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By Elaine R. Follis

This number of unique papers displays the depth of present curiosity within the poetry of the OT, and amply demonstrates the range of lucrative ways now to be had. a few not less than of those reports are landmarks, and all are stimulating for extra examine. Copyright 1987 Sheffield educational Press ISBN 1-85075-013-0

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When the cares of my heart are many, thy consolations cheer my soul. It is not certain whether the verbs should be read as all past, or as all present, or the latter (v. 19) as a present conviction derived from a previous experience (v. 18). In any case, A and A' contain the protasis stating the precarious situation of the psalmist, then B and B' praise Yahweh for intervening in his behalf and delivering him. The function of the alternating parallelism is to stress the sharp contrast between the human predicament and the divine rescue.

56 Directions in Biblical Hebrew Poetry In A and A' the psalmist affirms that Yahweh is ruling over his world as king, then in B and B' he states an obvious and natural response to this, namely, that the whole earth should be awed by his presence. 5 Him who slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy. The man of haughty looks and arrogant heart I will not endure. The speaker is probably the king. 13 B and B' both begin with '6td> the direct object 'him', for the sake of emphasis. The king is resolving and promising before Yahweh that he will strive to overthrow the propagators of injustice in his kingdom.

Thus a manifestation of God's anger is illustrated by the heavy heart and disappointment which one often feels at the end of a hard and trying day, while God's never-ending favor is likened to the feeling of freshness and renewed vigor frequently experienced when one rises after a good night's sleep. The rather unusual word order (which the translation here seeks to WILLIS Alternating Parallelism in Psalms and Prophets 53 convey), followed invariably in all four lines, suggests that the ABA'B' arrangement in this case is intentional.

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