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Psalms 17:9


17:9 Protect me from 1  the wicked men who attack 2  me,

my enemies who crowd around me for the kill. 3 

Psalms 88:18


88:18 You cause my friends and neighbors to keep their distance; 4 

those who know me leave me alone in the darkness. 5 

1 tn Heb “from before”; or “because.” In the Hebrew text v. 9 is subordinated to v. 8. The words “protect me” are supplied in the translation for stylistic reasons.

2 tn Heb “destroy.” The psalmist uses the perfect verbal form to emphasize the degree of danger. He describes the wicked as being already in the process of destroying him.

3 tn Heb “my enemies, at the risk of life they surround me.” The Hebrew phrase בְּנֶפֶשׁ (bÿnefesh) sometimes has the nuance “at the risk of [one’s] life” (see 1 Kgs 2:23; Prov 7:23; Lam 5:9).

4 tn Heb “you cause to be far from me friend and neighbor.”

5 tn Heb “those known by me, darkness.”

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