LXX Psalm 20
qodeshlayhvh at juno.com
Mon Aug 27 12:01:05 EDT 2001
Dear Thomas and B-Greekers,
On Fri, 24 Aug 2001 14:18:46 +0200 "Thomas J. Kraus" <tj.kraus at gmx.de>
> Dear B-Greekers,
> after pondering quite a time about LXX Psalm 20:13, I have to ask for
> assistance. Probably, I can´t see the wood for the trees anymore!
[snip the rest]
Since no one has attemped a response to this as yet, here's my "little
greeker's" shot at it.
Although the king puts his trust in the Lord, v. 8, he does have enemies,
v. 9. I understand these to be MILITARY opponents. Further, I understand
vss. 9, 10, 12 and 13 to be describing, in poetic language, a MILITARY
First the Greek text:
9) hEUREQEIH hH CEIR SOU PASIN TOIS ECQROIS SOU,
hH DEXIA SOU hEUROI PANTAS TOUS MISOUNTAS SE.
10) QHSEIS AUTOUS hWS KLIBANON PUROS EIS KAIRON TOU PROSWPOU SOU '
KURIOS EN ORGHi AUTOU SUNTARAXEI AUTOUS,
KAI KATAFAGETAI AUTOUS PUR.
12) hOTI EKLINAN EIS SE KAKA,
DIELOGISANTO BOULHN, hHN OU MH DUNWNTAI STHSAI.
13) hOTI QHSEIS AUTOUS NWTON '
EN TOIS PERILOIPOIS SOU hETOIMASEIS TO PROSWPON
Here's how I would render it:
9) May your hand strike down [be found by] all your enemies,
may your right hand strike down [find] all those who hate you.
10) You will force [put] them into a critical encounter [the opportunity]
with [of] your front line [face] as into a fiery furnace.
The Lord in his anger will terrorize them,
and fire will eat them up.
12) For they intended [to make] trouble for you.
They devised a strategem which they could never pull off.
13) For you will attack their rear flank; [push them with respect to
With the rest of your [forces] you will prepare [to attack] their
front line [face].
I think the words in brackets pretty much explain and justify my
Yours in His grace,
Richard Ghilardi -- qodeshlayhvh at juno.com
New Haven, CT USA
Nibai kaurno hwaiteis gadriusando in airtha gaswiltith,
silbo ainata aflifnith: ith jabai gaswiltith, manag akran bairith.
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