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Psalms 71:17-19


71:17 O God, you have taught me since I was young,

and I am still declaring 1  your amazing deeds.

71:18 Even when I am old and gray, 2 

O God, do not abandon me,

until I tell the next generation about your strength,

and those coming after me about your power. 3 

71:19 Your justice, O God, extends to the skies above; 4 

you have done great things. 5 

O God, who can compare to you? 6 

1 tn Heb “and until now I am declaring.”

2 tn Heb “and even unto old age and gray hair.”

3 tn Heb “until I declare your arm to a generation, to everyone who comes your power.” God’s “arm” here is an anthropomorphism that symbolizes his great strength.

4 tn Heb “your justice, O God, [is] unto the height.” The Hebrew term מָרוֹם (marom, “height”) is here a title for the sky/heavens.

sn Extends to the skies above. Similar statements are made in Pss 36:5 and 57:10.

5 tn Heb “you who have done great things.”

6 tn Or “Who is like you?”

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