Wednesday, 4 October 2023

#Psalmtweet #Psalter 34:9 Acrostic 3

 Acrostics celebrate the poem just prior to them. Apart from Psalms 1-2 which introduce the psalter as a whole, and Psalm 10 which continues Psalm 9,  Psalm 33 is the only one in Book 1 lacking the inscription ldvd.

An invitation to science -- knowledge -- experiment and result

טַעֲמ֣וּ וּ֭רְאוּ כִּי־ט֣וֹב יְהוָ֑ה
אַֽשְׁרֵ֥י הַ֝גֶּ֗בֶר יֶחֱסֶה־בּֽוֹ
9 Taste and see for Yahweh is good.
Happy the valiant that takes refuge in him.
't 'tymu urau ci-'tob ihvh
awri hgbr iksh-bo
'tym\v v/ra\v ci 'tvb ihvh
awr\i h/gbr i/ksh b\v

Do your research.

Notice that the name of the musical accents is te'amim טעמי המקרא. 'tymi hmqra This root is translated as taste above. These accents are sometimes called marks of taste. There are a thousand things that you will have 'discovered' that point you to a religious framework of one kind or another. If the religious framework produces violence, jealousy, envy, and unhappiness, then maybe something needs to be reconsidered. There is no conflict between the scientific method and religion. We are to have confidence in our shared reality and what we discover about it.

Tuesday, 3 October 2023

#Psalmtweet #Psalter 33:2

Note that word nbl - senseless in psalm 14 but here a homonym - the lute.
And hear -- what you are supposed to sing -- a psalm zmr.

הוֹד֣וּ לַיהוָ֣ה בְּכִנּ֑וֹר
בְּנֵ֥בֶל עָ֝שׂ֗וֹר זַמְּרוּ־לֽוֹ
2 Give thanks to Yahweh on a harp.
On a ten-stringed lute sing a psalm to him.
b hodu lihvh bcinor
bnbl ywor zmru-lo
hv/d\v l/ihvh b/cnr
b/nbl ywr zmr\v l\v

Here's an example of my work on this psalm with an English underlay to the melodies.

Monday, 2 October 2023

#Psalmtweet #Psalter out of sequence. Psalm 109:1-6

I won't forget this psalm on the 18th of December either. May it be accomplished by then.

Do you dare to read this psalm? Throughout the psalter, we read of the triumph of Yahweh, of Yahweh as king. Do we imagine that Yahweh rules as an oligarch rules, as one who demands protection money?

Psalm 109:1-6 A prayer for justice against evil

לַ֭מְנַצֵּחַ לְדָוִ֣ד מִזְמ֑וֹר
אֱלֹהֵ֥י תְ֝הִלָּתִ֗י אַֽל־תֶּחֱרַֽשׁ
1 ♪g For the leader, of David a psalm.

God of my praise do not be silent.
a lmnxk ldvid mzmor
alohi thilti al-tkrw
lm/nxk l/dvd m/zmr
alh\i t/hl\ti al t/krw
כִּ֤י פִ֪י רָשָׁ֡ע וּֽפִי־מִ֭רְמָה עָלַ֣י פָּתָ֑חוּ
דִּבְּר֥וּ אִ֝תִּ֗י לְשׁ֣וֹן שָֽׁקֶר
2 ♪C For the mouth of a criminal and the mouth of deceit are open over me.
They speak to me with a false tongue.
b ci pi rwy upi-mrmh ylii ptku
dibru aiti lwon wqr
ci p\i rwy v/p\i m/rmh yl\i ptk\v
dbr\v at\i lwvn wqr
וְדִבְרֵ֣י שִׂנְאָ֣ה סְבָב֑וּנִי
וַיִּֽלָּחֲמ֥וּנִי חִנָּֽם
With hate-speech they surround me,
and they battle me for nothing.

