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Psalms 72:9-12

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72:9 Before him the coastlands 1  will bow down,

and his enemies will lick the dust. 2 

72:10 The kings of Tarshish 3  and the coastlands will offer gifts;

the kings of Sheba 4  and Seba 5  will bring tribute.

72:11 All kings will bow down to him;

all nations will serve him.

72:12 For he will rescue the needy 6  when they cry out for help,

and the oppressed 7  who have no defender.

1 tn Or “islands.” The term here refers metonymically to those people who dwell in these regions.

2 sn As they bow down before him, it will appear that his enemies are licking the dust.

3 sn Tarshish was a distant western port, the precise location of which is uncertain.

4 sn Sheba was located in Arabia.

5 sn Seba was located in Africa.

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

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



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