n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - Images of the enemies in the maca lôt-psalms

Volume 89, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



Much attention has been given to the identity of the enemies in the Psalms. Various proposals have been offered to identify the foes that threaten the psalmist. The problem with these proposals is that they all attempt to pinpoint the enemy historically. This has resulted in too little attention being given to the text itself. The purpose of this paper is therefore not to discover who the historical enemies were but to investigate the enemy in the maca lôt-psalms as a literary motif. The poet(s) of the maca lôt-psalms ultimately wishes to create faith in the hearts of the righteous that Yahweh is trustworthy and that He will deliver those who trust Him in times of trouble.

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