Psalm 146:8

Hebrew Bible

6 The one who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who remains forever faithful, 7 vindicates the oppressed, and gives food to the hungry. The Lord releases the imprisoned. 8 The Lord gives sight to the blind. The Lord lifts up all who are bent over. The Lord loves the godly. 9 The Lord protects the resident foreigner. He lifts up the fatherless and the widow, but he opposes the wicked. 10 The Lord rules forever, your God, O Zion, throughout the generations to come. Praise the Lord!

LXX Psalms 145:8


6 who made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all things in them: who keeps truth for ever: 7 who executes judgment for the wronged: who gives food to the hungry. The Lord looses the fettered ones: 8 the Lord gives wisdom to the blind: 9 The Lord sets up the broken down: the Lord loves the righteous: the Lord preserves the strangers; 10 he will relieve the orphan and widow: but will utterly remove the way of sinners.

 Notes and References

"... Three significant images appearing in the parable are blindness, leading, and the pit. In the initial situation presented in this parable, Q clearly presents a point of contact with knowledge out of everyday experience, namely, the general truth that blind people cannot function as guides for other blind people. In conjunction with the comments above concerning the blind individuals as characters, it can be argued that the statement already appeals for a metaphorical transfer to the theological realm of “sight” ... Metaphorically, blindness and seeing are images often employed as a commentary upon one’s ethical or spiritual state. Besides Hebrew Bible examples of this image (compare Isaiah 6:10; also LXX Psalm 145:8), Plato could refer to the “blind” as those who could not recognize goodness, beauty, or truth (Compare the Republic 6.484d; 6.506c; 7.518c or Phaedrus 270e) and gnostic groups used “blindness” (compare the Gospel of Phillip 60 or Gospel of Thomas 28) as a description of the unenlightened ..."

Roth, Dieter T. The Parables in Q (pp. 193-194) T&T Clark, 2018

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