Sorry for the long delay. I won’t even begin to go into the reasons, but I hope I’m back on track again.
I’m still working on my Psalm 119 project. To recap for any new readers, Psalm 119 was originally written as an acrostic poem with each part starting with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. I wanted to try to see how I could do writing each part starting with the english equivalents. I started with Aleph – A, then Bet/Beth – B and managed to start every line with the appropriate letter (see my previous posts for those parts). I’m posting the real portion of the Psalm first for comparison purposes. Not sure how far I’ll get, but I’ll post as I go along. Here’s Gimel – G. I only got every other line to start with G, but I’m still happy.
GIMEL. Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word. Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me. My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times. Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments. Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies. Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes. Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors.
Psalms 119:17-24 KJV
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Psalm 119 – Gimel (3rd letter – G)
Great bounty show Thy servant that
I live and keep Thy word.
Go open up my eyes that I
Behold what I have heard.
Grant me, a stranger in the earth,
Commandments from Thy lips.
Great longing breaks my soul for all
Thy judgments; my foot slips.
God did rebuke the proud, so cursed,
Which err from Thy commands.
Go take away reproach, contempt,
For I keep Thy demands.
Good princes speak against me, too,
But I think on Thy ways.
God’s word remains my great delight
And counsel all my days.
© 2013 Denise McKenney
Feel free to print, share or repost anything on this blog. I do ask that you let me know if you use one of my poems on your blog or at your church somehow. It might give me an idea of better ways to spread His words, which I am always looking to do. And of course, always keep the copyright symbol and my name with the poem so I continue to have the right to use them. You may not realize that if something is posted enough times without the copyright notice, I could lose the copyright and then someone else could conceivably file for a copyright and I would no longer be able to use my own poems! It has happened, so please make sure the (c) is always on the poem whenever you repost. Thanks!
Your poetry, usually this particular style, is a refreshing way to look at the scriptures. Thank you for posting them online.
I am glad you’re enjoying them. I thank God so much for this gift He’s given me to put this in rhyme. It really makes me stop and think about what the scripture is saying and meaning and word choice. It’s a really cool method of Bible study as I look at other translations and even commentaries at times to make sure I’m keeping the correct meaning. It’s such a blessing for me as I write and again as I share and see that it touches others.
Thank you for the comments and encouragement. God bless. Denise