Monday, September 3, 2012

Better than bulls

After a summer break Psalm Challenge, led by Robert Geiss of daily athens photo, is starting up again!
This would be a good chance for new people to join in.
All you have to do is read one Psalm a week and think how you want to illustrate the part(s) that speak to you.
So far we have done the first 69 poems in the Book of Psalms.
Only 81 to go!
UPDATE: Don't miss Robert's own post, with a photo of the radiant beauty of "the mother of his son."
1. For the leader. On shoshanim. Of David.

2. Deliver me, O God, for the waters have reached my neck;
3. I am sinking into the slimy deep without a foothold; I have reached the waters' depths; the current sweeps me away.
4. I am exhausted from my calling out; my throat is parched; my eyes fail while waiting for God.

5. More numerous than the hairs of my head are those who hate me gratuitously; many are those who would destroy me, libelous enemies. What I have not stolen I have had to pay back.
6. God, You are aware of my folly; my guilty acts are not hidden from You.
7. May those who hope in You, O LORD, God of hosts, not be shamed by me; may those who seek You, O God of Israel, not be disgraced by me,
8. because I have been abused for Your sake, as disgrace covered my face.
9. A stranger have I become to my brothers, an alien to my mother’s sons,
10. because my zeal for Your house has devoured me; the abuse of those who abuse You has fallen upon me.
11. When I subjected my soul to tears and fasting, I was abused for it.
12. When I made sackcloth my garment; I became a byword to them.
13. Those who sit in the gate gossip about me, about me the tipplers' [mocking] songs!

14. As for me, my prayer is to You, O LORD; at a favorable moment, O God, in Your abundant steadfast love, answer me with Your sure deliverance.
15. Rescue me from the mire, and let me not drown; let me be rescued from those who hate me and from the waters' depths.
16. Let the current not sweep me away; let the deep not swallow me; let the Pit not close its mouth over me.
17. Answer me, O LORD, for Your steadfast love is good; in accordance with Your abundant mercy, turn Your face to me;
18. and hide not Your face from Your servant, for I am in distress. Answer me quickly.
19. Draw near to my soul and redeem it; free me because of my enemies.
20. You are aware of my abuse, my shame, my disgrace; You are cognizant of all my foes.
21. Abuse breaks my heart, and I am in despair; I hope for consolation, but there is none, and for comforters, but find them not.

22. They give me poison in my food; for my thirst they have me drink vinegar.
23. May their table be a trap in their face; a snare for their allies.
24. May their eyes grow too dim to see; may their loins perpetually tremble.

25. Pour out Your wrath upon them; may Your blazing anger overtake them;
26. may their camp be desolate; may no one dwell in their tents.
27. For they persecute those whom You Yourself have struck; they recount the pain of Your victims.
28. Heap guilt on their guilt; let them not reach Your [reward for] righteousness;
29. may they be erased from the book of life, and not be recorded among the righteous.

30. But as for me, lowly and in pain―may Your deliverance, O God, keep me safe.
31. May I praise God’s name with song, and exalt Him with thanksgiving.

32. That will be better before the LORD than oxen, than bulls with their horns and hooves.

33. O you humble, see and rejoice; O seekers of God, let your heart live!
34. For the LORD hears the needy, and does not spurn His captives.

35. Heaven and Earth shall praise Him, the seas, and everything that moves therein.

36. For God will deliver Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah; they shall dwell there and possess it;
37. the progeny of His servants shall inherit it; those who cherish His name shall settle there.
Israel Museum.
Ma'ale Adumim.
Translation (see also his notes) by Rabbi Benjamin J. Segal.


Birdman said...

Just love your images of your city.

SH -ic said...

good idea about roberts work your fotos

Nathalie said...

What a great project. I can imagine your enthusiasm in participating, I'm sure your photos will fit in well. You are such a wonderful person as well as photographer!

VP said...

Ma'ale Adumim? They settled for good!

Sara said...

Shalom Dina! The last two verses are my favorites. I was fascinated by the photo of the horns...they have such a wide spread from tip to tip, the animal that wore those must have been enormous! Or at the very least, he had a very strong neck to hold up his headgear!

Anonymous said...

Yes. Life has come far indeed. Leaving many a cross road behind and yet, feels as if being on the move. Time is one of the few things which makes me somewhat fear.

Last image, very thoughtful. Please have a good new month ahead, thank you for your kind participation very much.

crystal said...

Neat photos - the horns are really huge!

Interestin about Ma'ale Adumim - I looked it up and Wikipedia says it was the site of the Good Samaritan parable. I always learn things from your posts :)

Dina said...

Crystal, the West Bank city/settlement of Maale Adumim is not far from the Inn of the Good Samaritan, on the Jerusalem to Jericho road. See