Thursday, August 20, 2015

Is Psalms Authentic? - First Thoughts

This is a continuation of a series of refutations against a list published by a person claiming to be one of Jehovah's Witnesses (but who is not) who attacked the Bible. My Words are in bold. (Also The Self-Harmony of the Bible can be found in the downloads page, a link to which is on the right.)

Some of the Psalms were also written in the days of Solomon and not all the Psalms were inspired of God.

1)      When Satan tried to tempt Jesus into jumping from the battlement of the temple, he quoted Psalm 91:11, 12 which says:” For he will give his angels a command concerning you, to guard you in all your ways. They will carry you on their hands, so that you may not strike your foot against a stone.” Satan has no delight in the perfect law of Jehovah. Satan, like the author of this list, is simply twisting the scriptures. The Psalm is authentic, but the interpretation or use of the verse that Satan was pressing was false.

2)     Some of the other Psalms such as Psalms 3, 51 and 60 are based on 2 Samuel, which is a false book. This is a faulty assumption leading to a faulty conclusion – also 2 Samuel is not actually a separate book from 1 Samuel (1 Samuel seems to be fine with this commentator so far), for it was only once they were translated into Greek (Which had vowels) was it needed to split the book into two.

3)     Most of these Psalms plainly contain texts that do not agree with the truth. Psalm 34: 19, 20 says: “Many are the hardships of the righteous one, but Jehovah rescues him from them all. He is guarding all his bones; not one of them has been broken.” Jehovah does not always rescue righteous people from hardships. Also, the bones of a righteous person can be broken, as it happened when Stephen was stoned to death. If this man cannot perceive that Jehovah does not promise protection from everything in this life he will not have the blessing of Jehovah in the next duration of life. For it is seen that these are poetic passages, one dealing with Christ. There is no falsehood here, only a lack of understanding concerning the scriptures.

4)     Psalm 44:22, written by the sons of Korah, was quoted by Paul in Romans 8:36 and it is followed by the words: “To the contrary ….” If someone speaks and follows his statement with ‘to the contrary’ it means whatever follows has an opposite meaning or implication. See this post post -

5)     Psalm 45 was also written by the sons of Korah. This Psalm is about a king, who without doubt is Solomon, marrying foreign women. Deuteronomy 7:3, 4 says: “You must not form any marriage alliances with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons. For they will turn your sons away from following Me to serve other gods; then Jehovah’s anger will blaze against you, and he will swiftly annihilate you.”(Nehemiah 13:23-27; Joshua 23:12,13). Psalm 45 is likely (not without a doubt) about Solomon, although some speculate it could be about David (however in the grand scheme of things it is really about Christ). In any case we see that there is no mention of marrying a Pagan wife, no, but rather that daughter of kings would be ladies of honor, attendants to the queen, who is not said to be pagan. Perhaps the maker of this list should beware of the anger of Jehovah.

6)     Some of the Psalms by the sons of Korah were written by Heman and Ethan and Solomon was wiser than them. Heman asked a series of questions which according to Paul are asked by unreasoning people. (Psalm 88:10-12; 1 Corinthians 15:35, 36) The context of Psalm 88 shows extreme distress on the part of the psalmist, for in his mind he was about to die and go to Sheol. In harmony with Psalm 6 and Hezekiah’s prayer he pointed out that in death no one rises up and praises God (by asking a rhetorical question). And therin we find the solution to the “contradiction,” which  is to say “rising” in Psalm 88 has to do with the actual act of rising up and praising God, while “rising” in Paul’s word has to do with the act of raising the dead!

7)     Some of the Psalms, including Psalm 72, were written in David’s name, but from their superscripts, it can be seen that they were not actually written by David but after David's time. One of these is Psalm 60, which is a partial imitation of Psalm 108. Why would it matter of David repeated himself? Is the not the scriptures full of continued reminders? There is nothing in 60 or 108 that shows them not to be Davids. Psalm 72’s superscript is not “by Solomon” but “Concerning Solomon,” it is a prayer of David about his Son! It was of course written by David.”

8)    This is its superscript: "To the director; set to “The Lily of Reminder.” Mik′tam. Of David. For teaching. When he fought with A′ram-na•ha•ra′im and A′ram-Zo′bah, and Jo′ab returned and struck down 12,000 E′dom•ites in the Valley of Salt. However, 1 Chronicles 18:12 says: “Abishai the son of Zeruiah struck down 18,000 E′dom•ites in the Valley of Salt.”" If this commentator understood that David as the highest (human) military official got credit for all things, and yet Joab as chief of the arm could get credit, as could Abishai for his being a high official as well (he who acts through another does the act himself) then he would not be finding fault with these verses. As for the number, see #5.

9)     The authentic Psalms written by David do not bear explanatory superscripts, with the exception of Psalm 18. There are some Psalms which bear the clause: “Praise Jah, you people.” Two of them were quoted by Paul. These are Psalm 116:10 in 2 Corinthians 4:13 and Psalm 117 in Romans 15:11. What proof is there that David didn’t add superscripts? Oh there isn’t? The latter statements seem out of place somehow.

10) Psalm 51 is based on 2 Samuel 11 which is a false imitation of 1 Chronicles. But when Paul under the guidance of the holy spirit quoted Psalm 51:4, he used words which indicate that the quote were the words of man and were false. This is what he wrote: "But let God be found true, even if every man be found a liar just as it is written: “That you might be proved righteous in your words and might win when you are being judged.” Paul was under inspiration – that much I agree with, but as you will note after a second reading, Paul was not using those words to indicate that the words he quotes from were false, but alluding to a well-accepted and authentic Psalm to prove the point! (Does the commentator think that God will not be vindicated? I have already vindicated him.)

11)  Then, there are some Psalms which might appear to contain no errors but are actually false. One of these is Psalm 94. Psalm 94:11 was quoted by Paul in 1 Corinthians 3:20. 1 Corinthians 3:19, 20 say: “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God, for it is written: “He catches the wise in their own cunning.” And again: “Jehovah knows that the reasonings of the wise men are futile.”” Verse 19 is from Job 5:13 and it was spoken by Eliphaz the Temanite, who was one of Job’s ‘bad’ friends. When Jehovah appeared to Job and his friends, this is what the Scriptures say: “.After Jehovah had spoken these words to Job, Jehovah said to El′i•phaz the Te′man•ite: “My anger burns against you and your two companions, for you have not spoken the truth about me as my servant Job has. Now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job, and offer up a burnt sacrifice for yourselves. And my servant Job will pray for you. I will surely accept his request not to deal with you according to your foolishness, for you have not spoken the truth about me as my servant Job has.”” Therefore both the words from Job 5:13 and Psalm 94:11 can be considered the wisdom of this world. Not everything Job’s companions said was wrong (they called him the almighty, so I suppose that they are wrong, or so I would if I were you). Further there is nothing in Psalm 94 that is wrong, human fleshly thought is worthless. But I perceive the logic here, Psalm 94 by itself appears fine, but since a “bad” companion of Job’s who didn’t say everything right about God said something similar than it must be wrong, yet as I said they didn’t teach everything wrong about Jehovah!

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