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Psalms 12:6


12:6 The Lord’s words are absolutely reliable. 1 

They are as untainted as silver purified in a furnace on the ground,

where it is thoroughly refined. 2 

Psalms 35:10


35:10 With all my strength I will say, 3 

“O Lord, who can compare to you?

You rescue 4  the oppressed from those who try to overpower them; 5 

the oppressed and needy from those who try to rob them.” 6 

Psalms 37:14


37:14 Evil men draw their swords

and prepare their bows,

to bring down 7  the oppressed and needy,

and to slaughter those who are godly. 8 

1 tn Heb “the words of the Lord are pure words,” i.e., untainted by falsehood or deception (in contrast to the flattery of the evildoers, v. 2).

2 tn Heb “[like] silver purified in a furnace of [i.e., “on”] the ground, refined seven times.” The singular participle מְזֻקָּק (mÿzuqqaq, “refined”) modifies “silver.” The number seven is used rhetorically to express the thorough nature of the action. For other rhetorical/figurative uses of שִׁבְעָתָיִם (shivatayim, “seven times”), see Gen 4:15, 24; Ps 79:12; Prov 6:31; Isa 30:26.

3 tn Heb “all my bones will say.”

4 tn Heb “[the one who] rescues.” The substantival participle in the Hebrew text characterizes God as one who typically rescues the oppressed.

5 tn Heb “from [the one who is] too strong for him.” The singular forms are used in a representative sense. The typical oppressed individual and typical oppressor are in view.

6 tn Heb “the oppressed [one] and needy [one] from [the one who] robs him.” As in the previous line, the singular forms are used in a representative sense.

7 tn Heb “to cause to fall.”

8 tn Heb “the upright in way,” i.e., those who lead godly lives.

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