Aleph Tav Alert: Psalms



David is listed as the author of Psalms in 73 instances but he is definitely not the author of the entire collection. Psalms gives up a look into David’s personality and identity. There are 150 Psalms and it is the longest book in the Tanakh. It is also one of the most diverse. Both Psalms 72 and 127 are attributed to Solomon, David’s son and successor to his throne. Psalm 90 is a prayer written about Moses and some scholars believe Moses may have be the author, which would make it the oldest Psalm. Some 12 Psalms are attributed to the family of Asaph while the sons of Korah wrote 11 Psalms. Psalm 88 is attributed to Heman and Psalm 89 is attributed to Ethan the Ezrahite. There are fifty Psalms that do not designate a specific author but with the exception of Solomon and Moses, all the authors were either priests or Levites who were responsible for providing the music for worship in the sanctuary during King David’s reign. The writings actually span a period of many centuries with the youngest Psalm 137, which is a song of lament, which was clearly written during the days when the Israelites were being held captive by the Babylonians, from about 586 to 538 B.C. It is clear that all 150 Psalms were written by many different people across a period of a thousand years or more of Israel’s history and were compiled in their present form by an unknown editor shortly after the end of the Babylonian captivity in 537 B.C.

Aleph/Tav את Used in PSALMS: אֶת et 2 time, אֶת־et- 129 times, אֵת eet 4 times, אֶת־ Et- 4 times, אֵת Eet 0 time, אָתְּ aat 0 times, אַתְּ at 0 times, אַתְּ־ at- 0 time, = Total 139

Vav/Aleph/Tav ואת Wa‘at וְאַתְּ 1 time, Wa‘eet וְאֵת 1 time, Wa‘et- וְאֶת־ 10 times = 12 Grand Total 151

Aleph/Tav ALERT: There are only 151 Aleph Tav’s את in 150 Psalms. So where they are placed is very important. The first Aleph Tav’s את we see in Psalm 2:3 David asks the question why do the nations desire to break the bonds of את Y’shua? Then in Psalm 2:11 Serve את יהוה with fear and rejoice with trembling…implying it is the Yah-head whom we are to serve and fear. Psalm 16:7 I will bless את יהוה who has given me counsel…implying it is the Yah-head who gives us counsel by His Spirit. Psalm 27:8 When you said, to my heart, Seek you My Face את your face, יהוה, will I seek…implying when we seek the face of יהוה we go through את Y’shua just as Moses did, as Y’shua stated in John 14:6 No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Just listen to these few examples…Psalm 31:23 O love את יהוה, all His saints. Psalm 34:4 I sought את יהוה and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears…Psalm 35:1 O יהוה, את with them that strive with me: fight את against them that fight against me…Psalm 78:56 Yet they tempted and provoked את Elohim, the Most High…and my favorite Psalm 92:6 A brutish man knows not; neither does a fool understand את the One. Psalm 98:2 יהוה has made known His salvation (Yeshuwah)…3 have seen all the ends of the earth אֶת־ salvation (Yeshuwah) of our Elohim. Psalm 100:2 Serve את יהוה with gladness. Psalm 102:15 So shall fear the nations את name of יהוה and all the kings of the earth את your glory. Psalm 103:1 Bless O my soul את יהוה and all that is within me, את name bless His Holy name. 2 Bless O my soul את יהוה and forget not all His benefits. Psalm 113:1 Praise Yah. Praise, O you servants of יהוה, praise את name of יהוה. Psalm 117:1 O praise את יהוה, all you nations. Psalm 135:19 O House of Israel, bless את יהוה: O House of Aaron, bless את יהוה: 20 O House of Levi, bless יהוה את: you that fear יהוה, bless יהוה את.