Dead Sea Scrolls (Psalm 119:59-64)
Compare this to the Masoretic Hebrew Text:
Now in English:
Psalms 119:56-64 (NKJV)EliYah.com
59 I thought about my ways, And turned my feet to Your testimonies.
60 I made haste, and did not delay To keep Your commandments.
61 The cords of the wicked have bound me, [But] I have not forgotten Your law.
62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You, Because of Your righteous judgments.
63 I [am] a companion of all who fear You, And of those who keep Your precepts.
64 The earth, O יהגה, is full of Your mercy; Teach me Your statutes.
It is a source of fascination for me to view most anything about the Dead Sea Scrolls. The fragment shown above is proof that whomever hid the scriptures in those caves near Qumran did so with the best of intentions. And modern versions seem to demonstrate that these same scriptures have hardly departed from the original texts.
The Hebrew is an indication that these were religious men, steeped in Biblical traditions. But what about the other texts that weren’t scripture? Could they be clues about their more esoteric side?
I think so.