When Joy Wants to Explode

The Scripture is endless in its depth. Here’s a post from three years ago that I have revised for our Reading with the Pastor journey.

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Reading with the Pastor
1 Peter 3  and  Psalm 64-65


Read Psalm 65

Suggested by a Reading of Psalm 65
Meditating on Psalm 65 (esp. vs. 4)

In most places, the NASB and ESV translations are very similar, though the ESV is more readable. But in verse one of Psalm 65 there is a real difference that sent me back to the Hebrew to examine the translation.

NASB:  “There will be silence before You, and praise in Zion, O God;
ESV:     “Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion.”*

In the context of the whole psalm, there is an unquenchable spirit of joy that pervades its 13 verses. David is overwhelmed with the greatness of being chosen by God.

For me, because of the context and atmosphere of the psalm, the NASB makes more sense. In support, I quote Derek Kinder’s Tyndale Old Testament Commentary, vol. 14a, page 230:

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