2 Dominion and dread are His; He imposes peace in His heights.
ham-SHAYL va-FA-khad i-MO o-SEH sha-LOM bim-ro-MAV
ב הַמְשֵׁל וָפַחַד עִמּוֹ עֹשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם בִּמְרוֹמָיו׃
25:2 He imposes peace in His heights
The words oseh shalom bimromav (עשה שלום במרומיו), ‘He imposes peace in His heights,’ form the first part of a well-known Jewish prayer: “He who imposes peace in His heights, may He make peace upon us and upon all Israel. Now respond: Amen.” The medieval commentator Rashi explains that the word for ‘heaven,’ shamayim (שמים), is derived from the words aish (אש), ‘fire,’ and mayim (מים), ‘water,’ as the two came together in harmony to make up the heavens (Genesis 1:8). This prayer representing hope for peace in this world is recited at the end of the Amidah, the central prayer of the Jewish liturgy. At times it seems that just as fire and water cannot coexist, mankind will never be able to live together harmoniously. Nevertheless, we beseech Hashem to make peace on earth just He has made peace between fire and water in the heavens.1 comment
3 Can His troops be numbered? On whom does His light not shine?
ג הֲיֵשׁ מִסְפָּר לִגְדוּדָיו וְעַל־מִי לֹא־יָקוּם אוֹרֵהוּ׃
4 How can man be in the right before Hashem? How can one born of woman be cleared of guilt?
ד וּמַה־יִּצְדַּק אֱנוֹשׁ עִם־אֵל וּמַה־יִּזְכֶּה יְלוּד אִשָּׁה׃
5 Even the moon is not bright, And the stars are not pure in His sight.
ה הֵן עַד־יָרֵחַ וְלֹא יַאֲהִיל וְכוֹכָבִים לֹא־זַכּוּ בְעֵינָיו׃
6 How much less man, a worm, The son-of-man, a maggot.
ו אַף כִּי־אֱנוֹשׁ רִמָּה וּבֶן־אָדָם תּוֹלֵעָה׃