‘DIE HERE IS MY SKILD’: METAFORIESE SPREKE OOR GOD IN ’N SELEKSIE OU TESTAMENTIESE PSALMS

Alec Basson

Abstract


‘The Lord is my shield:’ Metaphorical speech relating to God in a selection of
Old Testament psalms
This article examines the military metaphors relating to Yahweh in a selection of
Old Testament psalms (3, 21, 76, 140). In these psalms the psalmist calls on Yahweh
to intervene and destroy the enemy. It is as a warrior that Yahweh delivers the
supplicant from the enemy. The employment of military metaphors in the psalms is
intimately linked to the emotional experience of the supplicant. This contribution
concludes that the psalms containing this type of metaphorical speech with respect
to Yahweh still serve an important purpose, especially in sectors of the South
African community which is continuously harassed by this type of circumstances.
These psalms need to be actualized in such a way that they aid people in conflict to
call on Yahweh to intervene and save.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/81-0-738

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