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Psalms 69:8

Context

69:8 My own brothers treat me like a stranger;

they act as if I were a foreigner. 1 

Psalms 69:20

Context

69:20 Their insults are painful 2  and make me lose heart; 3 

I look 4  for sympathy, but receive none, 5 

for comforters, but find none.

1 tn Heb “and I am estranged to my brothers, and a foreigner to the sons of my mother.”

2 tn Heb “break my heart.” The “heart” is viewed here as the origin of the psalmist’s emotions.

3 tn The verb form appears to be a Qal preterite from an otherwise unattested root נוּשׁ (nush), which some consider an alternate form of אָנַשׁ (’anash, “be weak; be sick”; see BDB 60 s.v. I אָנַשׁ). Perhaps the form should be emended to a Niphal, וָאֵאָנְשָׁה (vaeonshah, “and I am sick”). The Niphal of אָנַשׁ occurs in 2 Sam 12:15, where it is used to describe David’s sick child.

4 tn Heb “wait.”

5 tn Heb “and I wait for sympathy, but there is none.” The form נוּד (nud) is an infinitive functioning as a verbal noun:, “sympathizing.” Some suggest emending the form to a participle נָד (nad, “one who shows sympathy”). The verb נוּד (nud) also has the nuance “show sympathy” in Job 2:11; 42:11 and Isa 51:19.



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