Sunday, March 20, 2011

Lying lips

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To answer Robert's Sunday Psalm Challenge at Daily Athens, here is PSALM 12.
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1. For the leader; on the sheminith. A Psalm. Of David.

2. Save, O LORD! For the faithful are no more; the loyal have vanished from among humankind.

3. Men speak lies to one another; of smooth lip, they speak with two hearts.


4. May the LORD cut off all smooth lips,
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the tongue that speaks boastfully,
5. those who say, “By our tongues we shall prevail; our lips are our own, who can be our master?”
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6. ‘‘Because of the plundering of the poor and the groans of the needy, I will now arise,” says the LORD; “I will grant him the salvation for which he longs.”
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7. The sayings of the LORD are pure sayings, silver purged in an earthen crucible, refined sevenfold.
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8. You, O LORD, do keep them; ever protect each from this generation.
9. Round about the wicked roam, as vileness is exalted among humankind.
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Photos:
"The Golem," popularly known as The Monster, by Niki de Saint Phalle. More about it here.
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A homeless sitting by the [British] Jerusalem War Cemetery.
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Fine silver cases, crowns, and breast plates for Torah scrolls in a Judaica store.
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16 comments:

Honest Abe Lincoln said...

The top couple of pictures reminds me of some of the dreams I have had lately.

Greensboro Daily Photo said...

What a RANGE and such diversity. From monster rides to torah covers to the homeless. (Learned about the Golem today). You are a pro at interpreting the psalms!

JM said...

Saint Phalle's Monster is fantastic (I love her work) and the slver cases are beautiful! Great shots, Dina.

P.S. Thank you for letting me know about the fascinating Tiberias Project. I'll keep it in mind in case I remember someone who might be interested.

Reader Wil said...

You know more about the psalms than anyone I know, even my brother-in-law, who is a minister doesn't know so much.The photos are very right for this psalm.

Dina said...

Abe, you dreamed of monsters? Pretty scary.

Jan/GDP, if you visit Prague you will learn about the Golem in every souvenir shop. He is on T shirts, keychains, etc. etc. Big business.

JM, at the Biblical Zoo Saint Phalle has fantasy animals that kids can play on and in. I'll have to show you some.
Thanks, it would be fun if our archaeologist had someone to speak her native Portuguese with.

Wil, sha sha, don't go overboard. :) I just have good sources to read about the Psalms. Same as anyone can.
I love how you found and embedded that video in your Psalm post today. Who knew you could refine silver at home!

Spiderdama said...

What a monster..would love to take a ride down there:-)
Your photos fit so well to this strong text.
Wish you a blessed sunday!

Leif Hagen said...

You always do such an interesting interpretation on the Psalms for Robert's challenge! My girls would love a turn at the long, red slide - Weeeeeeeeeee!

VP said...

I like your creative and thoughtful way in connecting these photos.

Irina said...

So interesting. And comments add a lot, too.

Rob and Mandy said...

Found this today...
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/9428189.stm

Rayna Eliana said...

Great shots. What a blend!

Happy Purim.

Dina said...

Spiderdama, you would more likely climb UP the red slide.

Leif, the girls would love it, yes!

VP and Irina, thank you.

Rob and Mandy, thanks for the link about Hebrew then and now.
You can see the Academy for the Hebrew Language here:
http://jerusalemhillsdailyphoto.blogspot.com/2009/05/herzl-and-hebrew.html
and
you can see Ben-Yehuda's graffiti:
http://jerusalemhillsdailyphoto.blogspot.com/2010/02/international-mother-language-day.html

Rayna Eliana, happy Purim. It started tonight in Jerusalem. In walled cities it start a day later than in the rest of Israel.

ρομπερτ said...

Thank YOU as well very much for your kind participation !

It is indeed always a pleasure to find the 'root of the place where these verses were created'; allowing you a much felt interpretation.
Thank you as well for your many teaching sources, much appreciated.

It would be of high honour to see you for the remaining 138 weeks.

Please have a good start into the new week.

daily athens

Inger-M said...

Wonderful illustrations!

Cloudia said...

how timely.

The silver Judaica filled me with reverent wonder.



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Kay said...

I must say, your photos match the words very well indeed.