Sunday musical offering

August 11, 2019

ה׳ רועי לאחסר
Hashem ro’I lo echsar
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want

בנאות דשא ירביצני
Binot deshe yarbitzeini
He makes me lie down in green pastures

על מי מנוחות ינהלני נפשי ישובב
Al mei m’nuchot y’nahaleini, nafshi yeshovev
He leads me beside still waters, He restores my soul

ינחני במעגלי צדק למען שמו
Yancheini b’mag’lei tzedek, lema’an sh’mo
He guides me on straight paths for His name’s sake

גם כי אלך בגיא צלמות
Gam ki elech b’gei tzalmavet
Even though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death

לא אירא רע כי אתה עמדי
Lo ira ra ki ata imadi
I will fear no evil, for You are with me

שבתך ומשענתך המה ינחמוני
Shivtecha u’mishantecha heimah y’nachamuni
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me

ושבתי בבית ה׳ לאורך ימים
V’shavti b’veit Hashem, l’orech yamim
I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever

Happy birthday, Isaac

July 17, 2018

It’s the birthday of the English nonconformist minister Isaac Watts (1674-1748), author of many of the best-known hymns in the English language. This is his paraphrase of Psalm 23.

My Shepherd will supply my need;
Jehovah is His name.
In pastures fresh He makes me feed
Beside the living stream.
He brings my wandering spirit back
When I forsake His ways,
And leads me, for His mercy’s sake,
In paths of truth and grace.

When I walk through the shades of death
Thy presence is my stay;
One word of Thy supporting breath
Drives all my fears away.
Thy hand, in sight of all my foes,
Doth still my table spread;
My cup with blessings overflows,
Thine oil anoints my head.

The sure provisions of my God
Attend me all my days;
O may Thy house be my abode,
And all my work be praise.
There would I find a settled rest,
While others go and come;
No more a stranger, nor a guest,
But like a child at home.

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