Sunday, 13 March 2011

Psalms Challenge, Psalm 11

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In the LORD I take refuge;how can you say to my soul,
"Flee like a bird to your mountain,

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for behold, the wicked bend the bow;
they have fitted their arrow to the string
to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;
if the foundations are destroyed,
what can the righteous do?"
The LORD is in his holy temple;
the LORD’s throne is in heaven;
his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.
The LORD tests the righteous,
but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.

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Let him rain coals on the wicked;
fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
For the LORD is righteous;he loves righteous deeds;
the upright shall behold his face.

Reading Dina's explanation helps me to understand this psalm better. I thought at first that the psalm was full of hatred and revenge, but that is because I don't have any knowledge of Hebrew. I know from an uncle of mine that the translation from Hebrew into the modern languages is extremely difficult because a verb might be used in the past tense, the present tense or the future tense. Dina shows that in her translations and that puts the psalm in a totally different light. Thank you Dina!

The verses from Psalm 11 are contributed to Robert's new Psalms Challenge meme at Daily Athens. To read more psalms click on Robert


Dina said...

You got the powerful pictures for this one, Wil.

I think the Psalmist often wanted the words to have multiple meanings.

Rev. Suzanne just posted yet another meaning for verse 3, taking it as an actual question in the light of Japan's foundations shaking.

Vicki Lane said...

An interesting interpretation -- such powerful words.

Spiderdama said...

Very strong photos! That nr 2 is great, but I love your mountain and rocks. Very well done!
Wish you a happy week:-)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your participation very much ! for the escape into a freedom that feels safe at the same time.

Please have a good start into the new week and please join again soon.

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Inger-M said...

Wonderful photos for this psalm!

SandyCarlson said...

I sure do get an education with your posts. These images are great with the words. Thank you.

SandyCarlson said...

I love the photos in your sidebar--especially the baby and the pup!