Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Preparation for psalm 119 - rare and frequent key words

I have not yet verified all these data points - but I think they are pretty close. These are the psalms that themselves use in a repeated fashion the key words of psalm 119 (variations on the gifts of each of the teaching synonyms) .

There is a significant division: 4 of the words are used frequently, 4 of them are rare. The grey columns are frequent, the pink ones rare. All are used at least once in a recurrence pattern before the great recurrence meditation of psalm 119. (But this would not be the case if I confined my search to nouns - e.g. צוה is used as a verb in psalm 78, the repetition of פקד in Psalm 109 is a homonym - so פִּקּוּדִים is rare and has no preparation in a prior psalm, חק showed up in psalm 89 but was a false positive. In 105 it is accurately equivalent to the use of the word in Psalm 119).

Considering the importance of mitzvot and Torah in modern Hebrew, I am surprised at this result.
תורה אמר שׁפט עד דבר צוה חק פקד PSALM
2






1

2





4


3




7


62



9

32




10

4

3


12



4



13




2


17

2
23


18

3





19



2



21



2



22




2


28




2


29

2





31




2


33

62
2


35


4




37



2



38








39

4





40

2

3


41

2





42



22


45



2



48



2



49

2

4


50




2


52

2





54




2


55




4


56



3



57


2
2


58








59



2



60




2


63




2


64




2


65

2





68

2





70

2
4



71


33



72

2

2


73



3



74


2
2


75

2





77
32

62

78



3



80


4




82

2





83




2


85

224



89



3



90




2


91

224



94


2




96


2




97


2




98


2




99




2


101




2


103








104

42
5
2
105

3
35


106

3

4


107



2



108


2
3

2109



3



111



3



112



2



113

3





118
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121








127

2





129








130



3



132

2





138








141




2


144

2
33


145








146


2
3


147