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Psalms 90:2

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90:2 Even before the mountains came into existence, 1 

or you brought the world into being, 2 

you were the eternal God. 3 

Psalms 106:48

Context

106:48 The Lord God of Israel deserves praise, 4 

in the future and forevermore. 5 

Let all the people say, “We agree! 6  Praise the Lord!” 7 

1 tn Heb “were born.”

2 tn Heb “and you gave birth to the earth and world.” The Polel verbal form in the Hebrew text pictures God giving birth to the world. The LXX and some other ancient textual witnesses assume a polal (passive) verbal form here. In this case the earth becomes the subject of the verb and the verb is understood as third feminine singular rather than second masculine singular.

3 tn Heb “and from everlasting to everlasting you [are] God.” Instead of אֵל (’el, “God”) the LXX reads אַל (’al, “not”) and joins the negative particle to the following verse, making the verb תָּשֵׁב (tashev) a jussive. In this case v. 3a reads as a prayer, “do not turn man back to a low place.” However, taking תָּשֵׁב as a jussive is problematic in light of the following following wayyiqtol form וַתֹּאמֶר (vatomer, “and you said/say”).

4 tn Heb “[be] blessed.” See Pss 18:46; 28:6; 31:21.

5 tn Heb “from everlasting to everlasting.”

6 tn Heb “surely” (אָמֵן, ’amen), traditionally transliterated “amen.”

7 sn The final verse (v. 48) is a conclusion to this fourth “book” (or major editorial division) of the Psalter. Similar statements appear at or near the end of each of the first, second and third “books” of the Psalter (see Pss 41:13; 72:18-19; 89:52, respectively).



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