THE PSALMS OF SOLOMON

THE PSALMS OF SOLOMON

The Forgotten Books of Eden, by Rutherford H. Platt, Jr., [1926], at sacred-texts.com


Posted by Donna Brown Bowles

March 23, 2020

THIS collection of eighteen war songs are the gift of an ancient Semitic writer. The original manuscript has perished but fortunately Greek translations have been preserved, and recently a Syriac version of the same songs has turned up and was published in English for the first time in 1909 by Dr. Rendel Harris.

The date of the writing may be established at the middle of the First Century B. C. because the theme of these songs is that of Pompey’s actions in Palestine and his death in Egypt in 48 B. C.

These psalms had an important position and were widely circulated in the early Church. They are frequently referred to in the various Codexes and histories of the first few centuries of the Christian Era.

Later, they became lost through inexplicable reasons; and have only been recovered for our use after the lapse of many centuries.

Besides the literary value of the trumpet-like rhythm of these verses, we have here a chapter of stirring ancient history written by an eyewitness. Pompey comes out of the West. He uses battering-rams on the fortifications. His soldiers defile the altar. He is slain in Egypt after a fearful career. In the “righteous” of these psalms we see the Pharisees; in the “sinners” we see the Sadducees. It is an epic of a great people in the throes of a great crisis.

CHAPTER I.

“They became insolent in their prosperity . . . .”

I cried unto the Lord when I was in distress,
Unto God when sinners assailed.
Suddenly the alarm of war was heard before me;
I said, He will hearken to me for I am full of righteousness.
I thought in my heart that I was full of righteousness,
Because I was well off and had become rich in children.
Their wealth spread to the whole earth,
And their glory unto the end of the earth.
They were exalted unto the stars;
They said they would never fan.
But they became insolent in their prosperity,
And they were without understanding,
Their sins were in secret,
And even I had no knowledge of them.
Their transgressions went beyond those of the heathen before them;
They utterly polluted the holy things of the Lord.

My Uncle Melvin Brown Medal of Honor Recipient Korean War

*BROWN, MELVIN L.

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My Uncle Melvin Brown, I sincerely thank you for your service, courage, and sacrifice.
Your unfailing love and commitment to your family, country and your duty as an American Soldier, at 19 years old, is astounding and I salute you.

I love you so, even though I never had the opportunity to meet you. God put it in my heart. You are my hero and I love you.

I miss you because you are my uncle and it saddens me deeply that you’re gone.

My dad loved you so very much that the pain of your memory never left him.

I remember his sadness of your memory, and his tears, when I was child. I could feel your spirit when he cried.

You will always be my hero and, I know you are safely in heaven with your brother (my dad) Donald M. Brown and of course, my mom and Jesus.

Your memory of service, sacrifice, and bravery has been and always will be an inspiration to me.

War took you away from us but; God will restore you to us very soon.

I love you…

Sincerely,

Your niece, Donna Brown, Bowles

Melvin Louis Brown, Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company D, 8th Engineer Combat Battalion. Place and date: Near Kasan, Korea, 4 September 1950. Entered service at: Erie, Pa. Birth: Mahaffey, Pa. G.O. No.: 11, 16 February 1951. Citation. Private First Class Brown, Company D distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. While his platoon was securing Hill 755 (the Walled City), the enemy, using heavy automatic weapons and small arms, counterattacked. Taking a position on a 50-foot-high wall he delivered heavy rifle fire on the enemy. His ammunition was soon expended and although wounded, he remained at his post and threw his few grenades into the attackers causing many casualties. When his supply of grenades was exhausted his comrades from nearby foxholes tossed others to him and he left his position, braving a hail of fire, to retrieve and throw them at the enemy. The attackers continued to assault his position and Private First Class Brown weaponless, drew his entrenching tool from his pack and calmly waited until they 1 by 1 peered over the wall, delivering each a crushing blow upon the head. Knocking 10 or 12 enemy from the wall, his daring action so inspired his platoon that they repelled the attack and held their position. Private First Class Brown’s extraordinary heroism, gallantry, and intrepidity reflect the highest credit upon himself and was in keeping with the honored traditions of the military service. Reportedly missing in action and officially killed in action, September 5, 1950.