Wow, these last two weeks have been something! I had a horrible reaction to my vaccines, and I recovered just in time to get my wisdom teeth out Tuesday! I’ve spent the majority of this week ill and irritable—I know my God will use that suffering for His glory, but I just want to eat solid food again! I have a check-up this Tuesday, so we’ll see what happens. Until then, why don’t we resume Psalm Saturday? Continue reading
Hello all! Here we are on another lovely Saturday morning. Today we explore Psalm 12, a ‘Plea for Help in Evil Times.” I love psalms like this one—so often I think we get in the habit of reading the Psalms as a part of the Bible, but these were the prayers of the Israelites, sung and brought before God in His temple. Right now, I think this is my prayer, too. Continue reading
Hello dear readers! To make up for lost time, I’ve decided to publish this week’s Psalm Saturday today. We should be back to our normal schedule now! And look, it’s one of my favorites—”A Song of Trust in God.” Continue reading
Hello everyone! I know its been a while since I checked in; that Spring Break writing bonanza I promised fizzed out when family problems came up. Say a quick prayer for my parents, especially my dad. He’s going through a rough spot right now. To tone down the depressing situation and make up for some lost time, why don’t we compare the Psalm from last week, “A Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies?”
Psalm 10: A Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies
|Why, O Lord, do you stand far off?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
2 In arrogance the wicked persecute the poor—
let them be caught in the schemes they have devised.
3 For the wicked boast of the desires of their heart,
those greedy for gain curse and renounce the Lord.
4 In the pride of their countenance the wicked say, “God will not seek it out”;
all their thoughts are, “There is no God.”
5 Their ways prosper at all times;
your judgments are on high, out of their sight;
as for their foes, they scoff at them.
6 They think in their heart, “We shall not be moved;
throughout all generations we shall not meet adversity.”
7 Their mouths are filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;
under their tongues are mischief and iniquity.
8 They sit in ambush in the villages;
in hiding places they murder the innocent.
Their eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;
9 they lurk in secret like a lion in its covert;
they lurk that they may seize the poor;
they seize the poor and drag them off in their net.
10 They stoop, they crouch,
and the helpless fall by their might.
11 They think in their heart, “God has forgotten,
he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”
12 Rise up, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand;
do not forget the oppressed.
13 Why do the wicked renounce God,
and say in their hearts, “You will not call us to account”?
14 But you do see! Indeed you note trouble and grief,
that you may take it into your hands;
the helpless commit themselves to you;
you have been the helper of the orphan.
15 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoers;
seek out their wickedness until you find none.
16 The Lord is king forever and ever;
the nations shall perish from his land.
17 O Lord, you will hear the desire of the meek;
you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear
18 to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed,
so that those from earth may strike terror no more.
|Why dost thou stand afar off, O Lord?
Why dost thou hide thyself in times of trouble?
2 In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor;
let them be caught in the schemes which they have devised.
3 For the wicked boasts of the desires of his heart,
and the man greedy for gain curses and renounces the Lord.
4 In the pride of his countenance the wicked does not seek him;
all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”
5 His ways prosper at all times;
thy judgments are on high, out of his sight;
as for all his foes, he puffs at them.
6 He thinks in his heart, “I shall not be moved;
throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.”
7 His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;
under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.
8 He sits in ambush in the villages;
in hiding places he murders the innocent.
His eyes stealthily watch for the hapless,
9 he lurks in secret like a lion in his covert;
he lurks that he may seize the poor,
he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.
10 The hapless is crushed, sinks down,
and falls by his might.
11 He thinks in his heart, “God has forgotten,
he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”
12 Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up thy hand;
forget not the afflicted.
13 Why does the wicked renounce God,
and say in his heart, “Thou wilt not call to account”?
14 Thou dost see; yea, thou dost note trouble and vexation,
that thou mayst take it into thy hands;
the hapless commits himself to thee;
thou hast been the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break thou the arm of the wicked and evildoer;
seek out his wickedness till thou find none.
