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Psalms 37:35

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37:35 I have seen ruthless evil men 1 

growing in influence, like a green tree grows in its native soil. 2 

Psalms 52:8

Context

52:8 But I 3  am like a flourishing 4  olive tree in the house of God;

I continually 5  trust in God’s loyal love.

1 tn The Hebrew uses the representative singular again here.

2 tn Heb “being exposed [?] like a native, luxuriant.” The Hebrew form מִתְעָרֶה (mitareh) appears to be a Hitpael participle from עָרָה (’arah, “be exposed”), but this makes no sense in this context. Perhaps the form is a dialectal variant of מִתְעָלָה (“giving oneself an air of importance”; see Jer 51:3), from עָלָה (’alah, “go up”; see P. C. Craigie, Psalms 1-50 [WBC], 296). The noun אֶזְרָח (’ezrakh, “native, full citizen”) refers elsewhere to people, but here, where it is collocated with “luxuriant, green,” it probably refers to a tree growing in native soil.

3 tn The disjunctive construction (vav [ו] + subject) highlights the contrast between the evildoer’s destiny (vv. 5-7) and that of the godly psalmist’s security.

4 tn Or “luxuriant, green, leafy.”

5 tn Or, hyperbolically, “forever and ever.”



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