Chapter 103

1Of David. Bless Hashem, O my soul, all my being, His holy name.

אלְדָוִד בָּרֲכִי נַפְשִׁי אֶת־יְהֹוָה וְכָל־קְרָבַי אֶת־שֵׁם קָדְשׁוֹ׃

2Bless Hashem, O my soul and do not forget all His bounties.

בבָּרֲכִי נַפְשִׁי אֶת־יְהֹוָה וְאַל־תִּשְׁכְּחִי כָּל־גְּמוּלָיו׃

3He forgives all your sins, heals all your diseases.

גהַסֹּלֵחַ לְכָל־עֲוׂנֵכִי הָרֹפֵא לְכָל־תַּחֲלֻאָיְכִי׃

4He redeems your life from the Pit, surrounds you with steadfast love and mercy.

דהַגּוֹאֵל מִשַּׁחַת חַיָּיְכִי הַמְעַטְּרֵכִי חֶסֶד וְרַחֲמִים׃

5He satisfies you with good things in the prime of life, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

ההַמַּשְׂבִּיַע בַּטּוֹב עֶדְיֵךְ תִּתְחַדֵּשׁ כַּנֶּשֶׁר נְעוּרָיְכִי׃

6Hashem executes righteous acts and judgments for all who are wronged.

ועֹשֵׂה צְדָקוֹת יְהֹוָה וּמִשְׁפָּטִים לְכָל־עֲשׁוּקִים׃

7He made known His ways to Moshe, His deeds to the children of Yisrael.

זיוֹדִיעַ דְּרָכָיו לְמֹשֶׁה לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל עֲלִילוֹתָיו׃

8Hashem is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love.

חרַחוּם וְחַנּוּן יְהֹוָה אֶרֶךְ אַפַּיִם וְרַב־חָסֶד׃

9He will not contend forever, or nurse His anger for all time.

טלֹא־לָנֶצַח יָרִיב וְלֹא לְעוֹלָם יִטּוֹר׃

10He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor has He requited us according to our iniquities.

ילֹא כַחֲטָאֵינוּ עָשָׂה לָנוּ וְלֹא כַעֲוׂנֹתֵינוּ גָּמַל עָלֵינוּ׃

11For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him.

יאכִּי כִגְבֹהַּ שָׁמַיִם עַל־הָאָרֶץ גָּבַר חַסְדּוֹ עַל־יְרֵאָיו׃

12As east is far from west, so far has He removed our sins from us.

יבכִּרְחֹק מִזְרָח מִמַּעֲרָב הִרְחִיק מִמֶּנּוּ אֶת־פְּשָׁעֵינוּ׃

13As a father has compassion for his children, so Hashem has compassion for those who fear Him.

יגכְּרַחֵם אָב עַל־בָּנִים רִחַם יְהֹוָה עַל־יְרֵאָיו׃

14For He knows how we are formed; He is mindful that we are dust.

ידכִּי־הוּא יָדַע יִצְרֵנוּ זָכוּר כִּי־עָפָר אֲנָחְנוּ׃

15Man, his days are like those of grass; he blooms like a flower of the field;

טואֱנוֹשׁ כֶּחָצִיר יָמָיו כְּצִיץ הַשָּׂדֶה כֵּן יָצִיץ׃

16a wind passes by and it is no more, its own place no longer knows it.

טזכִּי רוּחַ עָבְרָה־בּוֹ וְאֵינֶנּוּ וְלֹא־יַכִּירֶנּוּ עוֹד מְקוֹמוֹ׃

17But Hashem's steadfast love is for all eternity toward those who fear Him, and His beneficence is for the children's children

יזוְחֶסֶד יְהֹוָה מֵעוֹלָם וְעַד־עוֹלָם עַל־יְרֵאָיו וְצִדְקָתוֹ לִבְנֵי בָנִים׃

18of those who keep His covenant and remember to observe His precepts.

יחלְשֹׁמְרֵי בְרִיתוֹ וּלְזֹכְרֵי פִקֻּדָיו לַעֲשׂוֹתָם׃

19Hashem has established His throne in heaven, and His sovereign rule is over all.

יטיְהֹוָה בַּשָּׁמַיִם הֵכִין כִּסְאוֹ וּמַלְכוּתוֹ בַּכֹּל מָשָׁלָה׃

20Bless Hashem, O His angels, mighty creatures who do His bidding, mever obedient to His bidding;

כבָּרֲכוּ יְהֹוָה מַלְאָכָיו גִּבֹּרֵי כֹחַ עֹשֵׂי דְבָרוֹ לִשְׁמֹעַ בְּקוֹל דְּבָרוֹ׃

21bless Hashem, all His hosts, His servants who do His will;

כאבָּרֲכוּ יְהֹוָה כָּל־צְבָאָיו מְשָׁרְתָיו עֹשֵׂי רְצוֹנוֹ׃

22bless Hashem, all His works, through the length and breadth of His realm; bless Hashem, O my soul.

ba-r'-KHU a-do-NAI kol ma-a-SAV b'-khol m'-ko-MOT mem-shal-TO ba-r'-KHEE naf-SHEE et a-do-NAI

כבבָּרֲכוּ יְהֹוָה כָּל־מַעֲשָׂיו בְּכָל־מְקֹמוֹת מֶמְשַׁלְתּוֹ בָּרֲכִי נַפְשִׁי אֶת־יְהֹוָה׃

 103:22   Bless Hashem

Israeli scholar Amos Hakham notes that Psalm 103 consists purely of praises of God, without any plea or supplication. While it speaks about Hashem, it does not address Him directly. The psalmist speaks of God as the healer, redeemer, forgiver and sustainer. Man is a fleeting organism, withering like the flower of the field, but Hashem’s loving kindness is eternal. All these attributes of Hashem induce a feeling of closeness with Him, expressed in one Hebrew word which repeats four times at the end of the psalm: Baruch (ברוך), meaning ‘bless.’ The psalm begins with a double blessing of God by David’s soul, and concludes with the blessing of God by his soul, thus conveying a sense of deep intimacy with his creator.