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Lesson 17

Psalms 13, 14, & 15

Psalm 13:1 "Hide thy face from me" is parallel to what phrase in verse 1?
  On the basis of Job 13:24 and Isaiah 1:15, determine the meaning of the phrase, "Hide thy face from me".
13:2 The parallel questions, "How long.." suggest that the psalmist would "take counsel" just as long as God did what?
  What does "I take counsel in my soul" mean?
  Why is the psalmist sorrowful?
13:3-4 Compare various translations of 1 Samuel 14:29 and Ezra 9:8 and determine the meaning of the phrase, "Lighten mine eyes".
  According to the psalmist, God should "lighten his eyes" for what reason?
13:5-6 Was the fact that God seemed to have forgotten him justification for the psalmist to charge God with unfairness or unreliability?
  Should we continue to trust in God and rejoice in him even when things go from bad to worse and never get better?
Whole Psalm: What period of David's life might this psalm fit?
Psalm 14:1 What word in this verse was the name of a man with whom David had dealings?
  Does the psalmist speak only of fools, who are atheists, or of men in general?
  In Romans 3:10-12, Paul quotes Psalm 14:2-3 to demonstrate what? (cf. Romans 3:9, 19)
Whole Psalm: In Psalm 53, which is very similar to this psalm, what word is regularly substituted for what other word in Psalm 14.
  Why does Elohim, instead of Jehovah, appear in Psalm 14:1, 2 and 3?
14:5-6 How does Psalm 14:5-6 differ from Psalm 53:5?
14:7 Study the phrase,"When Jehovah bringeth back the captivity of his people" and what bearing, if any, it might have on how we look at the title, "of David".
Psalm 15:4 The man who dwells in God's holy hill has what attitude toward the reprobate?
  Explain the last part of this verse.
15:5 Give examples of how one might be guilty of the things mentioned in verse 5.