Psalm 17

I call this psalm ‘A Prayer for Rescue from the Yetzer Hara’. This is a very strange psalm as it can be translated and interpreted in two seemingly contradictory ways. On the one hand, it seems to be a confession of moral failure. On the other, it comes across as a proclamation of moral victory. Could it be both? Well, that is the beautiful thing about the Hebrew language as only it can express in one psalm how our defeats can be transformed into future victories.

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