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Psalms 144:1-2

Psalm 144 1 

By David.

144:1 The Lord, my protector, 2  deserves praise 3 

the one who trains my hands for battle, 4 

and my fingers for war,

144:2 who loves me 5  and is my stronghold,

my refuge 6  and my deliverer,

my shield and the one in whom I take shelter,

who makes nations submit to me. 7 

1 sn Psalm 144. The psalmist expresses his confidence in God, asks for a mighty display of divine intervention in an upcoming battle, and anticipates God’s rich blessings on the nation in the aftermath of military victory.

2 tn Heb “my rocky summit.” The Lord is compared to a rocky summit where one can find protection from enemies. See Ps 18:2.

3 tn Heb “blessed [be] the Lord, my rocky summit.”

4 sn The one who trains my hands for battle. The psalmist attributes his skill with weapons to divine enablement (see Ps 18:34). Egyptian reliefs picture gods teaching the king how to shoot a bow. See O. Keel, The Symbolism of the Biblical World, 265.

5 tn Heb “my loyal love,” which is probably an abbreviated form of “the God of my loyal love” (see Ps 59:10, 17).

6 tn Or “my elevated place.”

7 tn Heb “the one who subdues nations beneath me.”

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