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Psalms 77:5-6

Context

77:5 I thought about the days of old,

about ancient times. 1 

77:6 I said, “During the night I will remember the song I once sang;

I will think very carefully.”

I tried to make sense of what was happening. 2 

Psalms 77:11-12

Context

77:11 I will remember the works of the Lord.

Yes, I will remember the amazing things you did long ago! 3 

77:12 I will think about all you have done;

I will reflect upon your deeds!”

1 tn Heb “the years of antiquity.”

2 tn Heb “I will remember my song in the night, with my heart I will reflect. And my spirit searched.” As in v. 4, the words of v. 6a are understood as what the psalmist said earlier. Consequently the words “I said” are supplied in the translation for clarification (see v. 10). The prefixed verbal form with vav (ו) consecutive at the beginning of the final line is taken as sequential to the perfect “I thought” in v. 6.

3 tn Heb “yes, I will remember from old your wonders.”

sn The psalmist refuses to allow skepticism to win out. God has revealed himself to his people in tangible, incontrovertible ways in the past and the psalmist vows to remember the historical record as a source of hope for the future.



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