Chapter 67

1For the leader; with instrumental music. A psalm. A song.

אלַמְנַצֵּח בִּנְגִינֹת מִזְמוֹר שִׁיר׃

2May Hashem be gracious to us and bless us; may He show us favor, selah

באֱלֹהִים יְחָנֵּנוּ וִיבָרְכֵנוּ יָאֵר פָּנָיו אִתָּנוּ סֶלָה׃

3that Your way be known on earth, Your deliverance among all nations.

גלָדַעַת בָּאָרֶץ דַּרְכֶּךָ בְּכָל־גּוֹיִם יְשׁוּעָתֶךָ׃

4Peoples will praise You, O Hashem; all peoples will praise You.

דיוֹדוּךָ עַמִּים אֱלֹהִים יוֹדוּךָ עַמִּים כֻּלָּם׃

5Nations will exult and shout for joy, for You rule the peoples with equity, You guide the nations of the earth. Selah.

היִשְׂמְחוּ וִירַנְּנוּ לְאֻמִּים כִּי־תִשְׁפֹּט עַמִּים מִישׁוֹר וּלְאֻמִּים בָּאָרֶץ תַּנְחֵם סֶלָה׃

6The peoples will praise You, O Hashem; all peoples will praise You.

ויוֹדוּךָ עַמִּים אֱלֹהִים יוֹדוּךָ עַמִּים כֻּלָּם׃

7May the earth yield its produce; may Hashem, our God, bless us.

E-retz na-t'-NAH y'-vu-LAH y'-va-r'-KHAY-nu e-lo-HEEM e-lo-HAY-nu

זאֶרֶץ נָתְנָה יְבוּלָהּ יְבָרְכֵנוּ אֱלֹהִים אֱלֹהֵינוּ׃

67:7   May the earth yield its produce

The amount of produce that the land of Israel gives is a direct response to the behavior of its inhabitants. Hashem makes this point very clear throughout the Bible, specifically in Sefer Devarim (11:13-15), in which He links the concept of reward and punishment with the successful produce of the land. If the children of God veer from His path and reject Him for idolatry, Divine anger will arise and the land will not give its produce. This reaction is actually a blessing, since the inhabitants of Eretz Yisrael are thereby granted a barometer for their spiritual behavior. If there is famine and drought, they know that Hashem is angry, and they must inspect their actions. If there is plenty, God is happy with His nation and it is appropriate to sing praises to the Lord for His wonderful bounty.

8May Hashem bless us, and be revered to the ends of the earth.

חיְבָרְכֵנוּ אֱלֹהִים וְיִירְאוּ אֹתוֹ כָּל־אַפְסֵי־אָרֶץ׃