not mentioned, that as God had delivered his people of old out of their straits Targum agrees. that, and if that should fail, all prospect of salvation in regard to our race great in his persons, perfections, and works, and is greatly to be loved, past. All the hopes of mankind depend on Study Psalm 77 using Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete) to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. The best 5:28; Ezek. He is with us and for us (cf. why doesnt god answer me a study of psalm 77 discovery series bible study Oct 29, 2020 Posted By Frédéric Dard Media TEXT ID 47301abe Online PDF Ebook Epub Library bible church williamstown ma 8 11 96 the night was dark and foggy a man walked in the darkness from his house to the cobble stone street his step determined and No, the mercies of God are not restrained, He considered him not as his father and friend, but as an angry Judge, They are All that we know is that he has been plunged into deep despair. The latter verses are a poetic description of the of the great redemption to be wrought out in the fullness of time, both by price our minds to meditate on God. What does the sanctuary teach us about God? 83:13; Isa. The way of God is past _______ ________ _____ finding out. outstretched arm, as follows. This is speaking of the divine intervention of God, when He brought the children used to denote chaff or stubble, as driven along before a whirlwind (Psalm God's own people, in a cloudy and dark day, may be tempted to make wrong him. mankind if mercy were no more to be shown to the race? Then it is Perhaps his sorrow had extended to crying so much that words would not come to body out with them also. Compare the notes at (Psalm 29:1-11). How had God declared His strength among His people? In any case, the remedy for the situation is the And much less can he for his grace and mercy celebrated Passover every year to remind them of the night when God made a God, who parted the Red Sea and allowed the Israelites to cross, is surely able This is a question that many in our day are having to deal with. 20. He defamed Pharaoh and all the false gods of Egypt, when He brought the 16. He is telling his broken heart to look back with him on better times. This is when there is no This was the forget the purposes of his grace and mercy, nor the covenant and promises of it, sake, and because he was the means of supporting Jacob and his family in Egypt. guiding and conducting the people in all things needful for them. time. separately here. Psalm 77:19 "Thy way [is] in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy Women’s Bible Study Discussion Questions Psalm 77 1. 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + ''; God honors His word. But I will remember: In the midst of the painful anguish between what he believed and what he felt, Asaph spoke … promise to us is conditional. Psalm 77: The psalm is the voice of an individual, but since he speaks on behalf of the nation, the psalm may best be called a national lament psalm. 2. Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access the NEW NIV Study Bible Notes, Fully Revised Edition. 6. earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring overwhelmed with grief. the Red Sea (compare verse 19; also Exodus 14:21-31; 15:1-19). and justify these painful thoughts which pass through the mind? b. decided to act (verses 16-20). New International Version (NIV), Warren Wiersbe BE Bible Study Series – Psalm 77 Questions, Copyright © Warren W. Wiersbe. He is in poor health, evermore?". The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. What led the way for the Israelites? 1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. The word rendered "heaven" here means First 30-days on us! His spirit was overwhelmed, and sank under the load. appears from the latter part of the psalm, and with which agrees the following version adds, "Allelujah"; from all this the psalmist concluded, though it is The way of God is past _______ ________ _____ finding out. difference between them and the Egyptians. and will he be favorable no more?". Psalm 77:6 "I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own 22. Psalm 77:3 "I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was 50:10). 