Keeping and Jettisoning
Psalm 113 Laudate, pueri
1 Hallelujah! Give praise, you servants of the Lord; *
praise the Name of the Lord.
2 Let the Name of the Lord be blessed, *
from this time forth for evermore.
3 From the rising of the sun to its going down *
let the Name of the Lord be praised.
4 The Lord is high above all nations, *
and his glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like the Lord our God, who sits enthroned on high *
but stoops to behold the heavens and the earth?
6 He takes up the weak out of the dust *
and lifts up the poor from the ashes.
7 He sets them with the princes, *
with the princes of his people.
8 He makes the woman of a childless house *
to be a joyful mother of children.
I have jettisoned the last two verses because the weak and the poor are not often raised up (if that's the right phrase) and set with society's "princes," however defined; and not all childless couples who wish children are so blessed, and not all mothers, sadly, are joyful in their circumstances.
Next: what would you keep and what would you jettison?
Psalm 114 In exitu Israel
1 Hallelujah! When Israel came out of Egypt, *
the house of Jacob from a people of strange speech,
2 Judah became God's sanctuary *
and Israel his dominion.
3 The sea beheld it and fled; *
Jordan turned and went back.
4 The mountains skipped like rams, *
and the little hills like young sheep.
5 What ailed you, O sea, that you fled? *
O Jordan, that you turned back?
6 You mountains, that you skipped like rams? *
you little hills like young sheep?
7 Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, *
at the presence of the God of Jacob,
8 Who turned the hard rock into a pool of water *
and flint-stone into a flowing spring.
Welsh Window honoring four black girls
killed by a KKK bomb which exploded
while they were attending Sunday School
at the 16th Street Baptist Church,
Birmingham, Alabama, September 16, 1963.