Psalm Saturday Double Header: Psalm 11

Hello dear readers! To make up for lost time, I’ve decided to publish this week’s Psalm Saturday today. We should be back to our normal schedule now! And look, it’s one of my favorites—”A Song of Trust in God.”

Psalm Saturday: Psalm 11

In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to me,
“Flee like a bird to the mountains;
2 for look, the wicked bend the bow,
they have fitted their arrow to the string,
to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart.
3 If the foundations are destroyed,
what can the righteous do?”
4 The Lord is in his holy temple;
the Lord’s throne is in heaven.
His eyes behold, his gaze examines humankind.
5 The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked,
and his soul hates the lover of violence.
6 On the wicked he will rain coals of fire and sulfur;
a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
7 For the Lord is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds;
the upright shall behold his face.
In the Lord I take refuge;
how can you say to me,
“Flee like a bird to the mountains;[a]
2 for lo, the wicked bend the bow,
they have fitted their arrow to the string,
to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;
3 if the foundations are destroyed,
what can the righteous do”?
4 The Lord is in his holy temple,
the Lord’s throne is in heaven;
his eyes behold, his eyelids test, the children of men.
5 The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked,
and his soul hates him that loves violence.
6 On the wicked he will rain coals of fire and brimstone;
a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
7 For the Lord is righteous, he loves righteous deeds;
the upright shall behold his face.

Like several of our psalms, Psalm 11 has very little difference between the NRSV and RSV. The NRSV does use “look” and “sulphur” over “lo” and “brimstone,” but otherwise the two seem the same. This psalm does have another example of the RSV’s quirks. Verse four reads, “…his eyes behold, his eyelids test, the children of men.” Eyelids? That’s a funny way of saying eyes… +1 to the NRSV for readability.

This is looking to be a short post because I have a Greek vocabulary test to study for, but I’m curious. Not many people I’ve spoken to seem to like the NRSV. With my Protestant friends, it’s the ESV or the HCSB. With My Catholic friends, its the NABRE or the RSV. What other reasons, beyond inclusive language, could people have for not liking it?

Weigh in, click, comment. and have a blessed Sunday!

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