Psalms Chapter 73 Discussion

  • Richard H Priday on Psalms 73 - 1 year ago
    Psalm 73.

    This Psalm basically describes Asaph's contemplation of the wicked. In particular it examines those who are rich in this life all the way up to the moment of their death; and has envious feelings. Finally; he is in the Temple and the final state of eternal destruction is revealed to him and he repents of his attitude.

    There is a general description of pride given in verse 6; but the real issue is that they think God is ignorant to their behaviors and mindset (v. 11); and they are generally listed as "the ungodly" in verse 12.

    It is interesting to note verse 15 where there is not only envy but a desire not to "offend against the generation of thy children." We should remember that Asaph was in charge of the music and worship therefore even if not in charge of preaching the law directly; he couldn't show favoritism just because these were descendants of Abraham.

    Verses 18 through 20 give a vivid description of God's wrath after the wicked people die and their spirit passes to the afterlife. Verse 22 shows the penitent attitude with further details in verse 23-25 once this situation is realized. He is grateful to be saved. Verse 26 shows Asaph's own mortality perhaps with his death approaching. Verse 27 shows that those who are "far from thee" AND those that go "a whoring FROM thee" have a bad end (i.e. atheists and those that walk away from God who used to be part of the visible "church" or in this case natural descendants of Israel and those under the Covenant of Abraham. Such would no doubt recieve greater damnation. Finally verse 28 shows trust in God as well as "declaring His works" as important for his own meditation and praise in worship.
  • Jesse - In Reply on Psalms 73 - 1 year ago

    Something else to consider is that most believers when asked how many letters Paul wrote, the answer they give is 13, Romans through Philemon. It is safe to say Paul wrote those 13 letters because at the very beginning of each letter, Paul puts his inscription in the first verse. We don't see that in Hebrews so it would seem odd that Paul would put his inscription on all his letters but one.
  • Jesse - In Reply on Psalms 73 - 1 year ago

    Several people have been named as possible authors:

    Paul is the most common one.

    Some Bibles say that this is the book of Hebrews written by Paul. The title "To the Hebrews" was not put on it until the 2nd century.

    But there was no inscription about Paul until about the third century when the Council of Carthage added it to the book and claimed that Paul had written the letter. So there was no claim on the letter itself that it was written by Paul until the 3rd century.

    There are some difficulties with the theory of Paul. And by the way, many scholars now do not hold that view because of all the difficulties.

    For example, the letter was written by a second generation Christian because of what he stated in Hebrews 2:3. And here's what it says. Hebrews 2:3 says, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him.

    So whoever wrote Hebrews did not hear the Lord directly, nor did he receive from the Lord directly, but received and was confirmed and established for us, he being one of them, by those that heard Him.

    So this is just one of the problems of putting Paul as the author.

    Paul himself, as stated in Galatians 1:11-12 said, but I certify to you brethren that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man, for I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

    So Paul is not a second generation Christian. And whoever wrote Hebrews is a second generation Christian.

    One of the other theories was that it was Barnabas, because the letter appears to have been written by a Levite and according to Acts 4:36, Barnabas was a Levite.

    Barnabas means "Son of Encouragement." The writer states in Hebrews 13:22 that he encourages them to endure the word of encouragement.

    Some say Luke wrote it. Right now, Apollos is the most popular theory. Bottom line is we don't know!
  • Giannis - In Reply on Psalms 73 - 1 year ago
    Dear Ben. The tradition of the church as well as early christian writtings suggest that apostle Paul wrote that Book. GBU
  • Bert Evans on Psalms 73 - 1 year ago
    Who do You think wrote Hebrews , ?
  • David on Psalms 73 - 2 years ago
    Remember Brethren and friends to study and rightly divide the Word of Truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 Then were are able to filter everything we hear or read on this forum or any where else through the Word of God. 2 Corinthians 10: 3-5. For there are some who will try and miss lead through false teachings and heresies, always search the Scriptures. 2 Peter 2: 1-3

    May the Lord shine His face on all today, and that we may find comfort in Him and His Word.

    God Bless everyone as we go through this Pandemic, economic slow down, and social/political unrest. Pray for our leaders

    1 Timothy 2:1-6

    Only the Lord Jesus Christ can solve our current woes.

    October 9, 2021
  • Ann - In Reply on Psalms 73 - 2 years ago
    Thank you for clarifying that for me.
  • Chris - In Reply on Psalms 73 - 2 years ago
    Ann. Looking at the Hebrew for this word (in Psalm 73:26) & also its use in Psalm 119:57 & elsewhere, the most applicable meaning to the word 'portion', would be 'possession'. In both cases, the Psalmists delight in having God as their possession & the converse being true also, that they also delighted God and were His possession.
  • Ann Ross on Psalms 73 - 2 years ago
    In verse 26 it says that God is the strength of my heart and my "portion" forever. What does "portion" mean in lay terms?
  • Stanjett on Psalms 73:4 - 3 years ago
    Come on people. Most of you are commenting on other parts of the bible, not Gen. Go to those places to put in your comments.
  • Mishael on - In Reply on Psalms 73:4 - 3 years ago
    Anon, my Bible begins in each Psalm with who authored it (some will not have author names).

