Is Psalm 74:13 prophetic of the future or a reference to the past? Was that part of the process of taming the chaotic abyss?:

Psalm 74:13You crumbled the sea with Your might; You shattered the heads of the sea monsters on the water.


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In Tehillim 74:13, Asaf refers to Egyptians as תַ֝נִּינִים “crocodiles” 🐊 crushed during Yam Suf crossing. - same sarcastic title used by Yechezkel in Ezekiel 29:3 מִצְרַ֔יִם הַתַּנִּים֙ (alluding to Egyptian army’s faith in Sobek). * This is an example of political satire representing Egyptians in the image of their god.

  • Okay, so he is alluding to Egypt, rather than the abyss?
    – Ruminator
    Dec 29, 2022 at 3:41
  • @Ruminator the word "abyss" is not used in Tehillim 74:13, and so why would the "abyss" be alluded to? Otherwise, how do you define "abyss" and to which word in Tehillim 74.13 are you connecting it to?
    – ninamag
    Dec 29, 2022 at 8:30

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