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Psalms 120:2-3


120:2 I said, 1  “O Lord, rescue me 2 

from those who lie with their lips 3 

and those who deceive with their tongue. 4 

120:3 How will he severely punish you,

you deceptive talker? 5 

1 tn The words “I said” are supplied in the translation for clarification. See the introductory note for this psalm.

2 tn Or “my life.”

3 tn Heb “from a lip of falsehood.”

4 tn Heb “from a tongue of deception.”

5 tn Heb “What will he give to you, and what will he add to you, O tongue of deception?” The psalmist addresses his deceptive enemies. The Lord is the understood subject of the verbs “give” and “add.” The second part of the question echoes a standard curse formula, “thus the Lord/God will do … and thus he will add” (see Ruth 1:17; 1 Sam 3:17; 14:44; 20:13; 25:22; 2 Sam 3:9, 35; 19:13; 1 Kgs 2:23; 2 Kgs 6:31).

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