Reading Psalm 110:1

A psalm of David.

The LORD says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”

Dale Martin is an American New Testament scholar. He is Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University.


Categories: Bible, Christianity, Christology, God, History, Jesus, New Testament scholarship, Theology

7 replies

  1. Kenny is refuted again. This is getting sad! 😥

  2. Ken is refuted by an actual scholar and expert of the Bible.

  3. The problem is that Dale Martin is simply paying lip service and doesn’t really believe in engaging the text within its historical context, especially when as a liberal he doesn’t even know what that historical context happens to be. Unlike Martin, I actually engaged Psalm 110 within its own historical context and within the wider context of the Hebrew Bible to see who could have been David’s Lord, and what does this Psalm’s depiction tell us about his nature:

  4. Problem is that Dale Martin is going against Jesus’ own interpretation of the verse, which also the Pharisees agreed that Psalm 110:1 is about the Messiah to come. The concept of “the Messiah” is one who come from the line of David, be a “son of David”, which is why this passage is a prophesy of the Messiah and it is why many first century Jews recognized that.

    Matthew 22:41-45; Mark 12:35-37; Luke 20:41-44
    The Jews between 280 and 200 BC translated in the Lxx both words as Kurios, demonstrating that Yahweh is kurios (Lord) and Adoni is Lord, meaning both the Father and the Son in this verse are by nature Lord, but they are 2 different persons in the Trinity.

    Psalm 110:1 in the New Testament

    The LORD said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand,
    Until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”

    Matthew 22:41-45
    41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question: 42 “What do you think about the Messiah, whose son is He?” They *said to Him, “The son of David.”

    “Then how is it,” he asked them, “that David in the Spirit calls him ‘Lord, when he says, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit here at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet”?’ “If David then calls him ‘Lord, how is he his son?” [= Mark 12:35-37; Luke 20:41-44]

    Peter also agrees:

    Acts 2:33-36
    Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured forth this which you both see and hear. For it was not David who ascended into heaven, but he himself says, “The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Messiah—this Yeshua, whom you executed on a tree!

    The Jewish writer of the epistle to the Hebrews also agrees: (whether the writer of Hebrews was Barnabas, or Silas, or Apollos, or a sermon by Paul translated and written by Luke) [all apostolic]

    Hebrews 1:13
    To which of the angels has he ever said, “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”?

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