Wisdom psalms are not flagged by a pattern of structure, but by content.
Wisdom psalms often have characteristic vocabulary. Such as:
1. Pronouncement of blessing, "Oh, how blessed is the one
2. Synonymous wisdom: insight, learning, understanding or
3. Has the word "wisdom" in the psalm
4. Has 'the fear of Yahweh' or 'the knowledge of the Holy
5. Has sweeping contrasts, such as: righteous and the wicked
6. Formal patterns like acrostics (alphabet in columns with
first word in alphabetic sequence)
7. Games with numbers, such as numerical parallelism: 'For
three transgressions of Moab, yea for four.'
8. Strophic structure: movement in a psalm: Psalm 1 (for
example) has two parts: the righteous compared to the evil
9. Theological themes, such as:
a. The Sovereignty of God (speaks of God in wonder)
b. Creation Psalms
c. The Supremacy of the Most High
10. The Final Destiny: Writers of wisdom psalms emphasize
strongly that this life is not the end. Wisdom psalms talk
about the life to come. They talk about the eternal state.
11. Torah psalms celebrates the wonder of Torah, the law of
God. Psalm 119 is an example. A representation of the
Word of God is in every verse.
[all of the above is taken from Unit 5, BE 109, Transcript, 7-
Wisdom psalms: 1, 8, 15, 19, 34, 35, 36, 39, 49, 50, 62, 64, 65, 73, 78, 82, 103, 104, 106, 107, 111, 112, 119, 127, 128, 139, 145, 148
[ categories identified by Radmacher, 646-