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Psalms 17:8

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17:8 Protect me as you would protect the pupil of your eye! 1 

Hide me in the shadow of your wings! 2 

Psalms 36:7

Context

36:7 How precious 3  is your loyal love, O God!

The human race finds shelter under your wings. 4 

1 tc Heb “Protect me like the pupil, a daughter of an eye.” The noun בַּת (bat, “daughter”) should probably be emended to בָּבַת (bavat, “pupil”). See Zech 2:12 HT (2:8 ET) and HALOT 107 s.v. *בָּבָה.

2 sn Your wings. The metaphor compares God to a protective mother bird.

3 tn Or “valuable.”

4 tn Heb “and the sons of man in the shadow of your wings find shelter.” The preservation of physical life is in view, as the next verse makes clear.



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