1 Not to us, Hashem, not to us but to Your name bring glory for the sake of Your love and Your faithfulness.
א לֹא לָנוּ יְהֹוָה לֹא לָנוּ כִּי־לְשִׁמְךָ תֵּן כָּבוֹד עַל־חַסְדְּךָ עַל־אֲמִתֶּךָ׃
2 Let the nations not say, “Where, now, is their God?”
ב לָמָּה יֹאמְרוּ הַגּוֹיִם אַיֵּה־נָא אֱלֹהֵיהֶם׃
3 when our God is in heaven and all that He wills He accomplishes.
ג וֵאלֹהֵינוּ בַשָּׁמָיִם כֹּל אֲשֶׁר־חָפֵץ עָשָׂה׃
4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.
ד עֲצַבֵּיהֶם כֶּסֶף וְזָהָב מַעֲשֵׂה יְדֵי אָדָם׃
5 They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see;
ה פֶּה־לָהֶם וְלֹא יְדַבֵּרוּ עֵינַיִם לָהֶם וְלֹא יִרְאוּ׃
6 they have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell;
ו אָזְנַיִם לָהֶם וְלֹא יִשְׁמָעוּ אַף לָהֶם וְלֹא יְרִיחוּן׃
7 they have hands, but cannot touch, feet, but cannot walk; they can make no sound in their throats.
ז יְדֵיהֶם וְלֹא יְמִישׁוּן רַגְלֵיהֶם וְלֹא יְהַלֵּכוּ לֹא־יֶהְגּוּ בִּגְרוֹנָם׃
8 Those who fashion them, all who trust in them, shall become like them.
ח כְּמוֹהֶם יִהְיוּ עֹשֵׂיהֶם כֹּל אֲשֶׁר־בֹּטֵחַ בָּהֶם׃
9 O Yisrael, trust in Hashem! He is their help and shield.
10 O house of Aharon, trust in Hashem! He is their help and shield.
11 O you who fear Hashem, trust in Hashem! He is their help and shield.
יא יִרְאֵי יְהֹוָה בִּטְחוּ בַיהֹוָה עֶזְרָם וּמָגִנָּם הוּא׃
13 He will bless those who fear Hashem, small and great alike.
יג יְבָרֵךְ יִרְאֵי יְהֹוָה הַקְּטַנִּים עִם־הַגְּדֹלִים׃
14 May Hashem increase your numbers, yours and your children’s also.
יד יֹסֵף יְהֹוָה עֲלֵיכֶם עֲלֵיכֶם וְעַל־בְּנֵיכֶם׃
15 May you be blessed by Hashem, Maker of heaven and earth.
טו בְּרוּכִים אַתֶּם לַיהֹוָה עֹשֵׂה שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ׃
16 The heavens belong to Hashem, but the earth He gave over to man.
טז הַשָּׁמַיִם שָׁמַיִם לַיהֹוָה וְהָאָרֶץ נָתַן לִבְנֵי־אָדָם׃
115:16 But the earth He gave over to man
Though the heavens remain Hashem’s domain, He bestowed the earth to man, in order to spread His holy name. Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk, a nineteenth century Hasidic leader, explains beautifully: “The land was given to man to raise it up to the lofty level of the heavens.” This is especially true in Eretz Yisrael. The Bible warns that there is a higher standard for one’s behavior in the land of Israel, as it says in Sefer Vayikra (18:26-28) “You must keep My laws and My rules, and you must not do any of those abhorrent things… So let not the land spew you out for defiling it, as it spewed out the nation that came before you.”Comment
17 The dead cannot praise Hashem, nor any who go down into silence.
יז לֹא הַמֵּתִים יְהַלְלוּ־יָהּ וְלֹא כָּל־יֹרְדֵי דוּמָה׃
18 But we will bless Hashem now and forever. Hallelujah.
יח וַאֲנַחְנוּ נְבָרֵךְ יָהּ מֵעַתָּה וְעַד־עוֹלָם הַלְלוּ־יָהּ׃