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Psalms 36:6

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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 

Psalms 104:5-9

Context

104:5 He established the earth on its foundations;

it will never be upended.

104:6 The watery deep covered it 4  like a garment;

the waters reached 5  above the mountains. 6 

104:7 Your shout made the waters retreat;

at the sound of your thunderous voice they hurried off –

104:8 as the mountains rose up,

and the valleys went down –

to the place you appointed for them. 7 

104:9 You set up a boundary for them that they could not cross,

so that they would not cover the earth again. 8 

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 tc Heb “you covered it.” The masculine suffix is problematic if the grammatically feminine noun “earth” is the antecedent. For this reason some emend the form to a feminine verb with feminine suffix, כִּסַּתָּה (kisattah, “[the watery deep] covered it [i.e., the earth]”), a reading assumed by the present translation.

5 tn Heb “stood.”

6 sn Verse 6 refers to the condition described in Gen 1:2 (note the use of the Hebrew term תְּהוֹם [tÿhom, “watery deep”] in both texts).

7 tn Heb “from your shout they fled, from the sound of your thunder they hurried off.”

sn Verses 7-8 poetically depict Gen 1:9-10.

8 tn Heb “a boundary you set up, they will not cross, they will not return to cover the earth.”



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