Time for the next installment 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 Zain/Zayin. I only got the first line of each stanza, but considering that it is Z, I’m not unhappy.
ZAIN. Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me. The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law. I remembered thy judgments of old, O LORD; and have comforted myself. Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law. Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage. I have remembered thy name, O LORD, in the night, and have kept thy law. This I had, because I kept thy precepts.
Psalms 119:49-56 KJV
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Psalm 119 – Zain/Zayin (7th letter – Z)
Zeal for Thy Word gives me such hope,
It gives me comfort, too.
The proud deride me for my love
And how I follow You.
Zion knew Thy judgments, Lord,
As I knew them of old.
Such horror fills me when I see
The wicked act so bold.
Zestily, I sing the songs
That celebrate Thy law.
My pilgrimage leads to Thy side;
My heart is filled with awe.
Zealously, each day and night,
Remembering Thy Name,
I keep Thy law and Thy precepts;
Thy righteousness, my aim.
© 2013 Denise McKenney
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