Psalm 24 – “Pedagogic Hymn”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
The psalmist praises God and urges the congregation to behave properly.

II. Photo
The psalmist welcomes God: “O gates, lift up your heads! Up high, you everlasting doors, so the King of glory may come in!” (v. 7)

III. Select Verses    
1b-2: The earth is the LORD’s and all that it holds, the world and its inhabitants. For He founded it upon the ocean, set it on the nether-streams.
3-5:  Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in His holy place? — He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not taken a false oath by My life or sworn deceitfully. He shall carry away a blessing from the LORD, a just reward from God, his deliverer.
7-10: O gates, lift up your heads! Up high, you everlasting doors, so the King of glory may come in! Who is the King of glory? — the LORD, mighty and valiant, the LORD, valiant in battle. O gates, lift up your heads! Lift them up, you everlasting doors, so the King of glory may come in! Who is the King of glory? — the LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory! Selah.

IV. Outline
1a. Superscription
1b. Proclamation of God’s dominion
2. Rationale
3-6. Pedagogic description of the righteous
7-10. Gate entrance liturgy

V. Comment
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Collins, John J. “Introduction to the Hebrew Bible,” (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).
Craigie, Peter C. “Psalms 1-50” Word Biblical Commentary vol. 19 (Waco, Texas: Wordbooks, 1983).
Gerstenberger, Erhard S. “Psalms Part 1 with an Introduction to Cultic Poetry” Forms of Old Testament Literature (Michigan: Eerdmans, 1988).
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