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Chapter 130

Translation and Transliteration of 

1A song of ascents. Out of the depths I call You, Hashem.

SHIR ha-ma-a-LOT, mi-ma-a-MA-kim, k'-ra-TI-kha, a-do-NAI.

אשִׁ֥יר הַֽמַּעֲל֑וֹת מִמַּעֲמַקִּ֖ים קְרָאתִ֣יךָ יְהֹוָֽה׃

2O Hashem, listen to my cry; let Your ears be attentive to my plea for mercy.

a-do-NAI shi-ma-ah b'-ko-LEE, ti-h'-YE-na a-z'-NE-kha ka-shu-VOT l'-KOL ta-kha-NU-na-EE

באֲדֹנָי֮ שִׁמְעָ֢ה בְק֫וֹלִ֥י תִּהְיֶ֣ינָה אׇ֭זְנֶיךָ קַשֻּׁב֑וֹת לְ֝ק֗וֹל תַּחֲנוּנָֽי׃

3If You keep account of sins, Hashem, Lord, who will survive?

im-a-vo-NOT tish-MOR-YAH a-do-NAI, mi ya-a-MOD

גאִם־עֲוֺנ֥וֹת תִּשְׁמׇר־יָ֑הּ אֲ֝דֹנָ֗י מִ֣י יַעֲמֹֽד׃

4Yours is the power to forgive so that You may be held in awe.

ki-iM-kha ha-s'-li-KHA l'-ma-an ti-v'-RA

דכִּֽי־עִמְּךָ֥ הַסְּלִיחָ֑ה לְ֝מַ֗עַן תִּוָּרֵֽא׃

5I look to Hashem; I look to Him; I await His word.

ki-VI-tee a-do-NAI ki-VE-ta naf-SHEE v'-lid-va-RO ho-KHAL-tee

הקִוִּ֣יתִי יְ֭הֹוָה קִוְּתָ֣ה נַפְשִׁ֑י וְֽלִדְבָר֥וֹ הוֹחָֽלְתִּי׃

6I am more eager for Hashem than watchmen for the morning, watchmen for the morning.

naf-SHEE la-do-NAI mi-sho-m'-REEM la-BO-ker sho-m'-REEM la-BO-ker

ונַפְשִׁ֥י לַאדֹנָ֑י מִשֹּׁמְרִ֥ים לַ֝בֹּ֗קֶר שֹׁמְרִ֥ים לַבֹּֽקֶר׃

 130:6   Watchmen for the morning

Members of the Hashomer security force

This psalm is recited by Jews all over the world in times of distress, as the psalmist calls out to Hashem “out of the depths” (verse 1). In times of trouble, we wait for God and His salvation even more than one who watches for the morning. The word hashomer (השומר), ‘the watchman,’ was taken as the name of the first modern Jewish security force in the Land of Israel. From 1909 until 1920, during the period known as the time of the Second Aliyah, a group of Jewish settlers formed Hashomer to protect Jewish towns from enemy incursions. After the group disbanded, its members formed the Haganah defense organization, precursor of the Israel Defense Forces. The Jewish people have been defending themselves in the land for over one hundred years, but the psalm reminds us that Hashem is the ultimate protector of Israel.

7O Yisrael, wait for Hashem; for with Hashem is steadfast love and great power to redeem.

ya-CHEL yis-ra-AYL el a-do-NAI kee-im a-do-NAI ha-KHE-sed v'-har-BEH i-MO fe-DUT

זיַחֵ֥ל יִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל אֶל־יְ֫הֹוָ֥ה כִּֽי־עִם־יְהֹוָ֥ה הַחֶ֑סֶד וְהַרְבֵּ֖ה עִמּ֣וֹ פְדֽוּת׃

8It is He who will redeem Yisrael from all their iniquities.

v'-HU yif-DEH et-yis-ra-AYL mi-KOL a-vo-NOTAV.

חוְ֭הוּא יִפְדֶּ֣ה אֶת־יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל מִ֝כֹּ֗ל עֲוֺנֹתָֽיו׃