Thursday

a psalm of ascent

a few years ago at a library book sale, i came home with four hardcover bibles in four different versions for $2 each. i was so excited, especially to find the oxford annotated study bible, a text i declined to purchase for an intro religion class and later regreted when i declared my religion major.

this particular edition is the revised standard version, not the more contemporary NRSV that we use at my episcopal worship service. i love this bible. i love the old language, and i'm finding that the Holy Spirit is using familiar passages to challenge me in new ways.

Psalms 130
A Song of Ascents.

1Out of the depths I cry to thee, O LORD!
2 Lord, hear my voice!
Let thy ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplications!

3 If thou, O LORD, shouldst mark iniquities,
Lord, who could stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with thee,
that thou mayest be feared.

5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
6 my soul waits for the LORD
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.

7 O Israel, hope in the LORD!
For with the LORD there is steadfast love,
and with him is plenteous redemption.
8 And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

6 comments:

Debbie said...

What a wonderful to treasure to uncover! Good for you.

Angie said...

Great blog Suzannah! I love comparing Bible translations...and the new ones just seem to cut out the sustenance sometimes, ya know?

And I had never heard of the wool covers that you used - what a great tip! I will be sure to pass it on...

Blessings, Angie

Penny said...

In terms of beauty of language, the older translations just can't be beat :)

avtcoach said...

Hi Suzannah,
This is a bit late notice, I have taken a hiatus from blogging this month so I a bit behind. Our little group has decided on our post tomorrow about our "word" for 2009 that we would write alternate lyrics about our word to a favorite song and post tomorrow.
You are welcome to join in, if you do it be sure and let me know so I can read what you wrote!
Happy Friday!

Tasha said...

Psalm 130..is so awesome..

"I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the LORD
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning."

Just love it sooo much..in His word I place my hope.

I hope all is well and thanks so much for the encouragement.

Laur D. said...

that is really awesome. i also, really like verses 5 & 6 in this version. it just really leaves an imprint.

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