Although typically thought of as hymns of praise to God, The Psalms of David are so much more. They are invoked to comfort and instruct; to lament and inspire; to bless, as well as to curse,. In tone, they span the gamut of emotions from ecstasy to despair, grief to serenity, fear to awe, indignation to remorse and rage to love. They talk about rewards of righteousness, pitfalls of evil, grandeur of the universe, and recount God’s compassion and benevolence. In short, The Psalms are a fabulously rich gold mine whose ore has not been extracted for lack of tools. With its unique index classifying all 150 psalms by purpose, theme, mood, and audience, this book rectifies that major shortcoming and makes the psalms accessible to the English speaking public—of any affiliation—who can benefit from their wisdom and guidance. That, and a translation which engages the reader emotionally should prove a resource for those who are suffering or directionless—to find solace, gain wisdom, receive a new awareness or be transformed, resulting in healing and/or reconsideration of personal ethics toward “clean hands and a pure heart.”. . . . (The 2nd Ed., 2015, lists 20 common situations, when we seek—sometimes desperately—assistance from God, and the Psalm(s) most appropriate to recite. [i.e. going through a divorce/ break-up; when seriously ill; before surgery; for a barren couple; the death of a loved one, etc.])
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“Steve Rosner has captured the universal and modern meanings of the Psalms of David in a compelling new book. The reader will find inspiration and wisdom for today’s complex world in a brilliantly expressed interpretation of the 3000 year-old text.”
“Your rendition brought tears to my eyes. For the first time, I could feel David’s heart breaking.”
This an extremely helpful aid, organized effectively and giving just enough annotation to illuminate without descending into pedantry. The translation is graceful and evocative. I thank you for producing it."