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Psalms 36:5-8

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36:5 O Lord, your loyal love reaches to the sky; 1 

your faithfulness to the clouds. 2 

36:6 Your justice is like the highest mountains, 3 

your fairness like the deepest sea;

you preserve 4  mankind and the animal kingdom. 5 

36:7 How precious 6  is your loyal love, O God!

The human race finds shelter under your wings. 7 

36:8 They are filled with food from your house,

and you allow them to drink from the river of your delicacies.

1 tn Heb “[is] in the heavens.”

2 sn The Lord’s loyal love/faithfulness is almost limitless. He is loyal and faithful to his creation and blesses mankind and the animal kingdom with physical life and sustenance (vv. 6-9).

3 tn Heb “mountains of God.” The divine name אֵל (’el, “God”) is here used in an idiomatic manner to indicate the superlative.

4 tn Or “deliver.”

5 sn God’s justice/fairness is firm and reliable like the highest mountains and as abundant as the water in the deepest sea. The psalmist uses a legal metaphor to describe God’s preservation of his creation. Like a just judge who vindicates the innocent, God protects his creation from destructive forces.

6 tn Or “valuable.”

7 tn Heb “and the sons of man in the shadow of your wings find shelter.” The preservation of physical life is in view, as the next verse makes clear.



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