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Psalms 36:6-7

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36:6 Your justice is like the highest mountains, 1 

your fairness like the deepest sea;

you preserve 2  mankind and the animal kingdom. 3 

36:7 How precious 4  is your loyal love, O God!

The human race finds shelter under your wings. 5 

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

2 tn Or “deliver.”

3 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.

4 tn Or “valuable.”

5 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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