91:2 I say this about the Lord, my shelter and my stronghold,
my God in whom I trust –
and from the destructive plague.
you will find safety under his wings.
His faithfulness is like a shield or a protective wall. 4
the arrow that flies by day,
91:6 the plague that comes in the darkness,
or the disease that comes at noon. 6
“Because he is devoted to me, I will deliver him;
1 tn The word refers specifically to a fowler (or hunter of birds).
3 tc The Hebrew text has the singular, but the plural should be read. The final yod (י) of the suffix, which indicates the plural, has dropped off by haplography (note the yod [י] at the beginning of the next word).
4 tn Traditionally the Hebrew term סֹחֵרָה (sokherah), which occurs only here in the OT, has been understood to refer to a buckler or small shield (see BDB 695 s.v.). But HALOT 750 s.v., on the basis of evidence from the cognate languages, proposes the meaning “wall.”
6 sn As in Deut 32:23-24, vv. 5-6 closely associate military attack and deadly disease. Perhaps the latter alludes to one of the effects of siege warfare on the population of an entrapped city, which was especially vulnerable to the outbreak of epidemics.
7 tn The words “the
8 tn Or “make him secure” (Heb “set him on high”).