Sunday, April 11, 2021

Psalms 33

This was an experimental piece and I had never put it to a score. So here is the psalm for my today.

 2012 was the last time I posted about this psalm - the only psalm between 3 and 41 without an inscription. This makes it stand out in Book 1 as important - not only that but it is celebrated by Psalms 34. (All acrostic psalms celebrate the immediately preceding non-acrostic psalm.)

This psalm anticipates later themes in the Psalter. There's a conversation beginning here with Ken Schenck on reading the whole Bible. Ken is among the most disciplined teachers I have come across. This psalm made me think about how we read the Biblical Story.

Psalms 33 Fn Min Max Syll
רַנְּנ֣וּ צַ֭דִּיקִים בַּֽיהוָ֑ה
לַ֝יְשָׁרִ֗ים נָאוָ֥ה תְהִלָּֽה
1 Shout for joy, righteous ones, in Yahweh.
To the upright praise is lovely.
3e 4B 7
8
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.
3e 4B 7
7
שִֽׁירוּ־ל֭וֹ שִׁ֣יר חָדָ֑שׁ
הֵיטִ֥יבוּ נַ֝גֵּ֗ן בִּתְרוּעָֽה
3 Sing to him a new song.
Well-practiced, perform with jubilation.

3e 4B 5
8
כִּֽי־יָשָׁ֥ר דְּבַר־יְהוָ֑ה
וְכָל־מַ֝עֲשֵׂ֗הוּ בֶּאֱמוּנָֽה
4 For upright is the word of Yahweh,
and all he makes is in faithfulness.
3e 4A 6
10
אֹ֭הֵב צְדָקָ֣ה וּמִשְׁפָּ֑ט
חֶ֥סֶד יְ֝הוָ֗ה מָלְאָ֥ה הָאָֽרֶץ
5 loving righteousness and judgment.
The earth is full of the mercy of Yahweh.

g 3e 4B 8
9
בִּדְבַ֣ר יְ֭הוָה שָׁמַ֣יִם נַעֲשׂ֑וּ
וּבְר֥וּחַ פִּ֝֗יו כָּל־צְבָאָֽם
6 In the word of Yahweh the heavens are made,
and in the wind of his mouth all their hosts,
3e 4B 9
8
כֹּנֵ֣ס כַּ֭נֵּד מֵ֣י הַיָּ֑ם
נֹתֵ֖ן בְּאֹצָר֣וֹת תְּהוֹמֽוֹת
7 garnering as a heap the waters of the sea,
giving abysses in treasuries.

3e 4B 7
9
יִֽירְא֣וּ מֵ֭יְהוָה כָּל־הָאָ֑רֶץ
מִמֶּ֥נּוּ יָ֝ג֗וּרוּ כָּל־יֹשְׁבֵ֥י תֵבֵֽל
8 From Yahweh all the earth will fear.
From him let all those sitting in the world be in awe.
3e 4B 9
11
כִּ֤י ה֣וּא אָמַ֣ר וַיֶּ֑הִי
הֽוּא־צִ֝וָּ֗ה וַֽיַּעֲמֹֽד
9 For he himself promises and it is,
he himself commands and it stands.

C 3e 4C 7
7
יְֽהוָ֗ה הֵפִ֥יר עֲצַת־גּוֹיִ֑ם
הֵ֝נִ֗יא מַחְשְׁב֥וֹת עַמִּֽים
10 Yahweh frustrates the counsel of nations.
He hinders the devices of peoples.
3e 4A 8
7
עֲצַ֣ת יְ֭הוָה לְעוֹלָ֣ם תַּעֲמֹ֑ד
מַחְשְׁב֥וֹת לִ֝בּ֗וֹ לְדֹ֣ר וָדֹֽר
11 The counsel of Yahweh forever will stand,
the devices of his heart from generation to generation.
3e 4B 10
9
אַשְׁרֵ֣י הַ֭גּוֹי אֲשֶׁר־יְהוָ֣ה אֱלֹהָ֑יו
הָעָ֓ם ׀ בָּחַ֖ר לְנַחֲלָ֣ה לֽוֹ
12 Happy the nation whose God is Yahweh,
the people chosen as his inheritance.

3e 4B 12
9
מִ֭שָּׁמַיִם הִבִּ֣יט יְהוָ֑ה
רָ֝אָ֗ה אֶֽת־כָּל־בְּנֵ֥י הָאָדָֽם
13 From the heavens Yahweh takes note.
He sees all the human children.
g 3e 4B 7
9
מִֽמְּכוֹן־שִׁבְתּ֥וֹ הִשְׁגִּ֑יחַ
אֶ֖ל כָּל־יֹשְׁבֵ֣י הָאָֽרֶץ
14 From his established seat he peers,
at all those sitting on the earth.
3e 4B 7
7
הַיֹּצֵ֣ר יַ֣חַד לִבָּ֑ם
הַ֝מֵּבִ֗ין אֶל־כָּל־מַעֲשֵׂיהֶֽם
15 He fashioned together their heart.
He understands all their deeds.

3e 4B 7
9
אֵֽין־הַ֭מֶּלֶךְ נוֹשָׁ֣ע בְּרָב־חָ֑יִל
גִּ֝בּ֗וֹר לֹֽא־יִנָּצֵ֥ל בְּרָב־כֹּֽחַ
16 There is no king victorious by abundant force.
One who prevails is not delivered by abundant power.
3e 4B 10
9
שֶׁ֣קֶר הַ֭סּוּס לִתְשׁוּעָ֑ה
וּבְרֹ֥ב חֵ֝יל֗וֹ לֹ֣א יְמַלֵּֽט
17 A false hope is the horse in victory,
and in his abundant force he will not escape.

B 3e 4B 7
8
הִנֵּ֤ה עֵ֣ין יְ֭הוָה אֶל־יְרֵאָ֑יו
לַֽמְיַחֲלִ֥ים לְחַסְדּֽוֹ
18 Note this: the eye of Yahweh is on those who fear him,
on those in hope of his mercy,
3e 4C 9
7
לְהַצִּ֣יל מִמָּ֣וֶת נַפְשָׁ֑ם
וּ֝לְחַיּוֹתָ֗ם בָּרָעָֽב
19 to deliver from death their being,
and to keep them alive in scarcity.

3e 4B 8
7
נַ֭פְשֵׁנוּ חִכְּתָ֣ה לַֽיהוָ֑ה
עֶזְרֵ֖נוּ וּמָגִנֵּ֣נוּ הֽוּא
20 Our being tarries for Yahweh.
He is our help and our shield.
g 3e 4B 7
9
כִּי־ב֭וֹ יִשְׂמַ֣ח לִבֵּ֑נוּ
כִּ֤י בְשֵׁ֖ם קָדְשׁ֣וֹ בָטָֽחְנוּ
21 For in him our heart will be glad,
for in his holy name we have trusted.
3e 4C 6
8
יְהִֽי־חַסְדְּךָ֣ יְהוָ֣ה עָלֵ֑ינוּ
כַּ֝אֲשֶׁ֗ר יִחַ֥לְנוּ לָֽךְ
22 Let your mercy Yahweh be on us,
for it is of you that we hope.
3e 4B 10
7


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