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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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Note To the leader. Of David. A Psalm. A Song. In reading this Psalm for today's posting, I remembered three verses for their remarkable foreshadowing of the Good News of Jesus. See whether any of them spark your own memory... Continue reading
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Note To the leader, with stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song. For the Morning and Evening Prayer services of the American Prayer Book revision of 1979, the Suffrages following The Lord's Prayer were expanded from those in the original 1549... Continue reading
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Note To the leader. A Song. A Psalm. Keeping and Jettisoning Psalm 66 Jubilate Deo 1 Be joyful in God, all you lands; * sing the glory of his Name; sing the glory of his praise. 2 Say to God,... Continue reading
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Note To the leader. A Psalm of David. A Song. Keeping and Jettisoning Psalm 65 Te decet hymnus 1 You are to be praised, O God, in Zion; * to you shall vows be performed in Jerusalem. 2 To you... Continue reading
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Note To the leader. A Psalm of David. Keeping and Jettisoning Psalm 64 Exaudi, Deus 1 Hear my voice, O God, when I complain; * protect my life from fear of the enemy. 2 Hide me from the conspiracy of... Continue reading
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Note A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. In 2 Samuel 15, a messenger warns King David that his third son, Absalom, has raised up an army to depose him, so David flees. By verse... Continue reading
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Note To the leader: according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David. We first met Jeduthun in the title of Psalm 39, and you can re-read the Note by clicking here. Keeping and Jettisoning Psalm 62 Nonne Deo? 1 For God... Continue reading
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Note To the leader: with stringed instruments. Of David. Keeping and Jettisoning Psalm 61 Exaudi, Deus 1 Hear my cry, O God, * and listen to my prayer. 2 I call upon you from the ends of the earth with... 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 51 Miserere mei, Deus 1 Have mercy on me, O God,... Continue reading
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Note To the leader: according to the Lily of the Covenant. A Miktim of David; for instruction; when he struggled with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobath, and when Joab on his return killed twelve thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.... Continue reading
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Psalm 58 Si vere utique To the leader: Do Not Destroy. Of David. A Miktam. 1 Do you indeed decree righteousness, you rulers? * do you judge the peoples with equity? 2 No; you devise evil in your hearts, *... Continue reading
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Note To the leader: Do Not Destroy. Of David. A Miktam, where he fled from Saul, in the cave. Do Not Destroy is a rather intimidating name for a tune, isn't it? That seems to be the scholarly consensus for... Continue reading
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Note To the leader: according to the Dove on Far-off Terebinths. Of David. A Miktam, when the Philistines seized him in Gath. "According to the Dove on Far-off Terebinths" may be an instruction to sing this Psalm to a secular... Continue reading
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Note To the leader: with stringed instruments. A Maskil of David. Keeping and Jettisoning Psalm 55 Exaudi, Deus 1 Hear my prayer, O God; * do not hide yourself from my petition. 2 Listen to me and answer me; *... Continue reading
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Note To the leader: with stringed instruments. A Maskil of David, when the Ziphites went and told Saul, "David is in hiding among us." This is the second Psalm in which poor David is ratted out! (See also Psalm 52.)... Continue reading
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Note To the leader: according to Mahalath. A Maskil of David. Although Mahalah was the name of Ishmael's daughter, who married Esau (see Genesis 28:9), and, a bit more contemporaneously and likely, the name of King David's son Jerimoth's daughter,... Continue reading
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Note To the leader. A Maskil of David, when Doeg the Edomite came to Saul and said to him, "David has come to the house of Ahimelech." First, a reminder from Psalm 32 that the Hebrew root of Maskil is... Continue reading
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Note To the leader. A Psalm of David, when the prophet Nathan came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. The title associates this Psalm with David's lamentation after Nathan reproves him for committing adultery with Bathsheba and... Continue reading
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I first wrote and published this in 1986, in a little booklet I prepared for preaching at St. Bartholomew's Church during Holy Week. Canticle of the Holy Spirit Alleluia! Jesus said, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you are... Continue reading
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Having focused on the details of the last 10 Psalms, including what has been kept and what has been jettisoned, we pause once more to review the overall project of my new Book of Psalms. Psalm 41 Beatus qui intelligit... Continue reading
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Note A Psalm of Asaph. 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. Keeping and Jettisoning Psalm 50... Continue reading
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Note To the leader. Of the Korahites. A Psalm. Keeping and Jettisoning Psalm 49 Audite hæc, omnes 1 Hear this, all you peoples; hearken, all you who dwell in the world, * you of high degree and low, rich and... Continue reading
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Note A Song. A Psalm of the Korahites. Ingrid and I were privileged to visit Jerusalem twice in the 1990s, and verse 11 recalls our walk with Jack Shauble atop the outer wall of that city during our first pilgrimage... Continue reading
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Note To the leader. Of the Korahites. A Psalm. Keeping and Jettisoning Psalm 47 Omnes gentes, plaudite 1 Clap your hands, all you peoples; * shout to God with a cry of joy. 2 For the Lord Most High is... Continue reading
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Note To the leader. Of the Korahites. According to Alamoth. A Song. According to scholars, Alamoth may or may not refer to a musical instrument, a tune, or a pitch— in other words, no one knows! What we do know... Continue reading