Saturday, November 3, 2007

My Top Ten from TNK

I can scarcely imagine reducing the scriptures to my top ten - but before I read Doug on this, I must have a try. I will confine myself to the TNK first. I am going to go from memory and on impulse.

Narrowing down the books: Psalms, Genesis, Deuteronomy, Job, Ecclesiates, Isaiah, Song, Lamentations - that will do and some of my verses may not come from these favorites and some of my favorite books may not register individual verses. I apologize to the books I have not listed.

Verses: (if I need to say where they come from, they are not your favorite)

  1. Let him kiss me with the mkisses of his mouth for your love is better than wine.
  2. My beloved is mine and I am his - and its counter - I am my beloved's and his desire is for me.
  3. He will not break a bruised reed, nor smother smouldering flax.
  4. O that you were my brother that I might embrace you in the streets and no one would take notice.
  5. Your loving kindness is better than life itself - my lips will praise you.
  6. Jerusalem, Jerusalem, turn to the LORD your God (ht Thomas Tallis - favorites include musical memory) - to which I will add - ht Stanford - O pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper that love thee.
  7. Have mercy upon me, O God, after thy great goodness (ht Allegri).
  8. My help comes even from the LORD who has made heaven and earth.
  9. My just one will live by my/his faith/faithfulness (take your pick).
  10. Sit at my right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool (ht Handel).

As for my excuses - that will have to wait for another time.


    ros said...

    How happy it makes me to find someone else who loves the Song!

    Bob MacDonald said...

    I roughed out my own translation and structural image in Feb-Mar 2007. You can see the image here with a brief dialogue here. There was a practical point - I was writing program notes for a concert.