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From Praise To Lament

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This chapter tries to demonstrate that lament psalms do in fact move from praise to lament. We do not only have a sudden change of mood from lament to praise, we also have a sudden change of mood from praise to lament. Specifically, the chapter focuses on Psalms 9/10, 27 and 40. In two of these (Psalms 27 and 40) there is a clear juxtaposition of thanksgiving and lament. Psalm 9/10 also juxtaposes thanksgiving and lament, though here the two elements are held together by the acrostic. An introduction dealing with interpretative issues relating to the psalm is provided, followed by an analysis of the structure and a detailed analysis of the psalm, focusing on the interaction between lament and praise. The chapter also addresses questions relating to canonical context, though only in a limited way. A brief summary is provided at the end of each psalm.

Keywords: lament; praise; Psalms; sudden change of mood



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