Psalms 113

1Praise the Lord!
Praise, you servants of the Lord,
praise the name of the Lord!
2 May the Lord’s name be praised
now and forevermore!
3 From east to west
Heb “from the rising of the sun to its setting.” The extent is not temporal (“from sunrise to sunset”) but spatial (“from the place where the sun rises [the east] to the place where it sets [the west].” In the phenomenological language of OT cosmology, the sun was described as rising in the east and setting in the west.

the Lord’s name is deserving of praise.
4 The Lord is exalted over all the nations;
his splendor reaches beyond the sky.
Heb “above the sky [is] his splendor.”

5 Who can compare to the Lord our God,
who sits on a high throne?
Heb “the one who makes high to sit.”

6 He bends down to look
Heb “the one who makes low to see.”

at the sky and the earth.
7 He raises the poor from the dirt,
and lifts up the needy from the garbage pile,
The language of v. 7 is almost identical to that of 1 Sam 2:8.

8 that he might seat him with princes,
with the princes of his people.
9 He makes the barren woman of the family
Heb “of the house.”

a happy mother of children.
Heb “sons.”

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 114

Psalm 114. The psalmist recalls the events of the exodus and conquest and celebrates God’s kingship over his covenant people.
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