Sunday, May 1, 2011

By night and by day

Robert of Daily Athens continues to challenge us to read and illustrate the Book of Psalms, one poem each Sunday.
We have reached Psalm 17.
The Hebrew original can be found here.

1 A prayer. Of David.
Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry; give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit.
2 From you let my vindication come; let your eyes see the right.
3 If you try my heart, if you visit me by night, if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me; my mouth does not transgress.
As for what others do, by the word of your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent.

5 My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped.
6 I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me, hear my words.
Wondrously show your steadfast love, O savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand.

Guard me as the apple of the eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings,

from the wicked who despoil me, my deadly enemies who surround me.
10 They close their hearts to pity; with their mouths they speak arrogantly.
They track me down; now they surround me; they set their eyes to cast me to the ground.

They are like a lion eager to tear, like a young lion lurking in ambush.

Rise up, O Lord, confront them, overthrow them! By your sword deliver my life from the wicked,

from mortals—by your hand, O Lord— from mortals whose portion in life is in this world. May their bellies be filled with what you have stored up for them; may their children have more than enough; may they leave something over to their little ones.

As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.

In a cave in the night
In the Sea of Galilee
In Dominus Flevit


Reader Wil said...

You have found the right photos to the verses. Sorry I couldn't correct my enter.

Sara said...

That last photo brings to mind the quotation "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem... how I have longed to gather you under my wings...." which may be what the Latin around the edge is quoting, I suppose.

ρομπερτ said...

Thank you very much for these colourful impressions, which are indeed able to make the words seen.

Like the last image most as it is in my opinion one of the greatest challenges of time and life.

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

daily athens

VP said...

A careful and interesting choice of pictures fo r this text. My obvious favorite is the Dominus Flevit one.

Spiderdama said...

Great photos to describe this psalm!

Suzanne said...

Love the foot in the Sea of Galilee. Beautiful Dina.