Psalm 60

Heal its fractures because it is shaking. (60:4)

When there are fractures in a structure and it is agitated, the fractures grow. This is true of both a piece of land and a community. Here is the Psalmist’s theology: A fractured community which behaves badly and ignores its obligations to God degrades the environment around it. Or perhaps, the community’s mistreatment of the environment destabilizes the land, angering God, and as a result the community suffers and fractures. Either way, Torah teaches that a harmonious environment and a harmonious community are inextricably connected.

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