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