Psalms 921 It is fitting ▼
▼ Or “good.”to thank the Lord,
and to sing praises to your name, O sovereign One! ▼
▼ Traditionally “O Most High.”
2 It is fitting ▼ to proclaim your loyal love in the morning,
and your faithfulness during the night,
3 to the accompaniment of a ten-stringed instrument and a lyre,
to the accompaniment of the meditative tone of the harp.
4 For you, O Lord, have made me happy by your work.
I will sing for joy because of what you have done. ▼
▼ Heb “the works of your hands.”
5 How great are your works, O Lord!
Your plans are very intricate! ▼
6 The spiritually insensitive do not recognize this;
the fool does not understand this. ▼
7 When the wicked sprout up like grass,
and all the evildoers glisten, ▼
▼ Or “flourish.”
it is so that they may be annihilated. ▼
▼ Heb “in order that they might be destroyed permanently.”▼
▼ God allows the wicked to prosper temporarily so that he might reveal his justice. When the wicked are annihilated, God demonstrates that wickedness does not pay off.
8 But you, O Lord, reign ▼
▼ Heb “[are elevated] on high.”forever!
9 Indeed, ▼
▼ Or “for.”look at your enemies, O Lord!
▼ Or “for.”look at how your enemies perish!
All the evildoers are scattered!
10 You exalt my horn like that of a wild ox. ▼
I am covered ▼
▼ The Hebrew verb בָּלַל (balal) usually has the nuance “to mix.” Here it seems to mean “to smear” or “to anoint.” Some emend the form to בַּלֹּתַנִי (ballotaniy; a second person form of the verb with a first person suffix) and read, “you anoint me.”with fresh oil.
11 I gloat in triumph over those who tried to ambush me; ▼
I hear the defeated cries of the evil foes who attacked me. ▼
▼ Heb “those who rise up against me, evil [foes], my ears hear.”
12 The godly ▼
▼ The singular is used in a representative sense, with the typical godly person being in view.grow like a palm tree;
they grow high like a cedar in Lebanon. ▼
▼ The cedars of the Lebanon forest were well-known in ancient Israel for their immense size.
13 Planted in the Lord’s house,
they grow in the courts of our God.
14 They bear fruit even when they are old;
they are filled with vitality and have many leaves. ▼
▼ Heb “they are juicy and fresh.”
15 So they proclaim that the Lord, my protector,
is just and never unfair. ▼
▼ Heb “so that [they] proclaim that upright [is] the Lord, my rocky summit, and there is no injustice in him.”
▼ Psalm 93. The psalmist affirms that the Lord is the king of the universe who preserves order and suppresses the destructive forces in the world.
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