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Chapter 111

Translation and Transliteration of 

1Hallelujah. I praise Hashem with all my heart in the assembled congregation of the upright.

HAL-le-lu-YAH, o-DEH a-do-NAI b'-KOL le-VAV, b'-SOD y'-sha-RIM v'-e-DAH.

אהַ֥לְלוּ־יָ֨הּ ׀ אוֹדֶ֣ה יְ֭הֹוָה בְּכׇל־לֵבָ֑ב בְּס֖וֹד יְשָׁרִ֣ים וְעֵדָֽה׃

2The works of Hashem are great, within reach of all who desire them.

g'-do-LEEM ma-a-SEI a-do-NAI d'-ru-SHEEM l'-KOL khef-TZE-hem

בגְּ֭דֹלִים מַעֲשֵׂ֣י יְהֹוָ֑ה דְּ֝רוּשִׁ֗ים לְכׇל־חֶפְצֵיהֶֽם׃

3His deeds are splendid and glorious; His beneficence is everlasting;

HOD-v'-ha-DAR po-a-LO, v'-tzi-d'-KA-to o-ME-det la-AD

גהוֹד־וְהָדָ֥ר פׇּעֳל֑וֹ וְ֝צִדְקָת֗וֹ עֹמֶ֥דֶת לָעַֽד׃

4He has won renown for His wonders. Hashem is gracious and compassionate;

ZE-kher a-SAH l'-nif-l'-O-tav, kha-NU-n v'-ra-KHU-m a-do-NAI.

דזֵ֣כֶר עָ֭שָׂה לְנִפְלְאוֹתָ֑יו חַנּ֖וּן וְרַח֣וּם יְהֹוָֽה׃

5He gives food to those who fear Him; He is ever mindful of His covenant.

TE-ref na-TAN li-re-AV, yiz-KOR l'-o-LAM b'-ree-TO.

הטֶ֭רֶף נָתַ֣ן לִירֵאָ֑יו יִזְכֹּ֖ר לְעוֹלָ֣ם בְּרִיתֽוֹ׃

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

וכֹּ֣חַ מַ֭עֲשָׂיו הִגִּ֣יד לְעַמּ֑וֹ לָתֵ֥ת לָ֝הֶ֗ם נַחֲלַ֥ת גּוֹיִֽם׃

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,

ma-a-SEI ya-DAV e-MET u-mish-PAHT ne-e-MA-nim kol pi-KU-da-VAY

זמַעֲשֵׂ֣י יָ֭דָיו אֱמֶ֣ת וּמִשְׁפָּ֑ט נֶ֝אֱמָנִ֗ים כׇּל־פִּקּוּדָֽיו׃

8well-founded for all eternity, wrought of truth and equity.

s'-mu-KHEEM la-AD l'-o-LAM, a-su-YIM b'-e-MET v'-ya-SHAR

חסְמוּכִ֣ים לָעַ֣ד לְעוֹלָ֑ם עֲ֝שׂוּיִ֗ם בֶּאֱמֶ֥ת וְיָשָֽׁר׃

9He sent redemption to His people; He ordained His covenant for all time; His name is holy and awesome.

pe-DUT sha-LAKH l'-a-MO tzi-VAH-l'o-LAM b'-ree-TO ka-DOSH v'-no-RA she-MO

טפְּד֤וּת ׀ שָׁ֘לַ֤ח לְעַמּ֗וֹ צִוָּֽה־לְעוֹלָ֥ם בְּרִית֑וֹ קָד֖וֹשׁ וְנוֹרָ֣א שְׁמֽוֹ׃

10The beginning of wisdom is the fear of Hashem; all who practice it gain sound understanding. Praise of Him is everlasting.

RE-shit kho-KH-ma yir-AT a-do-NAI, SAY-khel TOV l'-KOL o-SE-hem, te-hi-LA-to o-ME-det la-AD.

ירֵ֘אשִׁ֤ית חׇכְמָ֨ה ׀ יִרְאַ֬ת יְהֹוָ֗ה שֵׂ֣כֶל ט֭וֹב לְכׇל־עֹֽשֵׂיהֶ֑ם תְּ֝הִלָּת֗וֹ עֹמֶ֥דֶת לָעַֽד׃