Psalms 116
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1  I love that Hashem should hear my voice and my supplications.

א  אָהַבְתִּי כִּי יִשְׁמַע יְהוָה אֶת קוֹלִי תַּחֲנוּנָי.

2  Because He hath inclined His ear unto me, therefore will I call upon Him all my days.

ב  כִּי הִטָּה אָזְנוֹ לִי וּבְיָמַי אֶקְרָא.

3  The cords of death compassed me, and the straits of the nether-world got hold upon me; I found trouble and sorrow.

ג  אֲפָפוּנִי חֶבְלֵי מָוֶת וּמְצָרֵי שְׁאוֹל מְצָאוּנִי צָרָה וְיָגוֹן אֶמְצָא.

4  But I called upon the name of Hashem: ‘I beseech thee, O Hashem, deliver my soul.’

ד  וּבְשֵׁם יְהוָה אֶקְרָא אָנָּה יְהוָה מַלְּטָה נַפְשִׁי.

5  Gracious is Hashem, and righteous; yea, our God is compassionate.

ה  חַנּוּן יְהוָה וְצַדִּיק וֵאלֹהֵינוּ מְרַחֵם.

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

ו  שֹׁמֵר פְּתָאיִם יְהוָה דַּלֹּתִי וְלִי יְהוֹשִׁיעַ.

7  Return, O my soul, unto thy rest; for Hashem hath dealt bountifully with thee.

ז  שׁוּבִי נַפְשִׁי לִמְנוּחָיְכִי כִּי יְהוָה גָּמַל עָלָיְכִי.

8  For Thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and 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 יְהוָה בְּאַרְצוֹת הַחַיִּים.

10  I trusted even when I spoke: ‘I am greatly afflicted.’

י  הֶאֱמַנְתִּי כִּי אֲדַבֵּר אֲנִי עָנִיתִי מְאֹד.

11  I said in my haste: ‘All men are liars.’

יא  אֲנִי אָמַרְתִּי בְחָפְזִי כָּל הָאָדָם כֹּזֵב.

12  How can I repay unto Hashem all His bountiful dealings toward me?

יב  מָה אָשִׁיב לַיהוָה כָּל תַּגְמוּלוֹהִי עָלָי.

13  I will lift up the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of Hashem.

יג  כּוֹס יְשׁוּעוֹת אֶשָּׂא וּבְשֵׁם יְהוָה אֶקְרָא.

14  My vows will I pay unto Hashem, yea, 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 לַיהוָה אֲשַׁלֵּם נֶגְדָה נָּא לְכָל עַמּוֹ.

116:14   My vows will I pay unto the Lord

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. A specific portion in the Torah and an entire book of Talmud is dedicated to watching our words and using caution when making promises. The psalmist is disgusted with liars, whom he finds everywhere. In contrast, he intends to abide by his words and fulfill his obligations. He therefore comes to the courtyard of the Temple in Jerusalem to fulfill his promises and oaths (verse 19). Only this way can he truly bring praise to God and acknowledge all the good that He has done for him (verse 12).

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15  Precious in the sight of Hashem is the death of His saints.

טו  יָקָר בְּעֵינֵי יְהוָה הַמָּוְתָה לַחֲסִידָיו.

16  I beseech Thee, O Hashem, for I am Thy servant; I am Thy servant, the son of Thy handmaid; Thou hast loosed my bands.

טז  אָנָּה יְהוָה כִּי אֲנִי עַבְדֶּךָ אֲנִי עַבְדְּךָ בֶּן אֲמָתֶךָ פִּתַּחְתָּ לְמוֹסֵרָי.

17  I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of Hashem.

יז  לְךָ אֶזְבַּח זֶבַח תּוֹדָה וּבְשֵׁם יְהוָה אֶקְרָא.

18  I will pay my vows unto Hashem, yea, in the presence of all His people;

יח  נְדָרַי לַיהוָה אֲשַׁלֵּם נֶגְדָה נָּא לְכָל עַמּוֹ.

19  In the courts of Hashem’S house, in the midst of thee, O Yerushalayim. Hallelujah.

יט  בְּחַצְרוֹת בֵּית יְהוָה בְּתוֹכֵכִי יְרוּשָׁלִָם הַלְלוּ יָהּ.

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