The third book of Psalms (73-89) translation and comment PSALM 75 To the choirmaster, tune: Do not destroy, an Asaph psalm, a song We give thanks to you God, we give thanks; We call on your name and number your marvels. “On the date that I decree I will judge with justice. When the earth […]

The third book of psalms ( 73-89) translation and comment PSALM 73 A Maskil of Asaph Why, God, did you spit us out so forcefully? Why does your anger smoke over your very own sheep? Bring to mind your family adopted in ancient times Bought by you as the tribe to inherit your bounty; And […]

In the course of these blogs, I have translated Psalms 1-72, and commented upon them briefly. The Hebrew collection of Psalms was arranged in five books to match the five books of the Torah, the Teaching of God. The third book begins at Psalm 73. PSALM 73 A psalm for Asaph Yes, God is good […]

This is the final blog on the First Letter of Peter, in which I sum up my experience of translating and studying it. 1. The author uses good “common” Greek, the international language of the Roman Empire, and in particular of its commerce and community life. He need not have been classically educated, indeed he […]

This blog continues my translation and study of the First Letter of Peter 1 Peter 5: 6 Bow down under God’s strong hand, so that he may lift you up at the right time. Throw all your distress upon him, for he cares about you. Be sober, be alert, for your adversary the Accuser prowls […]

This blog continues my translation and study of the First Letter of Peter 1 Peter 5:1 I am encouraging the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of Messiah’s sufferings, as well as a sharer in the splendour which is to be uncovered, to shepherd God’s flock in your place, not by compulsion […]

This blog continues my translation and study of the First Letter of Peter I PETER 4: 12 My dears, don’t be alienated by the burning fire which is here to test you, as if something foreign had come upon you. Rather, be glad in so far as you share Messiah’s sufferings, so that you may […]

This blog continues my translation and study of the First Letter of Peter 1 Peter 4: 8 The end of everything is near, so keep sane and sober for prayers. Above all, keep your love for one another well-exercised because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to each other without grudging, and as […]

This blog continues my translation and study of the First Letter of Peter 1 Peter 4: 1 As therefore Messiah has suffered, arm yourselves with the same determination, for those who suffer in their flesh and blood have left sin behind, so as to live the remainder of their flesh and blood span, not by […]

This continues my study and translation of the First Letter of Peter 1Peter 1: 18 For Messiah also suffered for sins once for all, a just man for unjust people, so that he might bring us to God. He was put to death in flesh and blood but made alive in spirit, in which he […]