Gianni Barbiero, «Alcune osservazioni sulla conclusione del Salmo 89 (vv. 47-53)», Vol. 88 (2007) 536-545
The petition (vv. 47-52) and the final blessing (v. 53) which conclude Ps 89 are not additions to the original psalm, as often held. While these verses indeed join Ps 89 to the surrounding psalms and to the Psalter as a whole, they are also closely connected with the rest of the psalm itself, which without them, would lack certain basic elements for its understanding. Verses 47-53 go beyond the complaint of vv. 39-46 to conclude Ps 89 on a note of hope. The anger of YHWH cannot last forever, because his fidelity to the promise he made to David lasts forever. These considerations serve to moderate an exclusively theocratic and democratic interpretation of the Psalter, restoring attention to the messianic dimension as such.