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Psalms 45:11


45:11 Then 1  the king will be attracted by 2  your beauty.

After all, he is your master! Submit 3  to him! 4 

Psalms 147:11


147:11 The Lord takes delight in his faithful followers, 5 

and in those who wait for his loyal love.

1 tn After the preceding imperatives, the jussive verbal form with vav (ו) conjunctive is best understood as introducing a purpose (“so that the king might desire your beauty”) or result clause (see the present translation and cf. also NASB). The point seems to be this: The bride might tend to be homesick, which in turn might cause her to mourn and diminish her attractiveness. She needs to overcome this temptation to unhappiness and enter into the marriage with joy. Then the king will be drawn to her natural beauty.

2 tn Or “desire.”

3 tn Or “bow down.”

4 sn Submit to him. The poet here makes the point that the young bride is obligated to bring pleasure to her new husband. Though a foreign concept to modern western culture, this was accepted as the cultural norm in the psalmist’s day.

5 tn Heb “those who fear him.”

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