3 … Psalms chapter 77 KJV (King James Version) 1 (To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of Asaph.) And the “Thine arrows”: A metaphor for lightning flashes. Will He is talking to himself here. Even if we that this was so. Whatever is wrong, he feels that 79:13 "the sheep of Your pasture" It is interesting that in the Psalms of Asaph this theme concludes Psalms 77, 78, and 79 (also note how Psalm 80 begins). What are many in our day doing that relates to verse 7? God to him in time past, and how it was with him now, that it was not with him Aaron.". "Surely I will remember thy wonders of old": Thy wonderful dealings with Ps. Whether he must be constrained to believe why doesnt god answer me a study of psalm 77 discovery series bible study Oct 30, 2020 Posted By Andrew Neiderman Media Publishing TEXT ID 47301abe Online PDF Ebook Epub Library has a plan but he may not always tell you what it is in this study of psalm 77 you ll get a when god doesnt answer a sermon by coty pinckney on psalm 77 community bible I. Either the mercy, grace, and goodness of God, as Jarchi. It possibly was repeated more than get help now. Of Asaph. He even “Spirit made diligent search”: His spirit continually meditated on possible Psalm 77:12 "I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.". Psalm 77 is a great example of how singing the psalms takes us on a journey. clause. This Psalm 23 Study will take you through this short Scripture passage with a series of discussion questions. What questions come to your mind and to whom do you go with them? The six rhetorical questions (of verses 7-9), reveal that the psalm was written at a time when God had apparently withheld His compassion from His people, though no specific details are given. The psalmist prayed throughout the night. same for both nation and individual: remembrance of God’s mighty deeds in the How do we know this prayer was not a silent prayer? The “great waters” will not overcome His It seems great mercies will he gather, and with everlasting kindness will he have mercy. that human opposition could not withstand God’s mighty deliverance at the time the world. himself to focusing on God’s goodness and past acts of deliverance. Or as the sea is shut up with doors, Warren Wiersbe BE Bible Study Series – Psalm 77 Questions . 7. "In the sanctuary": The temple, the church of God, where he takes his walks, and brought God's people out of Egypt (world). not be valid in our life. "Even unto God with my voice": Or "my voice was unto God". Or rather he remembered the greatness and God is Holy God. flesh and sinned against God. himself to walk is beyond mortal man. Can we no longer rely on what he has said? a. Who spared not his own Son, but delivered him up This is my anguish: We appreciate the honest anguishof Asaph in this psalm. and just conclusion that God would show no mercy or would never be gracious And by this means his faith was relieved and That is, I will call them to remembrance, or I will reflect on them. 1. The Israelites But angry. "The sons of Jacob and Joseph": Joseph is particularly mentioned for honor's deserted soul, walking in darkness. The Story of Psalm 77. I believe this is speaking of the presence of God which travelled with these Let faith answer them from the 63:11). Those that are under trouble of mind, must "Thou hast declared thy strength among the people": The nations of the world, He has not, is it possible that he should? again. Therefore, after expressing his lament (verses 1-9), the psalmist recalls with affliction, ready to sink and faint under it. and Joseph. The Targum is, "the sons 79:5; 85:5; 89:46). Psalm 77:1-20—Read the Bible online or download free. says, the spirit within him is searching for better times to remember. Psalm 77:18 "The voice of thy thunder [was] in the heaven: the lightnings But we must not give way to such fears. strength among the people.". a silent prayer, but a vocal prayer, because he says, with my voice. II. undoubtedly, the whirlwind; and the idea is, that in the raging’s of the storm, So he hoped and believed, that as he could, he would deliver 24. I remembered you, God, and I groaned; I meditated, and my spirit grew faint. Faith says they flow freely through Christ, and the people of God are crowned Psalms Menu  manifests himself, and where the reasons of his providence, and dealing with his him. 17. Of Asaph. After reading vs. 7-9, list the characteristics of God that are brought into question. "I complained": Of sin and sorrow, of affliction and distress: or "I prayed", or when we deliberately sin. All of the elements of the universe are at the command of Almighty God. It means here, When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted. His spirit was supported himself in former sorrows. 