Psalm 89:5-14

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5 Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord,
your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones.
For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD?
    Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD,
a God feared in the council of the holy ones,
    great and awesome[a] above all that are around him?
O LORD God of hosts,
    who is as mighty as you, O LORD?
    Your faithfulness surrounds you.
You rule the raging of the sea;
    when its waves rise, you still them.
10 You crushed Rahab like a carcass;
    you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
11 The heavens are yours, the earth also is yours;
    the world and all that is in it—you have founded them.
12 The north and the south[b]—you created them;
    Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name.
13 You have a mighty arm;
    strong is your hand, high your right hand.
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
    steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.

[a] Gk Syr: Heb greatly awesome
[b] Or Zaphon and Yamin
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A Creation Text

See Rahab, Zaphon and Yam — this is a significant Appropriation of ANE mythology. Zaphon here, clearly meaning "north" as opposed to "south", is an example of how the ancient mythical figures are eventually no more than an evocative metaphor.

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