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Chapter 125

Translation and Transliteration of 

1A song of ascents. Those who trust in Hashem are like Mount Tzion that cannot be moved, enduring forever.

SHIR ha-ma-a-LOT ha-bo-t'-KHEEM ba-do-NAI, k'-har tzi-YON lo yi-MOT l'-o-LAM ye-SHEV

אשִׁ֗יר הַֽמַּ֫עֲל֥וֹת הַבֹּטְחִ֥ים בַּיהֹוָ֑ה כְּֽהַר־צִיּ֥וֹן לֹא־יִ֝מּ֗וֹט לְעוֹלָ֥ם יֵשֵֽׁב׃

2Yerushalayim, hills enfold it, and Hashem enfolds His people now and forever.

y'-ru-sha-LA-im ha-REEM sa-VEEV LAH va-do-NAI sa-VEEV l'-a-MO may-a-TAH v'-ad o-LAM

ביְֽרוּשָׁלַ֗͏ִם הָרִים֮ סָבִ֢יב לָ֥֫הּ וַ֭יהֹוָה סָבִ֣יב לְעַמּ֑וֹ מֵ֝עַתָּ֗ה וְעַד־עוֹלָֽם׃

 125:2   Yerushalayim 

The Hebrew name for Jerusalem, Yerushalayim (ירושלים), incorporates the word shalom, ‘peace.’ And the root of shalom (שלום) is shalem (שלם), meaning ‘whole’ or ‘complete.’ People fight with one another because they are not whole, and are not at peace with themselves. Once one is able to achieve wholeness, he can find inner peace, and will be much more likely to live peacefully with others. Throughout history and to this very day, many people come to Yerushalayim, the city of peace, to become whole within themselves and to find inner peace.

3The scepter of the wicked shall never rest upon the land allotted to the righteous, that the righteous not set their hand to wrongdoing.

ki lo ya-NU-akh SHE-vet ha-RE-sha al go-RAL ha-tza-DEE-keem l'-MA-an lo yish-l'-KHU ha-tza-DEE-keem b'-a-va-LA-ta ye-DAY-hem

גכִּ֤י לֹ֪א יָנ֡וּחַ שֵׁ֤בֶט הָרֶ֗שַׁע עַל֮ גּוֹרַ֢ל הַֽצַּדִּ֫יקִ֥ים לְמַ֡עַן לֹא־יִשְׁלְח֖וּ הַצַּדִּיקִ֨ים בְּעַוְלָ֬תָה יְדֵיהֶֽם׃

4Do good, Hashem, to the good, to the upright in heart.

hei-TI-vah a-do-NAI la-TO-vim v'-li-sha-REEM b'-li-BO-tam

דהֵיטִ֣יבָה יְ֭הֹוָה לַטּוֹבִ֑ים וְ֝לִישָׁרִ֗ים בְּלִבּוֹתָֽם׃

5But those who in their crookedness act corruptly, let Hashem make them go the way of evildoers. May it be well with Yisrael!

v'-ha-ma-TIM a-kal-ka-LO-tam yo-li-KHEM a-do-NAI et po-a-LEI ha-a-VEN sha-LOM al yis-ra-AYL.

הוְהַמַּטִּ֤ים עֲֽקַלְקַלּוֹתָ֗ם יוֹלִיכֵ֣ם יְ֭הֹוָה אֶת־פֹּעֲלֵ֣י הָאָ֑וֶן שָׁ֝ל֗וֹם עַל־יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