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Offline HaydenTE

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Need Help Translating an Icon's Text
« on: February 26, 2016, 03:49:36 PM »
I've recently ordered an icon of the Prophet Moses, and I'd like to know what's written on the scroll hanging over his arm.

If anyone could translate, I'd be much obliged.
"For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul?" - Mark 8:36 (DRA)

Do Thou, O Sovereign lady,
By Thy joy-bestowing honorable Icon "Queen of All,"
Save those who with fervent desire implore Thy grace;
Deliver from afflictions those who run to Thee;
From all dangers do Thou guard Thy flock,
Who ever call upon Thine intercession.

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Re: Need Help Translating an Icon's Text
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2016, 05:06:23 PM »
That's Deuteronomy 32:43

"εὐφράνθητε οὐρανοί ἅμα αὐτῷ καὶ προσκυνησάτωσαν αὐτῷ πάντες ἄγγελοι"

From Brenton's:

"Rejoice, ye heavens, with him, and let all the angels of God worship him."

Except that the icon omitted the next word of the Greek text, "Θεοῦ", which translates to "of God".
"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." (Psalm 90:1)

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Re: Need Help Translating an Icon's Text
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2016, 05:51:32 PM »
That's Deuteronomy 32:43

"εὐφράνθητε οὐρανοί ἅμα αὐτῷ καὶ προσκυνησάτωσαν αὐτῷ πάντες ἄγγελοι"

From Brenton's:

"Rejoice, ye heavens, with him, and let all the angels of God worship him."

Except that the icon omitted the next word of the Greek text, "Θεοῦ", which translates to "of God".

Thank you!
"For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul?" - Mark 8:36 (DRA)

Do Thou, O Sovereign lady,
By Thy joy-bestowing honorable Icon "Queen of All,"
Save those who with fervent desire implore Thy grace;
Deliver from afflictions those who run to Thee;
From all dangers do Thou guard Thy flock,
Who ever call upon Thine intercession.

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Re: Need Help Translating an Icon's Text
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2016, 11:20:07 PM »
Hope you don't mind if I jump in too, HaydenTE.

Would the writing in the first icon be a segment of the writing in the second? If so, which parts specifically are shown in the top one?

I apologize for the massive second picture.





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Re: Need Help Translating an Icon's Text
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2016, 06:43:37 AM »
It is not the same text, but it follows the text in your second icon. The second icon is from Jonah 2:3; the first icon appears to be the second half of that verse. The first line and the first word of the second line say "from the womb of Hades." I'm having trouble parsing the rest of it.
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Woe is me, that I have read the commandments,
   and have become learned in the Scriptures,
and have been instructed in Your glories,
   and yet I have become occupied in shameful things!

(Giwargis Warda, On Compunction of Soul)

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Re: Need Help Translating an Icon's Text
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2016, 12:28:44 PM »
Thanks very much for giving it a crack, MalpanaGiwargis. That is helpful to know.