Sunday, May 22, 2011

Answers in the day of trouble

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For Daily Athens' weekly PsalmChallenge, here is the uplifting Psalm 20.
The Hebrew + English text can be found here.
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1 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
The LORD answer you in the day of trouble! The name of the God of Jacob protect you!
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2 May he send you help from the sanctuary, and give you support from Zion! 3 May he remember all your offerings, and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! [Selah]

4 May he grant you your heart's desire, and fulfill all your plans! 5 May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners!
May the LORD fulfill all your petitions!

6 Now I know that the LORD will help his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with mighty victories by his right hand. 7 Some boast of chariots, and some of horses; but we boast of the name of the LORD our God. 8 They will collapse and fall; but we shall rise and stand upright. 9 O LORD save! May the King answer us on the day we call.*
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Photos:
The tetragrammaton: YHWH, the letters of God's ineffable name
Sacrificial altars of the Second Temple, Aish Hatorah model
From the Museum of Islamic Art
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*The Vulgate, the early Latin version of the Bible, translates the last verse as
"O Lord, save the king! Answer us when we call."
From here comes the phrase "God Save the King [or Queen]," a rallying cry to the support of the monarch and the nation's forces.
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14 comments:

Spiderdama said...

Your picture fit good as always!
Looks a bit sad, but we trust in the Name.
Hope you have happy days in Jerusalem, hugs from Tania

Kay said...

Wow! That is a very thick wall. Have a great Sunday, Dina.

*Honest Abe said...

I am drawn, not by counting words, sentences, paragraphs, but how thick that wall is. Gotta be the coolest house in town.

Reader Wil said...

Your explanation is always so interesting, for you are the person who knows more about the psalms than most of us.

Birdman said...

Always enjoy your Sunday combo of visuals and text.

Dina said...

Spiderdama, happy days, yes. We also had a happy night, last night was Lag BaOmer holiday when everyone has fun around a bonfire.

Kay, Abe, a very old house. But it does get pretty hot in the sunny daytimes of summer.

Wil, well, just 'cause I can read the original psalm. Ha, but then I start mulling about what translation to use.

Birdman, Sunday combo sounds like something good on the menu. I'd love to order one.

Greensboro Daily Photo said...

Dina: We can always count on you for a little uplifting on Sunday, both on your comments on our blog as well as the informative posts on JHDP!
I agree with Kay. The THICK walls are attention getters!

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

I love that the tetragrammaton is inset on that high windowsill where the light pours into the room...seems very symbolic to me.

VP said...

What is a 'combat room' in a museum?

Dina said...

Thanks Jan.

Sara, yes, I'd agree. BTW, it is not a Jewish place.

VP, you are right, I was not happy with my choice of words there so I removed it. The museum has a big room to show the history of weapons and ways of combat in the Moslem world down through the centuries. But I forgot exactly how they call the exhibit.

Patsy said...

Always learning something new on your post. Thanks

ρομπερτ said...

Thank you very much for this lesson ! With great interest one awaits the see your choice of pictures.

Feels that one who builds that solid, owns a solid faith.

Please have a good new week and please join again soon.

Cloudia said...

amazing posts this week, D!



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Theanne and Baron said...

Thank you for your photos that enhance the words! I like "answers in the day of trouble," we need a lot of those these days!