Wednesday, January 6, 2016


Rashida Jones
Best Advice

for Posterity
Han'ei no seichō 
kōsei no tame ni

Lead people to justice.
Grant righteousness 
to each generation;

that we may live well
and share providence 
with the poor;

that the mountains
may produce wealth for prosperity;
the hills perspective for protection,
material for construction
and food for flocks.

Let defense extend to those in need.
Save those threatened by harm.
Negotiate for the resolution
of conflict.

Love your enemy. 
Don't eliminate competition.
Don't eradicate threat.
Don't crush opposition.
Don't seek to kill or harm
"them," "him," or "her."

Stop the impulse to damage
others with violence or cruelty.
Imagine the light from the sun
as it shines on fresh, clean, 
clear water.

Excellence will live as our leader.
This power will last longer than
the sun and the moon;
from one generation
to another.

Fairness will flourish.
Friendship will flower by the hour.
There will be an abundance of peace
with prosperity for posterity.

Your light will shine 
so people can see 
your good work.

72 Deus, judicium
1 Give the King your justice, O God, *
and your righteousness to the King's Son;
2 That he may rule your people righteously *
and the poor with justice.
3 That the mountains may bring prosperity to the people, *
and the little hills bring righteousness.
4 He shall defend the needy among the people; *
he shall rescue the poor and crush the oppressor.
5 He shall live as long as the sun and moon endure, *
from one generation to another.
6 He shall come down like rain upon the mown field, *
like showers that water the earth.
7 In his time shall the righteous flourish; *
there shall be abundance of peace till the moon shall be no more.
8 He shall rule from sea to sea, *
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
9 His foes shall bow down before him, *
and his enemies lick the dust.
10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall pay tribute, *
and the kings of Arabia and Saba offer gifts.
11 All kings shall bow down before him, *
and all the nations do him service.
12 For he shall deliver the poor who cries out in distress, *
and the oppressed who has no helper.
13 He shall have pity on the lowly and poor; *
he shall preserve the lives of the needy.
14 He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence, *
and dear shall their blood be in his sight.
15 Long may he live!
and may there be given to him gold from Arabia; *
may prayer be made for him always,
and may they bless him all the day long.
16 May there be abundance of grain on the earth,
growing thick even on the hilltops; *
may its fruit flourish like Lebanon,
and its grain like grass upon the earth.
17 May his Name remain for ever
and be established as long as the sun endures; *
may all the nations bless themselves in him and call him blessed.
18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, *
who alone does wondrous deeds!
19 And blessed be his glorious Name for ever! *
and may all the earth be filled with his glory.
Amen. Amen.

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