3 Once I was a son to my father, The tender darling of my mother.
kee VAYN ha-YEE-tee l’-a-VEE RAKH v’-ya-KHEED lif-NAY i-MEE
ג כִּי־בֵן הָיִיתִי לְאָבִי רַךְ וְיָחִיד לִפְנֵי אִמִּי׃
4:3 Once I was a son to my father
Although this verse can be understood literally, it also contains a parable. The speaker represents the Nation of Israel, described in the Bible (Exodus 4:22) as Hashem’s firstborn son. It is to that chosen child that God imparts the wisdom of His Torah, just as a father imparts precious wisdom to his son (see verse 4). Like the child in this verse, the Nation of Israel received the Torah at a tender stage, shortly after being released from the bondage of Egypt.