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8Q2 Psalms

Language: Hebrew

Date: 1 - 68 A.D.

Location: Qumran Cave 8

Contents: Psalms 17:5-9, 14; 18:5-12 (Hebrew 18:6-13)

 

Psalms 17

My steps have held fast to your paths.

My feet have not slipped.

I have called on you, for you will answer me, God.

Turn your ear to me.

Hear my speech.

7 Show your marvelous loving kindness,

you who save those who take refuge by your right hand from their enemies.

8 Keep me as the apple of your eye.

Hide me under the shadow of your wings,

9 from the wicked who oppress me,

my deadly enemies, who surround me.

[..]

14 from men by your hand, Yahweh,

from men of the world, whose portion is in this life.

You fill the belly of your cherished ones.

Your sons have plenty,

and they store up wealth for their children.

[..]

 

Psalms 18

The cords of Sheol were around me.

The snares of death came on me.

In my distress I called on Yahweh,

and cried to my God.

He heard my voice out of his temple.

My cry before him came into his ears.

Then the earth shook and trembled.

The foundations also of the mountains quaked and were shaken,

because he was angry.

Smoke went out of his nostrils.

Consuming fire came out of his mouth.

Coals were kindled by it.

He bowed the heavens also, and came down.

Thick darkness was under his feet.

10 He rode on a cherub, and flew.

Yes, he soared on the wings of the wind.

11 He made darkness his hiding place, his pavilion around him,

darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

12 At the brightness before him his thick clouds passed,

hailstones and coals of fire.

 

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