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Psalms 8:1

Psalm 8 1 

For the music director, according to the gittith style; 2  a psalm of David.

8:1 O Lord, our Lord, 3 

how magnificent 4  is your reputation 5  throughout the earth!

You reveal your majesty in the heavens above! 6 

1 sn Psalm 8. In this hymn to the sovereign creator, the psalmist praises God’s majesty and marvels that God has given mankind dominion over the created order.

2 tn The precise meaning of the Hebrew term הגתית is uncertain; it probably refers to a musical style or type of instrument.

3 tn The plural form of the title emphasizes the Lord’s absolute sovereignty.

4 tn Or “awesome”; or “majestic.”

5 tn Heb “name,” which here stands metonymically for God’s reputation.

6 tc Heb “which, give, your majesty on the heavens.” The verb form תְּנָה (tÿnah; an imperative?) is corrupt. The form should be emended to a second masculine singular perfect (נָתַתָּה, natatah) or imperfect (תִתֵן, titen) form. The introductory אֲשֶׁר (’asher, “which”) can be taken as a relative pronoun (“you who”) or as a causal conjunction (“because”). One may literally translate, “you who [or “because you”] place your majesty upon the heavens.” For other uses of the phrase “place majesty upon” see Num 27:20 and 1 Chr 29:25.

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