corner graphic   Hi,    
Finding the new version too difficult to understand? Go to

Bible Commentaries

Scofield's Reference Notes

Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5
Chapter 6 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 11
Chapter 12 Chapter 15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17
Chapter 18 Chapter 19 Chapter 20 Chapter 21
Chapter 22 Chapter 24 Chapter 25 Chapter 26
Chapter 27 Chapter 30 Chapter 31 Chapter 33
Chapter 34 Chapter 35 Chapter 36 Chapter 37
Chapter 38 Chapter 39 Chapter 40 Chapter 41
Chapter 42 Chapter 44 Chapter 45 Chapter 46
Chapter 49 Chapter 51 Chapter 52 Chapter 53
Chapter 54 Chapter 55 Chapter 56 Chapter 57
Chapter 60 Chapter 61 Chapter 62 Chapter 66
Chapter 67 Chapter 68 Chapter 69 Chapter 71
Chapter 72 Chapter 73 Chapter 74 Chapter 76
Chapter 77 Chapter 78 Chapter 80 Chapter 81
Chapter 84 Chapter 85 Chapter 86 Chapter 88
Chapter 89 Chapter 90 Chapter 91 Chapter 95
Chapter 96 Chapter 102 Chapter 103 Chapter 104
Chapter 106 Chapter 107 Chapter 108 Chapter 110
Chapter 111 Chapter 112 Chapter 115 Chapter 116
Chapter 118 Chapter 119 Chapter 120 Chapter 121
Chapter 122 Chapter 123 Chapter 124 Chapter 125
Chapter 126 Chapter 127 Chapter 128 Chapter 129
Chapter 130 Chapter 131 Chapter 132 Chapter 133
Chapter 134 Chapter 135 Chapter 136 Chapter 137
Chapter 139 Chapter 141 Chapter 145 Chapter 146
Chapter 147 Chapter 148

Book Overview - Psalms

by C.I. Scofield

Book Introduction - Psalms

The simplest description of the five books of Psalms is that they were the inspired prayer- and-praise book of Israel. They are revelations of truth, not abstractly, but in the terms of human experience. The truth revealed is wrought into the emotions, desires, and sufferings of the people of God by the circumstances through which they pass. But those circumstances are such as to constitute an anticipation of analogous conditions through which Christ in His incarnation, and the Jewish remnant in the tribulation (Is 10:21, refs), should pass; so then many Psalms are prophetic of the sufferings, the faith, and the victory of both. Psalms 22, 50 are examples. The former--the holy of holies of the Bible-- reveals all that was in the mind of Christ when He uttered the desolate cry, "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" The latter is an anticipation of what will be in the heart of Israel when she shall turn to Jehovah again (Deuteronomy 30:1; Deuteronomy 30:2). Other Psalms are directly prophetic of "the sufferings of Christ, and the glories which should follow" (Luke 24:25-27; Luke 24:44). Psalms 2 is a notable instance, presenting Jehovah's Anointed as rejected and crucified (Psalms 2:1-3; Acts 4:24-28) but afterward set as King in Zion.

The great themes of the Psalms are, Christ, Jehovah, the Law, Creation, the future of Israel, and the exercises of the renewed heart in suffering, in joy, in perplexity. The promises of the Psalms are primarily Jewish, and suited to a people under the law, but are spiritually true in Christian experience also, in the sense that they disclose the mind of God, and the exercises of His heart toward those who are perplexed, afflicted, or cast down.

The imprecatory Psalms are the cry of the oppressed in Israel for justice--a cry appropriate and right in the earthly people of God, and based upon a distinct promise in the Abrahamic Covenant (See Scofield "Genesis 15:18"), but a cry unsuited to the church, a heavenly people who have taken their place with a rejected and crucified Christ. (Luke 9:52-55).

The Psalms are in five books, each ending in a doxology: Psalms 1-41. Psalms 42-72. Psalms 73-89. Psalms 90-106. Psalms 107-150.

Lectionary Calendar
Saturday, November 28th, 2020
the Week of Christ the King / Proper 29 / Ordinary 34
Commentary Navigator
Search This Commentary
Enter query in the box below
To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient contact form
Powered by Lightspeed Technology