Psalm 1

The Musical Setting

 The mp3 (3:40)

 The pdf

An exploratory set like this must begin with homage to J.S.Bach and his Prelude No. 1 (in C) of the Well Tempered Clavier I. Like his piece, mine is also in C and is based on an arpeggiated approach.

In this setting, each measure corresponds to one word in the Hebrew and the time signature of the measure is determined by the number of syllables in the Hebrew word. Phrases in the music correspond to cola in the Hebrew, with thematic changes in the music following the thematic changes in the stanzas.

The Psalm

SHOW:   Word Count:   Transliteration:  
Gloss: Syllables:  
Gematria:  Base: Factor: 
Ordinal:   Factor: 
Word Position:   Cuisinaire Graphic:  

(Remember: Hebrew reads right to left!)

Verse 1


אֲשֶׁ֤רהָאִ֗ישׁאַ֥שְֽׁרֵיWords=3
)ăŠeRHŏ)iYŠ)aŠRēYTransliteration
whothe manHappyGloss
222Syllables=6
501316511Gematria=1328
3×16722×797×73Gem.Factored=24×83
423752Ordinal=131
2×3×73722×13Ord.Factored=131
3/652/661/67Word Position

רְשָׁ֫עִ֥יםבַּעֲצַ֪תהָלַךְ֮לֹ֥אWords=4
RəŠŏ(iYMBa(ăṢaTHŏLaKLō)Transliteration
of the wickedin the counselwalksnotGloss
3321Syllables=9
6205625531Gematria=1268
22×5×312×2815×1131Gem.Factored=22×317
80582813Ordinal=179
24×52×2922×713Ord.Factored=179
7/616/625/634/64Word Position

עָמָ֑דלֹ֥אחַ֭טָּאִיםוּבְדֶ֣רֶךְWords=4
(ŏMŏDLō)ḤaṬŏ)iYMûBəDeReKTransliteration
standsnotof the sinfuland in the pathGloss
2134Syllables=10
1143168232Gematria=445
2×3×193122×1723×29Gem.Factored=5×89
33134143Ordinal=130
3×11134143Ord.Factored=2×5×13
11/5710/589/598/60Word Position

יָשָֽׁב׃לֹ֣אלֵ֝צִ֗יםוּבְמוֹשַׁ֥בWords=4
YŏŠāBLō)LēṢiYMûBəMWōŠaBTransliteration
sitnotof scornersand in the sessionGloss
2124Syllables=9
31231170356Gematria=869
23×3×13312×5×1722×89Gem.Factored=11×79
33135350Ordinal=149
3×1113532×52Ord.Factored=149
15/5314/5413/5512/56Word Position

Words=15, Syllables=34, Gematria=3910, Gem.Factored=2×5×17×23, Ordinal=589, Ord.Factored=19×31

Verse 2


חֶ֫פְצ֥וֹיְהוָ֗הבְּתוֹרַ֥תאִ֥םכִּ֤יWords=5
ḤePṢWōYəHWŏHBəTWōRaT)iMKiYTransliteration
is his delightYHWHin the Torah of RatherGloss
22311Syllables=9
1842610084130Gematria=1289
23×232×1324×32×7412×3×5Gem.Factored=1289
4926721421Ordinal=182
722×1323×322×73×7Ord.Factored=2×7×13
20/4819/4918/5017/5116/52Word Position

וָלָֽיְלָה׃יוֹמָ֥םיֶהְגֶּ֗הוּֽבְתוֹרָת֥וֹWords=4
WŏLāYəLŏHYWōMŏMYeHGeHûBəTWōRŏTWōTransliteration
and nightby dayhe murmursand the TorahGloss
4225Syllables=13
8196231020Gematria=1220
3425×32322×3×5×17Gem.Factored=22×5×61
45422384Ordinal=194
32×52×3×72322×3×7Ord.Factored=2×97
24/4423/4522/4621/47Word Position

Words=9, Syllables=22, Gematria=2509, Gem.Factored=13×193, Ordinal=376, Ord.Factored=23×47

Verse 3


פַּלְגֵ֫יעַֽלשָׁת֪וּלכְּעֵץ֮וְֽהָיָ֗הWords=5
PaLGēY(aLŠŏTûLKə(ēṢWəHŏYŏHTransliteration
streams ofbyplantedlike a treeAnd he isGloss
21223Syllables=10
12310073618026Gematria=1165
3×4122×5225×2322×32×52×13Gem.Factored=5×233
4228614526Ordinal=202
2×3×722×76132×52×13Ord.Factored=2×101
29/3928/4027/4126/4225/43Word Position

