82:6 I thought, 1 ‘You are gods;
all of you are sons of the Most High.’ 2
139:11 If I were to say, “Certainly the darkness will cover me, 3
and the light will turn to night all around me,” 4
1 tn Heb “said.”
2 sn Normally in the OT the title Most High belongs to the God of Israel, but in this context, where the mythological overtones are so strong, it probably refers to the Canaanite high god El (see v. 1, as well as Isa 14:13).
3 tn The Hebrew verb שׁוּף (shuf), which means “to crush; to wound,” in Gen 3:15 and Job 9:17, is problematic here. For a discussion of attempts to relate the verb to Arabic roots, see L. C. Allen, Psalms 101-150 (WBC), 251. Many emend the form to יְשׂוּכֵּנִי (yesukkeniy), from the root שׂכך (“to cover,” an alternate form of סכך), a reading assumed in the present translation.
4 tn Heb “and night, light, around me.”