PSALM 91 Translation and comment Number 2 in new series Resident of the hidden place of the Most High Overnight guest in the shadow of Power I will say to Yahweh, “My Refuge and my Hill Fort My God in whom I have faith.” For He frees you from the fowler’s snare And from deadly […]

Today I am returning to the Psalms, of which I have translated 89 so far on this site. I begin now with Psalm 90. PSALM 90 A prayer of Moses, the man of God You have been our refuge, Lord, in all generations: Before you were mother to the mountains Or gave birth to the […]

PROVERBS A CHAPTER A DAY CHAPTER 31 Comments are interleaved with text 31  The words of King L’mu’el, the prophecy with which his mother disciplined him: 2  No, my son! No, son of my womb!     No, son of my vows! 3  Don’t give your strength to women     or your ways to that which destroys kings. […]

PROVERBS A CHAPTER A DAY CHAPTER 30 Comments are interleaved with the text 30  The words of Agur the son of Yakeh, the prophecy. The man says to Iti’el, to Iti’el and Ukhal: THE TRANSLATION IS DISPUTED. AS IT STANDS IT EMPHASISES THE PROPHETIC NATURE OF THIS MAN AND HIS WISDOM 2  I am more […]

PROVERBS A CHAPTER A DAY CHAPTER 29 The comments are interleaved with the text 29 He who remains stiffnecked after much rebuke will be suddenly and incurably broken. THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF GLASGOW HARD-MAN JIMMY BOYLE TELL S HOW AFTER MANY BEATINGS IN PRISON HE WAS OVERCOME BY KINDNESS 2 When the righteous flourish, the people […]

1 Wicked people run away     when no one chases them,     but those who live right     are as brave as lions. THE COURAGE OF DECENT PEOPLE IS NOT WELL RECOGNISED 2  In time of civil war     there are many leaders,     but a sensible leader     establishes order. CHAOS IS BAD FOR EVERYONE 3  When someone poor    mistreats […]

PROVERBS A CHAPTER A DAY Chapter 27 Comments are interleaved with text Don’t boast about tomorrow, for you don’t know what the day may bring. IT’S GOOD TO SAY INSHALLAH Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth, a stranger and not your own lips. YES Stone is heavy, sand a dead weight, but […]

In chapter 8 of the Gospel of John there is the story of the Woman Caught in Adultery. It doesn’t really belong there as it also appears in some versions of Luke’s gospel. It’s a floating narrative which seemed so genuine that it had to be included somewhere in the text of the gospels. Eager […]

PROVERBS A CHAPTER A DAY CHAPTER 26 1 Like snow in summer or rain at harvest-time,     so honor for a fool is out of place. 2  Like a fluttering sparrow or a flying swallow,     an undeserved curse will come home to roost. I HOPE SO 3  A whip for a horse, a bridle for a […]

PROVERBS A CHAPTER A DAY CHAPTER 25 The comments are interleaved with the text. 1 These also are proverbs of Solomon; the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied them out: 2  God gets glory from concealing things;     kings get glory from investigating things. COMPARING GOD AND KINGS WAS COMMON IN THE ANCIENT WORLD. HERE […]