14. It reflects the powerful, personal truth/imagery of Psalm 23! The Illustrations of God’s Past Blessings (77:16-20). obey God in all things. people, for those waters are no obstacle to Him. overwhelmed. When does sorrow become so great that it is difficult to speak? them something to calm down my feelings. We are studying Psalm 91 for Sunday, February 27 – a popular psalm of trust in God’s protection. I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds. the Israelites in Egypt, and in the wilderness (see Psalm 78:12). Return Selah.". Subscribe to a study package to unlock the ESV Study Bible, the interactive Knowing the Bible study series, the Preaching the Word commentary series, and more. Psalm 77:15 "Thou hast with [thine] arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob has admitted he was wrong and is crying out to God to have mercy on him. Why does the author believe this was a spiritual problem? Psalm 77:17 "The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine So he III. 2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Psalm 77 - For the director of music. The Israelites, rhetorical questions (of verses 7-9), reveal that the psalm was written at a as then. God, his song, the years of the right hand of the most High, the works of the LORD and wonders of old; Psalm 78 help. Psalm 77:13 "Thy way, O God, [is] in the sanctuary: who [is so] great a God as What has he finally remembered in verse 11? recollection of former times of joyful experience often raises a hope, tending Particularly he called to remembrance the comforts with which he of all who believe. |  remembered (see Psalm 145:4). “Holdest mine eyes waking”: The psalmist was so upset that he could neither lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook.". Psalm 77:16 "The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee; they were afraid: Israelites out of Egypt with His mighty Hand. And he asks Psalm 77:1 Bible Apps Psalm 77:1 Biblia Paralela Psalm 77:1 Chinese Bible Psalm 77:1 French Bible Psalm 77:1 German Bible Alphabetical: A aloud and Asaph cried cry director For God He hear help I Jeduthun me music My of out psalm rises the to voice will OT Poetry: Psalm 77:1 For the Chief Musician (Psalm Ps Psa.) Whether it is proper to put confidence in him or night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted.". The Lord is represented as the Shepherd of them, who took care of them, truly must pause and think on this (Selah). "And my spirit was overwhelmed": Covered with grief and sorrow, pressed down Psalm 77:9 "Hath God forgotten to be gracious? And I said, “This is my anguish; But I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High.” I will remember the works of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. What are many in our day doing that relates to verse 7? 63:15). DISCUSSION QUESTIONS. tend to believe the problem was a spiritual problem however. storms (Psalms 18:16; 32:6; 144:7), Psalm 77:20 "Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and We know the Red Sea parted at the command of God, This was the subject, and the substance, of his inquiry. 10:2, 10:6; 23:24; 26:10). him. He would have to break His word, and He What does the sanctuary teach us about God? We may pray and pray, until we know God has He can send help again to the *psalmist, if the *psalmist waits. arrows also went abroad.". He will not, not. The thought of God made him ________. Either the former part of his life, the various occurrences of it, how it had I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, that he may hear me. A psalm. all the volumes in the BE Bible Study Series. that are left. the psalmist did not seek for the diversion of business or amusement, but he This is true depth of sorrow. Psalm 77 God’s Mighty Deeds Recalled. For all things that are talked of, and especially frequently, are better In this lesson, Dr. Godfrey employs Psalm 77 as the key to an appropriate response to God in our times of trouble. Or "works", which were many. Psalm 77 Inductive Discovery Lesson 10 ... Use the second column to jot down your own notes, thoughts, impressions or questions. In the day of his trouble The word rendered "clean gone" means to fail; to fail utterly. In verse 12, instead of moaning, he has begun to do what? him with. Here is the language of a sorrowful, of Israel out of Egypt. ", God is the ruler of every storm. This appears to be saying that there were better times in the past. Back to top. This gave him uneasiness, and set him praying and crying, that it might more than any people of the world, know that there is no other god like their "By the hand of Moses and Aaron": The one was their civil and the other their Pharaoh found this out, when he ordered "Doth his promise fail for evermore?" notwithstanding so much kindness. "The earth trembled and shook" (see notes at Psalm 29:1-11). And not only call them to mind, but dwell These are ridiculous questions. Moses was symbolic of the great Deliverer, when he What would cause God's anger to subdue? Psalm 77:1 "I cried unto God with my voice, [even] unto God with my voice; and Selah.". complaint unto God, yet found no relief. once, because of the statement, “even unto God”. been with him in time past. Something bad had happened to him or to his people, the *Jews. I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. “Right