How Often Did Jesus Quote Psalms? (What Psalms Did Jesus Quote?)

A week, in the bible study group we were discussing the teachings of Jesus in the Bible when an interesting question was asked. One of the members asked whether Jesus ever quoted the book of Psalms.

Having studied the book of Psalms extensively, I was ready to share my knowledge and answered all the follow-up questions that came up.

In the same spirit, I decided to write this post to share this knowledge with a wider audience. So, how often did Jesus quote psalms?

The Bible shows Jesus quoting various verses from the book of Psalms on several occasions. For example, he quotes Psalms 8:2 in Matthew 21:16. Here, He was replying to the amazement of the teachers of the law after they heard children praising Him.

In this article, I welcome you to journey with me as I elaborate on how often Jesus quotes Psalms. I will also discuss more of the psalms that He quoted and why He used the psalms, so ensure you read to the end.

Which Psalm did Jesus quote most often?

Theologians believe that the Psalm that Jesus quoted most often is Psalms 110:1: “The Lord says to my lord: ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.'”

This Psalm is believed to be a prophecy about the Messiah.

Therefore, Jesus used it to challenge the Pharisees who never took Him as Lord. It is believed that Jesus used the Psalm to justify and prove to them that He was indeed the Messiah.

Which psalms did Jesus quote?

What Psalms Did Jesus Quote?
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The Bible records Jesus quoting several verses from the book of Psalms, which include:

Psalms 8:2 in Matthew 21:16, where Jesus acknowledges the praises of children at the temple.

Psalms 110:1 in Matthew 22:44, where Jesus was explaining whose son He was showing that He was the son of God.

Psalms 22:1 in Matthew 27:46, Jesus is lamenting to God for forsaking Him at the cross. It is believed that this was a sign of complete dependence on God for help.

Psalms 118:26 in Matthew 23:39, the verse shows that Jesus was fulfilling the prophecy of being the son of God.

Psalms 41:9 in John 13:18, Jesus was speaking about His betrayal and who would betray Him.

Psalms 64:9 in John 15:25, Jesus was talking about His rejection by the world to fulfill the Old Testament prophecy about Him.

Who wrote the psalms that Jesus quoted?

Many scholars believe that more than half of the psalms were written by David. However, in the book of Psalms, several Psalms begin by the name of the author, such as Psalms 90, which begins with “a prayer of Moses, a man of God.”

Believers have it that the psalms that Jesus quoted were only written by David.

When did Jesus pray the psalms?

How Often Did Jesus Quote Psalms?
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The Bible records that Jesus prayed the psalms during His crucifixion at the cross . It is believed that at this time, he cried out the words in Psalms 22:1, asking God His Father why He had forsaken Him.

Scholars also have it that Jesus prayed a prayer for help when He was in the garden of Gethsemane, asking God to take away the cup of suffering from Him.

Why did Jesus pray the psalms?

It is believed that the Psalms carried the whole life of Jesus from life, death, and resurrection. Theologians argue that the psalms are filled with Christ just as Christ was filled with psalms.

Christians believe that the psalms helped Jesus to carry through with His redemption purpose. Psalms are believed to express deep emotions and full surrender to God.

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