The David of Psalm 51: Reading Psalm 51 in Light of Psalm 50

Frederick J. Gaiser

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 10/1/2003

Issue: David (Vol. 23, No 4, Fall, 2003)

With clear thematic and literary connections, Ps 50 sets up Ps 51, providing the accusation and call to repentance that produce the confession of David and Israel in Ps 51. Reading Ps 51 in the light of Ps 50 enhances its meaning for us, calling us to task for our failures and our attempts to manipulate God to our advantage while announcing the steadfast love of God that promises genuine renewal.

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