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Parallelism in Psalms:

    The repetition of ideas, thought or concepts is frequent
    in psalms. This is explained in greater detail on addition
    pages.

Strophe:

     A Strophe is a movement in a psalm. For example, in
     psalm 1, most commentaries will say there are two parts
     comparing the righteous and the wicked.
     [Unit 5, BE 109, Transcript, 10]

Chiasm:

     Is an inversion of elements.

     For example,
            In Psalm 22 there is a reference to: bulls in verse 12,
            lions in verse13 and dogs in verse 16.
           Then, a reference to: dogs in verse 20,
           a lion in verse 21 and then a wild oxen in verse 21.
           [Unit 3, BE 109, Transcript, 32]

Miscellaneous:

     Selah:
                The word Selah is used to mark off an ending of a
                 section of a Psalm. It is a musical notation.
                 It not a word we say when reading psalms and is
                 found in a variety of psalms.
                 [Unit 3, BE 109, Transcript, 1]

     Colon:
           Usually a verse in psalms has two parts or a bi-colon.  
           This is one verse with two parts. The plural of colon is cola.
           Some verses have three parts or a tri-colon.
           A verse with three colas would be called a tri-cola.

           For example, in Psalm 77 the first verse in Hebrew is a
           tri-colon. Verse 2 has a tri-cola.
           [Unit 3, BE 109, Transcript, 2]

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