Chapter 72

1Of Shlomo. O Hashem, endow the king with Your judgments, the king's son with Your righteousness;

אלִשְׁלֹמֹה אֱ‍לֹהִים מִשְׁפָּטֶיךָ לְמֶלֶךְ תֵּן וְצִדְקָתְךָ לְבֶן־מֶלֶךְ׃

2that he may judge Your people rightly, Your lowly ones, justly.

ביָדִין עַמְּךָ בְצֶדֶק וַעֲנִיֶּיךָ בְמִשְׁפָּט׃

3Let the mountains produce well-being for the people, the hills, the reward of justice.

גיִשְׂאוּ הָרִים שָׁלוֹם לָעָם וּגְבָעוֹת בִּצְדָקָה׃

4Let him Champion the lowly among the people, deliver the needy folk, and crush those who wrong them.

דיִשְׁפֹּט עֲ‍נִיֵּי־עָם יוֹשִׁיעַ לִבְנֵי אֶבְיוֹן וִידַכֵּא עוֹשֵׁק׃

5Let them fear You as long as the sun shines, while the moon lasts, generations on end.

היִירָאוּךָ עִם־שָׁמֶשׁ וְלִפְנֵי יָרֵחַ דּוֹר דּוֹרִים׃

6Let him be like rain that falls on a mown field, like a downpour of rain on the ground,

ויֵרֵד כְּמָטָר עַל־גֵּז כִּרְבִיבִים זַרְזִיף אָרֶץ׃

7that the righteous may flourish in his time, and well-being abound, till the moon is no more.

זיִפְרַח־בְּיָמָיו צַדִּיק וְרֹב שָׁלוֹם עַד־בְּלִי יָרֵחַ׃

8Let him rule from sea to sea, from the river to the ends of the earth.

חוְיֵרְדְּ מִיָּם עַד־יָם וּמִנָּהָר עַד־אַפְסֵי־אָרֶץ׃

9Let desert-dwellers kneel before him, and his enemies lick the dust.

טלְפָנָיו יִכְרְעוּ צִיִּים וְאֹיְבָיו עָפָר יְלַחֵכוּ׃

10Let kings of Tarshish and the islands pay tribute, kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts.

ימַלְכֵי תַרְשִׁישׁ וְאִיִּים מִנְחָה יָשִׁיבוּ מַלְכֵי שְׁבָא וּסְבָא אֶשְׁכָּר יַקְרִיבוּ׃

11Let all kings bow to him, and all nations serve him.

יאוְיִשְׁתַּחֲווּ־לוֹ כָל־מְלָכִים כָּל־גּוֹיִם יַעַבְדוּהוּ׃

12For he saves the needy who cry out, the lowly who have no helper.

יבכִּי־יַצִּיל אֶבְיוֹן מְשַׁוֵּעַ וְעָנִי וְאֵין־עֹזֵר לוֹ׃

13He cares about the poor and the needy; He brings the needy deliverance.

יגיָחֹס עַל־דַּל וְאֶבְיוֹן וְנַפְשׁוֹת אֶבְיוֹנִים יוֹשִׁיעַ׃

14He redeems them from fraud and lawlessness; the shedding of their blood weighs heavily upon him.

ידמִתּוֹךְ וּמֵחָמָס יִגְאַל נַפְשָׁם וְיֵיקַר דָּמָם בְּעֵינָיו׃

15So let him live, and receive gold of Sheba; let prayers for him be said always, blessings on him invoked at all times.

טווִיחִי וְיִתֶּן־לוֹ מִזְּהַב שְׁבָא וְיִתְפַּלֵּל בַּעֲדוֹ תָמִיד כָּל־הַיּוֹם יְבָרֲכֶנְהוּ׃

16Let abundant grain be in the land, to the tops of the mountains; let his crops thrive like the forest of Lebanon; and let men sprout up in towns like country grass.

טזיְהִי פִסַּת־בַּר בָּאָרֶץ בְּרֹאשׁ הָרִים יִרְעַשׁ כַּלְּבָנוֹן פִּרְיוֹ וְיָצִיצוּ מֵעִיר כְּעֵשֶׂב הָאָרֶץ׃

17May his name be eternal; while the sun lasts, may his name endure; let men invoke his blessedness upon themselves; let all nations count him happy.

יזיְהִי שְׁמוֹ לְעוֹלָם לִפְנֵי־שֶׁמֶשׁ ינין [יִנּוֹן] שְׁמוֹ וְיִתְבָּרְכוּ בוֹ כָּל־גּוֹיִם יְאַשְּׁרוּהוּ׃

18Blessed is Hashem, God of Yisrael, who alone does wondrous things;

יחבָּרוּךְ יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהִים אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל עֹשֵׂה נִפְלָאוֹת לְבַדּוֹ׃

19Blessed is His glorious name forever; His glory fills the whole world. Amen and Amen.

u-va-RUKH SHAYM k'-vo-DO l'-o-LAM v'-yi-ma-LAY kh'-vo-DO et kol ha-A-retz a-MAYN v'-a-MAYN

יטוּבָרוּךְ שֵׁם כְּבוֹדוֹ לְעוֹלָם וְיִמָּלֵא כְבוֹדוֹ אֶת־כֹּל הָאָרֶץ אָמֵן וְאָמֵן׃

 72:19   Amen, and Amen

Rabbi David Stavsky (1929-2004)

The word amen is used in the Bible to connote agreement, faithfulness and certainty. It is often translated as “so be it.” Amen is one of the most common examples of an English word that comes from biblical Hebrew. According to the movement of Edenics, which believes that English is a derivative of biblical Hebrew, the English word amenable, which means “willing to believe and submit,” is also a direct offshoot of the word Hebrew word amen. In Hebrew, amen (אמן) shares a root with the word emunah (אמונה), which means ‘faith’ or ‘trust’. The word emunah is used to describe eternal belief and great confidence in Hashem. The Talmud (Shabbat 119b) teaches that the three Hebrew letters of the word amen (א-מ-נ) also stand for אל מלך נאמן (el melech ne’eman), which means ‘God is a trustworthy king.’ 20th-century American Rabbi David Stavsky pointed out in his book of sermons that every time we say the word amen, we are not only affirming our agreement, but we are actually saying “I trust in you, God.”

20End of the prayers of David son of Yishai.

ככָּלּוּ תְפִלּוֹת דָּוִד בֶּן־יִשָׁי׃