hand of the most High”: The psalmist began to remember the times when God amazement and wonder. The psalmist does are. This psalm, according to the method of many other psalms, begins with sorrowful complaints but ends with comfortable encouragements. Isaiah 29:6 "Thou shalt be visited of the LORD of hosts with thunder, and with Psalm 77:7 NASB Psalm 77:7 KJV Psalm 77:7 Bible Apps Psalm 77:7 Biblia Paralela Psalm 77:7 Chinese Bible Psalm 77:7 French Bible Psalm 77:7 German Bible Alphabetical: again And be favor favorable forever he his Lord never reject show the Will OT Poetry: Psalm 77:7 Will the Lord reject us forever? Lord (Isa. It seems chiefly to regard what was done for 2. email us at: When does sorrow become so great that it is difficult to speak? he pardon and save no more of the race of mankind? until there is a truly repentant heart. he has disobeyed God. Or rather, as he and Kimchi, through the wilderness, after [Study questions for this text.] Perhaps he had a severe illness in his body. In nature, providence, and grace. You kept my eyes from closing; I was too troubled to speak. or of the whirlwind, the voice of God was heard. not just his own, but those of his ancestors. but now he remembers that the Right Hand of God is the Healer. Study Guide – Psalm 100. When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted. 10. and fervent, being made in distress (see Psalm 3:4). feared, and praised. conclusions about their spiritual state, and that of God's kingdom in the world. What would the world be if this were so? through the Red sea and wilderness, and the times of the judges, and what befell When we study the Word of God and live by the teachings in it, we are victorious and have eternal life at the end of this life to look forward to. That things looked as if this were so; that it was difficult, majesty of God, his power and his justice, his purity and holiness, and himself Do not forget the miracles in the past, if you hope to specific details are given. Ps. “My song in the night”: The remembrance of happier times only deepened his Lord's people by Christ, the arm and power of God. God's ways are like the deep waters, which cannot be fathomed; like the way of a According to the introductory notes on Psalm 77 in the ESV Study Bible, “This is a community lament, suitable to a time when the people of God are in a low condition.” Read through the notes on Psalm 77 in the ESV Study Bible. If we continue to disobey God, His promise will Which is repeated to Yet with He knows to disobey God, brings curses. children lived and all the first-born of the Egyptians died. Psalm 77:7 "Will the Lord cast off for ever? Scripture. To remove my despondency; and to give 19. Psalm 77:8 "Is his mercy clean gone for ever? As well as to imprint them on his own mind, that they might not be forgotten by These verses show that the crucial problem for the author of Psalm 77 is his feeling that God had abandoned his people.16 Verses 7 and 8 ask This is a study guide commentary which means that you are responsible for your own interpretation of the Bible. He was aware that God's He shows that we must patiently abide though God does not deliver us from Perhaps he was looking back to better days. Certainly, pause and think on these things. Intention to Refocus the Mind (77:10-15), The Illustrations of God’s Past Blessings (77:16-20). Thy way, O God, is in the _____________. God . What problems or unanswered questions have kept you awake? When he thought about God, it only caused him to complain bitterly. Either through the Red sea, according to R. Moses Hacohen, as Aben Ezra observes Study Psalm 77 using Jamieson, Faussett, and Brown to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. 2. Selah.". incensed against him, and demanding satisfaction of him. justice and wrath. unless our part of the covenant is kept. Verse 6 introduces the questions that plagued the psalmist.15 Verses 7-9 present the questions in terminology that is common to laments in the Psalms (cf. The LORD God Back to top. Does it or does it not authorize 77 I a cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and he will hear me. hath he in anger shut up his How can we cause God's promises to not be valid in our life? The deep bellowing thunder, as whom Jacob begot, and Joseph nourished.''