Saturday, June 20, 2015


Sharon Leal

Ekusutashī o kanjimasu
from Ps.9.9+

Have you felt the ecstasy of union?

Has there been a time when you felt
connected to everything in existence?

Has another person helped you to feel
that all things will work out despite adversity?

Ecstasy is the beginning of love.
It is a refuge for the oppressed
in times of trouble.

Those who know that your faith
is the ground for your faithfulness
will trust you. You will be an example
for all ages.

Knowledge is the beginning of wisdom.
Instruction begins with definitions and examples,
then tests fairly for retention.

Watch the word grow to form
with function for meaning in truth
and fair social selection.

Sing songs about your experience
with love. Proclaim the wonders
of education with creativity
to the world.

Justice will require proof of truth
for judgment. The Avenger will not forget
the cry of the afflicted, but retribution
will not impose cruelty for correction.

Have mercy on those who suffer attack
from hate or indifference. Have mercy
on those who have seen the gates to death.

Eternal joy shines from beyond the sight
of light says the experience
close to the loss of life.

Salvation celebrates
civility for the living.
Lessons on law are drawn
with respect for life.

Belief in violence
is a bitter pit
in an empty soul.
Belief in cruelty
only digs another hole.

Justice is scientific.
Action produces consequence.
Moral acts are legal.
Crime calls for correction.

The ‘more war’ morality
is not moral. Those who believe
that life is ruled by the threat of death
are misled by the error.

The needs of the poor
will not remain forgotten.
Hope for goodness in the quality
of life will be rewarded.

The industry for war
will not retain the upper hand.

Freedom will restore equity
to the economy and fair trade
to the market. The market
will correct the profiteers.

Ecstasy is the beginning of love.
It is a refuge for the oppressed
in times of trouble.


Ekusutashī wa ai no hajimaridesu.
Kore wa, shītage rareta tame hinanshodeari,
 toraburu no jidai ni.

9 The Lord will be a refuge for the oppressed, *
a refuge in time of trouble.

10 Those who know your Name will put their trust in you, *
for you never forsake those who seek you, O Lord.

11 Sing praise to the Lord who dwells in Zion; *
proclaim to the peoples the things he has done.

12 The Avenger of blood will remember them; *
he will not forget the cry of the afflicted.

13 Have pity on me, O Lord; *
see the misery I suffer from those who hate me,
O you who lift me up from the gate of death;

14 So that I may tell of all your praises
and rejoice in your salvation *
in the gates of the city of Zion.

15 The ungodly have fallen into the pit they dug, *
and in the snare they set is their own foot caught.

16 The Lord is known by his acts of justice; *
the wicked are trapped in the works of their own hands.

17 The wicked shall be given over to the grave, *
and also all the people that forget God.

18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten, *
and the hope of the poor shall not perish for ever.

19 Rise up, O Lord, let not the ungodly have the upper hand; *
let them be judged before you.

20 Put fear upon them, O Lord; *
let the ungodly know they are but mortal.

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