Monday, September 01, 2008

Reductio (2)

Matching Pairs

Acrostics (Books 1 and 5 only)

Psalm 8: Domine Dominus noster quam admirabile est nomen tuum - Moon and starsThe primal experience of awe; positive thoughts on the place of the human in creation.

Psalm 9: Confitebor tibi Domine - Refuge
Psalm 10:
Ut quid Domine recessisti longe - Oppression

Psalm 25: Deus meus in te confido - Name

Psalm 34: Benedicam Dominum in omni tempore - Taste

Psalm 37: Noli aemulari in malignantibus - Cut off

Psalm 40: Expectans expectavi Dominum - To do your will
The second of 6 repeats of a new song occurs in psalm 40. The psalmist recognizes a need for haste and a confidence that יְהוָה will not tarry.

Beginning of the Elohist Psalter: Psalm 42: Sicut cervus desiderat ad fontes aquarum - Desire and longing

The Elohist Psalter begins with the songs of the children of Korah - a headier longing from exile for God.

End of the Elohist Psalter: Psalm 86: Inclina Domine aurem tuam - Sign of Help

The Elohist Psalter ends with a Psalm of David, combining plea, confidence, and promise of attentiveness to God's word.

Psalm 90: Domine refugium tu factus es nobis - by Turning
In contrast to Psalm 40, Moses is not in a hurry. The psalm plays with words around turning and repentance - even God's sighing.

Psalm 111: Beatus vir qui timet Dominum - Works

Psalm 112: Laudate pueri Dominum - The upright

Psalm 119: Beati inmaculati in via qui ambulant in lege Domini - Personal
Psalm 144: Benedictus Dominus Deus meus - StrengthThe experience of victory under the direction of יְהוָה; the what is man question is not so positively answered; the psalmist asks for sufficiency without complaint 'in our piazzas'.

Psalm 145: Exaltabo te Deus meus rex - Xtreme of grace

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