Sunday, December 16, 2012

Even the bird finds a home

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For Sunday's PsalmChallenge, graciously hosted by Robert Geiss of daily athens photo.

(My photos below can be enlarged with a click and then another click.)

PSALM 84
1. For the leader; on the gittith. Of the Korahites. A Psalm.

2. How lovely Your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!
3. My soul longs, even wastes away, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh sing with joy to the living Deity.




4. Even the bird has found a house, and the swallow a nest for itself in which to set its young—near Your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God.
5. Happy are those who abide in Your house; forever they praise You.  Selah.




6. Happy is the man whose refuge is in You. Roadways in their heart,
7. those who pass through the Valley of Baca, covered by the early rain, regard it as a spring, even as pools.
8. They go from rampart to rampart, each appearing before God in Zion.



9. LORD, God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob.  Selah.
10. Behold our shield, O God; look upon the face of Your anointed.




11. Truly, better one day in Your courts than any thousand [elsewhere]; I choose to be at the threshold of God’s house over residing in the tents of wickedness.
12. Truly, sun and shield is the LORD God; the LORD bestows favor and glory; He does not withhold His bounty from those who go with integrity.

13. O LORD of hosts, happy is the man who trusts in You.
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Translation: Rabbi Benjamin Segal.  See also his notes on the text.
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Photos:
1.  Psalm 84 from the early 9th century Stuttgart Psalter!!
2.  One of many springs in the Hills of Jerusalem.
3.  A "shield of David" (magen David) entitled "Mah tovu" by Helene Jacubowitz Mamilla mall.
4.   The Second Temple,  in the Holyland model which is now at the Israel Museum.
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(The Temple goes to Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors meme.)
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12 comments:

Spiderdama said...

I love these strong words in this review and your photos are really perfect! This makes the rest of my day to :D

VP said...

I am always impressed by the models of the temple....

Birdman said...

This country need all the prayers it can get this weekend. The evil of Connecticut lingers.

Sara said...

Shalom Dina, I love your wonderful photos for this psalm. I knew you'd find something really good to share from the city where it all happened/happens and where I assume many of these psalms were written!

Robert Geiss said...

Thank you very much for your kind effort and always interesting entries.
Must be wonderful to read or just see such old book. Made me wonder of the smell of the paper.
The star is very moving. Great detail the shadow !

Thank you very much for your participation. Please have a good new week ahead. Energy felt in your city must currently be high.

Ann said...

That's a lovely little spring.

Cloudia said...

and we shall be as trees planted there . . .





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toby said...

What an honor to have the Temple windows and doors linked to my humble little meme. Wow!
Great photos - I especially like that star :)
Have a fantastic week!

Tina Liel said...

Thanks a lot for your sweet sweet Hanukka greeting. Hope you had a nice Hanukka too! As always I love your pictures and stories from Jerusalem♥ Wish I could blog from there and not central Jerusalem ha ha. And with the story about the German hospice you gave me a new idea for where to stay when we are in Jerusalem the next time. HUGS

Robin said...

That spring sits in such a pretty, peaceful looking spot.

JM said...

Very creative shield of David!

Lesley said...

I almost missed the figures in the Star. I love it. Very art deco, too.