Sunday, May 15, 2011

The sound of silence

The 19th is a perfect Psalm and one of the greatest poems in the world!
Parts of it I know by heart because of their recital in Jewish liturgy.
Today I'm using the RSV translation. The Hebrew original is here.
This post joins the other Psalm 19 illustrators at Robert of Daily Athens' PsalmChallenge.
1 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
2 Day to day pours forth speech,

and night to night declares knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; 4 yet their voice [or: their LINE] goes out through all the earth,.
In them he has set a tent for the sun, 5 which comes forth like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and like a strong man runs its course with joy. 6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and there is nothing hid from its heat.
7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; 8 the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; 9 the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever; the ordinances of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. 12 But who can discern his errors? Clear thou me from hidden faults. 13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. .
Sunbeams over the Valley of Soreq
Moonrise over Jerusalem
Jet contrails in a Swiss sky
Christian cleric in the Holy Sepulchre church


Birdman said...

That first image says it all. Dawn breaks.

Leif Hagen said...

A beautiful Psalm Challenge entry for Robert's meme! I'm using a Psalm in my short message at church this afternoon!

Hilda said...

Another beautiful Psalm illustration from you. I especially love your first two photos.

Spiderdama said...

Oh, that nr 1 is so beautiful! Full of power. Thinking about the song "power of your love", when I see it..
It`s a great psalm!
Wish you a happy evening, hugs from Tania

Cloudia said...

wonderful shots, D

Thrilled to be BACK-

Warm Aloha from Honolulu

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VP said...

I could just use some real silence after a couple of chaotic days...

Anonymous said...

Another entry that could be felt. Especially the last picture I like most !

Thank you very much for your participation !

Please have a wonderful start into the new week and please join again soon.

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

It is a wonderful psalm and poem, I agree wholeheartedly. I did not feel I could do it justice and haven't even posted on it....I did try but got nowhere. Your post is excellent.

Pietro said...

All so fascinating.

Kay said...

I agree with Birdman. That first photo is truly spectacular and sets the tone for the psalm.

Robin said...

Lovely skies, especially the sunbeams :).

PS The Rahat festival was quite small and very local. Not worth shlepping from J'lem for you, but I'm glad we stopped by and were able to share their day with them.

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JM said...

Fantastic shots, Dina! Love the rays of light, the red moon and the praying priest. Great post!

Eki said...

What a magnificent series of photos, Dina. A befitting illustration of the Psalm you chose to share.