Acts 2:25-28

2:25 For David says concerning him,

‘I saw the Lord always before my face,
For he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved.
2:26 Therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced.
Moreover my flesh also will dwell in hope;
2:27 because you will not leave my soul in Hades,
neither will you allow your Holy One to see decay.
2:28 You made known to me the ways of life.
You will make me full of gladness with your presence.’

(WEB;OPB)

The quotation is from Psalm 16:8-11:

Psalm 16

A Poem by David.

16:1 Preserve me, God, for in you do I take refuge.
16:2 My soul, you have said to Yahweh, “You are my Lord.
Apart from you I have no good thing.”
16:3 As for the saints who are in the earth,
they are the excellent ones in whom is all my delight.
16:4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied who give gifts to another god.
Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer,
nor take their names on my lips.
16:5 Yahweh assigned my portion and my cup.
You made my lot secure.
16:6 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places.
Yes, I have a good inheritance.
16:7 I will bless Yahweh, who has given me counsel.
Yes, my heart instructs me in the night seasons.
16:8 I have set Yahweh always before me.
Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
16:9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my tongue rejoices.
My body shall also dwell in safety.
16:10 For you will not leave my soul in Sheol,
neither will you allow your holy one to see corruption.
16:11 You will show me the path of life.
In your presence is fullness of joy.
In your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.

(WEB; OPB)

A nice prayer. Is it legitimate to learn someone else’s prayer, and say it as your own?

5 Comments

  1. Ivan: IMHO it is totally appropriate to learn someone else’s prayer and say it as your own if it expresses how you feel. The Psalms abound with prayers that can be learned and said by others.

  2. Ivan said

    Dear Bill,

    Thank for your comment. I am impatient to read the Psalms, and the Proverbs (and actually the rest of the OT), but I feel I should finish blogging my way through the NT first. Maybe I could just read a Psalm at a time and learn the ones that seemed appropriate. That would work if I could find a book with just the Psalms, … hm …

  3. Ivan: I have had a practice for years of reading a chapter or two from the NT, a chapter or two from Psalms and every other month the chapter from Proverbs that corresponds to that date, i.e. chapter 1 for say September 1. Chapter 2 for September 2. That way I read through Proverbs in a month and psalms about every 3 months. Good discipline for me. They do make just NT & Psalms and some even include Proverbs with it.

  4. Ivan said

    After your previous comment I have decided to go through Psalms and Proverbs a bit like this. To kick off with I’m going to learn Psalm 1. Thanks again.

  5. […] 4, 2009 at 11:19 pm · Filed under Psalms After taking advice, I have decided to compromise with my impatience to read the Old Testament. I shall start reading […]

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