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Chapter 54

Translation and Transliteration of 

1For the leader; with instrumental music. A maskil of David,

la-menat-TSE-akh bin-gi-NOT mas-KIL le-da-VID

אלַמְנַצֵּ֥חַ בִּנְגִינֹ֗ת מַשְׂכִּ֥יל לְדָוִֽד׃

2when the Ziphites came and told Shaul, “Know, David is in hiding among us.”

b'-VO ha-zee-FEEM va-yo-m'-RU l'-sha-UL ha-LO da-VID mis-ta-TAYR i-MA-nu

בבְּבֹ֣א הַ֭זִּיפִים וַיֹּאמְר֣וּ לְשָׁא֑וּל הֲלֹ֥א דָ֝וִ֗ד מִסְתַּתֵּ֥ר עִמָּֽנוּ׃

54:2   The Ziphites

David sings in times of sadness, danger and fright, and of course he also sings in times of salvation, joy and triumph. One such episode of salvation is described in Shmuel I 23. The people of Ziph, a city in the portion of Yehuda, report David’s location to Shaul. Unaware of this betrayal, David dwells among the Ziphites until Shaul is close by, ready to end David’s life. The story reaches its climax with David on one side of a mountain in the wilderness of Maon, and Shaul on the other about to pounce. Miraculously, just as he is ready to strike, a messenger appears to Shaul, informing him that the Philistines are attacking and that he is needed elsewhere in the kingdom. David is able to flee, and later acknowledges Hashem’s graciousness and salvation in this psalm.

3O Hashem, deliver me by Your name; by Your power vindicate me.

E-lo-HIM b'-shim-KHA ho-SHI-e-NI u-vi-g'-vu-ra-TE-kha t'-di-NE-ni

גאֱ֭לֹהִים בְּשִׁמְךָ֣ הוֹשִׁיעֵ֑נִי וּבִגְבוּרָתְךָ֥ תְדִינֵֽנִי׃

4O Hashem, hear my prayer; give ear to the words of my mouth.

E-lo-HIM sh'-MA t'-fi-LA-tee, ha-a-ZI-na l'-im-ray fi.

דאֱ֭לֹהִים שְׁמַ֣ע תְּפִלָּתִ֑י הַ֝אֲזִ֗ינָה לְאִמְרֵי־פִֽי׃

5For strangers have risen against me, and ruthless men seek my life; they are unmindful of Hashem. Selah.

KI za-RIM KA-mu a-LAI v'-a-RI-tziM bik-SHU naf-SHI, lo sa-MU e-lo-HIM le-neg-DAHM, SE-lah

הכִּ֤י זָרִ֨ים ׀ קָ֤מוּ עָלַ֗י וְֽ֭עָרִיצִים בִּקְשׁ֣וּ נַפְשִׁ֑י לֹ֤א שָׂ֨מוּ אֱלֹהִ֖ים לְנֶגְדָּ֣ם סֶֽלָה׃

6See, Hashem is my helper; Hashem is my support.

hi-NEH e-lo-HEEM o-ZAYR li, a-do-NAI b'-so-m'-KHAY naf-SHEE

והִנֵּ֣ה אֱ֭לֹהִים עֹזֵ֣ר לִ֑י אֲ֝דֹנָ֗י בְּֽסֹמְכֵ֥י נַפְשִֽׁי׃

7He will repay the evil of my watchful foes; by Your faithfulness, destroy them!

(Yeshuv) [ya-SHEEV] ha-RA l'-shor-rai ba-a-mi-te-KHA ha-tz'-mi-TEM

ז(ישוב) [יָשִׁ֣יב] הָ֭רַע לְשֹׁרְרָ֑י בַּ֝אֲמִתְּךָ֗ הַצְמִיתֵֽם׃

8Then I will offer You a freewill sacrifice; I will praise Your name, Hashem, for it is good,

bin-da-VAH ez-b'-CHA-lakh, o-DEH sh'-m'-KHA a-do-NAI, kee-TOV

חבִּנְדָבָ֥ה אֶזְבְּחָה־לָּ֑ךְ א֤וֹדֶה שִּׁמְךָ֖ יְהֹוָ֣ה כִּי־טֽוֹב׃

9for it has saved me from my foes, and let me gaze triumphant upon my enemies.

ki mi-KOL tza-RAH hit-zi-LA-ni u-ve-o-Y'-vai ra-a-TAH e-YI-ni.

טכִּ֣י מִכׇּל־צָ֭רָה הִצִּילָ֑נִי וּ֝בְאֹיְבַ֗י רָאֲתָ֥ה עֵינִֽי׃