g vdbri wnah sbbuni
viilkmuni kinm
v/dbr\i wna\h sbb\vni
vi/lkm\vni knm
תַּֽחַת־אַהֲבָתִ֥י יִשְׂטְנ֗וּנִי וַאֲנִ֥י תְפִלָּֽהUnder the guise of my love they are my accusers. But I, I am a prayer.
d tkt-ahbti iw'tnuni vani tpilh16
tkt ahb\ti i/w'tn\vni v/ani t/pl\h
וַיָּ֘שִׂ֤ימוּ עָלַ֣י רָ֭עָה תַּ֣חַת טוֹבָ֑ה
וְ֝שִׂנְאָ֗ה תַּ֣חַת אַהֲבָתִֽי
And they set up evil for me under the guise of good,
and hatred under the guise of my love.

h viwimu ylii ryh tkt 'tobh
vwnah tkt ahbti
vi/wim\v yl\i ry\h tkt 'tvb\h
v/wna\h tkt ahb\ti
הַפְקֵ֣ד עָלָ֣יו רָשָׁ֑ע
וְ֝שָׂטָ֗ן יַעֲמֹ֥ד עַל־יְמִינֽוֹ
Make a criminal officiate over him,
and let the accuser stand at his right hand.
v hpqd yliv rwy
vw'tn iymod yl-imino
h/pqd yl\iv rwy
v/w'tn i/ymd yl imn\v

May the collective conscience of humanity, through the international criminal court, realize the difference between good and evil, between life and death, and choose the good, for the sake of the oppressed and the victim, and the people impoverished by those who seek power. And may those who have been impoverished realize the extent of the lies that they have eaten without thinking.

#Psalmtweet #Psalter 32:1

There's a rest, i.e. pause briefly, on the supertonic in bar 2, beat 1.

לְדָוִ֗ד מַ֫שְׂכִּ֥יל
אַשְׁרֵ֥י נְֽשׂוּי־פֶּ֗שַׁע כְּס֣וּי חֲטָאָֽה
1 Of David, an insight.
Happy transgression borne away, sin covered.
a ldvid mwcil
awri nwui-pwy csui k'tah
l/dvd m/wcl
awr\i nw\vi pwy cs\vi k'ta\h

 There are more beatitudes in the Psalms than in the New Testament. I count 25. See my calculations here. Are there as many in the NT? Happiness is a value for the poets of Israel. Let no one tell you otherwise. Corollary: if good news does not make you happy, or give you confidence, there is something wrong with the communication channel. Don't believe what is wrong.

Sunday, 1 October 2023

#Psalmtweet #Psalter 31:5


Who are they that bury the net? Who am I that gets tangled?

תּוֹצִיאֵ֗נִי מֵרֶ֣שֶׁת ז֭וּ טָ֣מְנוּ לִ֑י
כִּֽי־אַ֝תָּה מָֽעוּזִּֽי
5 You will bring me out from the net that they have buried for me,
for you are my strength.

h toxiani mrwt zu 'tmnu li
ci-ath myuzi
tv/x\iani m/rwt zv 'tmn\v l\i
ci ath m/yvz\i

Saturday, 30 September 2023

#Psalmtweet #Psalter 30:5



זַמְּר֣וּ לַיהוָ֣ה חֲסִידָ֑יו
וְ֝הוֹד֗וּ לְזֵ֣כֶר קָדְשֽׁוֹ
5 Sing a psalm to Yahweh those who are under his mercy,
and give thanks for the remembrance of his holiness.
h zmru lihvh ksidiv
vhodu lzcr qodwo
zmr\v l/ihvh ksid\iv
vhv/d\v l/zcr qdw\v

Friday, 29 September 2023

#Psalmtweet #Psalter 29:9

Note that the middle musical phrase between the ole veyored and the atnah is just a single word and-in-his-temple. ubhiclo וּבְהֵיכָל֑וֹ

In his temple - Performance here.
ק֤וֹל יְהוָ֨ה ׀ יְחוֹלֵ֣ל אַיָּלוֹת֮ וַֽיֶּחֱשֹׂ֪ף יְעָ֫ר֥וֹת
כֻּ֝לּ֗וֹ אֹמֵ֥ר כָּבֽוֹד
9 ♪C The voice of Yahweh causes birthing of hart, and he strips the forest,
and in his temple,
everything says, Glory.
't qol ihvh ikoll aiilot vikwof iyrot
culo aomr cbod
qvl ihvh i/kvl\l ail\vt vi/kwp iyr\vt
cl\v amr cbd