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Psalm 19:4-6 New English Translation (NET Bible)

Yet its voice[a] echoes[b] throughout the earth;
its[c] words carry[d] to the distant horizon.[e]
In the sky[f] he has pitched a tent for the sun.[g]
Like a bridegroom it emerges[h] from its chamber;[i]
like a strong man it enjoys[j] running its course.[k]
It emerges from the distant horizon,[l]
and goes from one end of the sky to the other;[m]
nothing can escape[n] its heat.


  1. Psalm 19:4 tc The MT reads, “their measuring line” (קוּם, qum). The noun קַו (qav, “measuring line”) makes no sense in this context. The reading קוֹלָם (qolam, “their voice”) which is supported by the LXX, is preferable.
  2. Psalm 19:4 tn Heb “goes out,” or “proceeds forth.”
  3. Psalm 19:4 tn Heb “their” (see the note on the word “its” in v. 3).
  4. Psalm 19:4 tn The verb is supplied in the translation. The Hebrew text has no verb; יָצָא (yatsaʾ, “goes out”) is understood by ellipsis.
  5. Psalm 19:4 tn Heb “to the end of the world.”
  6. Psalm 19:4 tn Heb “in them” (i.e., the heavens).
  7. Psalm 19:4 sn He has pitched a tent for the sun. The personified sun emerges from this “tent” in order to make its daytime journey across the sky. So the “tent” must refer metaphorically to the place where the sun goes to rest during the night.
  8. Psalm 19:5 tn The participle expresses the repeated or regular nature of the action.
  9. Psalm 19:5 tn The Hebrew noun חֻפָּה (khufah, “chamber”) occurs elsewhere only in Isa 4:5 and Joel 2:16 (where it refers to the bedroom of a bride and groom).sn Like a bridegroom. The metaphor likens the sun to a bridegroom who rejoices on his wedding night.
  10. Psalm 19:5 tn The imperfect verbal form draws attention to the regularity of the action.
  11. Psalm 19:5 tn Heb “[on] a path.”sn Like a strong man. The metaphorical language reflects the brilliance of the sunrise, which attests to the sun’s vigor.
  12. Psalm 19:6 tn Heb “from the end of the heavens [is] its going forth.”
  13. Psalm 19:6 tn Heb “and its circuit [is] to their ends.”
  14. Psalm 19:6 tn Heb “is hidden from.”
New English Translation (NET)

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