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Psalms 51:18-19


51:18 Because you favor Zion, do what is good for her! 1 

Fortify 2  the walls of Jerusalem! 3 

51:19 Then you will accept 4  the proper sacrifices, burnt sacrifices and whole offerings;

then bulls will be sacrificed 5  on your altar. 6 

1 tn Heb “do what is good for Zion in your favor.”

2 tn Or “Build.” The imperfect verbal form is used here to express the psalmist’s wish or request.

3 map For location see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

4 tn Or “desire, take delight in.”

5 tn Heb “then they will offer up bulls.” The third plural subject is indefinite.

6 sn Verses 18-19 appear to reflect the exilic period, when the city’s walls lay in ruins and the sacrificial system had been disrupted.

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