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Chapter 61

Translation and Transliteration of 

1For the leader; with instrumental music. Of David.

la-menatze-ACH al-ne-GI-nat le-DA-vid

אלַמְנַצֵּ֬חַ ׀ עַֽל־נְגִינַ֬ת לְדָוִֽד׃

2Hear my cry, O Hashem, heed my prayer.

SHI-ma E-lo-HEEM rin-NA-tee, ha-k'-shi-VAH t'-fee-LA-tee.

בשִׁמְעָ֣ה אֱ֭לֹהִים רִנָּתִ֑י הַ֝קְשִׁ֗יבָה תְּפִלָּתִֽי׃

3From the end of the earth I call to You; when my heart is faint, You lead me to a rock that is high above me.

mi-k'-TSEH ha-A-retz, e-LE-kha e-KRA ba-a-TOF li-BI, b'-Tzur ya-RUM mi-ME-ni tan-KHE-ni

גמִקְצֵ֤ה הָאָ֨רֶץ ׀ אֵלֶ֣יךָ אֶ֭קְרָא בַּעֲטֹ֣ף לִבִּ֑י בְּצוּר־יָר֖וּם מִמֶּ֣נִּי תַנְחֵֽנִי׃

4For You have been my refuge, a tower of strength against the enemy.

kee ha-YEE-ta makh-SEH LEE mig-dal OZ mi-p'-NAY o-YAYV

דכִּֽי־הָיִ֣יתָ מַחְסֶ֣ה לִ֑י מִגְדַּל־עֹ֝֗ז מִפְּנֵ֥י אוֹיֵֽב׃

 61:4   Tower of strength

In the early period of Zionism, Jews sought to build up the Land of Israel, setting up agricultural settlements and hoping to live in peace with their neighbors in the Holy Land. In 1927, a group of Jews formed an association, purchased a plot of land south of Beit Lechem, settled there and called their new community Migdal Eder, the name of a biblical-era place in the same area which Yaakov passed on his journeys through the land. Unfortunately, during the Arab riots in 1929, the settlement was destroyed. Fifty years later, a new kibbutz (collective agricultural community) was established on the same site. It was given a similar name to its predecessor, which was taken from this verse in Psalm 61, in which David describes Hashem as his migdal oz, ‘tower of strength,’ against his enemies. Today, Migdal Oz has grown substantially. The main agricultural pursuits of this religious kibbutz include turkey coops, a dairy, fruit orchards and olive farming. In addition, it hosts a women’s seminary for advanced Torah study.

5O that I might dwell in Your tent forever, take refuge under Your protecting wings. Selah.

a-GU-RAH b'-o-le-KHA o-la-MEEM, e-kh'-SEH b'-SE-ter k'-na-FE-kha SE-lah

האָג֣וּרָה בְ֭אׇהׇלְךָ עוֹלָמִ֑ים אֶ֥חֱסֶ֨ה בְסֵ֖תֶר כְּנָפֶ֣יךָ סֶּֽלָה׃

6O Hashem, You have heard my vows; grant the request of those who fear Your name.

ki-a-TAH e-lo-HEEM sha-MA-ta lin-da-RAI na-TAT y'-ru-SHAT yir-AY sh'-ME-kha

וכִּֽי־אַתָּ֣ה אֱ֭לֹהִים שָׁמַ֣עְתָּ לִנְדָרָ֑י נָתַ֥תָּ יְ֝רֻשַּׁ֗ת יִרְאֵ֥י שְׁמֶֽךָ׃

7Add days to the days of the king; may his years extend through generations;

ya-MEEM al y'-MEY me-LEKH to-SEEF, sh'-no-TAV k'-mo-DOR va-DOR

זיָמִ֣ים עַל־יְמֵי־מֶ֣לֶךְ תּוֹסִ֑יף שְׁ֝נוֹתָ֗יו כְּמוֹ־דֹ֥ר וָדֹֽר׃

8may he dwell in Hashem's presence forever; appoint steadfast love to guard him.

ye-SHEV o-LAM lif-NEI e-lo-HIM khe-SED ve-e-MET man yin-tze-ru-HU

חיֵשֵׁ֣ב ע֭וֹלָם לִפְנֵ֣י אֱלֹהִ֑ים חֶ֥סֶד וֶ֝אֱמֶ֗ת מַ֣ן יִנְצְרֻֽהוּ׃

9So I will sing hymns to Your name forever, as I fulfill my vows day after day.

KEN a-ZAM-ra SHIM-kha la-AD, l'-sha-l'-MI n'-da-RAI YOM YOM. (Selah)

טכֵּ֤ן אֲזַמְּרָ֣ה שִׁמְךָ֣ לָעַ֑ד לְֽשַׁלְּמִ֥י נְדָרַ֗י י֣וֹם ׀ יֽוֹם׃