Zə·ḵōr, recall Your word to me
my hope is in Your guarantee.
Zōṯ, this my comfort in my grief
Your word revives and brings relief.
Zê·ḏîm, the proud make fun of me
yet from Your law I will not flee.
Zā·ḵar, recalling statutes of old
is how my soul can be consoled.
Zealous fury grips my heart
‘gainst those who from Your law depart.
Zə·mi·rō·wṯ, songs Your laws inspire
as I sojourn are my attire.
Zā·ḵar·tî, remembering Your name at night
helps me to keep Your law in sight.
Zōṯ, this defines who I’ve become
I keep Your precepts, every one.
It is apparent that the Z sound is much more prevalent in Hebrew than in English, hence the extensive use of Hebrew words to start each verse. Makes me want to play Scrabble using Hebrew words!
© J Dan Small
God of vengeance, Adonai
Judge of all, please hear our cry
Give the wicked their just due
Quickly punish the proud, too.
How long will their boasting last
And their murderous deeds amass
Widows, orphans, strangers, slay?
‘Gainst Your people, Lord, they prey.
In their insolence they say
“Yah can’t see us, won’t repay!”
What? The One who made the ear
You don’t think that He will hear?
Senseless people think they’re wise
Their Creator would despise
God who formed the eye does see
And He soon will instruct thee.
He’ll expose your futile plot
For He knows your every thought.
Nations feel His judgment rod
Now prepare to meet your God.
Blest are those whom You correct
You Your people won’t neglect
From their troubles give relief
Bringing judgment on the thief.
Who’ll protect and defend me?
None, O Lord, there is but Thee
Soon Your justice will prevail
O’er all those who would assail
Had You not come to my aid
I’d be silent in the grave
“I am slipping!” was my plea
Loving Lord, You rescued me.
When my doubts and fears increase
Your sweet presence gives me peace
You bring comfort to my soul
And my anxious thoughts console.
Evil men make unjust laws
Crush the righteous without cause
Innocent blood they would condemn
You, O God, are not with them.
Adonai is by my side
Rock of refuge where I hide
All their guilt He will repay
Cut them off on Judgment Day.
© 2014 J Dan Small