The Holy Bible: The Old Hymns (Psalms) Chapter 107-118

This is a unique feminist approach to a gender-neutral paraphrase of the Holy Bible, which uses the true name of Yahweh God and of Yeshua, the Christ, rather than the traditional man made form of Jehovah by Sis. Kimberly M. Hartfield, B.S., M.S. – Christian Counselor, Ordained Minister. It is a work in progress, so these are excerpts in a continuing series.

Mesha Stele describes war with Israelites

 

The Holy Bible: The Old Hymns (Psalms) Chapter 107-118

Book 5

107 [1-5] Oh give thanks to Yahweh, for God is good: Your mercy lasts forever. Let those who are bought back by Yahweh say that God has bought them back from the hand of the adversary, and gathered them out of the lands, from the east, from the west, from the north, and from the south. They wandered alone in the wilderness, finding no city to stay in, their souls fainting in hunger and thirst. Then they cried to Yahweh in their trouble, and God freed them out of their troubles. And God led them forward by the right way so that they could go to live in a city. Oh that people would praise You, Yahweh for the goodness of God, and for Your wonderful actions toward the children of humanity!

[9-15] For God satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness. God brought down the hearts of those that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death with hard labor, who are bound in misery and shackles, because they rebelled against the words of God, and condemned the counsel of the Most High; and when they fell down, there was no one to help. Then they cried to Yahweh in their trouble, and God saved them out of all of them. God brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, breaking open their shackles. Oh that people would praise You, Yahweh for Your goodness, and for Your wonderful actions toward the children of humanity!

[16-22] For God has broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in half. Stupid people are made miserable because of their offenses, and their sins. They hate all kinds of meat, drawing near even to the gates of death. Then they cry to Yahweh in their trouble, and God saves them out of all of them. God sent word, and healed them, and saved them from destruction. Oh that people would praise You, Yahweh for Your goodness, and for Your wonderful actions toward the children of humanity! Let them sacrifice the offerings of thanksgiving, declaring Your actions with celebrations.

[23-32]Those that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in the great oceans, see the acts of Yahweh, and the wonders in the oceans. For You command, and raise the stormy winds that lifts up the waves of the sea. They mount up to the heaven and go down again to the depths: their souls are upset because of trouble. They drift back and forth, and stagger like drunks, and are at their wit’s end. Then they cry to Yahweh in their trouble, and You bring them out of them all. You calm the storm, and still the waves. Then they’re glad because the waves are quiet; so You bring them to the harbor where they wanted to go. Oh that people would praise You, Yahweh for Your goodness, and for Your wonderful actions toward the children of humanity! Let them exalt You also in the congregation, and praise You in the meetings of the elders.

[33-43] God turns rivers into wilderness and the creeks into dry ground; a fruitful land into barrenness, for the evil of those that stay in it. God turns the wilderness into pools of water, and dry ground into creeks of water. And there God makes the hungry to stay, so that they can build a city to live in; and sow the fields, and plant the vineyards, which yield the increase of their fruits. God blesses them also, so that they’re multiplied greatly; and doesn’t let their animals decrease in number. Again, they’re diminished and brought low through oppression, misery, and sorrow. God pours out hatred on rulers, and causes them to wander in the wilderness, where there’s no way out. Yet God uplifts the poor from their misery, and makes their families as large as a flock. Godly people will see it, and celebrate, and all sin will stop coming from their mouths. Whoever is wise, and will observe these things, will understand the love of Yahweh.

108 [1] A Song or Hymn of David. Oh God, my heart is fixed; I’ll sing and give praise, even with my triumph. Awake, stringed instruments and harp: I myself will awake early. I’ll praise You, oh Yahweh, among the people, and I’ll sing praises to You among the nations. For Your mercy is as wide as the heavens and Your truth stretches up to the clouds. Be praised, oh God, above the heavens, and Your glory above the whole world; Save with Your strong hand, and answer me, so that Your beloved can be freed.

[7-13] God, You’ve spoken in Your holiness; I’ll celebrate, as I divide Shechem, and give out the valley of Succoth. Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of my head; Judah is my lawgiver; I’ll wash myself at Moab; I’ll lay out my shoes over Edom; I’ll triumph over Philistia.Who will bring me into the strong city? Who will lead me into Edom? Will You not, oh God, who has cast us off? And won’t You, oh God, go forward with our people? Give us help from our troubles, for what help people give is useless. Through God we’ll do valiantly, for it is God that will trample down our enemies.

109 [1-5] To the first musician, A Hymn of David. Don’t hold Your peace, oh God of my praise, for the mouths of the sinful and the mouths of the lying are opened against me, speaking against me with their lies. They overtook me with words of hatred; and fought against me unjustly. Even though I gave them my love, they’re my enemies, but I give myself to prayer. They’ve rewarded me evil for good, and hated me for my love to them.

