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In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness. . . . Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.
Like many prayers of ancient Israel, Psalm 31 alternates assertions of trust with heartfelt petitions for help. The terms trust, deliver, and commit underscore the Psalmist’s willing dependence on God.
Jesus echoes verse 5 in his final words from the cross, “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:46).
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Resources quoted in this issue
Cit. 1: Spence-Jones, Henry Donald Maurice, Joseph S. Exell, and Edward Mark Deems, eds. The Pulpit Commentary. London, 1880–1909. Also available at biblehub.com/commentaries.
Cit. 3: Weiser, Artur. The Psalms: A Commentary. Translated by Herbert Hartwell. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1962.
Cit. 7: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 2, Introduction to Narrative Literature, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.
Cit. 17: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 8, Luke, John. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.
Cit. 18: Nicoll, William, ed. The Expositor’s Greek Testament. Vol. 1. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1897. Also available at biblehub.com/commentaries.
Cit. 22: Buttrick, George Arthur, Nolan B. Harmon, et al., eds. The Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes. Vol. 12, James, Peter, John, Jude, Revelation, General Articles, Indexes. Nashville: Abingdon, 1951–57.
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