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TORAH
FIVE BOOKS OF MOSES
NEVI'IM
PROPHETS
KETUVIM
WRITINGS

Chapter 55

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׃

2Give ear, O Hashem, to my prayer; do not ignore my plea;

ha-a-ZI-nah e-lo-HIM te-fi-LA-tee v'-al ti-ta-LAM mi-te-khi-NA-tee

בהַאֲזִ֣ינָה אֱ֭לֹהִים תְּפִלָּתִ֑י וְאַל־תִּ֝תְעַלַּ֗ם מִתְּחִנָּתִֽי׃

3pay heed to me and answer me. I am tossed about, complaining and moaning

ha-k'-shi-VAH LEE va-a-NEE-NEE a-REED b'-see-KHEE v'-a-HEE-mah

גהַקְשִׁ֣יבָה לִּ֣י וַעֲנֵ֑נִי אָרִ֖יד בְּשִׂיחִ֣י וְאָהִֽימָה׃

4at the clamor of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked; for they bring evil upon me and furiously harass me.

mi-KOL o-YEV mi-p'-NEI a-KAT ra-SHA, ki-ya-MI-tu a-LAI a-VEN u-v'-AF yis-t'-MU-ni

דמִקּ֤וֹל אוֹיֵ֗ב מִ֭פְּנֵי עָקַ֣ת רָשָׁ֑ע כִּֽי־יָמִ֥יטוּ עָלַ֥י אָ֝֗וֶן וּבְאַ֥ף יִשְׂטְמֽוּנִי׃

5My heart is convulsed within me; terrors of death assail me.

li-BEE ya-KHEEL b'-kir-BEE v'-AY-mot ma-VET na-F'-lu a-LAI

הלִ֭בִּי יָחִ֣יל בְּקִרְבִּ֑י וְאֵימ֥וֹת מָ֝֗וֶת נָפְל֥וּ עָלָֽי׃

6Fear and trembling invade me; I am clothed with horror.

yir-AH va-RA-ad ya-VO bi, va-t'-ka-SE-ni pa-LA-tzut

ויִרְאָ֣ה וָ֭רַעַד יָ֣בֹא בִ֑י וַ֝תְּכַסֵּ֗נִי פַּלָּצֽוּת׃

7I said, “O that I had the wings of a dove I would fly away and find rest;

va-o-MAR, mee yi-TEN-lee E-ver ka-yo-NAH, a-OO-fa v'-esh-KO-nah.

זוָאֹמַ֗ר מִֽי־יִתֶּן־לִ֣י אֵ֭בֶר כַּיּוֹנָ֗ה אָע֥וּפָה וְאֶשְׁכֹּֽנָה׃

8surely, I would flee far off; I would lodge in the wilderness; Selah

hi-NAY ar-KHEEK n'-DOD a-LEEN ba-mid-BAR SE-lah

חהִ֭נֵּה אַרְחִ֣יק נְדֹ֑ד אָלִ֖ין בַּמִּדְבָּ֣ר סֶֽלָה׃

 55:8   Lodge in the wilderness

A man hikes along a trail in the Ein Gedi desert.

In times of great danger, David yearns to escape to the wilderness. At the end of Shmuel I chapter 23, having almost met his demise at the hands of Shaul, David flees to a fortresses in the hills above Ein Gedi, located in the Judean desert. The desert is a place of solitude and shelter. Shaul will have great difficulty finding David among the cliffs and caves of the Judean desert. Five hundred years later, Yirmiyahu yearns for a respite from rebuking the Nation of Israel in Yerushalayim and he also desires to escape to the desert (Jeremiah 9:1). Over a thousand years later, Simon Bar Kokhba flees to the same mountains, and from there he plans his rebellion against the Roman regime controlling the Land of Israel. In ancient times, the wilderness was a place in which to disappear. Today, as a result of Hashem’s blessings, it is filled with life.

