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,,JHWH, Gott meiner Rettung!&ldquo Beobachtungen und Erwägungen zur Struktur von Psalm lxxxviii

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Psalm lxxxviii consists of two cantos, four stanzas, ten strophes, and twenty bicola. Two bicola consistently form a strophe, and two, sometimes three strophes form larger units, or stanzas. Two stanzas make up the psalm's first half (a canto), and two stanzas make up its second half (a second canto). The psalm-halves, which contribute to the alternating structure of the whole (ABA'B'), correspond and complete one another (a diptych).

The speaker reviews the past and reports on his persistent suffering and prayer. Verses 3, 11, and 15 are to be understood as quotable coordinated “prayers within a prayer”. Along with the recurrent apostrophes of God (verses 2, 10, and 14), they actualize the whole: despite darkness and the lack of a reply, they keep the direct address to YHWH as the “God of my salvation” (2a) alive.

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