Listen to this chapter in Hebrew:
1Hallelujah. I praise Hashem with all my heart in the assembled congregation of the upright.
אהַלְלוּ יָהּ אוֹדֶה יְהֹוָה בְּכָל־לֵבָב בְּסוֹד יְשָׁרִים וְעֵדָה׃
2The works of Hashem are great, within reach of all who desire them.
בגְּדֹלִים מַעֲשֵׂי יְהֹוָה דְּרוּשִׁים לְכָל־חֶפְצֵיהֶם׃
3His deeds are splendid and glorious; His beneficence is everlasting;
גהוֹד־וְהָדָר פָּעֳלוֹ וְצִדְקָתוֹ עֹמֶדֶת לָעַד׃
4He has won renown for His wonders. Hashem is gracious and compassionate;
דזֵכֶר עָשָׂה לְנִפְלְאֹתָיו חַנּוּן וְרַחוּם יְהֹוָה׃
5He gives food to those who fear Him; He is ever mindful of His covenant.
הטֶרֶף נָתַן לִירֵאָיו יִזְכֹּר לְעוֹלָם בְּרִיתוֹ׃
6He revealed to His people His powerful works, in giving them the heritage of nations.
KO-akh ma-a-SAV hi-GEED l'-a-MO la-TAYT la-HEM na-kha-LAT go-YIM
וכֹּחַ מַעֲשָׂיו הִגִּיד לְעַמּוֹ לָתֵת לָהֶם נַחֲלַת גּוֹיִם׃
111:6 The heritage of nations
This short psalm praises God in the form of an acrostic, each half verse beginning with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet, in succession. The praises focus on Hashem’s justice, kindness, compassion and truth. The psalm also relates to the Lord’s wondrous acts towards His nation. Verse 6 says that God declares His power to His nation by giving them Eretz Yisrael, but it does not explain what is so remarkable about this. The Sages explain: God said to the Children of Israel, “I could have created a new land for you; instead I chose to defeat your enemies and let you inherit their land, so that you will see My power.” The Land of Israel is a gift from Hashem. It reminds the Jewish people of God’s love for His people, His strength, and the fact that when they follow His ways, He causes their enemies to melt away from them.
7His handiwork is truth and justice; all His precepts are enduring,
זמַעֲשֵׂי יָדָיו אֱמֶת וּמִשְׁפָּט נֶאֱמָנִים כָּל־פִּקּוּדָיו׃
8well-founded for all eternity, wrought of truth and equity.
חסְמוּכִים לָעַד לְעוֹלָם עֲשׂוּיִם בֶּאֱמֶת וְיָשָׁר׃
9He sent redemption to His people; He ordained His covenant for all time; His name is holy and awesome.
טפְּדוּת שָׁלַח לְעַמּוֹ צִוָּה־לְעוֹלָם בְּרִיתוֹ קָדוֹשׁ וְנוֹרָא שְׁמוֹ׃
10The beginning of wisdom is the fear of Hashem; all who practice it gain sound understanding. Praise of Him is everlasting.
ירֵאשִׁית חָכְמָה יִרְאַת יְהֹוָה שֵׂכֶל טוֹב לְכָל־עֹשֵׂיהֶם תְּהִלָּתוֹ עֹמֶדֶת לָעַד׃