Since most of us don’t read Hebrew,
and since I admire David’s use of his alphabet,
and since I am quarantined and have oodles of time,
I thought it would be fun to re-write David’s magnum opus.
Not to improve upon it, mind you. I find re-wording scripture is a challenging exercise because it forces me to process each word and try to match the meaning while using different expressions. You might want to read the original first (scroll down) — I guarantee it’s better.
Here are the rules:
1) Start every line of the eight verse sections with the same letter.
2) Stay true to the meaning.
3) Since David wrote with a poetic meter, keep each line to eight syllables.
4) Break the rules when necessary.
A blessing comes to the spotless;
to those who walk in His footsteps.
Another for guarding the truth
and a hearty pursuit of God.
All wrongdoing should be cut off
in order to stay on His path.
Author of precepts and commands,
You expect my obedience.
Alas, I am not consistent
in keeping Your law in my grip.
Away with the shame of my sin;
instead, my eyes rest on Your word.
Arise and make way for some praise,
while I learn to follow Your rules.
Above all, I will stick with You.
Please, please, please, don’t give up on me!
*Next: a verse-by-verse study of Psalm 119:1-8.