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|New American Bible|
2002 11 11
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1 A psalm of David. 2 Give to
the LORD, you heavenly beings, give to the LORD glory and might;
Give to the LORD the glory due God's name. Bow
down before the LORD'S holy splendor!
3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the
God of glory thunders, the LORD, over the mighty waters.
The voice of the LORD is power; the voice of
the LORD is splendor.
The voice of the LORD cracks the cedars; the
LORD splinters the cedars of Lebanon,
4 Makes Lebanon leap like a calf, and Sirion
like a young bull.
The voice of the LORD strikes with fiery flame;
5 the voice of the LORD rocks the desert; the
LORD rocks the desert of Kadesh.
6 The voice of the LORD twists the oaks and
strips the forests bare. All in his palace say, "Glory!"
7 The LORD sits enthroned above the flood! The
LORD reigns as king forever!
8 May the LORD give might to his people; may the
LORD bless his people with peace!
1 [Psalm 29] The hymn invites the
members of the heavenly court to acknowledge God's supremacy by ascribing glory
and might to God alone (⇒ Psalm 29:1-2a,
⇒ 9b). Divine glory and might are dramatically
visible in the storm (⇒ Psalm 29:3-9a). The storm
apparently comes from the Mediterranean onto the coast of Syria-Palestine and
then moves inland. In ⇒ Psalm 29:10 the divine
beings acclaim God's eternal kingship. The psalm concludes with a prayer that
God will impart the power just displayed to the Israelite king and through the
king to Israel.
2  You heavenly beings: literally
"sons of God," i.e., members of the heavenly court who served
Israel's God in a variety of capacities.
3  The voice of the LORD: the
sevenfold repetition of the phrase imitates the sound of crashing thunder and
may allude to God's primordial slaying of Leviathan, the seven-headed sea
monster of Canaanite mythology.
4  Sirion: the Phoenician name for
Mount Hermon. Cf
⇒ Deut 3:9.
5  The desert of Kadesh: probably
north of Palestine in the neighborhood of Lebanon and Hermon.
6 [9b-10] Having witnessed God's
supreme power (⇒ Psalm 29:3-9a), the gods
acknowledge the glory that befits the king of the divine and human world.
7  The flood: God defeated the
primordial waters and made them part of the universe. Cf
⇒ Psalm 89:10-13;
8  His people: God's people,
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