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How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.
—New King James Version®
Precious is translated from the Hebrew adjective yāqār. Sometimes rendered excellent or priceless, yāqār appears in accounts of the costly gemstones that adorned the Temple (see II Chronicles 3:6) and in Isaiah’s portrayal of Zion’s cornerstone (see Isaiah 28:16). God’s lovingkindness is more highly treasured than the most valuable material possessions.
Wings are a frequent symbol in Scripture, especially of divine protection and shelter. In addition to biblical metaphors of mother birds, images of winged cherubim in Jewish places of worship evoke safety and security.
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Resources quoted in this issue
GT: New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
RR: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes. Vol. 3, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Tobit, Judith. Nashville: Abingdon, 1996–2001.
Cit. 1: White, R. E. O. Christian Ethics (rev. ed.; Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1994), as quoted in Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary Collection. Vol. 32, 1, 2 & 3 John. Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys, 2000–2016.
Cit. 5: Laymon, Charles M. The Interpreter’s One-Volume Commentary on the Bible. Nashville: Abingdon, 1971.
Cit. 11: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes. Vol. 8, General and New Testament Articles, Matthew, Mark. Nashville: Abingdon, 1996–2001.
Cit. 14: Buttrick, George Arthur, Nolan B. Harmon, et al., eds. The Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes. Vol. 8, Luke, John. Nashville: Abingdon, 1951–57.
Cit 18: Weiser, Artur. The Psalms. Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1962.
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