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Psalms 32:6-7

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32:6 For this reason every one of your faithful followers 1  should pray to you

while there is a window of opportunity. 2 

Certainly 3  when the surging water 4  rises,

it will not reach them. 5 

32:7 You are my hiding place;

you protect me from distress.

You surround me with shouts of joy from those celebrating deliverance. 6  (Selah)

1 tn A “faithful follower” (חָסִיד, khasid) is one who does what is right in God’s eyes and remains faithful to God (see Pss 4:3; 12:1; 18:25; 31:23; 37:28; 86:2; 97:10).

2 tn Heb “at a time of finding.” This may mean, “while there is time to ‘find’ [the Lord]” and seek his forgiveness (cf. NIV). Some emend the text by combining מְצֹא (mÿtso’, “finding”) with the following term רַק (raq, “only, surely”) and read either ר[וֹ]מָצ (matsor, “distress”; see Ps 31:22) or ק[וֹ]מָצ (matsoq, “hardship”; see Ps 119:143). In this case, one may translate “in a time of distress/hardship” (cf. NEB, NRSV).

3 tn The Hebrew term רַק (raq) occasionally has an asseverative force.

4 sn The surging water is here a metaphor for trouble that endangers one’s life.

5 tn Heb “him.” The translation uses the plural “them” to agree with the plural “every one of your faithful followers” in the first line of v. 6.

6 tn Heb “[with] shouts of joy of deliverance you surround me.”



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