Sunday, June 3, 2012

The song of silence

Happy Pentecost to all Orthodox Christians and especially in Athens, where our weekly PsalmChallenge is centered.

Psalm 65
1. For the leader. A psalm. Of David. A song.

2. To You, silence is praise, God, in Zion; a vow to You will be paid.
3. It is He Who hears prayer; unto You all flesh shall come.
4. Reports of sins overpowered me; our iniquities You will expiate.
5. Happy is he whom You choose to bring near and to dwell in Your courts; we will be sated with the bounty of Your house, the holiness of Your temple.

6. With awesome deeds of righteousness answer us, O God of our deliverance, O hope of the distant ends of the earth and sea,
7. Who by His strength has formed the mountains, Who is encompassed in power,
8. Who stills the roaring seas, their roaring waves, and the tumult of peoples.
9. Those who dwell at the ends of the world are awed by Your signs; You cause the portals of morning and evening to exult.

10. You watch over the earth and water it; You enrich it greatly, with a god(-like) stream full of water;
You form grain for men; truly, indeed, You do form it.
11. Engorge its troughs, its ridges level; with showers You will soften it, its growth You will bless.

12. You have crowned the year with Your bounty; abundance will drip in Your paths;
13. the wilderness grasslands will drip; with joy the hills will be girded.

14. The pastures will clothe themselves with flocks; the valleys will drape themselves in grain; they will raise a shout; they will even sing.
Translation by Rabbi Benjamin Segal. See also his notes and the Hebrew.
1. The Jordan River at Kasr al Yahud
2. Neighbor goats in our valley in the hills


Birdman said...

The twenty-two mile long Presumpscot River runs through the center of Westbrook. For many years,
before Westbrook became incorporated as a town, there were two villages about a mile apart, along its shores,both situated beside river falls. The falls were recognized by the early settlers as places where dams could bebuilt and the power used to run mills. The village at the westerly falls was given the Indian name Saccarabigg,later changed to Saccarappa. [Saccrappa means “falling toward the rising sun” and Presumpscot means
“many rough places river”. See “Ammocongin/Cumberland Mills” for information on the easterly village. ]

Birdman said...

They say it's golden too!

JM said...

Beautiful hairy goats!

Sara said...

What a beautiful translation this is. I took my time and savored every word. And now...I must get busy and post my own Psalm Challenge!

Spiderdama said...

This is a very beautiful psalm and it goes so well with pictures from your Israel.

Hope you have a wonderful week Dina:-)

NixBlog said...

A lovely post, Dina. Enjoy the new week!

Anonymous said...

Oh ! That's a lot of water. One can only hope that it turned out to be of usage and did not provide much a damage.

Thank you for reminding me as well of a day while being lost in a forest and meeting goats.

Thank you as well for your kind participation very much ! Please have a good start into the new week.

luluberoo said...

I really loved reading this Psalm today. It filled me with peace.

cloudia charters said...

a glorious post; and the police horses are amazing!

Enjoy your week, Dina
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Robin said...

What lovely long coats those goats have.

I took the kids and some visitors to Havat Chai in Mevo Modiin last week. They had a wonderful time milking goats, making cheese (!), even got to hold a 3-day old baby goat :).

Dina said...

Shalom friends, and thanks for your nice comments.

Robert, I realize now that the stairs going down into the water can be misleading. The picture just shows the normal state of the little Jordan River, but the place, Kasr il Yahud, is a place where pilgrims come to immerse or be baptized.

Hels said...

Bounty, abundance and joy..
For everyone!!

VP said...

What beautiful goats, but the Jordan looks murky...

Pat said...

This psalm is so beautiful, and you have made it even more beautiful with your photos, Dina!