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Psalms 37:12-13

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37:12 Evil men plot against the godly 1 

and viciously attack them. 2 

37:13 The Lord laughs in disgust 3  at them,

for he knows that their day is coming. 4 

1 tn Or “innocent.” The singular is used here in a representative sense; the typical evildoer and the typical godly individual are in view.

2 tn Heb “and gnashes at him with his teeth” (see Ps 35:16). The language may picture the evil men as wild animals. The active participles in v. 12 are used for purposes of dramatic description.

3 tn Heb “laughs.” As the next line indicates, this refers to derisive laughter (see 2:4). The Hebrew imperfect verbal form describes the action from the perspective of an eye-witness who is watching the divine response as it unfolds before his eyes.

4 tn Heb “for he sees that his day is coming.” As the following context makes clear (vv. 15, 17, 19-20), “his day” refers to the time when God will destroy evildoers.



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