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71 He took him away from following the mother sheep,[a]
and made him the shepherd of Jacob, his people,
and of Israel, his chosen nation.[b]
72 David[c] cared for them with pure motives;[d]
he led them with skill.[e]

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  1. Psalm 78:71 tn Heb “from after the ewes he brought him.”
  2. Psalm 78:71 tn Heb “to shepherd Jacob, his people, and Israel, his inheritance.”
  3. Psalm 78:72 tn Heb “He”; the referent (David, God’s chosen king, mentioned in v. 70) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
  4. Psalm 78:72 tn Heb “and he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart.”
  5. Psalm 78:72 tn Heb “and with the understanding of his hands he led them.”

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