soul cleaves to the dust; revive me according to Your word.”

119:37 “Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way.” I think this whole section is about correction and guidance.

119:59 “I… turned my feet towards Your testimonies.” Feet = our walk towards or away from Him; in this case, these “feet” believe on the past works of God in his life and act like it.

119:83 “For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke…”

– I just noticed the repetition of the idea of “I obey You, Lord, now save me, so I can continue to worship You.” LOL!

119:113 “I hate the double-minded, But I love Your law.” James 1:8 “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 4:8 “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

119:131 “I opened my mouth and panted, for I longed for Your commandments.” John 6:55 “For My flesh [the Word] is food indeed, and My blood [His life, His soul] is drink indeed.”

146:8 “The LORD opens the eyes of the blind.” Matthew 11:5 and Luke 7:22 “The blind receive sight…”

147:10 “The Lord takes no pleasure in the legs [war, fight, effort] of a man.”

150:6 The last two Hebrew words in the last psalm: “Halleluyah! Halleluyah!” Amen.

1:25 “Because you disdained all my counsel, And would have none of my rebuke…” Ask for, anticipate, and accept His correction.

– I wonder how much of Proverbs came from Bathsheba’s counsel? Or David?

3:3 “Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck [wear them, show them], Write them on the tablet of your heart [make them a part of you].”

Deuteronomy 6:8 “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.”

Deuteronomy 11:18 “Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.”

2 Corinthians 3:3 “It is clear that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”

4:23 “Keep [guard, protect] your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues [fountains] of life.”

John 7:38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his belly [heart] will flow rivers of living water.’” We are His tools, His instruments, His conduits of His Will, Purpose, and Desire.

6:30-31 “People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving. Yet when he is found, he must restore sevenfold; he may have to give up all the substance of his house.” The Law of Restitution will be enforced during Christ, our King’s reign.

7:7 “And saw among the simple…” LOL!

– Adulterous woman = false religion or practice. Harlot = government supported false religion.

8:30 “Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him.” Behold, servants of the Most High, your future, watching Him create the new heavens and earth (Revelation 21:1, Isaiah 65:17, Isaiah 66:22, 2 Peter 3:13), celebrating every move He make as the seraphim around His throne do (Isaiah 6:2-3, Revelation 4:8).

9:4 “Whoever is simple, turn in here.” LOL! Mark 7:18 “Are you so dull?” I don’t care for the NIV, but this translation is spot-on accurate.

11:26 “The people will curse him who withholds grain, but blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.” This reminds me of Joseph, who used grain to bankrupt the Egyptians, placing them all under Pharaoh’s rule.

11:28 “He who trusts in his riches will fall [die]…” Luke 12:20 “But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’”

12:1 “But he who hates correction is stupid.” LOL! Ba’ar, the Hebrew word translated “stupid’ also means “burned up” and “consumed/destroyed.” Burnt brain?

13:22 “May the wealth of the wicked pass to the hands of the righteous.” Yes, I am guilty of praying this.

13:23 “Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor, And for lack of justice there is waste.” Food waste is nothing new.

16:4 Some Bibles use the phrase “for Himself,” others use “for His purposes” or “for its purpose.” The Hebrew word, maaneh (מַעֲנֶה) means “an answer.” Although I favor the Bibles that have used the Received Text (Textus Receptus), they got this one wrong—“purpose” is more accurate, seeing as Hebrew is a dynamic (motion-oriented) language. Ultimately, we need to seek Him for the clarification we desire and wait for the answer.

16:5 “Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; Though they join forces, none will go unpunished.” Pride (ego unchecked) is the sin the Father hates the most; ego (self alone) was/is the fruit (result) of the tree (provision) of the knowledge of good (His function/order) and evil (dysfunction/disorder/good twisted). Eating in Scripture is the symbol of taking in knowledge.

16:17 “The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; he who keeps his way preserves his soul.” Isaiah 35:8 “A highway shall be there, and a road, And it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, But it shall be for others. Whoever walks the road, although a fool, Shall not go astray.” The name “Israel” means “the (working at being) upright of God.”

26:2 “…a curse without cause shall not alight.” Numbers 23:8 [Baalam said], “How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? And how shall I denounce whom the LORD has not denounced?” Deuteronomy 23:5 Yet the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam, and the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the LORD your God loves you. 2 Samuel 16:12 [David said, while enduring Shimei’s cursing], “Perhaps the LORD will see my affliction and repay me with good for the cursing I receive today.”

Stay clean, repent quickly, and ask Him for correction to avoid ill will, from any adversary, to land on us. Bless any who harm us or others in any way in return.

26:11 “As a dog returns to his own vomit, So a fool repeats his folly.” 2 Peter 2:22 “But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: ‘A dog returns to his own vomit,’ and, ‘a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.’”

26:19 “Is the man who deceives his neighbor, and says, ‘I was only joking!’” The Father appreciates clever humor, especially to teach a lesson, not crass crap or pranks.

26:25 “When he speaks kindly, do not believe him, For there are seven abominations in his heart.”

6:16-19 These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.

26:27 and Ecclesiastes 10:8 “Whoever digs a pit will fall into it.”

Matthew 15:14 “Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.”

And he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him.” Wile E. Coyote has had that happen a few times.

28:5 “…those who seek the Lord, understand all.” I have this theory: that studying Scripture, applying it, and seeing His word played out in life makes one smarter.

28:8 “One who increases his possessions by usury and extortion gathers it for him who will pity the poor.” Same as 13:22.

29:3 “Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice, but a companion of harlots wastes his wealth.” Sounds like the Parable of the Prodigal Son.

– I love this book. It is a great reality check for the soul.

5:15 “As he came from his mother’s womb, naked shall he return, to go as he came; And he shall take nothing from his labor Which he may carry away in his hand.” Sound like Job 1:21.

7:20 “For there is not a just man on earth who does good and does not sin.” Romans 3:23 “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”

12:6Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed…” That is symbolic of our lives connected to Father Yah, even some pagans understand this. The scarlet cord of Rahab is our salvation. Everything comes from Him; therefore everything will return to Him—blessed be the Name of the Lord. Amen.

12:7 “Then the dust will return to the earth as it was [Genesis 3:19], and the spirit will return to God Who gave it.”

3:21 “Who knows the spirit of the sons of men, which goes upward, and the spirit of the animal, which goes down to the earth?”

Job 34:14-15 If He should set His heart on it,
If He should gather to Himself His Spirit and His breath,
All flesh would perish together,
And man would return to dust.

Luke 23:46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit. [Psalm 31:5]’” Having said this, He breathed His last.

Acts 7:59 And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”

Song of Solomon
6:8 “There are sixty queens and eighty concubines, and virgins without number.” So, this was very early in Solomon’s reign? Heh, heh.

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