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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Psalm 96:11-13 (Pt. 2)  Thought/Prayer:  Then Sing Do All Trees.  Topics:  2 at end.

“The heavens joy, and the earth is joyful, The sea and its fulness roar.
The field exulteth, and all that [is] in it, Then sing do all trees of the forest,
Before Jehovah, for He hath come, For He hath come to judge the earth. He judgeth the world in righteousness, And the peoples in His faithfulness!”  (YLT)  (Read this scripture and more at

The Bible translation, Young’s Literal Translation, is a 1898 translation by a man named Robert Young.  It is extremely literal and purports to preserve tense and word usage that is seen in the original Greek and Hebrew texts.  Because of this, sometimes the words in sentences seem to flow less smoothly.  Some of this can be seen in this scripture, but isn’t it pretty?  The unusual word order, in this case, highlights meaning and calls attention to important words, even if in a slightly different order than expected.

For example, “Then sing do all trees of the forest, . . . “  In more general usage, we might say, “then all trees of the forest do sing.”  But doesn’t it call attention to the trees’ singing just a bit more to put the verb before the subject (trees)?  (No, we won’t get into “trees singing,” but it’s here in this scripture, and about 2/3 of 23 online translations use “sing.”)  (And just think of the wind blowing through leafy trees – maybe a singing?)

And how about the word, “exulteth”?  Isn’t that rather regal, or formal?  Honoring perhaps?

All of this singing of the trees is of a happy rejoicing that the Lord (Jehovah in this translation) has come and that he will judge the earth in righteousness.  What if we could share this rejoicing with a struggling family with LIFE decisions to make . . . of living or dying; birthing a baby or aborting; seeing the elderly through to natural death, or euthanasia?  It might never happen, that this verse would be shared – but still a Christian could share the joy that is of the Lord, including that of the natural world He created.

Lord, help us who want to help, to rejoice as in this scripture verse.  And help us to pass on to others the joy of You, Lord, and Your creation, including the elder person and the babe in the womb.

Topics:  Pray to rejoice in the Lord so much that He will bring opportunities to share this joy with others in great struggle.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 03/30 at 10:05 AM
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