Sunday, January 30, 2011

Make your way straight before me

Presenting Psalm 5 for the weekly PsalmChallenge over at Daily Athens.
7. But as for me, in the abundance of your lovingkindness will I come into your house;
וַאֲנִי--בְּרֹב חַסְדְּךָ, אָבוֹא בֵיתֶךָ
I will bow down toward your holy temple in awe of you.
אֶשְׁתַּחֲוֶה אֶל-הֵיכַל-קָדְשְׁךָ, בְּיִרְאָתֶךָ.

9. O LORD, lead me in your righteousness
because of them that lie in wait for me;
make your way straight before my face.
יְהוָה, נְחֵנִי בְצִדְקָתֶךָ--לְמַעַן שׁוֹרְרָי; הושר (הַיְשַׁר) לְפָנַי דַּרְכֶּךָ
Photos are of the model of Jerusalem as many believe it looked in 66 CE, in the Second Temple Period.
The model now resides at the Israel Museum.
Grandson Dean is on the path.
Here is the text of Psalm 5 with a different translation:

1. For the leader; on Nehiloth1. A psalm. Of David.

2. Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my utterance.
3. Listen to the sound of my cry, my King and God, for I pray to You.
4. LORD, hear my voice in the morning; in the morning I turn to2 You, and wait.
5. For You are not a God who desires wickedness; evil cannot sojourn with You;
6. wanton men cannot endure in Your sight. You hate all evildoers;
7. You destroy those who speak lies; a man of blood and deceit the LORD abhors.
8. But I, through Your abundant love, enter Your house; I bow to Your holy temple in awe of You.
9. O LORD, lead me along Your righteousness because of my foes; make Your way straight before me.
10. For there is no sincerity in their mouth; their innards - destruction; their throat is an open grave; their tongue slippery.
11 Hold them guilty, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; because of their many crimes cast them out, for they defy You.
12 But let all who take refuge in You rejoice; may they ever sing in jubilation as You shelter them; and let those who love Your name exult in You.
13. For You surely bless the righteous man, O LORD, encompassing him with favor as with a shield.


Reader Wil said...

Hi Dina, I am staying with friends using their computer. I think psalm 5 is a difficult one. Your photo is perfect and different from the others. Is this a model of the first temple? I like this meme for now I have to read the psalms again and think about their contents in a way I didn't do before.

Robin said...

Lovely choice to use the model to illustrate, and that path looks so inviting on a warm sunny day.

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Dina said...

Wil, well, yes, that's my advantage, living in the place where the Psalms were written. It is the model of the Second Temple, specifically, Jerusalem in year 66 CE. (I just moved that info up to the middle of the post instead of having it way down like a footnote.)
You're right, Robert has done a big mitsvah by making us read the Psalms regularly and think about one all week.
Have a good time with your friends.

Robin, using the Temple model was the literal interpretation. We should remember that "entering God's house" can be anywhere we make it that.
The path IS inviting. I walk it often. I wish Dean were always here to walk it with him.

Sara said...

Yes, you certainly do have the advantage, Dina, living where you do! I remember that model when it was still on the grounds of the hotel (was it the Holy Land Hotel?)....

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Anonymous said...

The last picture did bleach me mind. Offering a rare peacefulness. I thank you very much. For you and your participation.

Please have you all a good new week.

daily athens

VP said...

I have seen this model, or something like this, so many times that it is quite a familiar thing now. It is amazing to try and discover the few traces still visible around the Old City...

JM said...

Amazing site!

Spiderdama said...

Great picture to this text! Nr 2 pics and the text is very strong to me..God is great!!:-)
Wish you a happy and blessed day!