פִּרְי֨וֹאֲשֶׁ֤רמָ֥יִםWords=3
PiRYWō)ăŠeRMŏYiMTransliteration
its fruitwhichwaterGloss
222Syllables=6
29650190Gematria=887
23×373×1672×32×5Gem.Factored=887
534236Ordinal=131
532×3×722×32Ord.Factored=131
32/3631/3730/38Word Position

יִבּ֑וֹללֹֽאוְעָלֵ֥הוּבְּעִתּ֗וֹיִתֵּ֬ןWords=5
YiBWōLLō)Wə(ŏLēHûBə(iTWōYiTēNTransliteration
withernotand its leavesin its seasonyieldsGloss
21432Syllables=12
4831117478460Gematria=1134
24×33132×132×23922×5×23Gem.Factored=2×34×7
3013454646Ordinal=180
2×3×51332×52×232×23Ord.Factored=22×32×5
37/3136/3235/3334/3433/35Word Position

יַצְלִֽיחַ׃יַעֲשֶׂ֣האֲשֶׁרוְכֹ֖לWords=4
YaṢLiYaḤYa(ăŚeH)ăŠeRWəKōLTransliteration
prospershe doeswhichand allGloss
2322Syllables=9
14838550156Gematria=1090
22×375×7×113×16723×7Gem.Factored=2×5×109
58524229Ordinal=181
2×2922×132×3×729Ord.Factored=181
41/2740/2839/2938/30Word Position

Words=17, Syllables=37, Gematria=4276, Gem.Factored=22×1069, Ordinal=694, Ord.Factored=2×347

Verse 4


הָרְשָׁעִ֑יםכֵ֥ןלֹאWords=3
HŏRŠŏ(iYMKēNLō)Transliteration
the wickedsoNotGloss
311Syllables=5
6257031Gematria=726
542×5×731Gem.Factored=2×3×112
852513Ordinal=123
5×175213Ord.Factored=3×41
44/2443/2542/26Word Position

רֽוּחַ׃תִּדְּפֶ֥נּוּאֲ‍ֽשֶׁרכַּ֝מֹּ֗ץאִםכִּ֥יWords=6
RûaḤTiDəPeNû)ăŠeRKaMōṢ)iMKiYTransliteration
by the windis driven awaywhichlike the chaff ratherGloss
142211Syllables=11
2145405011504130Gematria=1476
2×10722×33×53×1672×3×52412×3×5Gem.Factored=22×32×41
346342421421Ordinal=216
2×1732×72×3×72×3×72×73×7Ord.Factored=23×33
50/1849/1948/2047/2146/2245/23Word Position

Words=9, Syllables=16, Gematria=2202, Gem.Factored=2×3×367, Ordinal=339, Ord.Factored=3×113

Verse 5


כֵּ֤ןעַלWords=2
KēN(aLTransliteration
 ThereforeGloss
11Syllables=2
70100Gematria=170
2×5×722×52Gem.Factored=2×5×17
2528Ordinal=53
5222×7Ord.Factored=53
52/1651/17Word Position

בַּמִּשְׁפָּ֑טרְ֭שָׁעִיםיָקֻ֣מוּלֹאWords=4
BaMiŠPŏṬRəŠŏ(iYMYŏQuMûLō)Transliteration
in judgmentthe wickedvindicatednotGloss
3331Syllables=10
43162015631Gematria=1238
43122×5×3122×3×1331Gem.Factored=2×619
62804813Ordinal=203
2×3124×524×313Ord.Factored=7×29
56/1255/1354/1453/15Word Position

צַדִּיקִֽים׃בַּעֲדַ֥תוְ֝חַטָּאִ֗יםWords=3
ṢaDiYQiYMBa(ăDaTWəḤaṬŏ)iYMTransliteration
of the righteousin the assemblynor the sinfulGloss
334Syllables=10
25447674Gematria=804
2×12722×7×172×37Gem.Factored=22×3×67
744447Ordinal=165
2×3722×1147Ord.Factored=3×5×11
59/958/1057/11Word Position

Words=9, Syllables=22, Gematria=2212, Gem.Factored=22×7×79, Ordinal=421, Ord.Factored=421

