Praise to God for His Rescue of Israel
For the music director, with stringed instruments.
A psalm of Asaph. A song.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
1God is known in Judah.
His name is great in Israel.
2His den#Or “shelter”; but the image of the lion appears in view has been in Salem,
his lair#Or “refuge” in Zion.
3There he broke the flames of the bow,
the shield and sword and battle. Selah
4Radiant#A possible change in the Hebrew text yields, “You are feared, majestic …” a form found in vv. 8(7), 13(12). This is possibly reflected in the reading of Theodotian you are, majestic,
from#Or “more than” the mountains of prey.
5The stouthearted are plundered;
they sleep their sleep,
and all the able men cannot use#Literally “find” their hands.
6At your rebuke, O God of Jacob,
both rider#Hebrew “chariot,” that is, charioteer and horse slumber.
7You, indeed, are to be feared,#Literally “You, feared you are”
and who can stand before you
when you are angry? #A slight change in the vocalization of the MT yields, “from the strength of your anger”
8From heaven you proclaimed judgment.
The earth feared and was still
9when God rose for justice,
to save all the afflicted of the land. Selah
10For the anger of humankind will praise you.
You will put on the remnant of anger.#Hebrew “angers”
11Make vows and fulfill them to Yahweh, your God;
let all surrounding him
bring tribute to the one to be feared.#Hebrew “to the fear”
12He cuts off the spirit of leaders.
He is to be feared by the kings of the earth.