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Psalms 90:13-14

Context

90:13 Turn back toward us, O Lord!

How long must this suffering last? 1 

Have pity on your servants! 2 

90:14 Satisfy us in the morning 3  with your loyal love!

Then we will shout for joy and be happy 4  all our days!

1 tn Heb “Return, O Lord! How long?”

2 tn Elsewhere the Niphal of נָחַם (nakham) + the preposition עַל (’al) + a personal object has the nuance “be comforted concerning [the personal object’s death]” (see 2 Sam 13:39; Jer 31:15). However, here the context seems to demand “feel sorrow for,” “have pity on.” In Deut 32:36 and Ps 135:14, where “servants” is also the object of the preposition, this idea is expressed with the Hitpael form of the verb.

3 sn Morning is used metaphorically for a time of renewed joy after affliction (see Pss 30:5; 46:5; 49:14; 59:16; 143:8).

4 tn After the imperative (see the preceding line) the cohortatives with the prefixed conjunction indicate purpose/result.



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