9I would soon find me a refuge from the sweeping wind, from the tempest.”

a-KHI-sha mi-f'-LAT li me-ROO-akh so-AH mi-sa-AR

טאָחִ֣ישָׁה מִפְלָ֣ט לִ֑י מֵר֖וּחַ סֹעָ֣ה מִסָּֽעַר׃

10O Hashem, confound their speech, confuse it! For I see lawlessness and strife in the city;

ba-LA a-do-NAI pa-LAG l'-sho-NAM, kee-ra-EE-tee kha-MAS v'-REEV ba-EER.

יבַּלַּ֣ע אֲ֭דֹנָי פַּלַּ֣ג לְשׁוֹנָ֑ם כִּֽי־רָאִ֨יתִי חָמָ֖ס וְרִ֣יב בָּעִֽיר׃

11day and night they make their rounds on its walls; evil and mischief are inside it.

yo-MAM va-LAI-la y'-so-ve-VU-ha al-kho-MO-te-HA v'-a-VEN v'-a-MAL b'-kir-BAH

יאיוֹמָ֤ם וָלַ֗יְלָה יְסוֹבְבֻ֥הָ עַל־חוֹמֹתֶ֑יהָ וְאָ֖וֶן וְעָמָ֣ל בְּקִרְבָּֽהּ׃

12Malice is within it; fraud and deceit never leave its square.

ha-VOT b'-kir-BAH v'-lo ya-MISH me-r'-kho-VAH TOKH u-mir-MAH

יבהַוּ֥וֹת בְּקִרְבָּ֑הּ וְֽלֹא־יָמִ֥ישׁ מֵ֝רְחֹבָ֗הּ תֹּ֣ךְ וּמִרְמָֽה׃

13It is not an enemy who reviles me —I could bear that; it is not my foe who vaunts himself against me —I could hide from him

KI lo-o-YEV ye-cha-RAY-fay-NEE v'-e-SA lo-m'-sa-NEE a-LAI hi-G'-DEEL v'-e-SA-tayr mi-ME-nu

יגכִּ֤י לֹֽא־אוֹיֵ֥ב יְחָֽרְפֵ֗נִי וְאֶ֫שָּׂ֥א לֹא־מְ֭שַׂנְאִי עָלַ֣י הִגְדִּ֑יל וְאֶסָּתֵ֥ר מִמֶּֽנּוּ׃

14but it is you, my equal, my companion, my friend;

v'-a-TAH e-NOSh k'-er-KI a-LU-fee u-m'-yu-DA-ee

ידוְאַתָּ֣ה אֱנ֣וֹשׁ כְּעֶרְכִּ֑י אַ֝לּוּפִ֗י וּמְיֻדָּעִֽי׃

15sweet was our fellowship; we walked together in Hashem's house.

a-SHER ya-KH'-dav nam-TEEK SOD b'-BEYT e-lo-HEEM ne-ha-LEKH b'-ra-GESH

טואֲשֶׁ֣ר יַ֭חְדָּו נַמְתִּ֣יק ס֑וֹד בְּבֵ֥ית אֱ֝לֹהִ֗ים נְהַלֵּ֥ךְ בְּרָֽגֶשׁ׃

16Let Him incite death against them; may they go down alive into Sheol! For where they dwell, there evil is.

(ya-SHI-mot) [ya-SHI ma-VET] a-LEI-mo ye-r'-DU she-OHL cha-YIM, ki-ra-OT b'-me-gu-RAM b'-kir-BAM.

טז(ישימות) [יַשִּׁ֤י מָ֨וֶת ׀] עָלֵ֗ימוֹ יֵרְד֣וּ שְׁא֣וֹל חַיִּ֑ים כִּֽי־רָע֖וֹת בִּמְגוּרָ֣ם בְּקִרְבָּֽם׃

17As for me, I call to Hashem; Hashem will deliver me.

a-NI el e-lo-HIM ek-RA va-a-do-NAI yo-shi-E-ni

יזאֲ֭נִי אֶל־אֱלֹהִ֣ים אֶקְרָ֑א וַ֝יהֹוָ֗ה יוֹשִׁיעֵֽנִי׃

18Evening, morning, and noon, I complain and moan, and He hears my voice.

