Hebrew Parallelism in Psalm 19

As a follow up to the previous post, here is an example of Hebrew Parallelism taken from Psalm 19. This is just one way that it could be done as some verses could have slight identification difference.


  • Psalm 19:1

The heavens are telling of the glory of God;

And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.


  • Psalm 19:2

Day to day pours forth speech,

And night to night reveals knowledge.


  • Psalm 19:3

There is no speech, nor are there words;

Their voice is not heard.


  • Psalm 19:4

Their line has gone out through all the earth,

And their utterances to the end of the world.

[Synonymous (lines 1-2)]

In them He has placed a tent for the sun,

[Synthetic (lines 1/2-3)]

  • Psalm 19:5

Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber;

It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.

[Emblematic Synonymous]

  • Psalm 19:6

Its rising is from one end of the heavens,

And its circuit to the other end of them;

[Synonymous (lines 1-2)]

And there is nothing hidden from its heat.

[Synthetic (lines 1/2-3)]

  • Psalm 19:7

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;

The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.


  • Psalm 19:8

The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;

The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.


  • Psalm 19:9

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;

The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.


  • Psalm 19:10

They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;

Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.


  • Psalm 19:11

Moreover, by them Your servant is warned;

(Your servant) In keeping them there is great reward.


  • Psalm 19:12

Who can discern his errors?

Acquit me of hidden faults.


  • Psalm 19:13

Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins;

Let them not rule over me;

[Antithethical (lines 1-2)]

Then I will be blameless,

And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.

[Synthetic (lines 3-4)]

[Synonymous (lines 1-4)]

  • Psalm 19:14

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

Be acceptable in Your sight,

[Formal (lines 1-2)]

O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.

[Formal (lines 1/2-3)]


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