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Psalms 132:13-14


132:13 Certainly 1  the Lord has chosen Zion;

he decided to make it his home. 2 

132:14 He said, 3  “This will be my resting place forever;

I will live here, for I have chosen it. 4 

Psalms 91:1

Psalm 91 5 

91:1 As for you, the one who lives 6  in the shelter of the sovereign One, 7 

and resides in the protective shadow 8  of the mighty king 9 

1 tn Or “for.”

2 tn Heb “he desired it for his dwelling place.”

3 tn The words “he said” are added in the translation to clarify that what follows are the Lord’s words.

4 tn Heb “for I desired it.”

5 sn Psalm 91. In this psalm an individual (perhaps a priest) addresses one who has sought shelter in the Lord and assures him that God will protect him from danger (vv. 1-13). In vv. 14-16 God himself promises to keep his loyal follower safe.

6 tn Heb “[O] one who lives.”

7 tn Traditionally “the Most High.”

8 sn The Lord is compared here to a bird who protects its young under the shadow of its wings (see v. 4).

9 sn The divine name used here is “Shaddai” (שַׁדַּי, shadday; see also Ps 68:14). Shaddai (or El Shaddai) is the mighty king (sovereign judge) of the world who grants life/blesses and kills/judges. In Genesis he blesses the patriarchs with fertility and promises numerous descendants. Outside Genesis he both blesses/protects and takes away life/happiness.

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