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26 He will call out to me,
‘You are my father,[a] my God, and the protector who delivers me.’[b]
27 I will appoint him to be my firstborn son,[c]
the most exalted of the earth’s kings.

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  1. Psalm 89:26 sn You are my father. The Davidic king was viewed as God’s “son” (see 2 Sam 7:14; Ps 2:7). The idiom reflects ancient Near Eastern adoption language associated with covenants of grant, by which a lord would reward a faithful subject by elevating him to special status, referred to as “sonship.” Like a son, the faithful subject received an “inheritance,” viewed as an unconditional, eternal gift. Such gifts usually took the form of land and/or an enduring dynasty. See M. Weinfeld, “The Covenant of Grant in the Old Testament and in the Ancient Near East,” JAOS 90 (1970): 184-203, for general discussion and some striking extra-biblical parallels.
  2. Psalm 89:26 tn Heb “the rocky summit of my deliverance.”
  3. Psalm 89:27 sn The firstborn son typically had special status and received special privileges.

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