Sunday, January 04, 2009

Rarely used words in the Psalter - 4

New wine (תירוש) is used once in the Psalter. It is rare in that it is a five letter word. But I suppose, given its derivation from ירש to inherit or possess, it is not really so rare. The new wine we had in Mons en Provence (Beaujolais Nouveau) was in our estimation the worst wine we tasted there. When we mentioned this to the local baker who sold us good local wine, he nodded his head in agreement. What the psalmist knows in Psalm 4 is in his estimation better than new wine.

You have put joy in my heart
more than when their grain
and their new wine increased

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