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Psalms 8:1

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Psalm 8 1 

For the music director, according to the gittith style; 2  a psalm of David.

8:1 O Lord, our Lord, 3 

how magnificent 4  is your reputation 5  throughout the earth!

You reveal your majesty in the heavens above! 6 

Psalms 81:1

Context
Psalm 81 7 

For the music director; according to the gittith style; 8  by Asaph.

81:1 Shout for joy to God, our source of strength!

Shout out to the God of Jacob!

Psalms 84:1

Context
Psalm 84 9 

For the music director; according to the gittith style; 10  written by the Korahites, a psalm.

84:1 How lovely is the place where you live, 11 

O Lord who rules over all! 12 

1 sn Psalm 8. In this hymn to the sovereign creator, the psalmist praises God’s majesty and marvels that God has given mankind dominion over the created order.

2 tn The precise meaning of the Hebrew term הגתית is uncertain; it probably refers to a musical style or type of instrument.

3 tn The plural form of the title emphasizes the Lord’s absolute sovereignty.

4 tn Or “awesome”; or “majestic.”

5 tn Heb “name,” which here stands metonymically for God’s reputation.

6 tc Heb “which, give, your majesty on the heavens.” The verb form תְּנָה (tÿnah; an imperative?) is corrupt. The form should be emended to a second masculine singular perfect (נָתַתָּה, natatah) or imperfect (תִתֵן, titen) form. The introductory אֲשֶׁר (’asher, “which”) can be taken as a relative pronoun (“you who”) or as a causal conjunction (“because”). One may literally translate, “you who [or “because you”] place your majesty upon the heavens.” For other uses of the phrase “place majesty upon” see Num 27:20 and 1 Chr 29:25.

7 sn Psalm 81. The psalmist calls God’s people to assemble for a festival and then proclaims God’s message to them. The divine speech (vv. 6-16) recalls how God delivered the people from Egypt, reminds Israel of their rebellious past, expresses God’s desire for his people to obey him, and promises divine protection in exchange for obedience.

8 tn The precise meaning of the Hebrew term הַגִּתִּית (haggittit) is uncertain; it probably refers to a musical style or instrument. See the superscription to Ps 8.

9 sn Psalm 84. The psalmist expresses his desire to be in God’s presence in the Jerusalem temple, for the Lord is the protector of his people.

10 tn The precise meaning of the Hebrew term הַגִּתִּית (haggittit) is uncertain; it probably refers to a musical style or instrument.

11 tn Or “your dwelling place[s].” The plural form of the noun may indicate degree or quality; this is the Lord’s special dwelling place (see Pss 43:3; 46:4; 132:5, 7).

12 tn Traditionally, “Lord of hosts.” The title draws attention to God’s sovereign position (see Ps 69:6).



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