Ask a Pastor Column
Presenting biblical answers to tough questions
February 16, 2023
Q: Someone told me that the Psalms are poetry, but they don’t rhyme or seem to make much sense. Do they rhyme in a different language?
A: This confused me as well for a great many years! For a long time, I assumed that, since the Psalms were written in Hebrew, they must rhyme when read in the original language. But the truth is even better and far more exciting than that!
Hebrew poetry does not function by connecting similar sounds line by line, instead Hebrew poets would use the lines of their poetry to compare concepts. Hebrew poetry rhymes ideas!
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