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Psalms 89:31-34


89:31 if they break 1  my rules

and do not keep my commandments,

89:32 I will punish their rebellion by beating them with a club, 2 

their sin by inflicting them with bruises. 3 

89:33 But I will not remove 4  my loyal love from him,

nor be unfaithful to my promise. 5 

89:34 I will not break 6  my covenant

or go back on what I promised. 7 

1 tn Or “desecrate.”

2 tn Heb “I will punish with a club their rebellion.”

sn Despite the harsh image of beating…with a club, the language reflects a father-son relationship (see v. 30; 2 Sam 7:14). According to Proverbs, a שֵׁבֶט (shevet, “club”) was sometimes utilized to administer corporal punishment to rebellious children (see Prov 13:24; 22:15; 23:13-14; 29:15).

3 tn Heb “with blows their sin.”

4 tn Heb “break”; “make ineffectual.” Some prefer to emend אָפִיר (’afir; the Hiphil of פָּרַר, parar, “to break”) to אָסִיר (’asir; the Hiphil of סוּר, sur, “to turn aside”), a verb that appears in 2 Sam 7:15.

5 tn Heb “and I will not deal falsely with my faithfulness.”

6 tn Or “desecrate.”

7 tn Heb “and what proceeds out of my lips I will not alter.”

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