Translation and Transliteration of
Listen to this chapter in Hebrew:
1For the leader. A psalm of David.
la-menat-TSE-akh, miz-MOR, l'-da-VID
אלַמְנַצֵּ֗חַ מִזְמ֥וֹר לְדָוִֽד׃
2Hear my voice, O Hashem, when I plead; guard my life from the enemy's terror.
sh'-MA e-lo-HEEM ko-LEE b'-see-KHEE, mi-pa-KHAD o-YEV ti-TZOR kha-YAI
בשְׁמַע־אֱלֹהִ֣ים קוֹלִ֣י בְשִׂיחִ֑י מִפַּ֥חַד א֝וֹיֵ֗ב תִּצֹּ֥ר חַיָּֽי׃
3Hide me from a band of evil men, from a crowd of evildoers,
tas-ti-RE-ni mi-SOD me-re-IM, me-ri-GA-shat po-a-LEI a-VON
גתַּ֭סְתִּירֵנִי מִסּ֣וֹד מְרֵעִ֑ים מֵ֝רִגְשַׁ֗ת פֹּ֣עֲלֵי אָֽוֶן׃
4who whet their tongues like swords; they aim their arrows—cruel words—
a-SHER sha-n'-NU kha-KHE-rev l'-sho-NAM da-r'-KHU khi-TZAM da-VAR MAR
דאֲשֶׁ֤ר שָׁנְנ֣וּ כַחֶ֣רֶב לְשׁוֹנָ֑ם דָּֽרְכ֥וּ חִ֝צָּ֗ם דָּבָ֥ר מָֽר׃
64:4 Cruel words
King David’s enemies attack him in different ways; sometimes physically, sometimes verbally. From this psalm it appears that the verbal assaults affected him more than any other. When David is defamed and maligned, he lashes out using a metaphor of swords and arrows. David is no stranger to battle. The throngs of voices singing “Shaul hath slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands” (I Samuel 21:12) attest to his prowess with the sword, the sling and the arrow. And yet, in his time of darkness when all his friends and confidants have disappeared, the arrow of his enemies is filled with poisoned words, slicing through his armor and penetrating his soul.
5to shoot from hiding at the blameless man; they shoot him suddenly and without fear.
li-ROT ba-mis-ta-RIM TAM pit-OM yo-ru-HU v'-LO yi-ra-U
הלִירֹ֣ת בַּמִּסְתָּרִ֣ים תָּ֑ם פִּתְאֹ֥ם יֹ֝רֻ֗הוּ וְלֹ֣א יִירָֽאוּ׃
6They arm themselves with an evil word; when they speak, it is to conceal traps; they think, “Who will see them?”
y'-cha-Z'-ku-la-MO, da-VAR ra, y'-sa-PE-ru lit-MON mo-k'-SHEEM, a-M'-RU, mee yir-EH-la-MO
ויְחַזְּקוּ־לָ֨מוֹ ׀ דָּ֘בָ֤ר רָ֗ע יְֽ֭סַפְּרוּ לִטְמ֣וֹן מוֹקְשִׁ֑ים אָ֝מְר֗וּ מִ֣י יִרְאֶה־לָּֽמוֹ׃
7Let the wrongdoings they have concealed, each one inside him, his secret thoughts, be wholly exposed.
ya-KH'-p'-SU o-LOT TAM-nu KHE-fes m'-KHU-pas, v'-KE-rev iSH v'-LEV a-MOK
זיַ֥חְפְּֽשׂוּ עוֹלֹ֗ת תַּ֭מְנוּ חֵ֣פֶשׂ מְחֻפָּ֑שׂ וְקֶ֥רֶב אִ֝֗ישׁ וְלֵ֣ב עָמֹֽק׃
8Hashem shall shoot them with arrows; they shall be struck down suddenly.
va-yo-REM e-lo-HEEM KHEtz pit-OM ha-YU ma-KO-tam
חוַיֹּרֵ֗ם אֱלֹ֫הִ֥ים חֵ֥ץ פִּתְא֑וֹם הָ֝י֗וּ מַכּוֹתָֽם׃
9Their tongue shall be their downfall; all who see them shall recoil in horror;
vai-yakh-SHI-lu-HU a-LEI-mo l'-sho-NAHM, yit-no-D'-du kol ro-EH bam
טוַיַּכְשִׁיל֣וּהוּ עָלֵ֣ימוֹ לְשׁוֹנָ֑ם יִ֝תְנֹדְד֗וּ כׇּל־רֹ֥אֵה בָֽם׃
10all men shall stand in awe; they shall proclaim the work of Hashem and His deed which they perceived.
vai-YI-ru kol a-DAM va-ya-GI-du PO-al e-lo-HEEM u-ma-a-SE-hu his-ki-LO
יוַיִּֽירְא֗וּ כׇּל־אָ֫דָ֥ם וַ֭יַּגִּידוּ פֹּ֥עַל אֱלֹהִ֗ים וּֽמַעֲשֵׂ֥הוּ הִשְׂכִּֽילוּ׃
11The righteous shall rejoice in Hashem, and take refuge in Him; all the upright shall exult.
YIS-makh tza-DEEK ba-a-do-NAI v'-kha-SA bo, v'-yit-hal-LU kol-yish-ray-LEV. (Selah)
יאיִשְׂמַ֬ח צַדִּ֣יק בַּ֭יהֹוָה וְחָ֣סָה ב֑וֹ וְ֝יִתְהַלְל֗וּ כׇּל־יִשְׁרֵי־לֵֽב׃