    You can just use a highlighter to underline those names.

    Just because not all Psalms are not labeled with a name, does not make them suspicious.

    In the recent discovery of more Dead Sea Scrolls, almost all of the Book of Psalms were Recovered. The original Scrolls! A private collector had some, but all of them are recovered now.

    Go google that. I did. Many archaeological objects are being found now after decades of search. They've found markers that show the land which God have to Israel.

    Everyone is very excited about it! Especially Israel scientists that are restoring them.
  • Anon on Psalms 73:4 - 3 years ago
    Psalms 73:4 Context

    1(A Psalm of Asaph.)

    Who told you it was a psalm of Asaph, I wish to find out who else wrote the psalms and when they were added into the psalms. Were they translated from the original Jewish/Greek text. Who was Asaph.

    This is a sincere request.
  • Derek Lewis sr on Psalms 73:26 - 3 years ago
    God said all man are created equal. As a spiritual man. All man aren't treated equally.
  • Hazel Carty on Psalms 73 - 3 years ago
    O Lord thank you for your blessing you are my portion and my strength I hold firm on your word

    hold my hand Father so my steps should not slipped give me wisdom and understandding,

    O HOLY one
  • WILL - In Reply on Psalms 73 - 3 years ago
    Verse 25 reads: who have i in heaven but thee? it does not say "who have i in heaven but thee and deceased family. the dead in christ shall rise first. they can't do that if they are already in heaven ! think it through.
  • MICHAEL A HART on Psalms 73 - 4 years ago
    KJV1611 Psalm 73:28 ... I haue put my trust in the Lord God, that I maydeclare all thy workes. ... should read "may declare"
  • Hazel on Psalms 73 - 4 years ago
    Thanks be to God the father this psalms 73 is the making of me I felt every word of it is personal to me,
  • Daniel on Psalms 73 - 4 years ago
    Anonymousplz, no one has family or loved ones waiting in heaven for them. As it is revealed many places in Scripture, after death we will remain in a state like we are "sleeping" until judgement day
  • Anonymousplz - In Reply on Psalms 73 - 4 years ago
    um, sorry, but I think it means that he had no loved ones or family to greet him when he got to heaven.
  • Anonymousplz on Psalms 73 - 4 years ago
    Their eyes stand out with fatness...
  • Gary Westgerdes on Psalms 73 - 5 years ago
    Verse 25 shows that God is whom we have in heaven; no Catholic saints or the virgin Mary.
  • BSP on Psalms 73 - 5 years ago
    Verse 22~The psalmist here admits that he was like an unreasoning animal. He needed to really take time to think and reason things out so that he would have the right viewpoint.
  • BSP on Psalms 73 - 5 years ago
    Verse 22~The psalmist here admits that he was like an unreasoning animal. He needed to really take time to think and reason things out so that he would have the right viewpoint.
  • BSP on Psalms 73 - 6 years ago
    Verse 17: Asaph was helped to get the right view when he went to the temple.
  • A disciple on Psalms 73 - 6 years ago
    "But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked." This Psalm of Asaph is a great instruction for everyone who is feeling overwhelmed by the difficulty of the way, by their personal struggles and afflictions and griefs. The Lord will one day make us know all things, and why we had to suffer so much.
  • Lu2677 on Psalms 73 - 6 years ago
    Psalms 73:25 "Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon the earth, that I desire beside thee." 28"But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I might declare all thy works." Amen. V.18"Surely didst thou set them in slippery places,thou cast them down into destruction."
  • A disciple on Psalms 73 - 6 years ago
    "Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins." The commandment of God in its fullness and perfection, is that we take a course in life to maintain and cultivate a good and tender conscience; just as we strive WITH (not against!) the Holy Spirit which Jesus has given into our hearts, against the selfish and cowardly and corrupting influences of unlawful fleshly desires, and thinking.
  • A disciple on Psalms 73 - 6 years ago
    "When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end." This wisdom and insight into some of the common hazards and snares put along our way, is very valuable when we might be put to the test about the difficulties we are set to encounter. We all know that murmuring is sin; but here we can understand its root and evil workings.
  • BSP on Psalms 73 - 6 years ago
    Verse 28 shows that it is good for us to draw near to God. We can only experience the benefits of drawing close to Jehovah God if we put forth the effort.
  • Tomp Yeahbut on Psalms 73 - 7 years ago
    It's like Lazarus and the rich man, they get theirs here and now, ours must be delayed gratification which is hard to take at times.

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