89:13 Your arm is powerful,
your hand strong,
for he performs 5 amazing deeds!
His right hand and his mighty arm
accomplish deliverance. 6
the children of Jacob and Joseph. (Selah)
1 sn The Lord’s arm, hand, and right hand all symbolize his activities, especially his exploits in war.
5 tn The perfect verbal forms in vv. 1-3 are understood here as describing characteristic divine activities. Another option is to translate them as present perfects, “has performed…has accomplished deliverance, etc.” referring to completed actions that have continuing results.
6 tn Heb “his right hand delivers for him and his holy arm.” The right hand and arm symbolize his power as a warrior-king (see Isa 52:10). His arm is “holy” in the sense that it is in a category of its own; God’s power is incomparable.
7 tn Or “redeemed.”
8 tn Heb “with [your] arm.”