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Bill Roberts
When I retired on Trinity Sunday 2015, I changed St. Blogory's subtitle to reflect my new status and continued linguistic loyalties (French and Welsh): The internet café d’un prêtre à la retraite (for the French, retirement is "retreat") ac o offeiriad wedi ymddeol.
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Another half score of Psalms is completed, and once again we pause to review the finished product of these most recent entries for my new Book of Psalms. Psalm 81 Exultate Deo 1 Sing with joy to God our strength... Continue reading
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Note A Prayer of Moses, the man of God. I discovered two commentators who stand by this Psalm's title claim that Moses composed this Psalm as a prayer; indeed, according to one commentator, he wrote it in 1440 BC! The... Continue reading
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Note A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite. (Please see yesterday's Note) Keeping and Jettisoning Psalm 89 Part II Tunc locutus es 19 You spoke once in a vision and said to your faithful people: * "I have set the crown... Continue reading
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Note A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite. Like Heman the Ezrahite in yesterday's Psalm, Ethan the Ezrahite appears in 1 Chronicles 2:6 as a descendent of Zerah, so he, too, is a Zerahite and not a scribe's mistaken Ezrahite! A... Continue reading
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Note A Song. A Psalm of the Korahites. To the leader: according to Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil of Heman the Ezrahite. Taken in order: The Korahites: members of the tribe of Levi, one of the twelve tribes of Israel, who... Continue reading
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Note Of the Korahites. A Psalm. A Song For an explanation of the Korahites, please see Psalm 84. In verse 2, "city of our God" inspired the title of St. Augustine of Hippo's City of God, published in AD 426;... Continue reading
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Note A Prayer of David Keeping and Jettisoning Psalm 86 Inclina, Domine 1 Bow down your ear, O Lord, and answer me, * for I am poor and in misery. 2 Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful;... Continue reading
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Note To the leader. Of the Korahites. A Psalm. For an explanation of the Korahites, please see yesterday's Psalm posting. Verse 10 played a starring role in the movie Babette's Feast. Here's the relevant excerpt from the movie's script—General Lorens... Continue reading
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Note To the leader: according to the Gittith. Of the Korahites. A Psalm. The Korahites were a branch of the Levites—members of the tribe of Levi, one of the twelve tribes of Israel. The Levites were set apart to assist... Continue reading
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Note Psalm 82: A Psalm of Asaph. Psalm 83: A Song. A Psalm of Asaph I happened to look ahead to Psalm 83, and discovered that only the last verse was a keeper, and that it made a fitting conclusion... Continue reading
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Note To the leader: according to The Gittith. Of Asaph. A Gittith is a stringed musical instrument, also mentioned in the titles of Psalms 8 and 84. According to the Targum, an Aramaic translation and interpretation of the Bible dating... Continue reading
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Another decade of Psalms is completed, and so we pause once more to review the finished product of these most recent entries for my new Book of Psalms. Psalm 71 In te, Domine, speravi 1 In you, O Lord, have... Continue reading
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Note To the leader: On Lilies, a Covenant. Of Asaph. A Psalm. Some commentators agree that Lily of the Covenant is a better translation, and refers to the Psalm's tune. Keeping and Jettisoning Psalm 80 Qui regis Israel 1 Hear,... Continue reading
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Note A Psalm of Asaph Keeping and Jettisoning Psalm 79 Deus, venerunt 1 O God, the heathen have come into your inheritance; they have profaned your holy temple; * they have made Jerusalem a heap of rubble. 2 They have... Continue reading
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Note See Part 1 Keeping and Jettisoning Psalm 78 Part II Quoties exacerbaverunt 40 How often the people disobeyed him in the wilderness * and offended him in the desert! 41 Again and again they tempted God * and provoked... Continue reading
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Note A Maskil of Asaph. The Hebrew root of Maskil is sakal, meaning "to have insight, to teach," as in verse 1. Asaph as a Temple singer, and the title may indicate that he composed this Psalm, or transcribed it,... Continue reading
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Note To the leader: according to Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A Psalm. From the Note for Psalm 39: "According to the First Book of Chronicles 16:41-42, Jeduthun (along with someone called Heman) was "chosen and expressly named to render thanks to... Continue reading
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Note To the leader: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of Asaph. A Song Keeping and Jettisoning Psalm 76 Notus in Judæa 1 In Judah is God known; * his Name is great in Israel. 2 At Salem is his tabernacle,... Continue reading
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Note To the leader: Do Not Destroy. A Psalm of Asaph. A Song As you may remember from Psalm 57, the consensus of scholars is that Do Not Destroy is the name of a tune. Given the nature of this... Continue reading
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Note A Maskil of Asaph Emended reprise from Psalm 32's Note: The Hebrew root of Maskil is sakal, which means "to have insight, to teach"— as in verses 11 to 16: Keeping and Jettisoning Psalm 74 Ut quid, Deus? 1... Continue reading
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Note A Psalm of Asaph Reprise from Psalm 50's Note: Asaph was a Temple singer, and the title may indicate he composed this Psalm, or transcribed it, or collected this Psalm together with Psalms 73-83, which also bear his name.... Continue reading
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Note Of Solomon Perhaps a Psalm for King David's son's coronation or for the anniversary of Solomon's coronation. This Psalm's mention of three kings in verses 10 and 11— the kings of Tarshish and Arabia and Saba— is one of... Continue reading
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Note No title. Keeping and Jettisoning Psalm 71 In te, Domine, speravi 1 In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge; * let me never be ashamed. 2 In your righteousness, deliver me and set me free; * incline your... Continue reading
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Another decade of Psalms is completed, and so we pause once more to review the finished product of these most recent entries for my new Book of Psalms. Time for another vacation break— it's summer time. Maybe mid-July for the... Continue reading
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Note To the leader. Of David, for the memorial offering. In my blog on Psalm 38 I wrote this about memorial offerings: "A memorial offering is sparingly described, in passages like Leviticus 5:12 and 6:15, as more of a portion... Continue reading