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Psalms 50:13-14

Context

50:13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls?

Do I drink the blood of goats? 1 

50:14 Present to God a thank-offering!

Repay your vows to the sovereign One! 2 

Psalms 50:23

Context

50:23 Whoever presents a thank-offering honors me. 3 

To whoever obeys my commands, I will reveal my power to deliver.” 4 

1 tn The rhetorical questions assume an emphatic negative response, “Of course not!”

2 tn Heb “Most High.” This divine title (עֶלְיוֹן, ’elyon) pictures God as the exalted ruler of the universe who vindicates the innocent and judges the wicked. See especially Pss 7:17; 9:2; 18:13; 21:7; 47:2.

3 sn The reference to a thank-offering recalls the earlier statement made in v. 14. Gratitude characterizes genuine worship.

4 tn Heb “and [to one who] sets a way I will show the deliverance of God.” Elsewhere the phrase “set a way” simply means “to travel” (see Gen 30:36; cf. NRSV). The present translation assumes an emendation of וְשָׂם דֶּרֶךְ (vÿsam derekh) to וְשֹׁמֵר דְּרָכַּי (vÿshomer dÿrakhay, “and [the one who] keeps my ways” [i.e., commands, see Pss 18:21; 37:34). Another option is to read וְשֹׁמֵר דַּרְכּוֹ (vÿshomer darko, “and [the one who] guards his way,” i.e., “the one who is careful to follow a godly lifestyle”; see Ps 39:1).



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