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Psalms 108:7-8

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108:7 God has spoken in his sanctuary: 1 

“I will triumph! I will parcel out Shechem,

the valley of Succoth I will measure off. 2 

108:8 Gilead belongs to me,

as does Manasseh! 3 

Ephraim is my helmet, 4 

Judah my royal scepter. 5 

1 tn Heb “in his holy place.”

2 sn Shechem stands for the territory west of the Jordan River; the valley of Succoth represents the region east of the Jordan.

3 tn Gilead was located east of the Jordan River. Half of the tribe of Manasseh lived east of the Jordan in the region of Bashan.

4 tn Heb “the protection of my head.”

sn Ephraim, one of Joseph’s sons, was one of two major tribes located west of the Jordan River. By comparing Ephraim to a helmet, the Lord suggests that the Ephraimites played a primary role in the defense of his land.

5 sn Judah, like Ephraim, was the other major tribe west of the Jordan River. The Davidic king, symbolized here by the royal scepter, came from this tribe.



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