Psalmic poetry

Translating poetry from one language to another is tricky. So not surprisingly, translations of the Psalms often fail to capture wordplay.

Psalm 51:12 begins with the word “return”, often translated “restore.” The following verse ends with the same verb, making this nice little bookend:

Return to me the joy of your salvation and with a generous spirit support me.
Then I will teach the rebellious your ways and sinners to you will return.”

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