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Psalms 27:11

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27:11 Teach me how you want me to live; 1 

lead me along a level path 2  because of those who wait to ambush me! 3 

Psalms 56:2

Context

56:2 Those who anticipate my defeat 4  attack me all day long.

Indeed, 5  many are fighting against me, O Exalted One. 6 

1 tn Heb “teach me your way.” The Lord’s “way” refers here to the moral principles which he expects the psalmist to follow. See Ps 25:4.

2 sn The level path refers to God’s moral principles (see the parallel line), which, if followed, will keep the psalmist blameless before his accusers (see v. 12).

3 tn Heb “because of those who watch me [with evil intent].” See also Pss 5:8; 54:5; 56:2.

4 tn Heb “to those who watch me [with evil intent].” See also Pss 5:8; 27:11; 54:5; 59:10.

5 tn Or “for.”

6 tn Some take the Hebrew term מָרוֹם (marom, “on high; above”) as an adverb modifying the preceding participle and translate, “proudly” (cf. NASB; NIV “in their pride”). The present translation assumes the term is a divine title here. The Lord is pictured as enthroned “on high” in Ps 92:8. (Note the substantival use of the term in Isa 24:4 and see C. A. Briggs and E. G. Briggs (Psalms [ICC], 2:34), who prefer to place the term at the beginning of the next verse.)



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