[6] So set a sinful person over them, and let Satan stand at their side. When they’re judged, let them be condemned, and let their prayer become sin. Let their days be few; and let others take their places. Let their children be orphaned, and their spouses become survivors. Let their children always be tramps, and beg: let them seek food out of their gloomy places also. Let thieves take everything they have; and let the ungodly ruin all their efforts. Let none be there to extend mercy to them, nor let there be any to help their orphaned children. Let them have no grandchildren; and in the generation following let their name be forgotten. Let the sin of their parents be remembered by Yahweh; and don’t let their sins be forgotten. Let them always be ashamed before Yahweh, so that God can remove their memory from the earth, because they didn’t show mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy people, that they would even destroy the broken hearted.

[17-20] As they loved cursing, so let it come to them; and as they didn’t enjoy their blessings, so let it be far from them. As they adorned themselves with cursing like putting on the clothes they wear, so let it come into them like the water they drink, and like the fatty foods they eat. Let it be to them as the clothes that cover them, or like the belt they wear. Let this be the punishment from Yahweh of my enemies, those who speak evil against my soul.

[21-25] But do for me, oh Yahweh, my God, for Your Name’s sake: because Your mercy is good, save me. I’m poor and needy, and my heart is broken. I’m gone like the passing shadow when it fades: I’m tossed up and down as the locust in the wind. My knees tremble from fasting; and my body is thin. I was a disgust to them when they looked on me and shook their heads.

[26-31] Help me, oh Yahweh my God: oh save me according to Your mercy, so that they can know that this is Your hand; that You, oh Yahweh, have done it. Let them curse me, but when You bless me they’ll awake and be ashamed; and let me celebrate. Let my enemies be covered with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a shroud. I’ll greatly praise Yahweh with my mouth; yes, I’ll praise You among the people. God will stand at the side of the poor, to save them from those that would condemn their souls.

  110 [1-7] A Hymn of David. Yahweh said to my God, Sit at My side, until I make Your enemies Your footstool.  Yahweh will send the rod of Your strength out of Jerusalem: so take rule in the midst of Your enemies. Your people will support You in the day of Your power; in the beauty of holiness from the breaking of day You’ll have the freshness of Your youth. Yahweh has sworn, and won’t repent; You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. God at Your side will strike through rulers in the day of God’s anger. You’ll judge the ungodly, filling their places with the dead bodies; You’ll wound the rulers over many countries, and drink of the creek in the way: so will You lift up Your head.

     111 [1-5] Praise Yahweh! I’ll praise Yahweh with my whole heart, in the congregation of the godly, and in the meeting of the people. The creations of Yahweh are great, sought out by all those that have pleasure in them. Your actions are honorable and worthy of praise, and your righteousness lasts forever. You’ve made your wonderful acts to be remembered:  Yahweh is gracious and full of compassion. You’ve given food to those that respect You: God will be ever mindful of our covenant.

[6-10] You’ve shown Your people the power of Your acts, so that You can give them the inheritance of the ungodly. The acts of Your hands are true and righteous; all Your commandments are sure, standing fast forever and ever, and are done in truth and honesty. God, You saved Your people, authorizing the covenant forever: Your Name is holy and worthy of respect. The respect of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom: all those that do Your commandments have a good understanding: Your praise lasts forever.

 112 [1-5] Praise Yahweh! Blessed are those that respect Yahweh, the ones that joy greatly in Your commandments. Their children will be mighty on earth, for the lives of godly people will be blessed. Wealth and riches will be in their houses; and their righteousness will endure forever. There will arise light in the darkness for godly people because they’re gracious, and full of compassion and righteousness. Godly people show grace, and lend, always guiding their affairs with good judgment.

[6-10] They’ll never be upset, and will always be remembered. They won’t be afraid of bad news, for their hearts are fixed on Yahweh. Their hearts are set, and not afraid, until they see justice come to their enemies. They’ll be given honor because they have given to the poor; their righteousness lasts forever. The sinful will see it, and be grieved; and will grate their teeth, pining away until everything they want dies out.

  113 [1-4] Praise Yahweh! Praise, oh people of Yahweh, praise the Name of Yahweh. Blessed be the Name of Yahweh from this time forward and forever. From the dawning of the sun to the setting of the same, Yahweh’s Name is to be praised. Yahweh, You are Sovereign over all nations, and Your glory is above the heavens.

[5-9] Who is like You, oh Yahweh our God, who inhabits heaven, and who comes down to see the things that are in heaven, and in the earth! And who raises up the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of the manure pile; so that You can put them with rulers, even with the rulers of Your people. You even make the barren to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise Yahweh!

114 [1-7] When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a strange speaking foreign people; Judah was their House of God, and Israel their dominion. The Red Sea saw it and pulled back: the Jordan river was driven back. The mountains and the little hills trembled. What ailed you, oh sea, that you pulled back? And you Jordan, that was driven back? And you mountains and little hills that trembled? Tremble earth, at the presence of the Savior, at the presence of our God, which turned the rock into a pool of water, the flint-rock into a stream of water.

