For the music director; to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a psalm of Asaph, a song.
in Israel his reputation 3 is great.
he dwells in Zion. 5
the shield, the sword, and the rest of the weapons of war. 7 (Selah)
76:4 You shine brightly and reveal your majesty,
as you descend from the hills where you killed your prey. 8
they “fell asleep.” 11
All the warriors were helpless. 12
2 tn Or “God is known in Judah.”
3 tn Heb “name,” which here stands metonymically for God’s reputation.
6 tn Heb “flames of the bow,” i.e., arrows.
7 tn Heb “shield and sword and battle.” “Battle” probably here stands by metonymy for the weapons of war in general.
sn This verse may allude to the miraculous defeat of the Assyrians in 701
8 tn Heb “radiant [are] you, majestic from the hills of prey.” God is depicted as a victorious king and as a lion that has killed its victims.
10 tn The verb is a rare Aramaized form of the Hitpolel (see GKC 149 §54.a, n. 2); the root is שָׁלַל (shalal, “to plunder”).
11 tn Heb “they slept [in] their sleep.” “Sleep” here refers to the “sleep” of death. A number of modern translations take the phrase to refer to something less than death, however: NASB “cast into a deep sleep”; NEB “fall senseless”; NIV “lie still”; NRSV “lay stunned.”
12 tn Heb “and all the men of strength did not find their hands.”