This site was first built in French (see www.147thgeneration.net). The English translation was mainly done using “google translation”. We have tried to correct the result of this translation to avoid interpretation errors. However, it is likely that there are unsatisfactory translations, do not hesitate to communicate them to us for correction.
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For the design of this website, I deduced that David’s psalms tell the story of the Jewish people, integrating the history of the Jewish people into the nations, from the death of Solomon to the present day.
For the progress of my thought that allowed me to write this site :
I was born in Tunisia, Jewish traditionalist like most Jews in Tunisia.
I received a classical Jewish education by following the Talmud Torah courses a few years before my Bar Mitzvah.
When I got married, the question of transmission came up:
Why impose Judaism on my future children when I do not know much about the fundamentals of Judaism? Especially knowing that the fate reserved for Jews at all times.
So I undertook a complete reading of the Jewish Bible, what Christians call the Old Testament. The discovery of the integral texts reinforced me in my faith (in the broad sense of the term).
Graduate of “Centrale French School” , a French top-flight engineering school, I carried out scientific studies with a strong mathematical connotation, so I am of a fairly rational mind. Some passages in the Bible amazed me: Why, for example, does Genesis consider Jacob’s states of mind when he arrives in Egypt to join Joseph?
My thinking has been refined and I have made a number of deviant assumptions from the traditional analysis of these passages.
In mathematics, when one takes the opposite of an axiom (hypothesis of departure therefore not demonstrable), instead of deviating to the absurd one often builds a new mathematics full of promise. I think that was my case too. In working out my assumptions, I came to discover that David’s psalms were actually telling the Jewish story from the time of Solomon’s death to the present day.
This precisely, a psalm for a generation. A generation: twenty years.
This also concerns our generation which is not completed (2010-2030), which makes it possible to predict the near future. However, to plan for the future, it must be shown that the past has been planned …
What is included in this website is only a very lean excerpt of the result of the task undertaken nearly twenty years ago.
After ten years of reflection, I started writing my global book in 1999 and I finished it in 2015. It’s both long and short. Long because it represents a work of nearly twenty years, short because if I had really wanted to analyze in depth all the psalms of David, it would have taken several lives.
If Jacob complains about his life and dies at 147, his life is comparable to the 147 generations of curses of the Jewish people since the death of Solomon until the present generation. It is also the sum of the curses set forth in Leviticus, 49 curses, added to those of Deuteronomy, 98 curses.
The Jewish people suffer 3 times 49 curses because it sin three times in the desert, repeated mistakes by the kings of Israel (Saul, David and Solomon).
To these 147 generations of curses must succeed 3 generations of blessings, that is 150 generations in total. 150 is the number of psalms that David left us.
The reason David has this vision of the future of his people is not explained on this site.
To realize the level of adequacy of the psalms with the generations of the Jewish people, I submit some extracts of psalms among the most significant:
The destruction of the first Temple takes place at the generation 18, the psalm 18 summarizes thus the flight of God who leaves his house on earth, the first temple:
- And He rode on a cherub and did fly; He swooped on the wings of the wind.
- He made darkness His hiding-place about Him as His booth; the darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.
- From the brightness before Him, His thick cloud passed, hail and coals of fire.
- The Lord thundered from Heaven; and the Most High gave forth His voice with hail and coals of fire.
Psalm 21 is relative to the generation of Daniel, it evokes the furnace to which it escapes:
- You shall place them as a fiery furnace at the time of Your anger; may the Lord destroy them with His wrath and may fire consume them.
- You shall destroy their fruit from the earth and their seed from the sons of man.
Psalm 23 is related to the generation of Esther, it evokes the meal or she invites Aman
- You set a table before me in the presence of my adversaries; You anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Psalm 47, which corresponds to the generation where Jesus is born, evokes the joy of the nations:
- All peoples, clap hands; shout to God with a voice of praise.
Psalm 49, which corresponds to the generation in which Jesus died, recalls his crucifixion among the two bandits (senseless and foolish):
- For he sees that wise men die, together a fool and a boorish man perish, and leave over their possessions to others.
Psalm 50 which corresponds to the generation of the destruction of the second temple, God advocates the replacement of holocausts (sacrifices to the temple) by prayer:
- Hearken, My people, and I will speak, Israel, and I will admonish you; God, even your God am I.
- I will not reprove you concerning your sacrifices, neither are your burnt offerings before Me constantly.
- I will not take from your household a bull, from your pens any goats.
- For all the beasts of the forest are Mine, the behemoth of the thousand mountains.
- I know all the fowl of the mountains, and the creeping things of the field are with Me.
- If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are Mine.
- Will I eat the flesh of bulls or do I drink the blood of he-goats?
- Slaughter for God a confession and pay the Most High your vows
- And call to Me on a day of distress; I will rescue you and you will honor Me.
