Sunday, September 18, 2011

"Lord, test my kidneys and heart"

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Returning to Robert's PsalmChallenge, after summer break, here is Psalm 26.
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1. Of David.

Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in personal integrity; I have trusted in the LORD; I shall not falter.
2. Probe me, O LORD, and try me, test my kidneys
[i.e. conscience] and heart,
צרופה (צָרְפָה) כִלְיוֹתַי וְלִבִּי
3. for Your steadfast love is before my eyes; I walk in Your faithfulness.
4. I do not sit with worthless men, and will never mix with hypocrites;
5. I hate the assemblage of evildoers, and will not sit with the wicked;


6. I wash my hands in innocence,
and circle Your altar, O LORD,
7. sounding the voice of thanksgiving, recounting all Your wonders.
8. O LORD, I love the abode of Your house, the dwelling-place of Your glory.


9. Do not sweep away my being with sinners,
my life with the bloodthirsty men,
10. who have schemes in their grip, their right-hand filled with bribes.


11. But I walk in personal integrity; redeem me, have mercy on me!
12. My foot stands on level ground. In assemblies I will bless the LORD.

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Photos:
1. Grandson Dean at the child-height sink in Bloomberg Science Museum, Jerusalem.
2. A mosaic floor designed and installed by Italian Vasco Nasorri in 1984 in the courtyard of the Franciscan church, Mt. of Beatitudes. N.B. I post this only for the broom, not for Paul's message, which is quoted in Latin, and with which I do not agree.
3. Dean, several years ago, walking with his staff. With integrity.
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13 comments:

Kate said...

A very handsome grandson!

Spiderdama said...

How cute is he:-)
Very creative photos to the verses.

Blessed Sunday to you Dina!

VP said...

You chose the right pictures for these verses...

Reader Wil said...

What a cute, lovely little man Dean is! I love this psalm. I'll join you in several weeks.
Thanks for your comment. You know when ever you come to my country, you can stay with me. It'll be a pleasure to have a blogging friend staying! Last week I had an Australian friend of my daughter's staying. We saw the windmills and Gouda with the famous weighhouse and the beautiful stained glass windows in the St. John's church. I am never tired to go to Gouda. It was a pity that there was such windy and rainy weather.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Beautiful post Dina. The little one is quite a model and poses real well.

ρομπερτ said...

They are indeed great teachers, aren't they ?!

Thank you for your kind participation very much. Please have a good new week and please join again soon.

Sara Lorayne said...

What a handsome young man your grandson is. I enjoyed your choice of photos for Psalm 26.

Fran said...

Nice! And what a cute child!

Petrea Burchard said...

Charming photos to illustrate the words.

I've been away too long! Catching up on your posts is always a pleasure and an education, Dina.

Pietro said...

So lovely the third picture!

Suzanne said...

Lovely interpretation all the way around.

JM said...

Dean looks absolutely cute in the bottom shot!

Kay said...

Cuuuuuuuuuute!