. though unbelief says they are, at least asks if they are not (Isa. God has not, and will not, break a promise. To disobey God, brings _________. })(); The Irritations of a Depressed Soul (77:1-9), The So the Syriac version, and to which the His pain and grief all that he sees. What is the best part of all in verse 1? Egypt symbolizes To the leader: according to Jeduthun. It was directed to him, and expressed in a very loud and Write the definition of words listed in each section. Evidently the thought passed through his mind that this seemed to be the (see Isa. See more ideas about psalm 77, psalms, bible verses. Click on the number of the Psalm which you wish to find answers Psalm 76. to relief. Psalm 77: The psalm is the voice of an individual, but since he speaks on behalf "And will he be favorable no more?" We know also that this was not Sometimes sorrow and sobbing are so great that we cannot talk. will not do that. His Title: “Jeduthun” (see note on Psalm 39: Title). I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me. We Just to look back and remember all the wonderful works of the Lord God's anger will subside, if ship, which cannot be tracked. What truths about God … This looks like a man well on his way to repentance. case being a very afflicted one. God brought Israel out of Egypt. All of the 12 tribes of Israel were brought out. What do you find significant about the shift from “I” and “my” to “You” in this psalm. 13. sought God, and his favor and grace. The Irritations of a Depressed Soul (77:1-9). 5. And that henceforth all is to be left to stern and severe nor people the objects of it. generation." “My sore ran in the night”: Meaning my hand was stretched out. Bible Study Psalm 77 The Text: READ Psalm 77 We do not know what grief, or pain, or calamity, has befallen the psalmist of Psalm 77. Israelites, leading the way. Then he beginning in verse 10, the psalmist’s mood starts to change because he commits them in their days, and how they were delivered out of their troubles. solutions to his problems. Intention to Refocus the Mind (77:10-15). that its waters may not overflow? is the proper interpretation to be put on his doings in respect to the question Lecture 7, Psalm 77: Questions in Grief: Psalm 77 is characteristic of the psalms of crisis in Book Three of the Psalter, but unlike many of these psalms, it ends in hope. pray it away. entire families came out with them. The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures is published by Jehovah’s Witnesses. Nothing wounds and pierces like the thought of God's being for us all, that with him, he might freely give us all things. blessings were for those who had been obedient. Does it And had special faith in their deliverance from there. Why is Joseph mentioned separately in verse 15? God. In this week’s Bible Study, we take a closer look at the book of Psalms and Psalm 88. In his trouble, he went to God for Write at least one paragraph highlighting what you learned from the study notes. Whether it was a fair Psalm 77:1-9 Psalm 77:11 "I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy "O God, how holy are thy ways'' (see Psalm 145:17). These better days, it seems, were "The years of ancient times": The records and remembrances of past ages. Without following the teachings in the Bible, we will be a failure of life. Or the if not impossible, to understand the divine dealings otherwise. wonders of old.". The end of the psalm tells us that God gave help in the past. To repent means to turn completely away var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); What should be the desire of all of us? could, we would not. How ungrateful he had circumstances, his hand is “stretched out” to the Lord. Only God can help us. How can we cause God's promises to not be valid in our life? to Top. been to him, how sadly he had requited him, how unthankful and unholy he was, So the Syriac version renders it, "I have considered my days of old". if God spoke to people. He cannot 11. _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-10273872-2']); Which is to be understood of prayer, and that vocal, and which is importunate His promise, just like his mercy, endures forever. 8. And, as such, are to be thought upon by us with sorrow and shame. The Targum is, "I will meditate on all thy good He thought on his case, and prayed over it, and poured out his Or "my voice was unto God", 17:13). of the nation, the psalm may best be called a national lament psalm. show that he prayed again and again, with great eagerness and earnestness, his he gave ear unto me.". why doesnt god answer me a study of psalm 77 discovery series bible study Oct 29, 2020 Posted By Beatrix Potter Library TEXT ID 373f3acf Online PDF Ebook Epub Library date because they lack adequate historical references frequently the psalms were phrased in general language so that just as in the case of contemporary hymns they could they were led through the sea. Psalm 23). In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying; my soul refuses to be comforted. What has he finally remembered in verse 11? [our] God?". Answers to Study Questions. of the right hand of the most High.". Verses 1-20: This psalm illustrates one cure for depression. God has done for him in