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Literature: Book of Psalms
"The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want."
Psalm 23:1

The Book of Psalms is a rich collection of poems, hymns, and prayers that express the religious feelings of the Jews throughout many periods of history. With a big number of 150 chapters, It also happens to be the book which contains the most chapters than any other book in the Bible.

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  • The Atoner: Some of David's Psalms appear this way, particularly Psalms 51 where he laments on his sin of adultery.
  • Call Back: The psalmist mentions about how God smote the firstborn in Egypt in Psalms 105:29-36.
  • Don't Make Me Take My Belt Off: God seems to symbolically imply this in Psalm 89:31-34 if someone breaks His commandments.
  • God Is Good: Many verses of the Psalms revolve around praising God for His goodness and mercy, much like common passages such as Psalm 100:5.
    • Good Is Not Nice: Then there are verses where He will dish out all kinds of severe punishments on sinners.
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: Subverted in Psalm 50:
    '''He calls on the heavens above and earth below
    to witness the judgment of his people.
    "Bring my faithful people to me
    those who made a covenant with me by giving sacrifices.
    Then let the heavens proclaim his justice,
    for God himself will be the judge.
    O my people, listen as I speak.
    Here are my charges against you, O Israel:
    I am God, your God!
    I have no complaint about your sacrifices
    or the burnt offerings you constantly offer.
    But I do not need the bulls from your barns
    or the goats from your pens.
    For all the animals of the forest are mine,
    and I own the cattle on a thousand hills.
    I know every bird on the mountains,
    and all the animals of the field are mine.
    If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
    for all the world is mine and everything in it.
    Do I eat the meat of bulls?
    Do I drink the blood of goats?
    Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God,
    and keep the vows you made to the Most High."
  • Humiliation Conga: Some scriptures like Psalms 52:5-7 has the righteous (and even God) laughing at the wicked for their failures.
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: The "valley of the shadow of death" from Psalm 23:4 (King James Version). Even the more recent (and, technically, more accurate) translations,note  such as "the darkest valley" (New Revised Standard Version) or "a valley of deepest darkness" (New Jewish Publication Society) suggest this trope.
  • Karmic Death/Hoist by His Own Petard: "Evil shall kill the wicked; and they that hate the righteous shall be held guilty." - Palms 34:22
  • Prayer of Malice: Many of the Psalms involve David praying that God torments and punishes the sinners.
  • Religious Bruiser: David. Psalms 18:34 sums this up:
    "He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms."
  • The Sacred Darkness: Referened in Psalm 139:12-14. "The darkness and light are both alike. I am fearfully and wonderfully made."
  • Sacrificial Lamb: The verses about "The Suffering Servant" are often cited by Christians as omens about Jesus' arrival, whereas Jewish sources interpret them as references to David and the coup widely supported coup against him by his son Absalom.
  • Warrior Poet: David.

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