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Psalm 44: Die God wat nooit sluimer of slaap nie

L P Mar
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 25, No 1 | a265 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v25i1.265 | © 2004 L P Mar | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 October 2004 | Published: 05 October 2004

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In Psalm 44, the author accuses Yahweh of sleeping. This is an extremely serious accusation, especially in the light of Psalm 121:4 which explicitly states that Yahweh, in contrast with the gods of the other nations, never sleeps. Why does the author make this accusation? The Psalm begins with Yahweh being praised for showing his goodness in delivering his people and bringing them to the Promised Land. No mention is made of Yahweh sleeping here! It is exactly this contrast between what Yahweh has done in the past and the current situation of his people that results


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