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2 Samuel 22:50-51

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22:50 So I will give you thanks, O Lord, before the nations! 1 

I will sing praises to you. 2 

22:51 He gives his chosen king magnificent victories; 3 

he is faithful to his chosen ruler, 4 

to David and to his descendants forever!”

1 sn This probably alludes to the fact that David will praise the Lord in the presence of the defeated nations when they, as his subjects, bring their tribute payments. Ideally God’s chosen king was to testify to the nations of God’s greatness. See J. Eaton, Kingship and the Psalms (SBT), 182-85.

2 tn Heb “to your name.” God’s “name” refers metonymically to his divine characteristics as suggested by his name, in this case “Lord,” the primary name of Israel’s covenant God which suggests his active presence with his people (see Exod 3:12-15).

3 tc The translation follows the Kethib and the ancient versions in reading מַגְדִּיל (magdil, “he magnifies”) rather than the Qere and many medieval Hebrew mss of the MT which read מִגְדּוֹל (migdol, “tower”). See Ps 18:50.

4 tn Heb “[the one who] does loyalty to his anointed one.”



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