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Psalms 118:4-7


118:4 Let the loyal followers of the Lord 1  say,

“Yes, his loyal love endures!”

118:5 In my distress 2  I cried out to the Lord.

The Lord answered me and put me in a wide open place. 3 

118:6 The Lord is on my side, 4  I am not afraid!

What can people do to me? 5 

118:7 The Lord is on my side 6  as my helper. 7 

I look in triumph on those who hate me.

1 tn Heb “fearers of the Lord.” See Ps 15:4.

2 tn Heb “from the distress.” The noun מֵצַר (metsar, “straits; distress”) occurs only here and in Lam 1:3. In Ps 116:3 מצר should probably be emended to מְצָדֵי (mÿtsadey, “snares of”).

3 tn Heb “the Lord answered me in a wide open place.”

4 tn Heb “for me.”

5 tn The rhetorical question assumes the answer, “Nothing!” The imperfect is used in a modal sense here, indicating capability or potential. See Ps 56:11.

6 tn Heb “for me.”

7 tn Heb “among my helpers.” The preposition may indicate identity here, while the plural may be one of majesty or respect.

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