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Psalms 27:4

Context

27:4 I have asked the Lord for one thing –

this is what I desire!

I want to live 1  in the Lord’s house 2  all the days of my life,

so I can gaze at the splendor 3  of the Lord

and contemplate in his temple.

Psalms 27:8-9

Context

27:8 My heart tells me to pray to you, 4 

and I do pray to you, O Lord. 5 

27:9 Do not reject me! 6 

Do not push your servant away in anger!

You are my deliverer! 7 

Do not forsake or abandon me,

O God who vindicates me!

1 tn Heb “my living.”

2 sn The Lord’s house. This probably refers to the tabernacle (if one accepts Davidic authorship) or the temple (see Judg 19:18; 1 Sam 1:7, 24; 2 Sam 12:20; 1 Kgs 7:12, 40, 45, 51).

3 tn Or “beauty.”

4 tc Heb “concerning you my heart says, ‘Seek my face.’” The verb form “seek” is plural, but this makes no sense here, for the psalmist is addressed. The verb should be emended to a singular form. The first person pronominal suffix on “face” also makes little sense, unless it is the voice of the Lord he hears. His “heart” is viewed as speaking, however, so it is better to emend the form to פָּנָיו (panayv, “his face”).

5 tn Heb “your face, O Lord, I seek.” To “seek the Lord’s face” means to seek his favor through prayer (see 2 Sam 21:1; Pss 24:6; 105:4).

6 tn Heb “do not hide your face from me.” The idiom “hide the face” can mean “ignore” (see Pss 10:11; 13:1; 51:9) or carry the stronger idea of “reject” (see Pss 30:7; 88:14).

7 tn Or “[source of] help.”



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