119th Psalm – Resh (20th letter – R)

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’m posting the real portion of the Psalm first for comparison purposes. I’ll post as I go along.

RESH. Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law. Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word. Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes. Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to thy judgments. Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; yet do I not decline from thy testimonies. I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word. Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness. Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

Psalms 119:153-160 KJV


resh hashem  |  Learning Hebrew – The letter Resh (עִבְרִית)
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Psalm 119 – Resh (R)

Ransom me; affliction reigns.
I know Thy law I’ve heard.
Refuse me not, please quicken me
According to Thy word.

Redemption does not come to those
Who do not seek Thy law.
Reveal Thy mercies, quicken me
With judgments causing awe.

Replete with enemies, am I,
Yet I hold fast to Thee.
Receive my love and quicken me
With loving kindness, free.

Righteous is Thy word, O Lord.
Its truth is from of old.
Righteous are Thy judgments, too.
Enduring more than gold.

© 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!

God bless,
Denise McKenney

About dforchrist

I am a 50+-year-old Christian, live in Indiana with my husband and 3 cats, and love Jesus. God has been giving me the ability to write incredible poems lately as well as the urge to share them. I pray they touch you as He intends.
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2 Responses to 119th Psalm – Resh (20th letter – R)

  1. Joyce Griffith says:

    These continue to inspire me. You and your wonderful husband do, too.

    • dforchrist says:

      Your comments on here are a great encouragement to me. God put it on my heart to write these poems, so I will write even with no proof that anyone but He & I are reading them, but it does help to know at least one other person is benefiting.

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