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Psalms: Chapter 130

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A song of ascents.

1Out of the depths I call You, O LORD. 2O Lord, listen to my cry; let Your ears be attentive to my plea for mercy. 3If You keep account of sins, O LORD, Lord, who will survive? 4Yours is the power to forgive so that You may be held in awe. 5I look to the LORD; I look to Him; I await His word. 6I am more eager for the Lord than watchmen for the morning, watchmen for the morning. 7O Israel, wait for the LORD; for with the LORD is steadfast love and great power to redeem. 8It is He who will redeem Israel from all their iniquities.

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Ps. 130 :

The main part of the psalm is a personal petition (vv. 1–6 ); this is followed by an address to the wider community (vv. 7–8 ), which builds upon this petition, explaining why it is good to petition God. This address mirrors the vocabulary and expressions of vv. 1–6 . It is thus possible that an editor, the author of vv. 7–8 , has taken up and expanded an older psalm.

1 :

Depths, elsewhere in Psalms only in 69.3, 15; perhaps here a reference to the underworld, of being in a state near death (see Jonah 2.3–7 ).

2 :

A stereotypical v. in personal petitions; see, e.g., 86.6 : “Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; heed my plea for mercy.”

3–4 :

The theological notion expressed is that God must forgive since all people sin (see Job ch 7 ), and forgiveness rather than punishment causes people to hold God in awe. No ritual is necessary for this forgiveness, and the sin is completely erased as in Jer. 50.20 , “The iniquity of Israel shall be sought, / And there shall be none; / The sins of Judah, / And none shall be found; / For I will pardon those I allow to survive.”

5 :

Perhaps the psalmist is awaiting an oracle of deliverance (see 3.5–7 n. ).

6 :

The psalmist waits expectantly for God's deliverance, which elsewhere comes in the morning (56.6).

7 :

On steadfast love (“ḥesed”), see 5.8 n.

8 :

Sinners or their descendants normally need to be punished (see Exod. 34.7 ), but here God redeems, that is, forgives, so no one is punished. As in many psalms, the personal becomes the communal.

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