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Psalms 149:6-9


149:6 May they praise God

while they hold a two-edged sword in their hand, 1 

149:7 in order to take 2  revenge on the nations,

and punish foreigners.

149:8 They bind 3  their kings in chains,

and their nobles in iron shackles,

149:9 and execute the judgment to which their enemies 4  have been sentenced. 5 

All his loyal followers will be vindicated. 6 

Praise the Lord!

1 tn Heb “[May] praises of God [be] in their throat, and a two-edged sword in their hand.”

2 tn Heb “to do.”

3 tn Heb “to bind.”

4 tn Heb “they”; the referent (the enemies of the people of God) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

5 tn Heb “to do against them judgment [that] is written.”

6 tn Heb “it is honor for all his godly ones.” The judgment of the oppressive kings will bring vindication and honor to God’s people (see vv. 4-5).

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