Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sunday Psalm 6: My Prayers Are Answered!

Psalm 1, Verse 1 and 2 in Biblia Hebraica Stut...                    Image via Wikipedia
Psalm 6 -- A David Psalm

 1-2 Please, God, no more yelling, no more trips to the woodshed.
   Treat me nice for a change;
      I'm so starved for affection.

 2-3 Can't you see I'm black-and-blue,
      beat up badly in bones and soul?
   God, how long will it take
      for you to let up?

 4-5 Break in, God, and break up this fight;
      if you love me at all, get me out of here.
   I'm no good to you dead, am I?
      I can't sing in your choir if I'm buried in some tomb!

 6-7 I'm tired of all this—so tired. My bed
      has been floating forty days and nights
   On the flood of my tears.
      My mattress is soaked, soggy with tears.
   The sockets of my eyes are black holes;
      nearly blind, I squint and grope.

 8-9 Get out of here, you Devil's crew:
      at last God has heard my sobs.
   My requests have all been granted,
      my prayers are answered.

 10 Cowards, my enemies disappear.
   Disgraced, they turn tail and run.

-- The Message
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3 comments:

SDC said...

The time has come, my little friends, to talk of other things, of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings, and why the sea is boiling hot, and whether pigs have wigs, calloo, callay, come run away, with the cabbages and kings.

RkBall said...

Sometimes Eugene Peterson's attempts at paraphrase are a bit over the top.

Joe said...

I agree with you there Richard. I almost wouldn't recognize it or its prophetic-messianic intent.

"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"