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Psalms Psalms 3-15 Summary
- Change in the winds, folks. The writer's not so cocky here—he's surrounded. God is (hopefully) ready to answer his prayers.
- And…more club talk. This is one cool tree-house to be in; faith in God sets the writer apart, and helps him even more than eating a ton or drinking wine. Go figure.
- Take heed, everyone: God's a jealous partner. To be disloyal or rebellious is worse than death. You become the worst kind of outcast.
- The writer is sick and hopes God will give him some NyQuil and a good old-fashioned dose of enemy-humiliation to make him feel dandy again.
- They're after us again. This time, the enemies of the Lord are upon the writer, who prays for a swift, violent end to his persecutors.
- Here, the writer offers proof of God's existence. Yep. The natural world, and man's mastery of it, makes him feel that all's right with the world.
- Seems like God has delivered for the writer, but now he wants more. Hey, it's the ancient world; a lion could maul you in your sleep, or your king's sworn enemies might sack your city. We should cut the guy some slack for being needy.
- The faithless here are worthless, and God notices everything. He's like Santa, but with way better presents. Especially when things go badly quickly for the meek, God will be there.
- Newsflash: God hates violence. Oh, but he seems totally willing to use it. Sounds better to be on his side in war.
- Times are tough in Bible-town in Psalm 12. Generational conflict abounds, but the writer remains confident that God remains ever-present.
- God is absent for most of this psalm—the perfect occasion to write a poem about him….
- Once again, faithless = evil. But beware, fellow Shmoopers: the writer is referring to people who follow other gods. Atheism didn't fly back then.
- The faithful have a certain set of standards. The most important standard of all? To remain faithful. Fancy that.