Psalms 116
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1  I love Hashem* for He hears my voice, my pleas;

א  אָהַבְתִּי כִּי־יִשְׁמַע יְהֹוָה אֶת־קוֹלִי תַּחֲנוּנָי׃

2  for He turns His ear to me whenever I call.

ב  כִּי־הִטָּה אָזְנוֹ לִי וּבְיָמַי אֶקְרָא׃

3  The bonds of death encompassed me; the torments of Sheol overtook me. I came upon trouble and sorrow

ג  אֲפָפוּנִי חֶבְלֵי־מָוֶת וּמְצָרֵי שְׁאוֹל מְצָאוּנִי צָרָה וְיָגוֹן אֶמְצָא׃

4  and I invoked the name of Hashem, “Hashem, save my life!”

ד  וּבְשֵׁם־יְהֹוָה אֶקְרָא אָנָּה יְהֹוָה מַלְּטָה נַפְשִׁי׃

5  Hashem is gracious and beneficent; our God is compassionate.

ה  חַנּוּן יְהֹוָה וְצַדִּיק וֵאלֹהֵינוּ מְרַחֵם׃

6  Hashem protects the simple; I was brought low and He saved me.

ו  שֹׁמֵר פְּתָאיִם יְהֹוָה דַּלּוֹתִי וְלִי יְהוֹשִׁיעַ׃

7  Be at rest, once again, O my soul, for Hashem has been good to you.

ז  שׁוּבִי נַפְשִׁי לִמְנוּחָיְכִי כִּי־יְהֹוָה גָּמַל עָלָיְכִי׃

8  You have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.

ח  כִּי חִלַּצְתָּ נַפְשִׁי מִמָּוֶת אֶת־עֵינִי מִן־דִּמְעָה אֶת־רַגְלִי מִדֶּחִי׃

9  I shall walk before Hashem in the lands of the living.

ט  אֶתְהַלֵּךְ לִפְנֵי יְהֹוָה בְּאַרְצוֹת הַחַיִּים׃

10  I trust [in Hashem]; out of great suffering I spoke

י  הֶאֱמַנְתִּי כִּי אֲדַבֵּר אֲנִי עָנִיתִי מְאֹד׃

11  and said rashly, “All men are false.”

יא  אֲנִי אָמַרְתִּי בְחָפְזִי כָּל־הָאָדָם כֹּזֵב׃

12  How can I repay Hashem for all His bounties to me?

יב  מָה־אָשִׁיב לַיהֹוָה כָּל־תַּגְמוּלוֹהִי עָלָי׃

13  I raise the cup of deliverance and invoke the name of Hashem.

יג  כּוֹס־יְשׁוּעוֹת אֶשָּׂא וּבְשֵׁם יְהֹוָה אֶקְרָא׃

14  I will pay my vows to Hashem in the presence of all His people.

n’-da-RAI la-do-NAI a-sha-LAYM neg-dah NA l’-khol a-MO

יד  נְדָרַי לַיהֹוָה אֲשַׁלֵּם נֶגְדָה־נָּא לְכָל־עַמּוֹ׃

116:14   I will pay my vows to Hashem

God does not like liars. Time and again the Bible reminds us to heed our words, stay away from falsehood and to refrain from deception. Here, the psalmist is disgusted with liars, whom he finds everywhere (verse 11). In contrast, he intends to abide by his words and fulfill his obligations. He therefore comes to the courtyard of the Beit Hamikdash in Yerushalayim to fulfill his promises and oaths (verse 19). Only in this way can he truly bring praise to God and acknowledge all the good that He has done for him (verse 12).1 comment

15  The death of His faithful ones is grievous in Hashem‘s sight.

טו  יָקָר בְּעֵינֵי יְהֹוָה הַמָּוְתָה לַחֲסִידָיו׃

16  Hashem, I am Your servant, Your servant, the son of Your maidservant; You have undone the cords that bound me.

טז  אָנָּה יְהֹוָה כִּי־אֲנִי עַבְדֶּךָ אֲ‍נִי־עַבְדְּךָ בֶּן־אֲמָתֶךָ פִּתַּחְתָּ לְמוֹסֵרָי׃

17  I will sacrifice a thank offering to You and invoke the name of Hashem.

יז  לְךָ־אֶזְבַּח זֶבַח תּוֹדָה וּבְשֵׁם יְהֹוָה אֶקְרָא׃

18  I will pay my vows to Hashem in the presence of all His people,

יח  נְדָרַי לַיהֹוָה אֲשַׁלֵּם נֶגְדָה־נָּא לְכָל־עַמּוֹ׃

19  in the courts of the house of Hashem, in the midst of Yerushalayim. Hallelujah.

יט  בְּחַצְרוֹת בֵּית יְהֹוָה בְּתוֹכֵכִי יְרוּשָׁלָ ִם הַלְלוּ־יָהּ׃

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