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Psalms 73:25-26

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73:25 Whom do I have in heaven but you?

I desire no one but you on earth. 1 

73:26 My flesh and my heart may grow weak, 2 

but God always 3  protects my heart and gives me stability. 4 

1 tn Heb “Who [is there] for me in heaven? And besides you I do not desire [anyone] in the earth.” The psalmist uses a merism (heaven/earth) to emphasize that God is the sole object of his desire and worship in the entire universe.

2 tn The Hebrew verb כָלָה (khalah, “to fail; to grow weak”) does not refer here to physical death per se, but to the physical weakness that sometimes precedes death (see Job 33:21; Pss 71:9; 143:7; Prov 5:11).

3 tn Or “forever.”

4 tn Heb “is the rocky summit of my heart and my portion.” The psalmist compares the Lord to a rocky summit where one could go for protection and to landed property, which was foundational to economic stability in ancient Israel.



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