Psalm 23


Psalm 23


Limited Edition Giclee Print
180 units
15 1/2 " x 14 1/8"
(Hebrew calligraphy — the full text, 23: 1-6; English calligraphy — 23: 1-4)

The two main parts of this picture describe the image evoked to me by the Psalmist’s metaphor of God as a shepherd:

In the background is ancient Jerusalem, the City of David. In the valley at the foot of the mountain, a shepherd leads his flock to the river through green pastures (with patches of Chartziyot, the yellow flowers that cover most of northern and central Israel in sprint time).  In the front, near the still waters, are fruit trees typical to Israel, symbolizing the fulfillment the poet describes, and alluding also to the prophecy of peace and tranquility, when “nation shall not lift up sword against nation”, when every person shall sit under their grape vine and fig tree, and “none shall make them afraid” (Micah, 4).

The verses not written in calligraphy in the English part are:

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou hath anointed my head with oil; my cup runneth over.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. ( 23:5-6; translation JPS, 1917)

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