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Psalms 9:16

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9:16 The Lord revealed himself;

he accomplished justice;

the wicked were ensnared by their own actions. 1  (Higgaion. 2  Selah)

Psalms 10:9

Context

10:9 He lies in ambush in a hidden place, like a lion in a thicket; 3 

he lies in ambush, waiting to catch 4  the oppressed;

he catches the oppressed 5  by pulling in his net. 6 

Psalms 25:15

Context

25:15 I continually look to the Lord for help, 7 

for he will free my feet from the enemy’s net. 8 

Psalms 31:5

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31:5 Into your hand I entrust my life; 9 

you will rescue 10  me, O Lord, the faithful God.

Psalms 35:7

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35:7 I did not harm them, but they hid a net to catch me

and dug a pit to trap me. 11 

Psalms 57:7

Context

57:7 I am determined, 12  O God! I am determined!

I will sing and praise you!

Psalms 140:6

Context

140:6 I say to the Lord, “You are my God.”

O Lord, pay attention to my plea for mercy!

1 tn Heb “by the work of his hands [the] wicked [one] was ensnared. The singular form רָשָׁע (rasha’, “wicked”) is collective or representative here (see vv. 15, 17). The form נוֹקֵשׁ (noqesh) appears to be an otherwise unattested Qal form (active participle) from נָקַשׁ (naqash), but the form should be emended to נוֹקַשׁ (noqash), a Niphal perfect from יָקַשׁ (yaqash).

2 tn This is probably a technical musical term.

3 tn Or “in its den.”

4 tn The verb, which also appears in the next line, occurs only here and in Judg 21:21.

5 tn The singular form is collective (see v. 10) or refers to the typical or representative oppressed individual.

6 tn Or “when he [i.e., the wicked man] pulls in his net.”

sn The background of the imagery is hunting, where the hunter uses a net to entrap an unsuspecting bird or wild animal.

7 tn Heb “my eyes continually [are] toward the Lord.”

8 tn Heb “for he will bring out from a net my feet.” The hostility of the psalmist’s enemies is probably in view (see v. 19).

9 tn Heb “my spirit.” The noun רוּחַ (ruakh, “spirit”) here refers to the animating spirit that gives the psalmist life.

10 tn Or “redeem.” The perfect verbal form is understood here as anticipatory, indicating rhetorically the psalmist’s certitude and confidence that God will intervene. The psalmist is so confident of God’s positive response to his prayer that he can describe his deliverance as if it had already happened. Another option is to take the perfect as precative, expressing a wish or request (“rescue me”; cf. NIV). See IBHS 494-95 §30.5.4c, d. However, not all grammarians are convinced that the perfect is used as a precative in biblical Hebrew.

11 tc Heb “for without cause they hid for me a pit of their net, without cause they dug for my life.” It appears that the words “pit” and “net” have been transposed. “Net” goes with the verb “hid” in the first line (see v. 8, as well as Pss 9:15; 31:4), while “pit” goes with the verb “dug” in the second line (see Ps 7:15).

12 tn Or perhaps “confident”; Heb “my heart is steadfast.” The “heart” is viewed here as the seat of the psalmist’s volition and/or emotions.



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