Friday, February 5, 2010

To Reader Wil. A Psalm of snow

Blogger friend Reader Wil in The Netherlands wondered "if there are any psalms dedicated to the snowy mountains of Jerusalem."
Wil knows her Bible very well. And I'm sure she has a Bible concordance to look up snow references. I suspect she knew the answer herself.
But, former teacher that she is, she succeeded in stimulating my curiousity. I researched, I read, I wrote.
Thanks, Teacher Wil.
Psalms 147:12 ff
Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!
Praise your God, O Zion!

For . . . he sends forth his command to the earth;
his word runs swiftly.
He gives snow like wool;
he scatters hoarfrost like ashes.
He casts forth his ice like crumbs;
who can stand before his cold?

He sends forth his word, and melts them;
he makes his wind blow, and the waters flow.

יב שבחי ירושלים, את-יהוה; הללי אלוהייך ציון.יג כי-חיזק, בריחי שערייך; בירך בנייך בקרבך.יד השם-גבולך שלום; חלב חיטים, ישביעך.טו השולח אמרתו ארץ; עד-מהרה, ירוץ דברו.טז הנותן שלג כצמר; כפור, כאפר יפזר.יז משליך קרחו כפיתים; לפני קרתו, מי יעמוד.יח ישלח דברו וימסם; ישב רוחו, ייזלו-מים.


Daniel Dragomirescu said...

Daniel D. Peaceman, writer and editor
of Contemporary Horizon Magazine

Reader Wil said...

Thank you, thank you! This is so great and beautiful! I must confess that I didn't know this psalm. I will read more psalms in future. They are the breath of God. My mum survived the concentration camp because of the psalms about the mountains. We always saw them in the distance. Psalm 121 was her favourit. Thank you once again.

Chuck Pefley said...

A wonderful psalm and describes your current condition nicely.

I have to wonder what Tabby thinks as she/he takes tentative steps forward on the blanket of clod wool.

Petrea said...

Very beautiful, Dina. And you're brave against the cold. I'd leave my heater on at night with the windows closed!

Nadege said...

Hard to believe you sleep with the window open in winter. And how nice to have Reader Wil pick your curiosity.

JC said...

Great psalm. I love it.

Cloudia said...

How did my cat get to Jerusalem?!!

ShAloha, Friend

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Dina said...

Wil, yes, the Psalms are great in any situation.
So glad your mother and you had the mountains to lift up your eyes to and to anticipate the help that would come.

Chuck, she was not a happy cat that morning. It was her first time in snow (or clod wool, as you said, nice!). Lucky the snow only stuck for a few hours.

Petrea, it's an old habit from Chicago. So nice to breath crisp air while sleeping. Anyway, the eiderdown would be much too warm with heat on.

Nadege, well, it IS hard in the morning to make that break from the warm bed.
Yes, we are lucky to have elders like Wil in the blogosphere.

JC, yes, it's a good one. Like verse 3: "He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds."

Cloudia, maybe she swam?? Does your Kitty look like Lara? Lara is my best cat friend in the world.

Istanbul Daily Photo, shalom and welcome. I enjoy your pictures of Turkey, where I have never been and always wanted to be.

Leif Hagen said...

I just love your blog, Dina! You have such interesting, informative "stuff" on it! I need not mention the cool photos, too! Bravo!

Sara said...

Shalom Dina. Oh, I do hope you get sheleg! How beautiful that would be...and you've got that nice electric radiator to keep you warm. What will happen if the snow is heavy? Do they have snow plows to clear the main roads?

We must have used a different Hebrew textbook (I still have it)'s orange, copyright 1942, 1970 by Zevi Sharfstein "Modern Hebrew and Grammar" by Reuben Wallenrod, Brooklyn College, and Abraham Aaroni, Thomas Jefferson High School.

It is always a pleasure to come visit you here and learn something new. Thank you for all that you offer us! Much more than simply a daily photo. And that alone would be special!

I hope you wake up to white, white everywhere next morning!

jeannette stgermain said...

Am glad I visited you today! I had no idea that David wrote about the snow on the mountains - it gives me a different picture of him. Thanks for sharing:)
I could not sleep with the bedroom window open in the winter! Quite a few people in Holl. have the bathroom window open though.

Louis la Vache said...

To Reader Wil, indeed, Psalm 121 is comforting in so many situations. «Louis» is pleased to read that it helped sustain your mother when she was in the concentration camp.

Ann said...

A kitty in the snow - lovely.

VP said...

What a pleasant surprise: a psalm mentioning snow, the snow that you didn't get this year.
I enjoyed all the comments, which really complete this post.

Eki said...

I like the poetic language of Holy Sciptures (The Torah, the Bible, the Koran, Hindu Sacred Texts). God is the most beautiful poet. And His words are the most moving.

And it's beautiful pictures too, Dina. They go well with your text.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Oh, I just may have to borrow this verbiage for a Sacred Sunday shot!

Lovely, lovely. Snow in the psalms.


Anonymous said...

Oh well, this is a good post. I never ever thought of snow in Jerusalem until this post. Now I know.

Speaking of snow, we got a bunch of it. I am not sure but 14 inches is predicted for today and we got a lot out there overnight.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Cats love the out of doors but they hate snow.

moneythoughts said...

And yes, we have snow in Cincinnati too now. So, now that I read your psalm, I will look upon this snow and not use the language I might have used had I not read the psalm. It will be a day to relax as it is the Sabbath, and I have no where I must go.

Pietro said...

Great psalm and excellent post, Dina.

Arija said...

It is sobering to reflect that in days of yore, people knew who to thank for their natural phenomena instead of attributing scientific explanations and forgetting the source. Scientists may have all the gene and DNA technology, but I have never seen one lay an egg nor create a chicken.