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A Reconsideration of the Concept of Sin in Psalms 6, 102, and 143

Keun Jo Ahn 1

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ABSTRACT

This paper explores for the concept of sin in Psalms 6, 102, and 143. These psalms are among the seven ‘penitential psalms’ in the tradition of the Christian Church. Surprisingly, they do not express any explicit confession of sins or sense of contrition, while other psalms do include elements of penitence. Against the background of the theological scheme of ‘sin-punishment’ or ‘suffering-result of sin’ in the Old Testament, each psalm has shown that the relationship of God does matter rather than particular sins or sufferings. Psalmists cry out to the Lord in the desperate state of the eclipse of God. We do not know the reason of God's hiddenness from the psalmists. It would be the sin of the people. Yet, the essential problem of the three psalms is not related to sinful deeds of human being but indifferent departure of God. The three psalms commonly implore God to come back. God's return should be made because of God's covenantal love and righteousness. Only thing that the psalmists can do in their existential agony is to depend God's nature so that they may rebuild the covenantal relationship with God. This paper contributes to calling our attention to the personal relationship with God from the dogmatic emphasis of guiltlessness with regard to the concept of sin.

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