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Psalms 113

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Psalm 113 1 

113:1 Praise the Lord!

Praise, you servants of the Lord,

praise the name of the Lord!

113:2 May the Lord’s name be praised

now and forevermore!

113:3 From east to west 2 

the Lord’s name is deserving of praise.

113:4 The Lord is exalted over all the nations;

his splendor reaches beyond the sky. 3 

113:5 Who can compare to the Lord our God,

who sits on a high throne? 4 

113:6 He bends down to look 5 

at the sky and the earth.

113:7 He raises the poor from the dirt,

and lifts up the needy from the garbage pile, 6 

113:8 that he might seat him with princes,

with the princes of his people.

113:9 He makes the barren woman of the family 7 

a happy mother of children. 8 

Praise the Lord!

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1 sn Psalm 113. The psalmist praises God as the sovereign king of the world who reaches down to help the needy.

2 tn Heb “from the rising of the sun to its setting.” The extent is not temporal (“from sunrise to sunset”) but spatial (“from the place where the sun rises [the east] to the place where it sets [the west].” In the phenomenological language of OT cosmology, the sun was described as rising in the east and setting in the west.

3 tn Heb “above the sky [is] his splendor.”

4 tn Heb “the one who makes high to sit.”

5 tn Heb “the one who makes low to see.”

6 sn The language of v. 7 is almost identical to that of 1 Sam 2:8.

7 tn Heb “of the house.”

8 tn Heb “sons.”



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