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Psalms 79:11

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79:11 Listen to the painful cries of the prisoners! 1 

Use your great strength to set free those condemned to die! 2 

Psalms 102:20

Context

102:20 in order to hear the painful cries of the prisoners,

and to set free those condemned to die, 3 

1 tn Heb “may the painful cry of the prisoner come before you.”

2 tn Heb “according to the greatness of your arm leave the sons of death.” God’s “arm” here symbolizes his strength to deliver. The verbal form הוֹתֵר (hoter) is a Hiphil imperative from יָתַר (yatar, “to remain; to be left over”). Here it must mean “to leave over; to preserve.” However, it is preferable to emend the form to הַתֵּר (hatter), a Hiphil imperative from נָתַר (natar, “be free”). The Hiphil form is used in Ps 105:20 of Pharaoh freeing Joseph from prison. The phrase “sons of death” (see also Ps 102:21) is idiomatic for those condemned to die.

3 tn Heb “the sons of death.” The phrase “sons of death” (see also Ps 79:11) is idiomatic for those condemned to die.



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