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Psalms 116:16-17

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116:16 Yes, Lord! I am indeed your servant;

I am your lowest slave. 1 

You saved me from death. 2 

116:17 I will present a thank offering to you,

and call on the name of the Lord.

1 tn Heb “I am your servant, the son of your female servant.” The phrase “son of a female servant” (see also Ps 86:16) is used of a son born to a secondary wife or concubine (Exod 23:12). In some cases the child’s father is the master of the house (see Gen 21:10, 13; Judg 9:18). The use of the expression here certainly does not imply that the Lord has such a secondary wife or concubine! It is used metaphorically and idiomatically to emphasize the psalmist’s humility before the Lord and his status as the Lord’s servant.

2 tn Heb “you have loosed my bonds.” In this context the imagery refers to deliverance from death (see v. 3).



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