Sunday, March 10, 2013

בְּרֹב שַׂרְעַפַּי בְּקִרְבִּי תַּנְחוּמֶיךָ יְשַׁעַשְׁעוּ נַפְשִׁי:

Join us in  illustrating the Book of Psalms, on Sundays.
Robert is hosting at his new blog, Robert Geiss, A PHOTOGRAPHER'S MIND.
 1 O LORD, thou God of vengeance, thou God of vengeance, shine forth! 2 Rise up, O judge of the earth; render to the proud their deserts! 3 O LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked exult? 4 They pour out their arrogant words, they boast, all the evildoers. 5 They crush thy people, O LORD, and afflict thy heritage. 6 They slay the widow and the sojourner, and murder the fatherless; 7 and they say, "The LORD does not see; the God of Jacob does not perceive." 8 Understand, O dullest of the people! Fools, when will you be wise? 9 He who planted the ear, does he not hear? He who formed the eye, does he not see? 10 He who chastens the nations, does he not chastise? He who teaches men knowledge, 11 the LORD, knows the thoughts of man, that they are but a breath.  

12 Blessed is the man whom thou dost chasten, O LORD, and whom thou dost teach out of thy law 13 to give him respite from days of trouble, until a pit is dug for the wicked. 14 For the LORD will not forsake his people; he will not abandon his heritage; 15 for justice will return to the righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it.  
 16 Who rises up for me against the wicked? Who stands up for me against evildoers? 17 If the LORD had not been my help, my soul would soon have dwelt in the land of silence. 18 When I thought, "My foot slips," thy steadfast love, O LORD, held me up.

 19 When the cares of my heart are many, thy consolations cheer my soul. בְּרֹב שַׂרְעַפַּי בְּקִרְבִּי תַּנְחוּמֶיךָ יְשַׁעַשְׁעוּ נַפְשִׁי  20 Can wicked rulers be allied with thee, who frame mischief by statute? 21 They band together against the life of the righteous, and condemn the innocent to death. 22 But the LORD has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge. 23 He will bring back on them their iniquity and wipe them out for their wickedness; the LORD our God will wipe them out. .Translation: RSV (Revised Standard Version), 1952, 1971For a different translation and for commentary, see Rabbi Benjamin J. Segal.
Photos (all can be enlarged with a click or two): 1. Remains of an ancient shomera (~ watchman's hut).2. A different shomera,  also in the Jerusalem Hills. 3. Rakafot (cyclamens) grow in the ancient terrace walls..


Mary Gerdt said...

Great post and photos Dina, Hope more will join again. have a great week. Mary

Humble wife said...

I love seeing the Psalm come alive with your photos! It was nice to discover your blog today as I was uplifted.

New Mexico, USA

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your kind attention and participation very much dear Dina !

Who would have known, that such a small cave can become such adventure; as it suits very well that Psalm.

Please have a good new week ahead.

Sara said...

The cyclamen are so pretty against the stones . . . signs of Spring approaching.

Cloudia said...

So awesome to see the land of the words!

ALOHA from Honolulu
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Spiderdama said...

Just beautiful Dina! I like this version very much. That strong flower in the rock is lovely
Wish you a happy week:-)

Dina said...

Friends, thank you all for your nice words.

Jennifer, welcome to the blog!

JM said...

I wonder how old these shomeras are.

Dina said...

JM, the agricultural terraces and the shomerot that go with them--some are from the Hellenistic period, which means the first few centuries B.C., and some were built already in the Iron Age (Israelite age) i.e. 1200-539 B.C.
There are hundreds of shomerot here in the Jerusalem Hills. Not many have been investigated and it is hard to find information on them.

I should do some posts on these fascinating structures.

SH -ic said...

thanks dina .. it was today I wanted to sask you where is Robert .. and now I know ..

VP said...

Fascinating stone constructions...

Pietro Brosio said...

Great Psalm and images, Dina.