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Psalms 63:9-10

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63:9 Enemies seek to destroy my life, 1 

but they will descend into the depths of the earth. 2 

63:10 Each one will be handed over to the sword; 3 

their corpses will be eaten by jackals. 4 

1 tn Heb “but they for destruction seek my life.” The pronoun “they” must refer here to the psalmist’s enemies, referred to at this point for the first time in the psalm.

2 sn The depths of the earth refers here to the underworld dwelling place of the dead (see Ezek 26:20; 31:14, 16, 18; 32:18, 24). See L. I. J. Stadelmann, The Hebrew Conception of the World, 167.

3 tn Heb “they will deliver him over to the sword.” The third masculine plural subject must be indefinite (see GKC 460 §144.f) and the singular pronominal suffix either representative or distributive (emphasizing that each one will be so treated). Active verbs with indefinite subjects may be translated as passives with the object (in the Hebrew text) as subject (in the translation).

4 tn Heb “they will be [the] portion of jackals”; traditionally, “of foxes.”



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