Psalm 110 – “Oracle and Blessing”

Hebrew-English Text

I. Summary
The psalmist quotes God and blesses a righteous priest-king.

II. Photo
God blesses the protagonist: “Sit at My right hand while I make your enemies your footstool.” (v. 1b)

III. Select Verses    
(The entire psalm)
1-7: Of David. A psalm. The LORD said to my lord, “Sit at My right hand while I make your enemies your footstool.” The LORD will stretch forth from Zion your mighty scepter; hold sway over your enemies!  Your people come forward willingly on your day of battle. In majestic holiness, from the womb, from the dawn, yours was the dew of youth. The LORD has sworn and will not relent, “You are a priest forever, a rightful king by My decree.”  The Lord is at your right hand. He crushes kings in the day of His anger.  He works judgment upon the nations, heaping up bodies, crushing heads far and wide.  He drinks from the stream on his way; therefore he holds his head high.

IV. Outline
1a. Superscription
1b-6. Oracles and Blessings

V. Comment
Psalm 110 is one of the most enigmatic psalms in the entire Psalter. Stay tuned.

VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Gerstenberger, Erhard. Psalms Part 2 and Lamentations (Forms of Old Testament Literature; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001).
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