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Psalms 144:7-8


144:7 Reach down 1  from above!

Grab me and rescue me from the surging water, 2 

from the power of foreigners, 3 

144:8 who speak lies,

and make false promises. 4 

1 tn Heb “stretch out your hands.”

2 tn Heb “mighty waters.” The waters of the sea symbolize the psalmist’s powerful foreign enemies, as well as the realm of death they represent (see the next line and Ps 18:16-17).

3 tn Heb “from the hand of the sons of foreignness.”

4 tn Heb “who [with] their mouth speak falsehood, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.” The reference to the “right hand” is probably a metonymy for an oath. When making an oath, one would raise the hand as a solemn gesture. See Exod 6:8; Num 14:30; Deut 32:40. The figure thus represents the making of false oaths (false promises).

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