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Psalm 69: The Petitioner's understanding of himself, his God, and his enemies

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In Psalm 69 the petitioner complains that many people hate him without cause. The reason why he is dealt within that way is his zeal for the house of his God. Yet he admits that God knows about his guilts. Nevertheless, this does not keep him from requesting God to add guilt to his enemies’ guilt. He even asks God to blot them out of the book of the living. This chapter provides necessary background information with respect to the psalm as a whole. In addition, it explains why it is possible to limit the discussion to the final form of the text. The elements which relate exclusively to the petitioner's understanding of himself are dealt with in the chapter. The scope of the analysis is enlarged so as to include the elements relating to the petitioner's understanding of his God and enemies.

Keywords: enemies' guilt; God; petitioner complains; Psalm; zeal



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