Psalm 62:7-11

A (7) In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of MY STRENGTH , and my refuge, is in God.

B (8) TRUST in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

C (9) Surely men of low degree are VANITY,

D (9) and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance,

C1 (9) they are altogether lighter than VANITY.

B1 (10) TRUST NOT in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.

A1 (11) God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that POWER belongeth unto God.

One thought on “Psalm 62:7-11”

  1. In verse 11 it is written: “God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God”. How is it possible for God to speak once but to hear him twice? The words “twice have I heard this” could be taken as simply implying that God had spoken a second time and David heard that too, and no doubt that is true. But that is not what the verse plainly says. Could chiasms provide the answer? We read a passage with the first half of a chiasmus, then, as we read the second half, the words that make up the chiasmus remind us of the first half of the passage. God only speaks the first half of the chiasmus once, but we hear it first when we read it and hear it a second time, in the background, when we read the second half of the passage. This verse could also provide a biblical basis for the analogy of the Biblical echo, where a person speaks once but you hear the words twice.

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