Saturday, November 14, 2015


Zoe Saldana

Kōfuku no tsuikyū 
ps 16

Defend me, Defender. I take refuge in you.

I have said to the Leadership in the rule of law, 
"You are my Leader, my good above all other."

It is the defense of the right to life 
that makes it worth living.

My delight is for those who defend themselves;
upon those who are noble among the people.

Those who shed human blood for propitiation
will have their troubles multiplied.

Liberty with justice, you are my portion in my cup.
Respect for rights earns my lot.

My boundaries enclose a pleasant place. 
I have good heritage as my legacy.

I will bless the Counselor 
who counsels for goodness.

My heart teaches me to seek justice;
night after night.

I have set moral law
as the objective for my ethics. 

My heart is glad. My spirit rejoices.
My body enjoys the natural measure 
of pleasure for hope.

I will not abandon myself to the grave.
Love will not throw me into the pit.

Your design will show me the path to life.
There is fullness of joy in your presence.

The measure for pleasure is not determined
by pain on any account in any amount. 

Pain is simply a reminder that pleasure 
plays an important part 
in the pursuit of happiness
for the fullness of joy.

16 Conserva me, Domine
1 Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you; *
I have said to the Lord, "You are my Lord,
my good above all other."
2 All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land, *
upon those who are noble among the people.

3 But those who run after other gods *
shall have their troubles multiplied.
4 Their libations of blood I will not offer, *
nor take the names of their gods upon my lips.

5 O Lord, you are my portion and my cup; *
it is you who uphold my lot.
6 My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; *
indeed, I have a goodly heritage.

7 I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; *
my heart teaches me, night after night.
8 I have set the Lord always before me; *
because he is at my right hand I shall not fall.

9 My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; *
my body also shall rest in hope.
10 For you will not abandon me to the grave, *
nor let your holy one see the Pit.
11 You will show me the path of life; *
in your presence there is fullness of joy,
and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

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