THE SINNERS AND THE LAWLESS IN PSALM OF SOLOMON 17 by JOHANNES TROMP Leiden Psalm of Solomon 17 is a prayer for the coming of a king from the family of David. In the first part of this Psalm of Solomon, vss. 1-20', the reasons for this prayer are unfolded: Israel and Jerusalem are in a state of grave distress caused by the rule of impious men who have taken David's throne by force. In this article it will be argued that in vss. 5-6 and 11-14 the ' author describes the situation he is living in, characterised by the rule of pagan tyrants. He interprets this situation as a divine punishment of the (entire) people's former sins. In contrast to the usual interpretation of Ps. Sol. 17, it will be shown that the rulers who have taken David's throne (vss. 4-6), and who are the author's s contemporaries, are foreigners, and that they are the same foreigners whose lawless acts are described in vss. 11-14. Further- more, it will be argued that no distinction is made in vss. 11-20 between a sinful people and a pious "remnant. "2 2 In this study I will at first leave
Novum Testamentum – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1993
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