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Psalms 8:3

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8:3 When I look up at the heavens, which your fingers made,

and see the moon and the stars, which you set in place, 1 

Psalms 121:6

Context

121:6 The sun will not harm you by day,

or the moon by night. 2 

1 tn Heb “when I see your heavens, the works of your fingers, the moon and stars which you established.” The verb “[and] see” is understood by ellipsis in the second half of the verse.

2 sn One hardly thinks of the moon’s rays as being physically harmful, like those of the sun. The reference to the moon may simply lend poetic balance to the verse, but it is likely that the verse reflects an ancient, primitive belief that the moon could have an adverse effect on the mind (note the English expression “moonstruck,” which reflects such a belief). Another possibility is that the sun and moon stand by metonymy for harmful forces characteristic of the day and night, respectively.



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