E-rev va-vo-KER v'-tzo-ho-RA-yim a-see-KHA v'-e-he-MEH va-yish-MA ko-LEE

יחעֶ֤רֶב וָבֹ֣קֶר וְ֭צׇהֳרַיִם אָשִׂ֣יחָה וְאֶֽהֱמֶ֑ה וַיִּשְׁמַ֥ע קוֹלִֽי׃

19He redeems me unharmed from the battle against me; it is as though many are on my side.

PA-DAH ve-SHA-LOM naf-SHEE mi-ke-RAV-LEE, KEE ve-RA-BEEM ha-YU im-MA-dee.

יטפָּ֘דָ֤ה בְשָׁל֣וֹם נַ֭פְשִׁי מִקְּרׇב־לִ֑י כִּֽי־בְ֝רַבִּ֗ים הָי֥וּ עִמָּדִֽי׃

20Hashem who has reigned from the first, who will have no successor, hears and humbles those who have no fear of Hashem. Selah.

YISH-ma EL v'-ya-a-NEM v'-yo-SHEV KE-dem SE-lah a-SHER AYN cha-LEE-fot LA-mo v'-LO ya-r'-U e-lo-HIM

כיִשְׁמַ֤ע ׀ אֵ֨ל ׀ וְֽיַעֲנֵם֮ וְיֹ֤שֵׁ֥ב קֶ֗דֶם סֶ֥֫לָה אֲשֶׁ֤ר אֵ֣ין חֲלִיפ֣וֹת לָ֑מוֹ וְלֹ֖א יָרְא֣וּ אֱלֹהִֽים׃

21He harmed his ally, he broke his pact;

sha-LAKH ya-DAV b'-sh'-lo-MAV khil-LAYL b'-ree-TO

כאשָׁלַ֣ח יָ֭דָיו בִּשְׁלֹמָ֗יו חִלֵּ֥ל בְּרִיתֽוֹ׃

22his talk was smoother than butter, yet his mind was on war; his words were more soothing than oil, yet they were drawn swords.

khal-KU ma-kh'-MA-ot pi-VU u-k'-RAV li-BO ra-KHU d'-va-RAV mi-SHE-men v'-he-MA f'-ti-KHOt

כבחָלְק֤וּ ׀ מַחְמָאֹ֣ת פִּיו֮ וּֽקְרָב־לִ֫בּ֥וֹ רַכּ֖וּ דְבָרָ֥יו מִשֶּׁ֗מֶן וְהֵ֣מָּה פְתִחֽוֹת׃

23Cast your burden on Hashem and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous man collapse.

ha-SHE-lekh al a-do-NAI y'-ha-ve-KHA, v'-hu y'-khal-K'-le-KHA, lo yi-TEN l'-o-LAM MOT la-tza-DEEK

כגהַשְׁלֵ֤ךְ עַל־יְהֹוָ֨ה ׀ יְהָבְךָ֮ וְה֢וּא יְכַ֫לְכְּלֶ֥ךָ לֹא־יִתֵּ֖ן לְעוֹלָ֥ם מ֗וֹט לַצַּדִּֽיק׃

24For You, O Hashem, will bring them down to the nethermost Pit— those murderous, treacherous men; they shall not live out half their days; but I trust in You.

v'-a-TAH e-lo-HEEM to-RI-dem li-VE-er sha-KHAT an-SHAY da-MEEM u-mir-MAH lo ye-khe-TZU ye-MAY-hem va-a-NEE ev-TAKH-BAKH

כדוְאַתָּ֤ה אֱלֹהִ֨ים ׀ תּוֹרִדֵ֬ם ׀ לִבְאֵ֬ר שַׁ֗חַת אַנְשֵׁ֤י דָמִ֣ים וּ֭מִרְמָה לֹא־יֶחֱצ֣וּ יְמֵיהֶ֑ם וַ֝אֲנִ֗י אֶבְטַח־בָּֽךְ׃