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
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
שִֽׁירוּ־ל֭וֹ שִׁ֣יר חָדָ֑שׁ
הֵיטִ֥יבוּ נַ֝גֵּ֗ן בִּתְרוּעָֽה
3 Sing to him a new song.
Well-practiced, perform with jubilation.

3e 4B 5
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
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
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
כֹּנֵ֣ס כַּ֭נֵּד מֵ֣י הַיָּ֑ם
נֹתֵ֖ן בְּאֹצָר֣וֹת תְּהוֹמֽוֹת
7 garnering as a heap the waters of the sea,
giving abysses in treasuries.

3e 4B 7
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
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
יְֽהוָ֗ה הֵפִ֥יר עֲצַת־גּוֹיִ֑ם
הֵ֝נִ֗יא מַחְשְׁב֥וֹת עַמִּֽים
10 Yahweh frustrates the counsel of nations.
He hinders the devices of peoples.
3e 4A 8
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
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
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
מִֽמְּכוֹן־שִׁבְתּ֥וֹ הִשְׁגִּ֑יחַ
אֶ֖ל כָּל־יֹשְׁבֵ֣י הָאָֽרֶץ
14 From his established seat he peers,
at all those sitting on the earth.
3e 4B 7
הַיֹּצֵ֣ר יַ֣חַד לִבָּ֑ם
הַ֝מֵּבִ֗ין אֶל־כָּל־מַעֲשֵׂיהֶֽם
15 He fashioned together their heart.
He understands all their deeds.

3e 4B 7
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
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
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
לְהַצִּ֣יל מִמָּ֣וֶת נַפְשָׁ֑ם
וּ֝לְחַיּוֹתָ֗ם בָּרָעָֽב
19 to deliver from death their being,
and to keep them alive in scarcity.

3e 4B 8
נַ֭פְשֵׁנוּ חִכְּתָ֣ה לַֽיהוָ֑ה
עֶזְרֵ֖נוּ וּמָגִנֵּ֣נוּ הֽוּא
20 Our being tarries for Yahweh.
He is our help and our shield.
g 3e 4B 7
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
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

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