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Psalms 37:6

Context

37:6 He will vindicate you in broad daylight,

and publicly defend your just cause. 1 

Psalms 97:11

Context

97:11 The godly bask in the light;

the morally upright experience joy. 2 

Psalms 112:4

Context

112:4 In the darkness a light 3  shines for the godly,

for each one who is merciful, compassionate, and just. 4 

1 tn Heb “and he will bring out like light your vindication, and your just cause like noonday.”

2 tn Heb “Light is planted for the godly, and for the upright of heart joy.” The translation assumes an emendation of זָרַע (zara’, “planted”) to זָרַח (zara’, “shines”) which collocates more naturally with “light.” “Light” here symbolizes the joy (note the following line) that accompanies deliverance and the outpouring of divine favor.

3 tn In this context “light” symbolizes divine blessing in its various forms (see v. 2), including material prosperity and stability.

4 tn Heb “merciful and compassionate and just.” The Hebrew text has three singular adjectives, which are probably substantival and in apposition to the “godly” (which is plural, however). By switching to the singular, the psalmist focuses on each individual member of the group known as the “godly.” Note how vv. 5-9, like vv. 1-2a, use the singular to describe the representative godly individual who typifies the whole group.



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