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Psalms 55:6


55:6 I say, 1  “I wish I had wings like a dove!

I would fly away and settle in a safe place!

Psalms 68:8


68:8 the earth shakes,

yes, the heavens pour down rain

before God, the God of Sinai, 2 

before God, the God of Israel. 3 

Psalms 68:13


68:13 When 4  you lie down among the sheepfolds, 5 

the wings of the dove are covered with silver

and with glittering gold. 6 

1 tn The prefixed verbal form with vav (ו) consecutive carries on the descriptive (present progressive) force of the verbs in v. 5.

2 tn Heb “this one of Sinai.” The phrase is a divine title, perhaps indicating that the Lord rules from Sinai.

3 sn The language of vv. 7-8 is reminiscent of Judg 5:4-5, which tells how the God of Sinai came in the storm and annihilated the Canaanite forces led by Sisera. The presence of allusion does not mean, however, that this is a purely historical reference. The psalmist is describing God’s typical appearance as a warrior in terms of his prior self-revelation as ancient events are reactualized in the psalmist’s experience. (For a similar literary technique, see Hab 3.)

4 tn Or “if.”

5 tn The meaning of the Hebrew word translated “sheepfolds” is uncertain. There may be an echo of Judg 5:16 here.

6 tn Heb “and her pinions with the yellow of gold.”

sn The point of the imagery of v. 13 is not certain, though the reference to silver and gold appears to be positive. Both would be part of the loot carried away from battle (see v. 12b).

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