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Psalms 45:2

Context

45:2 You are the most handsome of all men! 1 

You speak in an impressive and fitting manner! 2 

For this reason 3  God grants you continual blessings. 4 

Psalms 104:24

Context

104:24 How many living things you have made, O Lord! 5 

You have exhibited great skill in making all of them; 6 

the earth is full of the living things you have made.

Psalms 104:35

Context

104:35 May sinners disappear 7  from the earth,

and the wicked vanish!

Praise the Lord, O my soul!

Praise the Lord!

1 tn Heb “you are handsome from the sons of man.” The preposition “from” is used in a comparative (“more than”) sense. The peculiar verb form יָפְיָפִיתָ (yafyafita) is probably the result of dittography of yod-pe (יפ) and should be emended to יָפִיתָ (yafita). See GKC 152 §55.e.

2 tn Heb “favor is poured out on your lips.” “Lips” probably stands by metonymy for the king’s speech. Some interpret the Hebrew term חֵן (khen) as referring here to “gracious (i.e., kind and polite) speech”, but the word probably refers more generally to “attractive” speech that is impressively articulated and fitting for the occasion. For other instances of the term being used of speech, see Prov 22:11 and Eccl 10:12.

3 tn Or “this demonstrates.” The construction עַל־כֵּן (’al-ken, “therefore”) usually indicates what logically follows from a preceding statement. However, here it may infer the cause from the effect, indicating the underlying basis or reason for what precedes (see BDB 487 s.v. I כֵּן 3.f; C. A. Briggs and E. G. Briggs, Psalms [ICC], 1:386).

4 tn Or “blesses you forever.” Here “bless” means to “endue with the power and skill to rule effectively,” as the following verses indicate.

5 tn Heb “How many [are] your works, O Lord.” In this case the Lord’s “works” are the creatures he has made, as the preceding and following contexts make clear.

6 tn Heb “all of them with wisdom you have made.”

7 tn Or “be destroyed.”



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