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Psalms 41:10-11

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41:10 As for you, O Lord, have mercy on me and raise me up,

so I can pay them back!” 1 

41:11 By this 2  I know that you are pleased with me,

for my enemy does 3  not triumph 4  over me.

1 tn The cohortative with prefixed vav (ו) here indicates purpose or result (“Then I will repay them”) after the preceding imperatives.

2 sn By this. Having recalled his former lament and petition, the psalmist returns to the confident mood of vv. 1-3. The basis for his confidence may be a divine oracle of deliverance, assuring him that God would intervene and vindicate him. The demonstrative pronoun “this” may refer to such an oracle, which is assumed here, though its contents are not included. See P. C. Craigie, Psalms 1-50 (WBC), 319, 321.

3 tn Or “will.” One may translate the imperfect verbal form as descriptive (present, cf. NIV) or as anticipatory (future, cf. NEB).

4 tn Heb “shout.”



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