Today’s Word


It is You who know my reproach, and my shame and disgrace before all my foes.  Psalm 69:20 [Hebrew Bible]  Robert Alter Reproach – “In a White House eager to distance itself from allegations of nepotism, corruption and grifting, Hunter Biden is the problem that simply won’t go away.”[1] We’re not so familiar with the word “reproach,”…
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Reworking the Paradigm

Come near me, redeem me.  Because of my enemies, ransom me.  Psalm 69:19 [Hebrew Bible]  Robert Alter Ransom – Let’s examine the implicit paradigm in this verse.  Remember that the true role of the exegete is to interpret the text according to the thought patterns of the original audience and author.  That means making crystal…
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Express Delivery

And hide not Your face from Your servant, for I am in straits.  Hurry, answer me.  Psalm 69:18 [Hebrew Bible]  Robert Alter Hurry – First we need to clear up an English rendering of צָרַר tsarar.  Alter’s choice doesn’t fit the topography of Israel.  The English “strait” is usually associated with a narrow body of…
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The God of Moses

Answer me, LORD, for Your kindness is good, in Your great compassion turn to me.  Psalm 69:17 [Hebrew Bible]  Robert Alter Great compassion – God cares.  If we learn nothing else from Scripture, this is enough.  We might not know how He demonstrates that care.  We may think He has forgotten all about us.  We…
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Hell on Earth

Let the waters’ current not sweep me away and let not the deep swallow me and let the Pit not close its mouth on me. Psalm 69:16 [Hebrew Bible]  Robert Alter The Pit – Think of Beersheba.  The well of seven.  bĕʾēr, the Hebrew word for well or pit, is used in Genesis 16:14 in…
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Let Me Reiterate

Save me from the mire, that I not drown.  Let me be saved from my foes and from the watery depths.  Let the waters’ current not sweep me away and let not the deep swallow me.  Psalm 69:15-16a [Hebrew Bible]  Robert Alter Save me – Back to the beginning.  The metaphor of drowning is still…
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