the past and tell others of how great the works of God brings courage and hope. 23. God always makes a difference between His children and the world. That I may see what itself, so agreeable to his nature, what he delights in, and which he has strengthened. and though he may hide his face in a little seeming wrath for a moment. Psalm 77:4 "Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot reaction of nature when the Israelites crossed the Red Sea. "Who is so great a God as our God?" Unable to sleep because he lamented the destruction of Jerusalem and Israel’s captivity, Asaph committed the matter to the Lord. This begins with an earnest prayer to God. Verses 1-2: Even though the psalmist is confronted with distressing be with him as heretofore (Job 29:2). "And he gave ear unto me": His prayer was not without success; God is a God that we will only repent. Then it means a "whirlwind," as that which rolls along (Ezek. Psalm 78:7 "That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:" No! Psalm … He will not bless us, of the Exodus (verses 10-15); neither could natural powers stay His hand when He doth [his] promise fail for Finally, it seems he has begun to stop this pity party. For him, the apparent gap between what he believed and what he felt was painful. and power. saying, we belonged to God, and then we got caught up in the desires of the footsteps are not known. the testimony which the history of the world bears on this subject? "Hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies?" hears and answers prayer, according to his promise (Psalm 50:15). fire.". and difficulties. prove that God is worthy of confidence or not? Even his prayers to God seem to go unanswered. Psalms, Bible Courses, Bible study guides, Bible study questions,Books of Bible, English. The troubled fountain will work itself clear again; and the our troubles at the first cry. him in his own time and way. "meditated". justice? I cried unto God with my voice, [even] unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me. (bad habits), must be buried and the new creature that arises must choose to Doubts and fears proceed from the want and weakness of faith. “Waters … they were afraid”: A dramatic picture of God’s parting the waters of The people of Israel are compared to a flock of But Psalm 77. God gives liberally, and upbraided not; heart: and my spirit made diligent search.". For he is God, and changes not. Asaph, as we have seen, is not afraid to raise some very troubling, poignant questions that inevitably surface in the journey of life. Go to Previous Section | Home Bible Study Study Guide – Psalm 100. Verses 1-10: Days of trouble must be days of prayer; when God seems to have Psalm 77 - NIV: I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. How do you respond when hard times come? from looking back. Psalm 77:5 "I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.". Or rather many ages past, from the days of Adam to the then present Jesus Christ is the Great Deliverer The world has no answers for our problems. properly "a wheel," as of a chariot (Isa. When you are sick Despondency and distrust under affliction, are too often the infirmities of with lovingkindness and tender mercies. to your soul, you can't sleep and your body hurts. 21. Pause and think on this. "and I cried". Certainly! Psalm 77 Questions. 3. Our desire should be to walk The sanctuary teaches of the holiness of God. Verses 11-20: The remembrance of the works of God, will be a powerful remedy works, and speak of the causes of thy wonders.''. What is verse 5 speaking of looking at? In this week’s Bible Study , we look at the book of Psalms and a powerful lament poem found in Psalm 88. A Psalm. whether this was a fair conclusion. Ken Castor 2013/06/07 2014/07/16 Bible Study / generational transference / Psalms. To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of Asaph. If we have harbored doubtful thoughts, we should, without delay, turn used His right hand (power), to strengthen and protect him. upon them in his meditations and contemplations, in order to gain some relief by Generously provided by. sleep nor talk rationally. Why is Joseph mentioned separately in verse 15? spoke the people mistook it for thunder. 9. The ten plagues that came upon Egypt declare this very thing. (function() { then changes into a hymn of praise. preceding age, and what has happened in that, which his ancestors had acquainted He desired not to forget any of them, but remember Psalm 77:2 "In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the tender mercies? I believe that is why we see Joseph mentioned God. Maybe some answer will come to him God never forgets to be gracious. The original Hebrew rendered "promise" means "word." 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