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From Lament To Praise

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This chapter starts by establishing the criteria for selection of the psalms for this book. It tries to group them under one of the movements in the Psalms: from lament to praise, from praise to lament, return to lament after praise and alternation between lament and praise. The chapter then proceeds with the actual analysis of the psalms themselves, beginning in the chapter with those which move from lament to praise; specifically, Psalms 3, 6 and 13. It is observed that there is indeed a movement from lament to praise. In a way Psalm 3 gives us a glimpse of the more active interplay between lament and praise. Thus, one may conclude that there is a movement from lament to praise. This movement is not uniform but varies from psalm to psalm. The distinguishing characteristic is that the psalm ends on a note of praise.

Keywords: lament; praise; Psalms



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