Psalm 58 corresponds to the hatching generation of the Sassanid dynasty. The legend of the birth of Shapour indicates that his father Ardashir wanted to kill his mother, one of the last survivors of the Achaemenid, but the one who had to kill her preferred to hide it underground:
He summoned an officer (superintendent who had full confidence), told him the story of the girl, and said: “I prefer the fulfillment of the oath of my grandfather to love for this girl. Take her away and kill her.” When the superintendent took her to kill her, the girl said to her, “I am pregnant with the king.” He sent for midwives, who were to make sure of it; they confirmed that she was pregnant. The officer had her transported to her house and had her locked up underground.
What the psalm 58 summarizes as follows:
- Like a snail, which continuously melts, a mole [and a] stillbirth, which did not see the sun.
Psalm 83 is concerned with the Umayyads, and especially with the end of the dynasty in the East. The last Omeyyads are thus decimated:
Abu’l-‘Abbas, for his part, had ordered all members of Omayya’s family to be seized, old men, young men and children, in a place called Nahr-Tousi. When all were reunited, Saffhah had them massacred. Then he had a leather mat spread over the bodies, on which a meal was served to those who attended the scene, and who ate, while the victims groaned and died.
What Psalm 83 summarizes as follows:
- Do to them as [to] Midian; as [to] Sisera, as [to] Jabin in the brook Kishon.
- They were destroyed in En-Dor; they were [as] dung on the ground.
The Umayyads are the ones who built the mosques on the site of the ancient Temple, the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, which is what the psalmist (David, father of Solomon) blames them for in the same psalm and justifies the anger expressed previously:
- Make them, their nobles, as Oreb and as Zeeb, and as Zebah and as Zalmuna all their princes,
- Who said, “Let us inherit for ourselves the dwellings of God.”
The psalm 102 relating to the generation of the first crusade contains among others the following passage:
- A prayer for a poor man when he enwraps himself and pours out his speech before the Lord.
- O Lord, hearken to my prayer, and may my cry come to You.
- Do not hide Your countenance from me; on the day of my distress extend Your ear to me; on the day I call, answer me quickly.
- For my days have ended in smoke, and as a hearth my bones are dried up.
Psalm 111, which relates to the fixation of the Zohar (for which “Majesty and splendor” has a very particular meaning), mentions:
- Great are the works of the Lord, available to all who desire them.
- Majesty and splendor are His work, and His righteousness endures forever.
The Psalm 120 relating to the generation or raging inquisition, where Meshech and Kédar are representative of Christians and Muslims living in Spain:
- Woe is to me for I have sojourned in Meshech; I dwelt among the tents of Kedar.
- For a long time, my soul dwelt with those who hate peace.
- I am at peace, but when I speak, they [come] to [wage] war.
Psalm 133, which evokes the advent of Enlightenment in Europe:
- Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brothers also to dwell together!
Psalm 139 which is representative of Darwin’s generation:
- For You created my reins, You covered me in my mother’s womb.
- I shall thank You for in an awesome, wondrous way I was fashioned; Your works are wondrous, and my soul knows it very well.
- My essence was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, I was formed in the lowest parts of the earth.
Psalm 141 which is representative of the Dreyfus generation:
- May a righteous man strike me with kindness and reprove me; may the oil of the anointment of my head not turn my head away, for as long as [I am] at my prayer, [it is] about their evils.
- Their judges were led astray by [their hearts of] stone, although they heard my words, which are pleasant.
The Psalm 143 which is that of the generation of the Shoah evokes among others:
- The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in the darkness like those long dead. (…)
- Answer me quickly, Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
But the generation 143 is also that of the creation of Israel, which Psalm 143 does not fail to mention:
- Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
Psalm 144 is that of the generation of the wars of Israel, especially the six days war:
- Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.
As for the present generation (2010-2030) is associated with Psalm 147, our generation corresponds to the 80 years of the Shoah, that is to say the moment when the world must pay its faults. What is planned is:
- He hurls down his hail like pebbles. Who can withstand his icy blast?
The above examples are just a sample of verses that are significant enough out of context.
For each psalm I studied the historical and religious events that occurred during the generation it is supposed to tell, and I tried to associate each of the events with a passage from the psalm.
On this website, each psalm is studied is paralleled with the events of the corresponding generation directly or indirectly related to the history of the Jewish people.
Apparently there is a perfect correspondence of events with the text of the psalm of the corresponding generation.
The probability that this correspondence is a coincidence is infinitesimal.
Indeed, if we consider that a psalm has a chance of 2 to approximate the events of the generation concerned, there is a one in 1000 chance for ten psalms to match. Thus there is a chance on 1 Billion for 30 psalms to correspond and 1 chance on 1 trillion trillion trillion billion for the 150 psalms to correspond (1 chance on 1 trillion trillion trillion) 000 000 000 000).
Considering that for every psalm we have a chance out of two, I let the reader judge. (one chance out of two corresponds to a very vague concordance even a stretch…)
I think that for many psalms, the correspondence is very pronounced and therefore the probability that it is fortuitous is much lower (that is to say, a chance on 1000 see even lower) …