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Psalms 66:13-20


66:13 I will enter 1  your temple with burnt sacrifices;

I will fulfill the vows I made to you,

66:14 which my lips uttered

and my mouth spoke when I was in trouble.

66:15 I will offer up to you fattened animals as burnt sacrifices,

along with the smell of sacrificial rams.

I will offer cattle and goats. (Selah)

66:16 Come! Listen, all you who are loyal to God! 2 

I will declare what he has done for me.

66:17 I cried out to him for help 3 

and praised him with my tongue. 4 

66:18 If I had harbored sin in my heart, 5 

the Lord would not have listened.

66:19 However, God heard;

he listened to my prayer.

66:20 God deserves praise, 6 

for 7  he did not reject my prayer

or abandon his love for me! 8 

1 sn Here the psalmist switches to the singular; he speaks as the representative of the nation.

2 tn Heb “all of the fearers of God.”

3 tn Heb “to him [with] my mouth I called.”

4 tn Heb “and he was extolled under my tongue.” The form רוֹמַם (romam) appears to be a polal (passive) participle from רוּם (rum, “be exalted”), but many prefer to read רוֹמָם, “high praise [was under my tongue]” (cf. NEB). See BDB 928 s.v. רוֹמָם.

5 tn Heb “sin if I had seen in my heart.”

6 tn Heb “blessed [be] God.”

7 tn Or “who.” In a blessing formula after בָּרוּךְ (barukh, “blessed be”) the form אֲשֶׁר (’asher), whether taken as a relative pronoun or causal particle, introduces the basis for the blessing/praise.

8 tn Heb “did not turn aside my prayer and his loyal love with me.”

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