“How can you declare my commands,
and talk about my covenant? 2
and use your tongue to deceive. 4
81:10 I am the Lord, your God,
the one who brought you out of the land of Egypt.
Open your mouth wide and I will fill it!’
119:13 With my lips I proclaim
all the regulations you have revealed. 5
119:72 The law you have revealed is more important to me
than thousands of pieces of gold and silver. 6
when they hear the words you speak. 11
[50:16] 1 tn Heb “evil [one].” The singular adjective is used here in a representative sense; it refers to those within the larger covenant community who have blatantly violated the
[50:16] 2 tn Heb “What to you to declare my commands and lift up my covenant upon your mouth?” The rhetorical question expresses sarcastic amazement. The
[138:4] 10 tn The prefixed verbal forms here and in the following verse are understood as jussives, for the psalmist appears to be calling upon the kings to praise God. Another option is to take them as imperfects and translate, “the kings of the earth will give thanks…and will sing.” In this case the psalmist anticipates a universal response to his thanksgiving song.