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Psalms 67:1-4

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Psalm 67 1 

For the music director; to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a psalm, a song.

67:1 May God show us his favor 2  and bless us! 3 

May he smile on us! 4  (Selah)

67:2 Then those living on earth will know what you are like;

all nations will know how you deliver your people. 5 

67:3 Let the nations thank you, O God!

Let all the nations thank you! 6 

67:4 Let foreigners 7  rejoice and celebrate!

For you execute justice among the nations,

and govern the people living on earth. 8  (Selah)

1 sn Psalm 67. The psalmist prays for God’s blessing upon his people and urges the nations to praise him for he is the just ruler of the world.

2 tn Or “have mercy on us.”

3 tn The prefixed verbal forms are understood as jussives expressing the psalmist’s prayer. Note the jussive form יָאֵר (yaer) in the next line.

4 tn Heb “may he cause his face to shine with us.”

5 tn Heb “to know in the earth your way, among all nations your deliverance.” The infinitive with -לְ (lamed) expresses purpose/result. When God demonstrates his favor to his people, all nations will recognize his character as a God who delivers. The Hebrew term דֶּרֶךְ (derekh, “way”) refers here to God’s characteristic behavior, more specifically, to the way he typically saves his people.

6 tn Heb “let the nations, all of them, thank you.” The prefixed verbal forms in vv. 3-4a are understood as jussives in this call to praise.

7 tn Or “peoples.”

8 tn Heb “for you judge nations fairly, and [as for the] peoples in the earth, you lead them.” The imperfects are translated with the present tense because the statement is understood as a generalization about God’s providential control of the world. Another option is to understand the statement as anticipating God’s future rule (“for you will rule…and govern”).



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