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This chapter provides concluding remarks for this book, which presents the movements in the Psalter - the reverse movement from praise to lament, return to lament after praise and alternation between the two. It states that the sudden change of mood is not only from lament to praise: we also have the reverse movement from praise to lament, return to lament after the movement lament-praise and alternation between lament and praise. We not only have the ?certainty of a hearing? in the Psalter; we also have the ?uncertainty of a hearing?. There is a need to emphasize the psalms containing the other movements. These psalms offer a widely embracing approach to life?s incongruities as they provide opportunities for the suffering individual to process his/her own struggles. In these lament psalms those who are still in situations of lament are able to find a voice to express their struggle and pain.

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

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