|עַל נַהֲרוֹת בָּבֶל||137:1||By the rivers of Babel|
|אוֹדְךָ בְכָל לִבִּי||138:1||I will give you thanks with all my heart|
|מִזְמוֹר יְהוָה חֲקַרְתַּנִי||139:1||יהוה you have examined me|
|חַלְּצֵנִי יְהוָה מֵאָדָם רָע||140:2||Rescue me יהוה from human evil|
|יְהוָה קְרָאתִיךָ||141:1||יהוה I call to you|
|קוֹלִי אֶל יְהוָה אֶזְעָק||142:2||My voice to יהוה I will appeal|
|יְהוָה שְׁמַע תְּפִלָּתִי||143:1||יהוה hear my prayer|
|בָּרוּךְ יְהוָה צוּרִי||144:1||Blessed is יהוה my rock|
|אֲרוֹמִמְךָ אֱלוֹהַי הַמֶּלֶךְ||145:1||I will exalt you my God the king|
- Psalm 137 closes the lament bracket with three voices of remembering. Lament has been with us since the early Korah Psalms 42-44.
- Psalm 138 begins a series of Davidic Psalms expressing confidence, יהוה will complete his work for my sake.
- Psalm 139 shows the intimate completion of this work, but trouble is still evident to the psalmist.
- The violence of Psalm 140 is no surprise and reflects the language of early Psalms 7-11.
- Psalm 141 closes the themes of traps and of the tongue that appear many times in Book 1.
- Psalm 142 David’s final maskil closes a frame of appeal that was opened in Psalm 107 at the beginning of Book 5.
- Psalm 143 looks for an end to enemies through God’s loving-kindness and recognizes that no one is justified in God’s sight.
- Psalm 144 is the last of the Davidic personal cluster and closes with the plea, set me free and the prayer for bounty.
- Psalm 145 is the final acrostic of praise with a heavy concentration of K sounds from the repetition of all and the second person singular pronoun. It closes with a doxology, allowing us to imagine the following five poems as a coda of praise for the whole Psalter.
|הַלְלוּ יָהּ הַלְלִי נַפְשִׁי אֶת יְהוָה||146:1||Hallelu Yah Praise יהוה O my being|
|הַלְלוּ יָהּ כִּי טוֹב זַמְּרָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ||147:1||Hallelu Yah for it is good to sing a psalm to our God|
|הַלְלוּ יָהּ הַלְלוּ אֶת יְהוָה מִן הַשָּׁמַיִם||148:1||Hallelu Yah Praise יהוה from the heavens|
|הַלְלוּ יָהּ שִׁירוּ לַיהוָה שִׁיר חָדָשׁ||149:1||Hallelu Yah Sing to יהוה a new song|
|הַלְלוּ יָהּ הַלְלוּ אֵל בְּקָדְשׁוֹ||150:1||Hallelu Yah Praise God in his holiness|