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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 36:8

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36:8 They are filled with food from your house,

and you allow them to drink from the river of your delicacies.

Psalms 57:2

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57:2 I cry out for help to the sovereign God, 3 

to the God who vindicates 4  me.

Psalms 63:8

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63:8 My soul 5  pursues you; 6 

your right hand upholds me.

Psalms 91:1

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Psalm 91 7 

91:1 As for you, the one who lives 8  in the shelter of the sovereign One, 9 

and resides in the protective shadow 10  of the mighty king 11 

Psalms 121:5

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121:5 The Lord is your protector;

the Lord is the shade at your right hand.

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 Heb “to God Most High.” The divine title “Most High” (עֶלְיוֹן, ’elyon) pictures God as the exalted ruler of the universe who vindicates the innocent and judges the wicked. See especially Ps 47:2.

4 tn Or “avenges in favor of.”

5 tn Or “I.” The Hebrew term נֶפֶשׁ (nefesh) with a pronominal suffix is often equivalent to a pronoun, especially in poetry (see BDB 660 s.v. נֶפֶשׁ 4.a).

6 tn Heb “clings after.” The expression means “to pursue with determination” (see Judg 20:45; 1 Sam 14:22; 1 Chr 10:2; Jer 42:16).

7 sn Psalm 91. In this psalm an individual (perhaps a priest) addresses one who has sought shelter in the Lord and assures him that God will protect him from danger (vv. 1-13). In vv. 14-16 God himself promises to keep his loyal follower safe.

8 tn Heb “[O] one who lives.”

9 tn Traditionally “the Most High.”

10 sn The Lord is compared here to a bird who protects its young under the shadow of its wings (see v. 4).

11 sn The divine name used here is “Shaddai” (שַׁדַּי, shadday; see also Ps 68:14). Shaddai (or El Shaddai) is the mighty king (sovereign judge) of the world who grants life/blesses and kills/judges. In Genesis he blesses the patriarchs with fertility and promises numerous descendants. Outside Genesis he both blesses/protects and takes away life/happiness.



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