Mountains of Prey (Abercrombie)

Refulgent You were,
mightier than the mountains of prey.

This phrase is strange, powerful, and haunting…’The mountains of prey’ are the wild mountains where lions and other predatory beasts roam. God is seen here as even more fearsome that that scary realm.

Robert Alter, translation and comment on Psalm 76:5.

I dare not think of all that dwells up there,
What beasts stalk the high, barren hills.
What creature, loving its own life, would dare
Tread where shadows are living?
I dare yet hope in One whose self-light shines
And strikes the fey-fanged heart with chills:
The radiance of His Father’s joy sublime,
Those beasts their own fear giving.


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