1 A song of ascents. Those who trust in Hashem are like Mount Tzion that cannot be moved, enduring forever.
א שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת הַבֹּטְחִים בַּיהוָה כְּהַר־צִיּוֹן לֹא־יִמּוֹט לְעוֹלָם יֵשֵׁב׃
2 Yerushalayim, hills enfold it, and Hashem enfolds His people now and forever.
y’-ru-sha-LA-im ha-REEM sa-VEEV LAH va-do-NAI sa-VEEV l’-a-MO may-a-TAH v’-ad o-LAM
ב יְרוּשָׁלִַם הָרִים סָבִיב לָהּ וַיהוָה סָבִיב לְעַמּוֹ מֵעַתָּה וְעַד־עוֹלָם׃
The Hebrew name for Jerusalem, Yerushalayim (ירושלים), incorporates the word shalom, ‘peace.’ And the root of shalom (שלום) is shalem (שלם), meaning ‘whole’ or ‘complete.’ People fight with one another because they are not whole, and are not at peace with themselves. Once one is able to achieve wholeness, he can find inner peace, and will be much more likely to live peacefully with others. Throughout history and to this very day, many people come to Yerushalayim, the city of peace, to become whole within themselves and to find inner peace.1 comment
3 The scepter of the wicked shall never rest upon the land allotted to the righteous, that the righteous not set their hand to wrongdoing.
ג כִּי לֹא יָנוּחַ שֵׁבֶט הָרֶשַׁע עַל גּוֹרַל הַצַּדִּיקִים לְמַעַן לֹא־יִשְׁלְחוּ הַצַּדִּיקִים בְּעַוְלָתָה יְדֵיהֶם׃
4 Do good, Hashem, to the good, to the upright in heart.
ד הֵיטִיבָה יְהוָה לַטּוֹבִים וְלִישָׁרִים בְּלִבּוֹתָם׃