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Psalms 45:8-9


45:8 All your garments are perfumed with 1  myrrh, aloes, and cassia.

From the luxurious palaces 2  comes the music of stringed instruments that makes you happy. 3 

45:9 Princesses 4  are among your honored guests, 5 

your bride 6  stands at your right hand, wearing jewelry made with gold from Ophir. 7 

1 tn The words “perfumed with” are supplied in the translation for clarification.

2 tn Heb “the palaces of ivory.” The phrase “palaces of ivory” refers to palaces that had ivory panels and furniture decorated with ivory inlays. Such decoration with ivory was characteristic of a high level of luxury. See 1 Kgs 22:39 and Amos 3:15.

3 tn Heb “from the palaces of ivory stringed instrument[s] make you happy.”

4 tn Heb “daughters of kings.”

5 tn Heb “valuable ones.” The form is feminine plural.

6 tn This rare Hebrew noun apparently refers to the king’s bride, who will soon be queen (see Neh 2:6). The Aramaic cognate is used of royal wives in Dan 5:2-3, 23.

7 tn Heb “a consort stands at your right hand, gold of Ophir.”

sn Gold from Ophir is also mentioned in Isa 13:12 and Job 28:16. The precise location of Ophir is uncertain; Arabia, India, East Africa, and South Africa have all been suggested as options.

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