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The Return To Lament

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This chapter demonstrates that laments can return to lament even after they have already moved to praise. It focuses on two psalms which contain a return to lament after praise - Psalms 12 and 28. One cannot overestimate the significance of these psalms, especially Psalm 12. In this psalm we have a clear example of the occurrence of an oracle. The most common explanation for the change of mood from lament to praise is the theory of Begrich on the oracle of salvation. The chapter focuses on how the elements of lament and praise interplay in Psalms 12 and 28. It examines the structure of the psalm and its contents. The chapter provides a longer discussion of the canonical context of Psalm 12. A consideration of the canonical context for both Psalm 28 and 27 is provided. This supplies the discussion of the canonical context for Psalm 27, promised earlier.

Keywords: change of mood; laments; praise; Psalms



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