My Sin is Before Me: Psalm 51 (part 4)

“For my transgressions I know, and my sin is continually before me.” (Psalm 51:5  [Psalm 51:3 in English Bibles])   David switches gear from using the emphatic chiastic structure to a simple parallel structure—even so, we will not lose the clear emphasis of what he is communicating.  Here he is, staring at his own transgressions […]

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Wash Me From My Iniquity: Psalm 51 (part 3)

“Completely wash me from my iniquity; from my sin, purify me.” (Psalm 51:4 [Psalm 51:2 in English Bibles])   Once again we find David employing a chiastic structure (something he will do through the bulk of this psalm) to add emphasis, bringing together two parallel ideas, yet mirroring them in their order.  These are not […]

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Show Favor to Me: Psalm 51 (part 2)

“Show favor to me, O God, according to your chesed; according to your abundant mercy, wipe out my transgressions.” (Psalm 51:3 [Psalm 51:1 in English Bibles])   For those of you who have been reading my devotional reflections for a while, you know that I think the word that David uses in the first line […]

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To the Director: Psalm 51 (part 1)

“To the director:  a psalm of David—when Nathan the prophet came to him just as he had gone to Bathsheba.” (Psalm 51:1-2 [superscript in English Bibles])   It is always good, when you come to a psalm, to have a superscript as detailed as this one.  So often, it is hard to determine with any […]

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