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Psalm 118 and victory

November 14, 2008

The following is taken from Peter Leithart:

Dahood takes “righteous” in Psalm 118:15, 19 as “victory.” The joyful shouting is heard from the tents of the victorious, and the gates are the gates of victory. He cites Isaiah 41:2 and 49:24 as other texts where this nuance of ZDK comes to the fore.

The meaning could be:

a) Victory is vindication. When God grants victory, He publicly demonstrates that His people are in His favor, in the right, having a righteous status before Him.

Or

b) That the victory is an act of justice. The tents of the victors are the tents of the righteous because they have put the world right by defeating the wicked.

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  1. November 30, 2008 3:51 pm

    a) Victory is vindication. When God grants victory, He publicly demonstrates that His people are in His favor, in the right, having a righteous status before Him.

    Doesn’t N.T. Wright say something like this? Justification has occurred by virtue of the resurrection. The resurrection is Christ’s victory and so shows that his followers are in the right. It’s been a while since I read him!

  2. November 30, 2008 6:24 pm

    You are correct Phil, he does.

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