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- For the leader; a psalm with stringed instruments. A song of Asaph.
- 1 Renowned in Judah is God, whose name is great in Israel.
- 2 On Salem is God's tent, a shelter on Zion.
- There the flashing arrows were shattered, shield, sword, and weapons of war. Selah
- 3 Terrible and awesome are you, stronger than the ancient mountains.
- Despoiled are the bold warriors; they sleep their final sleep; the hands of all the mighty have failed.
- At your roar, O God of Jacob, chariots and steeds lay still.
- So terrible and awesome are you; who can stand before you and your great anger?
- From the heavens you pronounced sentence; the earth was terrified and reduced to silence,
- When you arose, O God, for judgment to deliver the afflicted of the land. Selah
- 4 Even wrathful Edom praises you; the remnant of Hamath keeps your feast.
- Make and keep vows to the LORD your God. May all present bring gifts to this awesome God,
- Who checks the pride of princes, inspires awe among the kings of earth.
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1 [Psalm 76] A song glorifying Zion, the mountain of Jerusalem where God destroyed Israel's enemies. Zion is thus the appropriate site to celebrate the victory (Psalm 76:3-4), a victory described in parallel scenes (Psalm 76:5-7, 8-11). Israel is invited to worship its powerful patron deity (Psalm 76:12).
2  Salem: an ancient name for Jerusalem, used here perhaps on account of its allusion to the Hebrew word for peace, shalom. Cf Genesis 14:18; Hebrews 7:1-3.
3  Ancient mountains: conjectural translation of a difficult Hebrew phrase on the basis of Genesis 49:26. The mountains are part of the structure of the universe (Psalm 89:12-13).
4  Edom . . . Hamath: conjectural translation. Israel's neighbors to the southeast and north.
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