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Psalms 109:13-14


109:13 May his descendants 1  be cut off! 2 

May the memory of them be wiped out by the time the next generation arrives! 3 

109:14 May his ancestors’ 4  sins be remembered by the Lord!

May his mother’s sin not be forgotten! 5 

1 tn Or “offspring.”

2 sn On the expression cut off see Ps 37:28.

3 tn Heb “in another generation may their name be wiped out.”

4 tn Or “fathers’ sins.”

5 tn Heb “not be wiped out.”

sn According to ancient Israelite theology and its doctrine of corporate solidarity and responsibility, children could be and often were punished for the sins of their parents. For a discussion of this issue see J. Kaminsky, Corporate Responsibility in the Hebrew Bible (JSOTSup). (Kaminsky, however, does not deal with Ps 109.)

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