Tuesday, March 01, 2022

2 Samuel 22

2 Samuel 22: David’s Song of Praise

This passage is actually the same as Psalm 18; it is a song written by David that was later included in the book of Psalms. The ESV Study Bible notes say this:

2 Sam. 22:1–51 Song of David. David’s song is almost identical with Psalm 18. There are many differences in spelling, etc., in the Hebrew text of the two passages, but few of the differences come across in a translation. Most of these differences can be understood when one realizes that, while the book of Psalms, regularly used in worship, uses “standard” Hebrew spelling, the spelling in the Samuel passage is much more phonetic in character because as a narrative it was written as it was meant to be heard. In other words, David’s personal song of 2 Samuel 22 has been adapted to serve as a public hymn in Psalm 18 … Such phonetic spelling is common throughout the books of Samuel …

For this reason, I decided to “cheat” on this one, and just blog Psalm 18 instead of directly blogging about 2 Samuel 22.

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