Psalms 13
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1  For the Leader. A Psalm of David.

א  לַמְנַצֵּחַ מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד.

2  How long, O Hashem, wilt Thou forget me for ever? How long wilt Thou hide Thy face from me?

ב  עַד אָנָה יְהוָה תִּשְׁכָּחֵנִי נֶצַח עַד אָנָה תַּסְתִּיר אֶת פָּנֶיךָ מִמֶּנִּי.

3  How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart by day? How long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?

ג  עַד אָנָה אָשִׁית עֵצוֹת בְּנַפְשִׁי יָגוֹן בִּלְבָבִי יוֹמָם עַד אָנָה יָרוּם אֹיְבִי עָלָי.

4  Behold Thou, and answer me, O Hashem my God; lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;

ד  הַבִּיטָה עֲנֵנִי יְהוָה אֱלֹהָי הָאִירָה עֵינַי פֶּן אִישַׁן הַמָּוֶת.

5  Lest mine enemy say: ‘I have prevailed against him’; lest mine adversaries rejoice when I am moved.

ה  פֶּן יֹאמַר אֹיְבִי יְכָלְתִּיו צָרַי יָגִילוּ כִּי אֶמּוֹט.

6  But as for me, in Thy mercy do I trust; my heart shall rejoice in Thy salvation. I will sing unto Hashem, because He hath dealt bountifully with me.

va-a-NEE b’-khas-d’-KHA va-takh-TEE ya-GAYL li-BEE bee-shu-a-TE-kha a-SHEE-ra la-do-NAI kee ga-MAL a-LAI

ו  וַאֲנִי בְּחַסְדְּךָ בָטַחְתִּי יָגֵל לִבִּי בִּישׁוּעָתֶךָ אָשִׁירָה לַיהוָה כִּי גָמַל עָלָי.

13:6   In Thy mercy do I trust; my heart shall rejoice in Thy salvation

King David’s psalms can be applied to every situation in one’s life, capturing one’s joy and grief, one’s disappointments and hopes. Since King David himself experiences the travails of every person, which he expresses through the verses of his psalms, a person can always find himself mirrored in the Book of Psalm’s heartfelt verses. King David serves as a model of strength of character and belief in God, because no matter what he goes through he never gives up hope. Even at his low points, feeling abandoned and discouraged (see verse 2), he is still able to say “in Thy mercy do I trust.” And no matter what emotions he feels, he is still able to announce “I will sing unto the LORD, because He hath dealt bountifully with me.” This is the power of the Jews over the millennia. No matter how much pain and suffering they endure, they maintain an unwavering belief in the Lord and His salvation, and hope for the time when their tears will transform to laughter and joy. In 1950, a group of Sephardic Jews from Iraq and Kurdistan created a joint settlement in the heart of the country which they called ‘Yagel,’ rejoice.


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