Psalms – Chapter 30

The Bible – Old Testament

Psalms

Index

Int. 1. 2. 3.29. 30. 31.149. 150.

Psalms

Chapter 30

1

1 2 A psalm. A song for the dedication of the temple. Of David.

2

I praise you, LORD, for you raised me up and did not let my enemies rejoice over me.

3

3 O LORD, my God, I cried out to you and you healed me.

4

4 LORD, you brought me up from Sheol; you kept me from going down to the pit.

5

Sing praise to the LORD, you faithful; give thanks to God’s holy name.

6

For divine anger lasts but a moment; divine favor lasts a lifetime. At dusk weeping comes for the night; but at dawn there is rejoicing.

7

5 Complacent, I once said, “I shall never be shaken.”

8

LORD, when you showed me favor I stood like the mighty mountains. But when you hid your face I was struck with terror.

9

To you, LORD, I cried out; with the Lord I pleaded for mercy:

10

6 “What gain is there from my lifeblood, from my going down to the grave? Does dust give you thanks or declare your faithfulness?

11

Hear, O LORD, have mercy on me; LORD, be my helper.”

12

You changed my mourning into dancing; you took off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.

13

With my whole being I sing endless praise to you. O LORD, my God, forever will I give you thanks.

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1 [Psalm 30] An individual thanksgiving in four parts: praise and thanks for deliverance and restoration ( Psalm 30:2-4); an invitation to others to join in ( Psalm 30:5-6); a flashback to the time before deliverance ( Psalm 30:7-11); a return to praise and thanks ( Psalm 30:12). Two sets of images recur: 1) going down, death, silence; 2) coming up, life, praising. God has delivered the psalmist from one state to the other.

2 [1] For the dedication of the temple: a later adaptation of the psalm to celebrate the purification of the temple in 164 B.C. during the Maccabean Revolt.

3 [3] Healed: for God as healer, see also  Psalm 103:3;  107:20;  Hosea 6:1;  7:1;  11:3;  14:5.

4 [4] Sheol … pit: the shadowy underworld residence of the spirits of the dead, here a metaphor for near death.

5 [7] Complacent: untroubled existence is often seen as a source of temptation to forget God. Cf  Deut 8:10-18;  Hosea 13:6;  Proverb 30:9.

6 [10] in the stillness of Sheol no one gives you praise; let me live and be among your worshipers. Cf  Psalm 6:6;  88:11-13;  115:17;  Isaiah 38:18.

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Index

Int. 1. 2. 3.29. 30. 31.149. 150.

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