Verse 6


צַדִּיקִ֑יםדֶּ֣רֶךְיְ֭הוָהיוֹדֵ֣עַכִּֽיWords=5
ṢaDiYQiYMDeReKYəHWŏHYWōDēa(KiYTransliteration
of the righteousthe wayYHWHattends toForGloss
32221Syllables=10
254224269030Gematria=624
2×12725×72×132×32×52×3×5Gem.Factored=24×3×13
7435263621Ordinal=192
2×375×72×1322×323×7Ord.Factored=26×3
64/463/562/661/760/8Word Position

תֹּאבֵֽד׃רְשָׁעִ֣יםוְדֶ֖רֶךְWords=3
Tō)BēDRəŠŏ(iYMWəDeReKTransliteration
is doomedof the wickedwhile the wayGloss
233Syllables=8
407620230Gematria=1257
11×3722×5×312×5×23Gem.Factored=3×419
298041Ordinal=150
2924×541Ord.Factored=2×3×52
67/166/265/3Word Position

Words=8, Syllables=18, Gematria=1881, Gem.Factored=32×11×19, Ordinal=342, Ord.Factored=2×32×19

TOTAL: Words=67, Syllables=149, Gematria=16990, Gem.Factored=2×5×1699, Ordinal=2761, Ord.Factored=11×251

Cuisinaire Representation of Syllable Lengths


Mp3 of Psalm 1 read in Hebrew by Abraham Shmuelof.

Analysis

See Labuschagne: Psalm 1

1. Middle Word/Phrase

(The middle word in the text above is in red.) 33 words + בְּעִתּ֗וֹ ('in season') + 33 words

This middle word is part of a larger 15 word core: 4 + 3 + 1 + 3 + 4 — a 'menorah' pattern:

26 words... וְכֹ֖ל אֲשֶׁר־יַעֲשֶׂ֣ה יַצְלִֽיחַ וְעָלֵ֥הוּ לֹֽא־יִבּ֑וֹל בְּעִתּ֗וֹ אֲשֶׁ֤ר פִּרְי֨וֹ׀ יִתֵּ֬ן שָׁת֪וּל עַֽל־פַּלְגֵ֫י מָ֥יִם ...26 words
  and he murmurs the
Torah day and night
and its leaves
will not wither
in its
season
which gives fruit he shall be planted
by a stream of water
 
  • Recall that 26 is the gematria value of YHWH.
  • Recall that 7 (4 + 3) is symbolic of 'completeness' or 'fullness'.

So this Psalm's word count yields 26 + 7 + 1 + 7 + 26. Thus, in a manner of speaking, the structure of this Psalm indicates "YHWH + completeness + 'in its season' + completeness + YHWH" — itself a menorah pattern.

"In its season" is also at the center of the four qualities of the fruitful tree:

  • Planted beside water channels
  • Yields fruit
    in its season
  • Whose foliage never withers
  • Whatever it produces is good.

2. First word begins with א and the last word begins with ת

The first word begins with א and the last with ת — the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet respectively. The other Psalms where this occurs are 5, 70, 79 and 112.

3. Concerning the overall structure

1 Where the righteous isn't found
2 What the righteous does
3. The reward of the righteous
4. The dismay of the wicked
5. Where the wicked aren't found
6. Conclusion ('righteous' is plural here for the first time)

And:

Verse Contents # Hebrew words
1 Blessed is the man
* who doesn't walk...
* who doesn't stand...
* who doesn't sit...
3
4
4
4
2 Delights in the Torah
Murmurs the Torah
5
4
3 [The righteous]:
* a tree planted
* leaves don't wither
* all prospers
5
3
5
4
4 But the wicked:
* like chaff
3
6
5 Therefore:
* Wicked aren't vindicated
Sinful not with the righteous
2
4
3
6 YHWH attends to the righteous
The wicked are doomed
5
3

So the verses can be paired in multiple ways:

Idea ID  
A v.2 distinctive qualities of the righteous 9 words
B v.3 specification of these qualities 17 words
C vs.2-3 words devoted to the righteous 26 words
D v.4 about the wicked 9 words
E vs.3-4 about the righteous and the wicked 26 words
F vs.4-6 about the wicked and the righteous 26 words
G vs.5-6 conclusion 17 words

Recall that 17 and 26 are numeric values for YHWH.

This suggests an overlaid structure like:

Vs.1 2 3 4 5 6
Intro A E G
C F