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Adam and Fallen Man

Psalms 111:1

Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation. 

Many scholars identify “assembly of the upright” as a small, intimate gathering rather than a larger, public “congregation” of the faithful. (Sôd, the Hebrew noun translated assembly, depicts familiar or confidential interchanges.)

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Resources quoted in this issue

RR: Spurgeon, Charles H. The Treasury of David. 7 vols. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1882–86. Also available at 

Cit. 1: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 1, Introduction to the Pentateuch. Genesis. Exodus. Leviticus. Numbers. Deuteronomy. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015; Barker, Kenneth, et al., eds. The NIV Study Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1995. 

Cit. 3: Meyers, Carol, Toni Craven, and Ross Shepard Kraemer, et al., eds. Women in Scripture: A Dictionary of Named and Unnamed Women in the Hebrew Bible, the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books, and the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2001; The Oxford Bible Commentary. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Cit. 6: Peterson, Eugene H. Praying with the Psalms: A Year of Daily Prayers and Reflections on the Words of David. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1993.

Cit. 7: Edwards, James R. New International Biblical Commentary—Romans. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1992.

Cit. 12: Nineham, D. E. The Gospel of St. Mark. Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1975.

Cit. 17: Barclay, William. The Daily Study Bible: The Letters to the Galatians and Ephesians. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew, 1955. Revised and updated by Saint Andrew, 2001. Reprinted as The New Daily Study Bible: The Letters to the Galatians and Ephesians. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2001–04.

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