21:8 You 1 prevail over 2 all your enemies;
your power is too great for those who hate you. 3
21:9 You burn them up like a fiery furnace 4 when you appear; 5
the Lord angrily devours them; 6
the fire consumes them.
1 tn The king is now addressed. One could argue that the
2 tn Heb “your hand finds.” The idiom pictures the king grabbing hold of his enemies and defeating them (see 1 Sam 23:17). The imperfect verbal forms in vv. 8-12 may be translated with the future tense, as long as the future is understood as generalizing.
3 tn Heb “your right hand finds those who hate you.”
4 tn Heb “you make them like a furnace of fire.” Although many modern translations retain the literal Hebrew, the statement is elliptical. The point is not that he makes them like a furnace, but like an object burned in a furnace (cf. NEB, “at your coming you shall plunge them into a fiery furnace”).
5 tn Heb “at the time of your face.” The “face” of the king here refers to his angry presence. See Lam 4:16.
6 tn Heb “the