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. . . my cup overflows.

—New International Version

Figurative uses of the word cup in Scripture have varied meanings. In the Hebrew Bible, it sometimes denotes God’s provisions for His people. The “cup of salvation” (Psalms 116:13), for instance, is a metaphor for God’s deliverance or rescue. In Psalm 23 (see citation 5) cup portrays God’s abundant blessings. In the early Christian Church, it became a symbol of the persecution Christ Jesus suffered.

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Resources quoted in this issue

GT: HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

RR: Mays, James L., Joseph Blenkinsopp, et al., eds. The HarperCollins Bible Commentary. Rev. ed. New York: HarperCollins, 2000.

Cit. 3: Carson, D. A. NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible: Previously published as NIV Zondervan Study Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2018.

Cit. 5: Holman Christian Standard Bible®, copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission.

Cit. 6: Barnes, Albert. Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Whole Bible. New York, 1834–85. Also available at

Cit. 14: Spence-Jones, Henry Donald Maurice, Joseph S. Exell, and Edward Mark Deems, eds. The Pulpit Commentary. London, 1880–1909. Also available at

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