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Psalms 55:18

Context

55:18 He will rescue 1  me and protect me from those who attack me, 2 

even though 3  they greatly outnumber me. 4 

Psalms 77:4

Context

77:4 You held my eyelids open; 5 

I was troubled and could not speak. 6 

1 tn The perfect verbal form is here used rhetorically to indicate that the action is certain to take place (the so-called perfect of certitude).

2 tn Heb “he will redeem in peace my life from [those who] draw near to me.”

3 tn Or “for.”

4 tn Heb “among many they are against me.” For other examples of the preposition עִמָּד (’immad) used in the sense of “at, against,” see HALOT 842 s.v.; BDB 767 s.v.; IBHS 219 §11.2.14b.

5 tn Heb “you held fast the guards of my eyes.” The “guards of the eyes” apparently refers to his eyelids. The psalmist seems to be saying that God would not bring him relief, which would have allowed him to shut his eyes and get some sleep (see v. 2).

6 tn The imperfect is used in the second clause to emphasize that this was an ongoing condition in the past.



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