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Title of Psalm 32; Psalm 42; Psalm 44; Psalm 45; Psalm 52-55; Psalm 74; Psalm 78; Psalm 88; Psalm 89; Psalm 142. "Instruction" is the special design of such psalms, as the Hebrew cognate verb (Psalm 32:8) 'aschilka, "I will instruct thee" implies. All Scripture is for "instruction" (2 Timothy 3:16). This title draws attention to the instruction in psalms where this design is not at first sight apparent. Gesenius and Roediger explain "any sacred song relating to divine things, whose end it is to promote wisdom and piety." Compare the sense of maschil Psalm 47:7, "sing ye praises with understanding," i.e. edification, spiritual "wisdom" (Colossians 3:16). Also Psalm 53:2, "God looked down ... to see if there were any that did understated" (maschil). The "instruction" aimed at is to bring reckless man to spiritual understanding, the true wisdom (Psalm 111:10; Daniel 12:10).

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Fausset, Andrew Robert M.A., D.D., "Definition for 'maschil' Fausset's Bible Dictionary". - Fausset's; 1878.

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