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Psalms 85:10-12

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85:10 Loyal love and faithfulness meet; 1 

deliverance and peace greet each other with a kiss. 2 

85:11 Faithfulness grows from the ground,

and deliverance looks down from the sky. 3 

85:12 Yes, the Lord will bestow his good blessings, 4 

and our land will yield 5  its crops.

1 tn The psalmist probably uses the perfect verbal forms in v. 10 in a dramatic or rhetorical manner, describing what he anticipates as if it were already occurring or had already occurred.

2 sn Deliverance and peace greet each other with a kiss. The psalmist personifies these abstract qualities to emphasize that God’s loyal love and faithfulness will yield deliverance and peace for his people.

3 sn The psalmist already sees undeniable signs of God’s faithfulness and expects deliverance to arrive soon.

4 tn Heb “what is good.”

5 tn Both “bestow” and “yield” translate the same Hebrew verb (נָתַן, natan). The repetition of the word emphasizes that agricultural prosperity is the direct result of divine blessing.



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