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Psalms 78:65-68

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78:65 But then the Lord awoke from his sleep; 1 

he was like a warrior in a drunken rage. 2 

78:66 He drove his enemies back;

he made them a permanent target for insults. 3 

78:67 He rejected the tent of Joseph;

he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim.

78:68 He chose the tribe of Judah,

and Mount Zion, which he loves.

1 tn Heb “and the master awoke like one sleeping.” The Lord’s apparent inactivity during the time of judgment is compared to sleep.

2 tn Heb “like a warrior overcome with wine.” The Hebrew verb רוּן (run, “overcome”) occurs only here in the OT. The phrase “overcome with wine” could picture a drunken warrior controlled by his emotions and passions (as in the present translation), or it could refer to a warrior who awakes from a drunken stupor.

3 tn Heb “a permanent reproach he made them.”



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