Sunday, October 9, 2011

After the fire, peace

For Robert's weekly PsalmChallenge at Daily Athens blog, here is Psalm 29.
Quite often I use Rabbi Benjamin J. Segal's translations.
Much is to be learned from his essay on each psalm.
Many of the word images in Psalm 29 touch me especially deep today, as the memorial ceremonies are taking place in Israel's military cemeteries. We remember our 2,691 soldiers killed when Egypt and Syria attacked us by surprise on Yom Kippur, 1973. Now, 38 years later, their sons and daughters and even grandchildren stand at the graveside.
1. A psalm. Of David.
Ascribe to the LORD, O sons of gods, ascribe to the LORD glory and might.

2. Ascribe to the LORD the glory of His name; bow down to the LORD in the majesty of holiness.

3. The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over multitudinous waters.

4. The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic.
5. The voice of the LORD breaks cedars; the LORD breaks apart the cedars of Lebanon.
6. He makes them skip like a calf, Lebanon and Sirion, like a young wild ox.

(Enlarge the photo to appreciate the flames.)

7. The voice of the LORD forks as flames of fire.
8. The voice of the LORD convulses the wilderness; the LORD convulses the wilderness of Kadesh.

9. The voice of the LORD causes deer to calve and lays bare forests, while in His temple, everything says "Glory!"
10. The LORD sat enthroned at the Flood; the LORD sits enthroned, king forever.

11. May the LORD grant might to His people; may the LORD bless His people with peace.

א מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד הָבוּ לַיהוָה בְּנֵי אֵלִים הָבוּ לַיהוָה כָּבוֹד וָעֹז

ב הָבוּ לַיהוָה כְּבוֹד שְׁמוֹ הִשְׁתַּחֲווּ לַיהוָה בְּהַדְרַת-קֹדֶשׁ

ג קוֹל יְהוָה עַל-הַמָּיִם אֵל-הַכָּבוֹד הִרְעִים יְהוָה עַל-מַיִם רַבִּים

ד קוֹל-יְהוָה בַּכֹּחַ קוֹל יְהוָה בֶּהָדָר

ה קוֹל יְהוָה שֹׁבֵר אֲרָזִים וַיְשַׁבֵּר יְהוָה אֶת-אַרְזֵי הַלְּבָנוֹן

ו וַיַּרְקִידֵם כְּמוֹ-עֵגֶל לְבָנוֹן וְשִׂרְיֹן כְּמוֹ בֶן-רְאֵמִים

ז קוֹל-יְהוָה חֹצֵב לַהֲבוֹת אֵשׁ

ח קוֹל יְהוָה יָחִיל מִדְבָּר יָחִיל יְהוָה מִדְבַּר קָדֵשׁ

ט קוֹל יְהוָה יְחוֹלֵל אַיָּלוֹת וַיֶּחֱשֹׂף יְעָרוֹת

וּבְהֵיכָלוֹ כֻּלּוֹ אֹמֵר כָּבוֹד

י יְהוָה לַמַּבּוּל יָשָׁב וַיֵּשֶׁב יְהוָה מֶלֶךְ לְעוֹלָם

יא יְהוָה עֹז לְעַמּוֹ יִתֵּן יְהוָה יְבָרֵךְ אֶת-עַמּוֹ בַשָּׁלוֹם

Photos are of the 2009 fire on our local monastery's grounds.


VP said...

It is always sad to see something burnt out...

Theanne and Baron said...

the pictures with God's word is so very powerful

Sara Lorayne said...


Sara Lorayne said...

PS: Thank you for that link to Rabbi Segal's translations and essays...I just read all about Psalm 29 there, and will be visiting again. Wonderful information there.

Spiderdama said...

Strong photos and text. He is above everything..

robert said...

Heat and heart felt images along the lines of this Psalm. Thank you very much for this entry of yours and your kind participation.

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

Louis la Vache said...

Very appropriate illustrations to the Psalm, especially in the context in which you present it, Dina.

«Louis» thanks you for the link to Rabbi Segal's translations and essays.

Virginia said...

Your images along with the verses were very powerful.

Reader Wil said...

Your photos express the real meaning of the psalm because the psalm and the photos are from Israel, whereas mine are taken from various places in the world.( Holland, Australia, volcano from an unknown place and rainbow from France).

Pietro said...

Powerful post, Dina.

JM said...

With temperatures reaching 30ºC on a daily basis, we have had so many fires in October! As if the ones during summer were not enough...