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Ps 46 : Praise of Zion and its victorious king.

A Zion hymn (praise of Jerusalem and the Temple, with a refrain in vv. 7,11 ). Korahites, see Ps 42–43n. Alamoth, probably a melody; see 1 Chr 15.20 .

1–3 :

The primeval waters of chaos rise against the created order, challenging the LORD'S supremacy (Ps 93.3–4 ).

3 :

Selah (also vv. 7,11 ), see Ps 3.2n.

4 :

River, see Ps 36.8n.

6 :

God is opposed by historical as well as by cosmic foes.

8–10 :

The LORD brings destruction on the kingdoms rising against Jerusalem (Ps 48.4–7 ), bringing ultimate peace; this proves God's great power (v. 10 ).

10 :

The nations’ weapons are sacrificed to the exalted divine victor (Josh 7 ).

11 :

The psalm, although it narrates the nations’ defeat, is not universalistic; their defeat illustrates the great power of the God of Israel, as illustrated in the refrain in vv. 7 and 11 .

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