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Psalms 72:12-14

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72:12 For he will rescue the needy 1  when they cry out for help,

and the oppressed 2  who have no defender.

72:13 He will take pity 3  on the poor and needy;

the lives of the needy he will save.

72:14 From harm and violence he will defend them; 4 

he will value their lives. 5 

1 tn The singular is representative. The typical needy individual here represents the entire group.

2 tn The singular is representative. The typical oppressed individual here represents the entire group.

3 tn The prefixed verb form is best understood as a defectively written imperfect (see Deut 7:16).

4 tn Or “redeem their lives.” The verb “redeem” casts the Lord in the role of a leader who protects members of his extended family in times of need and crisis (see Pss 19:14; 69:18).

5 tn Heb “their blood will be precious in his eyes.”



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