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Psalms 37:7

Context

37:7 Wait patiently for the Lord! 1 

Wait confidently 2  for him!

Do not fret over the apparent success of a sinner, 3 

a man who carries out wicked schemes!

Psalms 37:34

Context

37:34 Rely 4  on the Lord! Obey his commands! 5 

Then he will permit you 6  to possess the land;

you will see the demise of evil men. 7 

1 tn Heb “Be quiet before the Lord!”

2 tc The Hebrew text has וְהִתְחוֹלֵל (vÿhitkholel, Hitpolel of חִיל, khil, “writhe with fear, suffer”) but this idea fits awkwardly here. The text should be changed to וְתוֹחֵל (vÿtokhel; Hiphil of יָחַל, yakhal, “wait”). It appears that the Hebrew text is the product of dittography: (1) the initial וה (vav-he) is accidentally repeated from the preceding word (יְהוָה, yÿhvah) and (2) the final lamed (ל) is accidentally repeated (note the preceding lamed and the initial lamed on the following form, לו).

3 tn Heb “over one who causes his way to be successful.”

4 tn Or “wait.”

5 tn Heb “keep his way.” The Lord’s “way” refers here to the “conduct required” by the Lord. In Ps 25 the Lord’s “ways” are associated with his covenantal demands (see vv. 4, 9-10). See also Ps 119:3 (cf. vv. 1, 4), as well as Deut 8:6; 10:12; 11:22; 19:9; 26:17; 28:9; 30:16.

6 tn Heb “and he will lift you up.” The prefixed verbal form with vav (ו) is best taken here as a result clause following the imperatives in the preceding lines.

7 tn Heb “when evil men are cut off you will see.”



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