HTS Theological Studies
On-line version ISSN 2072-8050
SLABBERT, Martin J.. Coping in a harsh reality: The concept of the 'enemy' in the composition of Psalms 9 and 10. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2015, vol.71, n.3, pp. 01-05. ISSN 2072-8050. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/HTS.v71i2.3123.
In this paper, Psalms 9 and 10 are read together from a literary, post-exilic perspective, arguing that the construct of the 'enemy' in this composition primarily serves to strengthen the position of the righteous. It seems that a variety of strategies are employed in this composition to establish dichotomic-ideological categories. This results in the formation of a polarity between YHWH and the enemy on the one hand and the righteous and the enemy on the other. This seems to have been a technique through which the author or authors of this composition sought to break free from their current social experience in order to create a new, just and fair reality for the righteous.