 115 [1-7] Not to us, oh Yahweh, not to us, but to Your Name give glory, for Your mercy, and Your truth’s sake. Why should the ungodly say, Where is their God now? But our God is in the heavens: You’ve done whatever You pleased. Their idolatry is their silver and gold, things made from human hands. They have mouths, but don’t speak, and eyes, but don’t see: They have ears, but don’t hear, and noses, but don’t smell: They have hands, but don’t hold anything, and feet, but don’t walk: nor do they speak through their mouth.

[8-13] Those that make them are as dumb as they are and so is every one that trusts in them. Oh Israel, trust in Yahweh: God is our help and our defense. Oh house of Aaron, trust in Yahweh: God is our help and our defense. You that respect Yahweh trust in Yahweh: God is your help and your defense. Yahweh has been thinking of us: God will bless us; God will bless the house of Israel; God will bless the house of Aaron. God will bless those that respect Yahweh, both small and great.

[14-18] Yahweh will increase you more and more, you and your children. You are blessed of Yahweh which made heaven and earth. The heavens, even the heavens, are Yahweh’s, but the earth God has given to the children of humanity. The dead don’t praise Yahweh, or anyone that goes down into the silence of the grave. But we’ll bless Yahweh now and forever. Praise Yahweh.

  116 [1-6] I love Yahweh because God has heard my voice and my prayer. I’ll call on God as long as I live because Yahweh has listened to me. The sorrows of death overtook me, and the pains of hell got hold of me and I found nothing but trouble and sorrow. Then I called on the Name of Yahweh; oh God, I beg You, save my soul. Yahweh is gracious and righteous; yes, our God is merciful. Yahweh saves the naive: for I was brought low and God helped me.

[7-14] Return to your rest, oh my soul; for Yahweh has dealt bountifully with you. For You’ve freed my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from falling; and I’ll walk with Yahweh in the land of the living. I believed, so I’ve spoken: I was greatly tormented because I said in my haste, everyone is a liar. What will I give to Yahweh in exchange for all the blessings granted me? I’ll take the reward of Your saving grace, and call on the Name of Yahweh. I’ll pay my vows to Yahweh now in the presence of all Your people.

[15] The death of the people of God is precious in the sight of Yahweh. Oh Yahweh, truly I belong to You; I belong to you, and I’m the child of one who belongs to You: You’ve freed me from everything that kept me down. I’ll offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call on the Name of Yahweh. I’ll pay my vows to Yahweh now in the presence of all Your people. Praise Yahweh in the place of Yahweh’s House of God, in the midst of Jerusalem!

  117 [1-2] Praise Yahweh, all you nations: praise God, everyone. God’s merciful kindness has blessed us greatly, and the truth of Yahweh lasts forever. Praise Yahweh!

  118 [1-4] Oh give thanks to Yahweh; for God is good: Your mercy lasts forever. Let Israel say now, Your mercy lasts forever. Let the house of Aaron say now, Your mercy lasts forever. Let those who respect Yahweh say now, Your mercy lasts forever.

[5-11] I called on Yahweh in my trouble:  You answered me, and set me in a large place. Yahweh is on my side, so I won’t fear: What can humans do to me? Yahweh takes my side with those that help me: so I’ll see justice on those that hate me. It’s better to trust in Yahweh than to put your faith in any other. It’s better to trust in Yahweh than to put your faith in the government. All nations overtook me, but in the Name of Yahweh, I’ll destroy them. They overtook me; yes, they overtook me, but in the Name of Yahweh, I’ll overcome them.

[12-16] They overtook me like bees; they’re quenched as a fire of thorns: for in the Name of Yahweh, I’ll overcome them. They’ve pushed me roughly so that I would fall, but Yahweh helped me up. Yahweh is my strength and song, and is my saving grace. The sound of celebration and salvation are in the houses of godly people: the strong hand of Yahweh is valiant. The strong hand of Yahweh is glorious: the strong hand of Yahweh is valiant.

[17-29] I won’t die, but I’ll live to tell the acts of Yahweh. Yahweh has greatly disciplined me, but hasn’t let me die yet. Open to me the gates of righteousness, this gate of Yahweh, in which godly people will enter, and I’ll also go in praising Yahweh. I’ll praise You: for You’ve heard me, and are my saving grace. The stone which the builders refused has become the main cornerstone. This is Yahweh’s doing; it’s awesome in our eyes.

[24] This is the day which Yahweh has made; in which we’ll celebrate and be glad. Save now, I beg You, oh Yahweh: I beg You, send now prosperity, oh Yahweh. Blessed be the One that comes in the Name of Yahweh: we have blessed You from the House of God of Yahweh. God is Yahweh, who has shown us light: we will lay our sacrifices on top of the altar. You are my God, and I’ll praise You: You are my God, so I’ll exalt You. Oh give thanks to Yahweh; for God is good: for Your mercy lasts forever.