O Lord, I have trusted in you since I was young. 2
you pulled me 4 from my mother’s womb.
I praise you continually. 5
71:17 O God, you have taught me since I was young,
and I am still declaring 6 your amazing deeds.
[71:6] 4 tc The form in the MT is derived from גָזָה (gazah, “to cut off”), perhaps picturing God as the one who severed the psalmist’s umbilical cord. Many interpreters and translators prefer to emend the text to גֹחִי (gokhiy), from גוּח (gukh) or גִיח, (gikh, “pull out”; see Ps 22:9; cf. the present translation) or to עוּזִּי (’uzziy, “my strength”; cf. NEB “my protector since I left my mother’s womb”).