He then quotes from psalm 149:7 “To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people.”
psalm 44 and Garden, Ashes are two works concerning the Holocaust as perceived by a child.
Before visiting Shanksville, Pa., and the Pentagon later in the day, the president read psalm 46 at the World Trade Center.
Old English psealm, salm, partly from Old French psaume, saume, partly from Church Latin psalmus, from Greek psalmos "song sung to a harp," originally "performance on stringed instrument; a plucking of the harp" (cf. psaltes "harper"), from psallein "play on a stringed instrument, pull, twitch" (see feel (v.)).
Used in Septuagint for Hebrew mizmor "song," especially the sort sung by David to the harp. Related: Psalmodize; psalmody. After some hesitation, the pedantic ps- spelling prevailed in English, as it was in many neighboring languages (German, French, etc.), but English is almost alone in not pronouncing the p-.