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Psalms 7:15

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7:15 he digs a pit 1 

and then falls into the hole he has made. 2 

Psalms 30:3

Context

30:3 O Lord, you pulled me 3  up from Sheol;

you rescued me from among those descending into the grave. 4 

Psalms 103:4

Context

103:4 who delivers 5  your life from the Pit, 6 

who crowns you with his loyal love and compassion,

1 tn Heb “a pit he digs and he excavates it.” Apparently the imagery of hunting is employed; the wicked sinner digs this pit to entrap and destroy his intended victim. The redundancy in the Hebrew text has been simplified in the translation.

2 tn The verb forms in vv. 15-16 describe the typical behavior and destiny of those who attempt to destroy others. The image of the evildoer falling into the very trap he set for his intended victim emphasizes the appropriate nature of God’s judgment.

3 tn Or “my life.”

4 tn Heb “you kept me alive from those descending into the pit.” The Hebrew noun בוֹר (bor, “pit, cistern”) is sometimes used of the grave and/or the realm of the dead. The translation follows the consonantal Hebrew text (Kethib); the marginal reading (Qere) has, “you kept me alive so that I did not go down into the pit.”

5 tn Or “redeems.”

6 tn The Hebrew term שַׁחַת (shakhat, “pit”) is often used as a title for Sheol (see Pss 16:10; 30:9; 49:9; 55:24.



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