In this post we reach the end of Book 2. Two psalms, 66 and 67, each without inscription to a named individual, reflect on harvest. These are in the centre of circles spanning Books 2 and 3 and defined by psalms inscribed to Korah, Asaph, and David. So we have three more psalms of David, then Psalm 71 without inscription, and the last of Book 2, Psalm 72, inscribed of Solomon (see also Psalm 127). Book 3 begins with 11 Psalms inscribed 'of Asaph', and thereafter continues with psalms of the children of Korah.
|הָרִיעוּ לֵאלֹהִים כָּל הָאָרֶץ||66:1||Raise a shout to God all the earth|
|אֱלֹהִים יְחָנֵּנוּ וִיבָרְכֵנוּ||67:2||God will be gracious to us and will bless us|
|יָקוּם אֱלֹהִים יָפוּצוּ אוֹיְבָיו||68:2||God will arise his enemies will be dispersed|
|הוֹשִׁיעֵנִי אֱלֹהִים כִּי בָאוּ מַיִם עַד נָפֶשׁ||69:2||Save me O God for the waters have come up to the throat|
|אֱלֹהִים לְהַצִּילֵנִי יְהוָה לְעֶזְרָתִי חוּשָׁה||70:1||O God to deliver me יהוה to my help hurry|
|בְּךָ יְהוָה חָסִיתִי||71:1||In you יהוה I take refuge|
|לִשְׁלֹמֹה אֱלֹהִים מִשְׁפָּטֶיךָ לְמֶלֶךְ תֵּן||72:1||O God give your judgments to the king|
- Psalm 66 speaks of the discipline of bringing the elect through fire and water after the manner of Tamino in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. The harvest is a harvest of humanity. There is a fearful prodigality in the works of God.
- In Psalm 67, the produce of the earth is structurally opposite in all nations your salvation. The central verse concerns judgment with equity.
- Psalm 68 celebrates the presence of God and the gifts to humanity in the ascension of the chariot of God, even to the rebellious.
- Psalm 69 considers the high cost of the harvest.
- Psalm 70 repeats a portion of Psalm 40 tying the end of Book 1 to the end of Book 2.
- Psalm 71 requests consideration in old age.
- Psalm 72 celebrates the reign of the king's son. Here is the source of the English hymn verse 'he shall come down like flowers upon the fruitful earth'.