Why the Psalms repeat the same thought in the next verse

Ever noticed that the Psalms repeat the same thought the next line? That is because the Psalms follow the Hebrew poetry rules…

In English, the rhyme works with sounds. The last word of one line sounds similar to that of another line. However Hebrew poetry rhyme with thoughts, not sounds. A similar thought is repeated in the second half of the verse with other wording; or sometimes the thoughts in the second half of the verse expresses the opposite thought.

For example: “Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy great mercy. And according to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my iniquity.” (Ps. 51:1)

Another example: “Cast me not away from thy face; and take not thy holy spirit from me.” (Ps. 51:10) In both examples, the same thought is repeated, but with different words.

(Bron: De Mis, Van Beukering F., 1939)

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