Chapter 145

1A song of praise. Of David. I will extol You, my God and king, and bless Your name forever and ever.

אתְּהִלָּה לְדָוִד אֲרוֹמִמְךָ אֱלוֹהַי הַמֶּלֶךְ וַאֲבָרֲכָה שִׁמְךָ לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד׃

2Every day will I bless You and praise Your name forever and ever.

בבְּכָל־יוֹם אֲבָרֲכֶךָּ וַאֲהַלְלָה שִׁמְךָ לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד׃

3Great is Hashem and much acclaimed; His greatness cannot be fathomed.

גגָּדוֹל יְהֹוָה וּמְהֻלָּל מְאֹד וְלִגְדֻלָּתוֹ אֵין חֵקֶר׃

4One generation shall laud Your works to another and declare Your mighty acts.

דדּוֹר לְדוֹר יְשַׁבַּח מַעֲשֶׂיךָ וּגְבוּרֹתֶיךָ יַגִּידוּ׃

5The glorious majesty of Your splendor and Your wondrous acts will I recite.

ההֲדַר כְּבוֹד הוֹדֶךָ וְדִבְרֵי נִפְלְאוֹתֶיךָ אָשִׂיחָה׃

6Men shall talk of the might of Your awesome deeds, and I will recount Your greatness.

ווֶעֱזוּז נוֹרְאֹתֶיךָ יֹאמֵרוּ וגדולתיך [וּגְדוּלָּתְךָ] אֲסַפְּרֶנָּה׃

7They shall celebrate Your abundant goodness, and sing joyously of Your beneficence.

זזֵכֶר רַב־טוּבְךָ יַבִּיעוּ וְצִדְקָתְךָ יְרַנֵּנוּ׃

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

חחַנּוּן וְרַחוּם יְהֹוָה אֶרֶךְ אַפַּיִם וּגְדָל־חָסֶד׃

9Hashem is good to all, and His mercy is upon all His works.

טטוֹב־יְהֹוָה לַכֹּל וְרַחֲמָיו עַל־כָּל־מַעֲשָׂיו׃

10All Your works shall praise You, Hashem, and Your faithful ones shall bless You.

ייוֹדוּךָ יְהֹוָה כָּל־מַעֲשֶׂיךָ וַחֲסִידֶיךָ יְבָרֲכוּכָה׃

11They shall talk of the majesty of Your kingship, and speak of Your might,

יאכְּבוֹד מַלְכוּתְךָ יֹאמֵרוּ וּגְבוּרָתְךָ יְדַבֵּרוּ׃

12to make His mighty acts known among men and the majestic glory of His kingship.

יבלְהוֹדִיעַ לִבְנֵי הָאָדָם גְּבוּרֹתָיו וּכְבוֹד הֲדַר מַלְכוּתוֹ׃

13Your kingship is an eternal kingship; Your dominion is for all generations.

יגמַלְכוּתְךָ מַלְכוּת כָּל־עֹלָמִים וּמֶמְשֶׁלְתְּךָ בְּכָל־דּוֹר וָדוֹר׃

14Hashem supports all who stumble, and makes all who are bent stand straight.

so-MAYKH a-do-NAI l'-khol ha-no-f'-LEEM v'-zo-KAYF l'-khol ha-k'-fu-FEEM

ידסוֹמֵךְ יְהֹוָה לְכָל־הַנֹּפְלִים וְזוֹקֵף לְכָל־הַכְּפוּפִים׃

 145:14   Hashem supports all who stumble

According to the Talmud (Berachot 4b), this psalm, which is arranged in alphabetical order, is the choicest of all psalms, because it includes a sweeping praise of Hashem, from the first letter aleph to the final letter tav, It also serves as a reminder of the universal message that God is the sustainer of all. Indeed, the word ‘all,’ referring to all peoples, appears sixteen times in the psalm. Though it follows the Hebrew alphabet, the letter nun (נ) is missing from the psalm. The Sages explain that since the nun connotes nefila (נפילה), ‘falling,’ it was omitted. They quote Sefer Amos 5:2: “Fallen, not to rise again, is Maiden Yisrael.” Because this nefila has a negative connotation, the letter nun was omitted from this psalm. However, the Talmud quotes a second, more positive interpretation of this verse: “She has fallen and will no longer [fall]. Rise, O Maiden Israel!”

15The eyes of all look to You expectantly, and You give them their food when it is due.

טועֵינֵי־כֹל אֵלֶיךָ יְשַׂבֵּרוּ וְאַתָּה נוֹתֵן־לָהֶם אֶת־אָכְלָם בְּעִתּוֹ׃

16You give it openhandedly, feeding every creature to its heart's content.

טזפּוֹתֵחַ אֶת־יָדֶךָ וּמַשְׂבִּיעַ לְכָל־חַי רָצוֹן׃

17Hashem is beneficent in all His ways and faithful in all His works.

יזצַדִּיק יְהֹוָה בְּכָל־דְּרָכָיו וְחָסִיד בְּכָל־מַעֲשָׂיו׃

18Hashem is near to all who call Him, to all who call Him with sincerity.

יחקָרוֹב יְהֹוָה לְכָל־קֹרְאָיו לְכֹל אֲשֶׁר יִקְרָאֻהוּ בֶאֱמֶת׃

19He fulfills the wishes of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and delivers them.

יטרְצוֹן־יְרֵאָיו יַעֲשֶׂה וְאֶת־שַׁוְעָתָם יִשְׁמַע וְיוֹשִׁיעֵם׃

20Hashem watches over all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy.

כשׁוֹמֵר יְהֹוָה אֶת־כָּל־אֹהֲבָיו וְאֵת כָּל־הָרְשָׁעִים יַשְׁמִיד׃

21My mouth shall utter the praise of Hashem, and all creatures shall bless His holy name forever and ever.

כאתְּהִלַּת יְהֹוָה יְדַבֶּר־פִּי וִיבָרֵךְ כָּל־בָּשָׂר שֵׁם קָדְשׁוֹ לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד׃