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Psalms 131

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Psalm 131 1 

A song of ascents, 2  by David.

131:1 O Lord, my heart is not proud,

nor do I have a haughty look. 3 

I do not have great aspirations,

or concern myself with things that are beyond me. 4 

131:2 Indeed 5  I am composed and quiet, 6 

like a young child carried by its mother; 7 

I am content like the young child I carry. 8 

131:3 O Israel, hope in the Lord

now and forevermore!

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1 sn Psalm 131. The psalmist affirms his humble dependence on the Lord and urges Israel to place its trust in God.

2 sn The precise significance of this title, which appears in Pss 120-134, is unclear. Perhaps worshipers recited these psalms when they ascended the road to Jerusalem to celebrate annual religious festivals. For a discussion of their background see L. C. Allen, Psalms 101-150 (WBC), 219-21.

3 tn Heb “and my eyes are not lifted up.”

4 tn Heb “I do not walk in great things, and in things too marvelous for me.”

5 tn Or “but.”

6 tn Heb “I make level and make quiet my soul.”

7 tn Heb “like a weaned [one] upon his mother.”

8 tn Heb “like the weaned [one] upon me, my soul.”



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