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Psalms 21:11

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21:11 Yes, 1  they intend to do you harm; 2 

they dream up a scheme, 3  but they do not succeed. 4 

Psalms 127:3

Context

127:3 Yes, 5  sons 6  are a gift from the Lord,

the fruit of the womb is a reward.

Psalms 132:11

Context

132:11 The Lord made a reliable promise to David; 7 

he will not go back on his word. 8 

He said, 9  “I will place one of your descendants 10  on your throne.

1 tn Or “for.”

2 tn Heb “they extend against you harm.” The perfect verbal forms in v. 11 are taken as generalizing, stating factually what the king’s enemies typically do. Another option is to translate with the past tense (“they intended…planned”).

3 sn See Ps 10:2.

4 tn Heb “they lack ability.”

5 tn or “look.”

6 tn Some prefer to translate this term with the gender neutral “children,” but “sons” are plainly in view here, as the following verses make clear. Daughters are certainly wonderful additions to a family, but in ancient Israelite culture sons were the “arrows” that gave a man security in his old age, for they could defend the family interests at the city gate, where the legal and economic issues of the community were settled.

7 tn Heb “the Lord swore an oath to David [in] truth.”

8 tn Heb “he will not turn back from it.”

9 tn The words “he said” are supplied in the translation to clarify that what follows are the Lord’s words.

10 tn Heb “the fruit of your body.”



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