from all their distress! 2
Rescue me 4 and have mercy on me!
Because of my enemies, rescue me!
so that I can keep 7 your precepts.
1 tn Or “redeem.”
2 tn Heb “his distresses.”
sn O God, rescue Israel from all their distress. It is possible that the psalmist speaks on behalf of the nation throughout this entire psalm. Another option is that v. 22 is a later addition to the psalm which applies an original individual lament to the covenant community. If so, it may reflect an exilic setting.
3 tn Heb “and I in my integrity walk.” The psalmist uses the imperfect verbal form to emphasize this is his practice. The construction at the beginning of the verse (conjunction + pronoun) highlights the contrast between the psalmist and the sinners mentioned in vv. 9-10.
4 tn Or “redeem me.”
6 tn Or “redeem me.”
7 tn The cohortative verbal form with vav (ו) conjunctive indicates purpose/result after the preceding imperative.