The Apocryphal Psalms of David 1:15–20

You vowed of old to your servant David,

   mercifully anointing the shoot of Jesse:

You sustained his authority in your sanctity for

     he spread your praise to the ends of the earth:

You set his name as an eternal pillar;

   he repairs the breach and rebuilds the ruins:

A cornerstone despised by the builders

   you have raised to the headstone above all nations:

Joyfully you crown him with glory,

   calling him the splendor of all nations

       —translated by Azzan Yadin-Israel

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“The Cruiser” and the Jews

“The Cruiser” and the Jews

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