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Vergifnis voor gehoorsaamheid (Ps. 130:4)

D. F. O'Kennedy
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 31, No 3 | a1606 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v31i3.1606 | © 1997 D. F. O'Kennedy | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 June 1997 | Published: 13 June 1997

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D. F. O'Kennedy,, South Africa

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Abstract

This article investigates the concept of divine forgiveness as illustrated in Psalm 130, especially verse 4. Although many psalms compel us to conclude that the psalmist was considering material as well as spiritual salvation, this is not the case in Psalm 130. In Psalm 130:4 divine forgiveness is instrumental to the real purpose of “therefore you are feared” (NIV). One might have thought fearing God would be a ground for forgiveness. Verse 4, however, indicates that the gift of forgiveness precedes obedience to God. The purpose of forgiveness is that people should glorify God. Forgiveness sets the sinner free and enables him to serve God in obedience. The Old Testament concept of forgiveness has different dimensions. Psalm 130 signifies that forgiveness is essentially a matter in which God takes the initiative. Forgiveness does not depend on man’s repentance, conversion, confession of guilt or a life of obedience.

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