New English Translation
6 The Lord deserves praise,[a]
for he has heard my plea for mercy.[b]
7 The Lord strengthens and protects me;[c]
I trust in him with all my heart.[d]
I am rescued[e] and my heart is full of joy;[f]
I will sing to him in gratitude.[g]
8 The Lord strengthens his people;[h]
he protects and delivers his chosen king.[i]
- Psalm 28:6 tn Heb “blessed [be] the Lord.”
- Psalm 28:6 sn He has heard my plea for mercy. The psalmist’s mood abruptly changes at this point, because the Lord responded positively to his petition and assured him that he would deliver him.
- Psalm 28:7 tn Heb “The Lord [is] my strength and my shield.”
- Psalm 28:7 tn Heb “in him my heart trusts.”
- Psalm 28:7 tn Or “I am helped.”
- Psalm 28:7 tn Heb “and my heart exults.”
- Psalm 28:7 tn Heb “and from my song I will thank him.” As pointed in the Hebrew text, מִשִּׁירִי (mishiri) appears to be “from my song,” but the preposition “from” never occurs elsewhere with the verb “to thank” (Hiphil of יָדָה, yadah). Perhaps משׁיר is a noun form meaning “song.” If so, it can be taken as an adverbial accusative, “and [with] my song I will thank him.” See P. C. Craigie, Psalms 1-50 (WBC), 236.
- Psalm 28:8 tn Heb “the Lord [is] strength to them” (or perhaps, “to him”). The form לָמוֹ (lamo, “to them/him”) probably needs to be emended to לְעַמּוֹ (leʿammo, “to his people”; see P. C. Craigie, Psalms 1-50 [WBC], 236), perhaps due to quiescence of the letter ʿayin (ע; see P. McCarter, Textual Criticism [GBS], 55). Note the reference to the Lord’s “people” in the next verse. Also, a few Hebrew mss, the LXX, and Syriac support לְעַמּוֹ (leʿammo, “to his people”).
- Psalm 28:8 tn Heb “he [is] a refuge of help for his anointed one.” The noun מָשִׁיחַ (mashiakh, “anointed one”) refers to the Davidic king, who perhaps speaks as representative of the nation in this psalm. See Pss 2:2; 18:50; 20:6; 84:9; 89:38, 51; 132:10, 17.