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Hymn to the Creator
Highlights
Though the Bible contains only 150 Psalms — in the Book of Psalms — we know that there were more. This Psalm, also called the "Hymn to the Creator," comes from column 26 of 11Q5, a Dead Sea Scroll that contains both familiar and newly discovered Psalms.

The poetic text praises God for creating the world with life-giving produce, and with rain in which to grow it.

The Text Speaks
"He crowns the mountains with produce."

Translation
Great and holy is the Lord,1 the Holy of Holies, from generation to generation.
Glory walks in front of him, and the roar of water behind him.
Love and truth are all around him.
Law and justice form the base of his throne.
The separator of light from darkness,2 he established dawn in his wisdom.
Then all of his angels bore witness and rejoiced,
For he had shown them what they had not known.
He crowns the mountains with produce,3
[...] good food for all that lives.
Blessed is the one who creates earth with his might, and
Establishes the world with his wisdom.
With his understanding he spreads out the sky,
Brings forth wind from his storehouses,4
And makes lighting for rain and lifts up the clouds from the end5 [...]
Notes
1. Lord: In typical Dead Sea Scroll style, in the original text the Lord's name here is written in the older Hebrew script.

2. Darkness: This is not the usual Hebrew word for darkness (choshech), but rather the rarer afela. The text thus alludes to Genesis, but does not quote it.

3. Produce: From the poetic Hebrew word t'nuva, also found, for example, in Judges 9:11, where a personified tree asks rhetorically if it should give up its sweetness and its good t'nuva. Reinvigorating the ancient word, a dairy cooperative formed in 1926 in Palestine E.I. called itself "Tnuva." It is now the largest dairy producer in modern Israel.

4. Storehouses: Reflecting the ancient view that wind was kept at the ready in great storehouses.

5. End: The rest of the text is cut off. "End of the earth" is a reasonable guess.



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