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Psalms 85:8-11

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85:8 I will listen to what God the Lord says. 1 

For he will make 2  peace with his people, his faithful followers. 3 

Yet they must not 4  return to their foolish ways.

85:9 Certainly his loyal followers will soon experience his deliverance; 5 

then his splendor will again appear in our land. 6 

85:10 Loyal love and faithfulness meet; 7 

deliverance and peace greet each other with a kiss. 8 

85:11 Faithfulness grows from the ground,

and deliverance looks down from the sky. 9 

1 sn I will listen. Having asked for the Lord’s favor, the psalmist (who here represents the nation) anticipates a divine word of assurance.

2 tn Heb “speak.” The idiom “speak peace” refers to establishing or maintaining peaceful relations with someone (see Gen 37:4; Zech 9:10; cf. Ps 122:8).

3 tn Heb “to his people and to his faithful followers.” The translation assumes that “his people” and “his faithful followers” are viewed as identical here.

4 tn Or “yet let them not.” After the negative particle אֵל (’el), the prefixed verbal form is jussive, indicating the speaker’s desire or wish.

5 tn Heb “certainly his deliverance [is] near to those who fear him.”

6 tn Heb “to dwell, glory, in our land.” “Glory” is the subject of the infinitive. The infinitive with -לְ (lÿ), “to dwell,” probably indicates result here (“then”). When God delivers his people and renews his relationship with them, he will once more reveal his royal splendor in the land.

7 tn The psalmist probably uses the perfect verbal forms in v. 10 in a dramatic or rhetorical manner, describing what he anticipates as if it were already occurring or had already occurred.

8 sn Deliverance and peace greet each other with a kiss. The psalmist personifies these abstract qualities to emphasize that God’s loyal love and faithfulness will yield deliverance and peace for his people.

9 sn The psalmist already sees undeniable signs of God’s faithfulness and expects deliverance to arrive soon.



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