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Lyding ‘om U ontwil’ in Psalms 44 en 69

J. H. Coetzee

Verbum et Ecclesia; Skrif en Kerk: Vol 9, No 1 (1988), 1-9. doi: 10.4102/ve.v9i1.979

Submitted: 18 July 1988
Published:  02 August 1988


Suffering "for Your sake" in Psalms 44 and 69
Suffering "for Your sake" in the Old Testament is often incorrectly interpreted as vicarious suffering. In Psalms 44:23 and 69:8 where this expression occurs, it has a multiple function which excludes vicarious suffering. While the question of the reason and purpose of the suffering remains unanswered because the covenant theology had become a mystery, this expression was implemented as an escape to God's loving-kindness as the only ground for salvation. The problem of innocent suffering is not totally resolved hereby, but the tension between innocence and suffering is relieved and a shift in covenant theology introduced by the use of this expression.

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