ˈsämz How to pronounce Psalms (audio)
ˈsȯlmz How to pronounce Psalms (audio)
plural in form but singular in construction
: a collection of sacred poems forming a book of canonical Jewish and Christian Scripture see Bible Table

Examples of Psalms in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Li, who has become a devout Christian in his time in detention, spends his days learning languages — Ukrainian and Arabic are his current focus — solving crossword puzzles and reciting Psalms, according to people familiar with his situation. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2023 This verse is from the Book of Psalms, a collection of 150 poems, songs and prayers written in ancient Hebrew, according to the website Bible Project. Christine Rousselle, Fox News, 29 Oct. 2023 In Chicago, more than 2,500 people came together Sunday evening to recite Psalms and pray for the peace and security of Israel, according to an event coordinator. By shalom Goodman, WSJ, 10 Oct. 2023 See the Seven Psalms tracklist and watch the preview trailer below. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 12 Apr. 2023 Simon invited Gibney into his home studio in Wimberly, Texas, where the cameras watch him tinker with the sound on his latest album, Seven Psalms (released in May) and talk about his career, inspirations, aging and what the loss of hearing in his left ear has meant. Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Sep. 2023 Both teach that Dayenu alludes to the ultimate redemption when Psalms will be recited in the rebuilt Temple. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Sun Sentinel, 2 Apr. 2023 But then came the Psalms, and there my ambition foundered. Jonathan Franzen, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2023 Simon’s latest, Seven Psalms, was recorded in his cabin studio on the couple’s ranch. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, 27 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Psalms was before the 12th century

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“Psalms.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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: a collection of sacred poems forming a book of canonical Jewish and Christian Scripture see bible table

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