Though I have fallen, I will get up.
Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light. 3
for I have sinned against him.
and accomplish justice on my behalf.
He will lead me out into the light;
You 10 forgive sin
and pardon 11 the rebellion
of those who remain among your people. 12
You do not remain angry forever, 13
but delight in showing loyal love.
you will conquer 15 our evil deeds;
1 tn The singular form is understood as collective.
2 tn Or “rejoice” (KJV, NAB, NASB, NRSV); NCV “don’t laugh at me.”
4 tn Heb “lift, bear.”
5 tn Heb “until.”
6 tn Or “plead my case” (NASB and NIV both similar); NRSV “until he takes my side.”
7 tn Heb “see.”
8 tn Or “justice, vindication.”
9 tn Heb “Who is a God like you?” The rhetorical question expects the answer, “No one!”
10 tn Heb “one who.” The prayer moves from direct address (second person) in v. 18a to a descriptive (third person) style in vv. 18b-19a and then back to direct address (second person) in vv. 19b-20. Due to considerations of English style and the unfamiliarity of the modern reader with alternation of persons in Hebrew poetry, the entire section has been rendered as direct address (second person) in the translation.
11 tn Heb “pass over.”
12 tn Heb “of the remnant of his inheritance.”
13 tn Heb “he does not keep hold of his anger forever.”
14 tn The verb יָשׁוּב (yashuv, “he will return”) is here used adverbially in relation to the following verb, indicating that the
15 tn Some prefer to read יִכְבֹּס (yikhbos, “he will cleanse”; see HALOT 459 s.v. כבס pi). If the MT is taken as it stands, sin is personified as an enemy that the
16 tn Heb “their sins,” but the final mem (ם) may be enclitic rather than a pronominal suffix. In this case the suffix from the preceding line (“our”) may be understood as doing double duty.
17 sn In this metaphor the