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Psalms 8:4

Context

8:4 Of what importance is the human race, 1  that you should notice 2  them?

Of what importance is mankind, 3  that you should pay attention to them, 4 

Psalms 9:12

Context

9:12 For the one who takes revenge against murderers took notice of the oppressed; 5 

he did not overlook 6  their cry for help 7 

1 tn Heb “What is man[kind]?” The singular noun אֱנוֹשׁ (’enosh, “man”) is used here in a collective sense and refers to the human race.

2 tn Heb “remember him.”

3 tn Heb “and the son of man.” The phrase “son of man” is used here in a collective sense and refers to human beings. For other uses of the phrase in a collective or representative manner, see Num 23:19; Ps 146:3; Isa 51:12.

4 tn The two imperfect verbal forms in v. 4 describe God’s characteristic activity.

5 tn Heb “for the one who seeks shed blood remembered them.” The idiomatic expression “to seek shed blood” seems to carry the idea “to seek payment/restitution for one’s shed blood.” The plural form דָּמִים (damim, “shed blood”) occurs only here as the object of דָּרַשׁ (darash); the singular form דָּם (dam, “blood”) appears with the verb in Gen 9:5; 42:22; Ezek 33:6. “Them,” the pronominal object of the verb “remembered,” refers to the oppressed, mentioned specifically in the next line, so the referent has been specified in the translation for clarity.

6 tn Heb “did not forget.”

7 tn Heb “the cry for help of the oppressed.” In this context the “oppressed” are the psalmist and those he represents, whom the hostile nations have threatened.



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