16 The Lord is king for ever and ever;
the nations shall perish from his land.
17 O Lord, thou wilt hear the desire of the meek;
thou wilt strengthen their heart, thou wilt incline thy ear
18 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.
I’m not sure why our table is misbehaving… Onward, I suppose. Our first difference is in verse two, where the NRSV uses “persecute” over the RSV’s “hotly pursue.” I think “persecute” is very easy to understand, but I love the way “hotly pursue” sounds, and the image it creates. It’s something to think about today, when it seems everyone is “after” God’s people in relentless pursuit.
Verse four is an interesting example of the NRSV’s tendency to use direct quotes for a speakers thoughts—I really like this. But I wonder, does this translation overstep a boundary? The RSV seems to be saying something different. I think the NRSV is trying to convey the same idea—wicked men don’t care about a supposedly non-existent God. I’d be curious if any readers familiar with Hebrew could weigh in on this issue.
In verse five, the RSV uses “puff,” while the NRSV uses “scoff”—archaisms for the win! I think of an angry chicken with his feathers all ruffled when I read this… Further down in verse nine, the NRSV makes a comeback with the nice “drag” imagery; I think this adds to the “violent guy” vibe we’re supposed to be getting more than the “draws” does.
Verse ten again seems to have meaning differences and I’m not sure why. Overall, I think this is still a great example of the NRSV’s elimination of “biblish”; even though I’m used to seeing archaic language on a daily basis, sometimes it makes my head spin!
Archaic language or no, we can all at least be thankful that we have a just God who sees and knows all; even in the midst of injustice we can have peace, because we know the God of justice will have the final say. Praise Him forever and ever!
In His Sacred Heart,
I know I’m a psalm behind! I’ve been very sick and it has been difficult to get back on track with all that’s going on! The double-header Psalm Saturday continues tomorrow, followed by a Gospel reflection! God bless you all for your patience!
Happy Psalm Saturday everyone! Today we compare Psalm 9, “God’s Power and Justice.” Oh, I love this one! (By now you realize I love all of them…) But, I’m still very excited for today because we’ve finally reached the psalm. I know, I’m being cryptic. What is “the psalm,” you ask? Keep reading, and perhaps you’ll notice before I tell you…
I just realized that my original Psalm Saturday post mentioned comparison with the RSV2CE, and I’ve been using the RSV! I doesn’t seem like a big deal, until you realize the RSV2CE removes one of my major RSV quibbles—”thee and thou language.” Hm. Which leads me to a sort of reader question. Given a choice between the RSV2CE and NRSV, which do you prefer and why?
I’m beginning to think, somewhat sadly, that I may be sticking with the RSV2CE for now. The OBOY Challenge is fizzling out…badly. Oh, I am a weak, weak woman! But I do love books, especially bibles… It’s become a hobby of sorts to compare translations and editions. Everyone needs a hobby, right? But, onto my reasons.
- The RSV2CE is very readable without “thee and thou language” in it.
- The RSV2CE is not gender inclusive. I’ve warmed up to gender inclusive language on the whole, but there’s just something familiar and comforting about that traditional rendering. That, and the NRSV’s use of “mortal” is irksome.
- The RSV2CE is an actual Catholic edition. I can’t find a good Catholic edition in the NRSV. The Reader’s Edition I received appears to be printed not with, but against the grain, which means the gutter crinkles like nobody’s business, the ruination of an otherwise awesome bible. Most other editions of the NRSV are “with Apocrypha.” At the very least, the RSV2CE is an edition with all the books in proper order, which is important to me.
What about you all, readers? What edition is your favorite and why, if not the NRSV or RSV? Oh do comment; I love comments!
Today’s psalm is one of my favorites. Many of us could probably use a little cheering up, with all this bad weather and sickness going on. Thankfully, this psalm on “Divine Majesty and Human Dignity” has us covered. I know this post is a little late; I’ve been very sick and unable to work for the past few days. Continue reading