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Psalms 67:2

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

all nations will know how you deliver your people. 1 

Psalms 77:13

Context

77:13 2 O God, your deeds are extraordinary! 3 

What god can compare to our great God? 4 

1 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.

2 sn Verses 13-20 are the content of the psalmist’s reflection (see vv. 11-12). As he thought about God’s work in Israel’s past, he reached the place where he could confidently cry out for God’s help (see v. 1).

3 tn Heb “O God, in holiness [is] your way.” God’s “way” here refers to his actions. “Holiness” is used here in the sense of “set apart, unique,” rather than in a moral/ethical sense. As the next line and the next verse emphasize, God’s deeds are incomparable and set him apart as the one true God.

4 tn Heb “Who [is] a great god like God?” The rhetorical question assumes the answer, “No one!”



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