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Psalms 55:12-14


55:12 Indeed, 1  it is not an enemy who insults me,

or else I could bear it;

it is not one who hates me who arrogantly taunts me, 2 

or else I could hide from him.

55:13 But it is you, 3  a man like me, 4 

my close friend in whom I confided. 5 

55:14 We would share personal thoughts with each other; 6 

in God’s temple we would walk together among the crowd.

1 tn Or “for.”

2 tn Heb “[who] magnifies against me.” See Pss 35:26; 38:16.

3 sn It is you. The psalmist addresses the apparent ringleader of the opposition, an individual who was once his friend.

4 tn Heb “a man according to my value,” i.e., “a person such as I.”

5 tn Heb “my close friend, one known by me.”

6 tn Heb “who together we would make counsel sweet.” The imperfect verbal forms here and in the next line draw attention to the ongoing nature of the actions (the so-called customary use of the imperfect). Their relationship was characterized by such intimacy and friendship. See IBHS 502-3 §31.2b.

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