tṣiw·wî·ṯā, all Your commands, testimonies, decrees
are utterly perfect because they’re from Thee.
tṣim·mə·ṯaṯ·nî, all torn up inside, I’m upset and dismayed
at how all my enemies Your laws degrade.
tṣə·rū·p̄āh, pure and refined, proven right every time
Your word, Lord, I love, gladly claim it as mine.
tṣā·‘îr, small and looked-down on, by others despised
I look to Your precepts, by me they are prized.
tṣiḏ·qā·ṯə·ḵā, Your righteousness forever will unchanging stand
Your Torah, the truth, an enduring command.
Tsunamis of trouble have swept over me
still I will delight in Your righteous decree.
tṣe·ḏeq, so right are Your words they will last evermore
help me understand so I’ll live, I implore.
This Hebrew letter is unusual for English-speaking tongues to verbalize. That’s why the only common word in English that starts with the ts sound is tsunami.
© J Dan Small