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Psalms 17:8

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17:8 Protect me as you would protect the pupil of your eye! 1 

Hide me in the shadow of your wings! 2 

Psalms 121:5

Context

121:5 The Lord is your protector;

the Lord is the shade at your right hand.

Isaiah 25:4

Context

25:4 For you are a protector for the poor,

a protector for the needy in their distress,

a shelter from the rainstorm,

a shade from the heat.

Though the breath of tyrants 3  is like a winter rainstorm, 4 

1 tc Heb “Protect me like the pupil, a daughter of an eye.” The noun בַּת (bat, “daughter”) should probably be emended to בָּבַת (bavat, “pupil”). See Zech 2:12 HT (2:8 ET) and HALOT 107 s.v. *בָּבָה.

2 sn Your wings. The metaphor compares God to a protective mother bird.

3 tn Or perhaps, “the violent”; NIV, NRSV “the ruthless.”

4 tc The Hebrew text has, “like a rainstorm of a wall,” which might be interpreted to mean, “like a rainstorm battering against a wall.” The translation assumes an emendation of קִיר (qir, “wall”) to קֹר (qor, “cold, winter”; cf. Gen 8:22). See J. N. Oswalt, Isaiah (NICOT), 1:457, n. 6, for discussion.



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