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Psalms 18:46

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18:46 The Lord is alive! 1 

My protector 2  is praiseworthy! 3 

The God who delivers me 4  is exalted as king! 5 

Psalms 28:6

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28:6 The Lord deserves praise, 6 

for he has heard my plea for mercy! 7 

Psalms 31:21

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31:21 The Lord deserves praise 8 

for he demonstrated his amazing faithfulness to me when I was besieged by enemies. 9 

1 tn Elsewhere the construction חַי־יְהוָה (khay-yÿhvah) is used exclusively as an oath formula, “as surely as the Lord lives,” but this is not the case here, for no oath follows. Here the statement is an affirmation of the Lord’s active presence and intervention. In contrast to pagan deities, he demonstrates he is the living God by rescuing and empowering the psalmist.

2 tn Heb “my rocky cliff,” which is a metaphor for protection. See similar phrases in vv. 2, 31.

3 tn Or “blessed [i.e., praised] be.”

4 tn Heb “the God of my deliverance.” 2 Sam 22:48 reads, “the God of the rocky cliff of my deliverance.”

5 tn The words “as king” are supplied in the translation for clarification. Elsewhere in the psalms the verb רוּם (rum, “be exalted”), when used of God, refers to his exalted position as king (Pss 99:2; 113:4; 138:6) and/or his self-revelation as king through his mighty deeds of deliverance (Pss 21:13; 46:10; 57:5, 11).

6 tn Heb “blessed [be] the Lord.”

7 sn He has heard my plea for mercy. The psalmist’s mood abruptly changes at this point, because the Lord responded positively to his petition and assured him that he would deliver him.

8 tn Heb “blessed [be] the Lord.”

9 tn Heb “for he caused his faithfulness to be amazing to me in a besieged city.” The psalmist probably speaks figuratively here. He compares his crisis to being trapped in a besieged city, but the Lord answered his prayer for help. Verses 19-24 were apparently written after the Lord answered the prayer of vv. 1-18.



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