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Psalms 90:13

Context

90:13 Turn back toward us, O Lord!

How long must this suffering last? 1 

Have pity on your servants! 2 

Psalms 6:4

Context

6:4 Relent, Lord, rescue me! 3 

Deliver me because of your faithfulness! 4 

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 tn Heb “my being,” or “my life.” The suffixed form of נֶפֶשׁ (nefesh, “being”) is often equivalent to a pronoun in poetic texts.

4 sn Deliver me because of your faithfulness. Though the psalmist is experiencing divine discipline, he realizes that God has made a commitment to him in the past, so he appeals to God’s faithfulness in his request for help.



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