Psalm 8:1-2

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BibleOld TestamentPsalms


1 O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

JPS Tanakh

3 From the mouths of infants and sucklings

You have founded strength on account of Your foes,
to put an end to enemy and avenger.

The Jewish Study Bible Notes

8:3: The 'enemy and avenger' likely refer to sea-monsters, whom God subdued while creating the world. Though this is not mentioned in Genesis, fragments of a creation story known from Ugarit, where God subdues the sea, are found throughout the Bible and in rabbinic literature (see 74.12-17; Job 26.12; Isa. 51.9 n.)

See Tannin, Yam and Appropriation of ANE mythology.