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Psalms 110:5


O sovereign Lord, 1  at your right hand he strikes down 2  kings in the day he unleashes his anger. 3 


Ps 2:2-6,9-12; Ps 16:8; Ps 21:8,9; Ps 45:4,5; Ps 68:14,30; Ps 110:1; Ps 149:7-9; Eze 38:18,19; Zec 9:9,10,13-15; Mr 16:19; Ac 2:34-36; Ac 7:55,56; Ro 2:5; Re 6:15-17; Re 11:18; Re 17:12-14; Re 19:11-21; Re 20:8,9

NET © Notes

tn As pointed in the Hebrew text, this title refers to God (many medieval Hebrew mss read יְהוָה, yehveh, “Lord” here). The present translation assumes that the psalmist here addresses the Lord as he celebrates what the king is able to accomplish while positioned at God’s “right hand.” According to this view the king is the subject of the third person verb forms in vv. 5b-7. (2) Another option is to understand the king as the addressee (as in vv. 2-3). In this case “the Lord” is the subject of the third person verbs throughout vv. 5-7 and is depicted as a warrior in a very anthropomorphic manner. In this case the Lord is pictured as being at the psalmist’s right hand (just the opposite of v. 1). See Pss 16:8; 121:5. (3) A third option is to revocalize אֲדֹנָי (’adonay, “Lord”) as אֲדֹנִי (’adoniy, “my lord”; see v. 1). In this case one may translate, “My lord, at his [God’s] right hand, strikes down.” In this case the king is the subject of the third person verbs in vv. 5b-7.

tn The perfect verbal forms in vv. 5-6 are understood here as descriptive-dramatic or as generalizing. Another option is to take them as rhetorical. In this case the psalmist describes anticipated events as if they had already taken place.

tn Heb “in the day of his anger.”

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