Psalm 21 – “Praise for the King’s God”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
The psalmist describes God’s support for the king and praises his great might.

II. Photo
God takes care of the king: “You have proffered him blessings of good things, have set upon his head a crown of fine gold.” (v. 4)

III. Select Verses    
2: O LORD, the king rejoices in Your strength; how greatly he exults in Your victory!
5: He asked You for life; You granted it; a long life, everlasting.
6-7: Great is his glory through Your victory; You have endowed him with splendor and majesty. You have made him blessed forever, gladdened him with the joy of Your presence.
8: For the king trusts in the LORD; Through the faithfulness of the Most High he will not be shaken.
9-11: Your hand is equal to all Your enemies; Your right hand overpowers Your foes. You set them ablaze like a furnace when You show Your presence. The LORD in anger destroys them; fire consumes them. You wipe their offspring from the earth, their issue from among men.

IV. Outline
1. Superscription
2-7. Praise: God has helped the king
8. Blessing for the king
9-14a. Hymnic praise: God is mightier than his enemies
14b. Vow to sing God’s praises

V. Comment
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Collins, John J. “Introduction to the Hebrew Bible,” (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).
Craigie, Peter C. “Psalms 1-50” Word Biblical Commentary vol. 19 (Waco, Texas: Wordbooks, 1983).
Gerstenberger, Erhard S. “Psalms Part 1 with an Introduction to Cultic Poetry” Forms of Old Testament Literature (Michigan: Eerdmans, 1988).
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