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Psalms 61:6-7

Context

61:6 Give the king long life!

Make his lifetime span several generations! 1 

61:7 May he reign 2  forever before God!

Decree that your loyal love and faithfulness should protect him. 3 

Psalms 72:5

Context

72:5 People will fear 4  you 5  as long as the sun and moon remain in the sky,

for generation after generation. 6 

1 tn Heb “days upon days of the king add, his years like generation and generation.”

sn It is not certain if the (royal) psalmist is referring to himself in the third person in this verse, or if an exile is praying on behalf of the king.

2 tn Heb “sit [enthroned].” The prefixed verbal form is understood as a jussive here, expressing the psalmist’s prayer.

3 tn Heb “loyal love and faithfulness appoint, let them protect him.”

4 tn In this context “fear” probably means “to demonstrate respect for the Lord’s power and authority by worshiping him and obeying his commandments.” See Ps 33:8. Some interpreters, with the support of the LXX, prefer to read וְיַאֲרִיךְ (vÿaarikh, “and he [the king in this case] will prolong [days]”), that is, “will live a long time” (cf. NIV, NRSV).

5 tn God is the addressee (see vv. 1-2).

6 tn Heb “with [the] sun, and before [the] moon [for] a generation, generations.” The rare expression דּוֹר דּוֹרִים (dor dorim, “generation, generations”) occurs only here, in Ps 102:24, and in Isa 51:8.



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