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Psalms 19:14

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19:14 May my words and my thoughts

be acceptable in your sight, 1 

O Lord, my sheltering rock 2  and my redeemer. 3 

Psalms 141:2

Context

141:2 May you accept my prayer like incense,

my uplifted hands like the evening offering! 4 

1 tn Heb “may the words of my mouth and the thought of my heart be acceptable before you.” The prefixed verbal form at the beginning of the verse is understood as a jussive of prayer. Another option is to translate the form as an imperfect continuing the thought of v. 14b: “[Then] the words of my mouth and the thought of my heart will be acceptable before you.”

2 tn Heb “my rocky cliff,” which is a metaphor for protection; thus the translation “sheltering rock.”

3 tn Heb “and the one who redeems me.” The metaphor casts the Lord in the role of a leader who protects members of his extended family in times of need and crisis.

4 tn Heb “may my prayer be established [like] incense before you, the uplifting of my hands [like] an evening offering.”



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