Saturday, June 25, 2011

Psalm 119 compared to psalm 1

I guess you wouldn't be surprised if you heard that psalm 119 used 68% of the words of psalm 1 (28 shared stems multiply used from the 67 words of psalm 1).

It wouldn't strain credulity either to say that psalm 119 uses 61% of the words of psalm 19 (61 shared stems multiply used from the 126 words of psalm 19).

Words in psalm 119 (1064) in the order of word usage in psalm 1 (67) - showing parts 1 and 2 only

Word and gloss * first usage123456789101234567892012345678VsStem
אשׁרי all joy for
1אשׁר
דרך the way
1דרך
ההלכים who walk
1הלך
בתורת in the teaching of
1תורה
אשׁרי all joy for
2אשׁר
עדתיו his testimonies
2עדה
בכל with a whole
2כל
לא not
3לא
בדרכיו in his ways
3דרך
הלכו they walk
3הלך
דרכי my ways
5דרך
לא not
6לא
כל all
6כל
משׁפטי the judgments of
7שׁפט
בכל by all
10כל
לא not
11לא
אחטא I may sin
11חטא
כל all
13כל
משׁפטי the judgments of
13שׁפט
בדרך by the way of
14דרך
עדותיך your testimonies
14עדה
כל all
14כל
לא nor
16לא

I dared to look at glosses around joy, rejoicing, shouting, (again), and soul, life etc yesterday. I changed another 100 psalms a word here and a word there. There must be a time when I will think about the wholes within the whole... What does this collection of poetry signify as a datum of history?

One unique word I eventually rendered as revel - it occurs only in psalms 94 and 119. Your commandments testimonies etc are my revel. (Not chocolate) or I revel in them.
וְתוֹרָתְךָ שַׁעֲשֻׁעָי