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Psalms 91:1-2

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Psalm 91 1 

91:1 As for you, the one who lives 2  in the shelter of the sovereign One, 3 

and resides in the protective shadow 4  of the mighty king 5 

91:2 I say this about the Lord, my shelter and my stronghold,

my God in whom I trust –

1 sn Psalm 91. In this psalm an individual (perhaps a priest) addresses one who has sought shelter in the Lord and assures him that God will protect him from danger (vv. 1-13). In vv. 14-16 God himself promises to keep his loyal follower safe.

2 tn Heb “[O] one who lives.”

3 tn Traditionally “the Most High.”

4 sn The Lord is compared here to a bird who protects its young under the shadow of its wings (see v. 4).

5 sn The divine name used here is “Shaddai” (שַׁדַּי, shadday; see also Ps 68:14). Shaddai (or El Shaddai) is the mighty king (sovereign judge) of the world who grants life/blesses and kills/judges. In Genesis he blesses the patriarchs with fertility and promises numerous descendants. Outside Genesis he both blesses/protects and takes away life/happiness.



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