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Psalms 73:17-19

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73:17 Then I entered the precincts of God’s temple, 1 

and understood the destiny of the wicked. 2 

73:18 Surely 3  you put them in slippery places;

you bring them down 4  to ruin.

73:19 How desolate they become in a mere moment!

Terrifying judgments make their demise complete! 5 

1 tn The plural of the term מִקְדָּשׁ (miqdash) probably refers to the temple precincts (see Ps 68:35; Jer 51:51).

2 tn Heb “I discerned their end.” At the temple the psalmist perhaps received an oracle of deliverance announcing his vindication and the demise of the wicked (see Ps 12) or heard songs of confidence (for example, Ps 11), wisdom psalms (for example, Pss 1, 37), and hymns (for example, Ps 112) that describe the eventual downfall of the proud and wealthy.

3 tn The use of the Hebrew term אַךְ (’akh, “surely”) here literarily counteracts its use in v. 13. The repetition draws attention to the contrast between the two statements, the first of which expresses the psalmist’s earlier despair and the second his newly discovered confidence.

4 tn Heb “cause them to fall.”

5 tn Heb “they come to an end, they are finished, from terrors.”



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