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Psalms 139:10-12

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139:10 even there your hand would guide me,

your right hand would grab hold of me.

139:11 If I were to say, “Certainly the darkness will cover me, 1 

and the light will turn to night all around me,” 2 

139:12 even the darkness is not too dark for you to see, 3 

and the night is as bright as 4  day;

darkness and light are the same to you. 5 

1 tn The Hebrew verb שׁוּף (shuf), which means “to crush; to wound,” in Gen 3:15 and Job 9:17, is problematic here. For a discussion of attempts to relate the verb to Arabic roots, see L. C. Allen, Psalms 101-150 (WBC), 251. Many emend the form to יְשׂוּכֵּנִי (yesukkeniy), from the root שׂכך (“to cover,” an alternate form of סכך), a reading assumed in the present translation.

2 tn Heb “and night, light, around me.”

3 tn The words “to see” are supplied in the translation for clarification and for stylistic reasons.

4 tn Heb “shines like.”

5 tn Heb “like darkness, like light.”



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