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Psalms 25:5

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25:5 Guide me into your truth 1  and teach me.

For you are the God who delivers me;

on you I rely all day long.

Psalms 25:21

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25:21 May integrity and godliness protect me,

for I rely on you!

Psalms 27:14

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27:14 Rely 2  on the Lord!

Be strong and confident! 3 

Rely on the Lord!

Psalms 37:34

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37:34 Rely 4  on the Lord! Obey his commands! 5 

Then he will permit you 6  to possess the land;

you will see the demise of evil men. 7 

Psalms 40:2

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40:2 He lifted me out of the watery pit, 8 

out of the slimy mud. 9 

He placed my feet on a rock

and gave me secure footing. 10 

Psalms 52:1-9

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Psalm 52 11 

For the music director; a well-written song 12  by David. It was written when Doeg the Edomite went and informed Saul: “David has arrived at the home of Ahimelech.” 13 

52:1 Why do you boast about your evil plans, 14  O powerful man?

God’s loyal love protects me all day long! 15 

52:2 Your tongue carries out your destructive plans; 16 

it is as effective as a sharp razor, O deceiver. 17 

52:3 You love evil more than good,

lies more than speaking the truth. 18  (Selah)

52:4 You love to use all the words that destroy, 19 

and the tongue that deceives.

52:5 Yet 20  God will make you a permanent heap of ruins. 21 

He will scoop you up 22  and remove you from your home; 23 

he will uproot you from the land of the living. (Selah)

52:6 When the godly see this, they will be filled with awe,

and will mock the evildoer, saying: 24 

52:7 “Look, here is the man who would not make 25  God his protector!

He trusted in his great wealth

and was confident about his plans to destroy others.” 26 

52:8 But I 27  am like a flourishing 28  olive tree in the house of God;

I continually 29  trust in God’s loyal love.

52:9 I will continually 30  thank you when 31  you execute judgment; 32 

I will rely 33  on you, 34  for your loyal followers know you are good. 35 

1 sn The Lord’s commandments are referred to as truth here because they are a trustworthy and accurate expression of the divine will.

2 tn Or “wait.”

3 tn Heb “be strong and let your heart be confident.”

4 tn Or “wait.”

5 tn Heb “keep his way.” The Lord’s “way” refers here to the “conduct required” by the Lord. In Ps 25 the Lord’s “ways” are associated with his covenantal demands (see vv. 4, 9-10). See also Ps 119:3 (cf. vv. 1, 4), as well as Deut 8:6; 10:12; 11:22; 19:9; 26:17; 28:9; 30:16.

6 tn Heb “and he will lift you up.” The prefixed verbal form with vav (ו) is best taken here as a result clause following the imperatives in the preceding lines.

7 tn Heb “when evil men are cut off you will see.”

8 tn Heb “cistern of roaring.” The Hebrew noun בּוֹר (bor, “cistern, pit”) is used metaphorically here of Sheol, the place of death, which is sometimes depicted as a raging sea (see Ps 18:4, 15-16). The noun שָׁאוֹן (shaon, “roaring”) refers elsewhere to the crashing sound of the sea’s waves (see Ps 65:7).

9 tn Heb “from the mud of mud.” The Hebrew phrase translated “slimy mud” employs an appositional genitive. Two synonyms are joined in a construct relationship to emphasize the single idea. For a detailed discussion of the grammatical point with numerous examples, see Y. Avishur, “Pairs of Synonymous Words in the Construct State (and in Appositional Hendiadys) in Biblical Hebrew,” Semitics 2 (1971): 17-81.

10 tn Heb “he established my footsteps.”

11 sn Psalm 52. The psalmist confidently confronts his enemy and affirms that God will destroy evildoers and vindicate the godly.

12 tn The meaning of the Hebrew term מַשְׂכִּיל (maskil) is uncertain. The word is derived from a verb meaning “to be prudent; to be wise.” Various options are: “a contemplative song,” “a song imparting moral wisdom,” or “a skillful [i.e., well-written] song.” The term occurs in the superscriptions of Pss 32, 42, 44, 45, 52-55, 74, 78, 88, 89, and 142, as well as in Ps 47:7.

13 tn Heb “when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul and said to him, ‘David has come to the house of Ahimelech.’”

sn According to the superscription, David wrote this psalm during the period when Saul was seeking his life. On one occasion Doeg the Edomite, Saul’s head shepherd (1 Sam 21:7), informed Saul of David’s whereabouts (see 1 Sam 21-22).

14 tn Heb “Why do you boast in evil?”

15 tn Heb “the loyal love of God [is] all the day.” In this context, where the psalmist is threatened by his enemy, the point seems to be that the psalmist is protected by God’s loyal love at all times.

16 tn Heb “destruction your tongue devises.”

17 tn Heb “like a sharpened razor, doer of deceit.” The masculine participle עָשָׂה (’asah) is understood as a substantival vocative, addressed to the powerful man.

18 tn Or “deceit more than speaking what is right.”

19 tn Heb “you love all the words of swallowing.” Traditionally בַּלַּע (bala’) has been taken to mean “swallowing” in the sense of “devouring” or “destructive” (see BDB 118 s.v. בָּלַע). HALOT 135 s.v. III *בֶּלַע proposes a homonym here, meaning “confusion.” This would fit the immediate context nicely and provide a close parallel to the following line, which refers to deceptive words.

20 tn The adverb גַּם (gam, “also; even”) is translated here in an adversative sense (“yet”). It highlights the contrastive correspondence between the evildoer’s behavior and God’s response.

21 tn Heb “will tear you down forever.”

22 tn This rare verb (חָתָה, khatah) occurs only here and in Prov 6:27; 25:22; Isa 30:14.

23 tn Heb “from [your] tent.”

24 tn Heb “and the godly will see and will fear and at him will laugh.”

25 tn The imperfect verbal form here draws attention to the ongoing nature of the action. The evildoer customarily rejected God and trusted in his own abilities. Another option is to take the imperfect as generalizing, “[here is the man who] does not make.”

26 tn Heb “he was strong in his destruction.” “Destruction” must refer back to the destructive plans mentioned in v. 2. The verb (derived from the root עָזַז, ’azaz, “be strong”) as it stands is either an imperfect (if so, probably used in a customary sense) or a preterite (without vav [ו] consecutive). However the form should probably be emended to וַיָּעָז (vayyaaz), a Qal preterite (with vav [ו] consecutive) from עָזַז. Note the preterite form without vav (ו) consecutive in the preceding line (וַיִּבְטַח, vayyivtakh, “and he trusted”). The prefixed vav (ו) was likely omitted by haplography (note the suffixed vav [ו] on the preceding עָשְׁרוֹ, ’oshro, “his wealth”).

27 tn The disjunctive construction (vav [ו] + subject) highlights the contrast between the evildoer’s destiny (vv. 5-7) and that of the godly psalmist’s security.

28 tn Or “luxuriant, green, leafy.”

29 tn Or, hyperbolically, “forever and ever.”

30 tn Or, hyperbolically, “forever.”

31 tn Or “for.”

32 tn Heb “you have acted.” The perfect verbal form (1) probably indicates a future perfect here. The psalmist promises to give thanks when the expected vindication has been accomplished. Other options include (2) a generalizing (“for you act”) or (3) rhetorical (“for you will act”) use.

33 tn Or “wait.”

34 tn Heb “your name.” God’s “name” refers here to his reputation and revealed character.

35 tn Heb “for it is good in front of your loyal followers.”



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