Updated: May 25
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1 Oh, how good and pleasant it is, *
when brethren live together in unity!
2 It is like fine oil upon the head *
that runs down upon the beard,
3 Upon the beard of Aaron, *
and runs down upon the collar of his robe.
4 It is like the dew of Hermon *
that falls upon the hills of Zion.
5 For there Yahweh has ordained the blessing: *
life for evermore.
This is a “Song of Ascents,” which mean they were written to be sung as one was walking up the steps on Mount Zion, leading to the place of the Tabernacle. Once the Temple of Jerusalem was built by Solomon, these songs were sung while waling up the steps that included Mount Ophel.
This Psalm is the accompaniment to the reading from 1 Samuel, which tells of David being made a resident of Saul’s household, where he would have to divinely elude the spear thrown at him by Saul. It also will be read along with the Epistle from Second Corinthians, where Paul wrote of the challenges expects by Saints. All will accompany the Gospel reading from Mark, where the vision of a storm on the sea caused fear in the disciples.
Verse one sings out, “Oh, how good and pleasant it is, when brethren live together in unity!” In this, the first word written is “hin·nêh,” which is better translated as “behold!” Rather than some statement of surprise [“oh”], it becomes a statement of one’s ability to “see!” that which had been unnoticed before. That seen is then “good and pleasant.” When this leads to a statement that praises [literally], “to dwell brothers moreover united,” this must be seen as a statement of a soul married to Yahweh, so the masculinity of becoming an “elohim” makes the Spirit be the “brother” of one’s soul, united in Spiritual marriage.
Verse two then adds to this marriage of unity with the Father: “It is like fine oil upon the head that runs down upon the beard.” Here, “like fine oil” actually translates better as “like oil agreeable,” which becomes a Spiritual anointment by Yahweh after marriage. When Samuel poured oil from a horn on David’s head, unseen [behold!] the divine Spirit poured out upon David’s soul, remaining there forever. In the same way, that Spiritual anointment was “like oil agreeable upon the head.” The word “head” is then metaphor for the Mind of Yahweh that overtakes a human brain. The anointment coming from Yahweh makes one a “messiah,” or “anointed one of Yahweh,” which is the equivalent in Greek to a “Christos,” or “Christ.” The element of a “beard,” which David would have grown with age, is symbolic of a priest of Yahweh.
Psalm 133 only has three verses, which the Episcopal Church has changed to be presented as five. That shown as verse three is actually the second half of verse two. Thus, after the one word “beard” leads one to see a priest, the next part names “Aaron,” while repeating the word “beard.” This repetition, followed then by the word that translates best as “garments,” makes the assumption that the “garments” worn by a true priest are then “robes.” The translation of “collar” works wonders for all universal church [catholics] that prance about with priestly “collars" of distinction; but David knew no such priests. His word in Hebrew translates as “mouth,” which can be read as the top edge of a garment [like where the neck fits], but the “mouth of his garments” becomes metaphor for the priest wearing the words of truth that come from Yahweh. Another translation of “pî” is as “the edge” of Yahweh, as His right hand, clothed in righteousness.
The real third verse, which the Episcopal Church presents as verse 4, then sings, “It is like the dew of Hermon that falls upon the hills of Zion.” Here, the metaphor is “like the mist of Hermon,” which is the high mountain where Jesus would be Transfigured.
As a snowcapped high mountain, year-round, “the “mist” or “dew” would be crystalized water molecules in the cold air. This sings of the words of righteousness coming from nowhere, like out of the blue, after one’s soul has married Yahweh and reached the heights of being an “elohim.” This mysterious insight is then poured out, so “it descends” [“it falls”] to the place of David’s city. Here, the name “Zion” means “dry place,” such that the flow of truth from one of Yahweh’s priests is sorely needed. It is the everlasting water arriving, brought from the well that Jesus spoke of.
The second half of verse three, which the Episcopal Church has made believe is verse 5, then sings praise to Yahweh as the source of this flow of divine insight [which David’s soul possessed]. The Hebrew word written [“ṣiw·wāh,” from “tsavah”] means “to lay charge (upon), give charge (to), command, order,” where “ordained” must only mean by Yahweh (not some university divinity school program that is all bookstore-bought knowledge and scholarly opinions of nonsense [usually]). This follows the line of thought of a divine priest of Yahweh, one of which David was [although he was not officially of the House of Prophets]. The “blessing” of this arrangement comes from Yahweh, not from some high-hat man in a robe, holding an ornate scepter or staff. Such an “ordination” comes with an eternal lifetime guarantee [albeit without paperwork], which can only be given by Yahweh, not some temporary leader of a social club who is more concerned about what villa he or she will live out retirement years luxuriously in, after selling a soul to falsely lead lambs to slaughter … in the name of Jesus Christ [an eternal damnation offense].
As the accompanying Psalm that goes along with the First Samuel reading about David being thrown at by a deadly spear of Saul's, to sing that the “mist of Hermon” needs to “descend upon the mountains of religion” [which have become “dry gulches” of pretense] is due to the nations of the world being led by false shepherds and wolves in sheep’s clothing. Saul was a grand pretense as the King of Israel, when the name “Israel” must mean the name of Yahweh a soul is given after marriage to His Spirit. That “name of God” means “He Retains God,” where the implication is being filled with water “retained.” This is the “high mountain knowledge” that must “fall down to those of dry souls,” so their thirst for truth can be satiated.
Saul was a false leader, just like any Pope, Cardinal, Bishop, or Priest hired by some religious organization, ordained by sheepskin, not Yahweh. The spears they throw at the Saints [who wear no collars or leashes of subservience and obedience to human beings that molest and abuse the weak] are attempts to kill all who serve Yahweh in the world. David sang praises that were intended to be sung as one’s soul ascended to the true God, so those could be made Christs, as His Anointed wives in ministry.
As a song of praise sung on the fourth Sunday after Pentecost, when all true priests of Yahweh should have entered ministry as a Christ, with Jesus asleep in the stern of one’s being [soul], the truth sung here says no priest can ever walk the earth without Yahweh’s blessing. One must walk clothed in righteousness, not some robe of pretense of holiness. One must walk the walk and talk the talk, saturated by the holy oil of Anointment. Nothing less serves Yahweh. Less only serves self.