1 A Song of Ascents. Out of the depths have I called Thee, O Hashem.
א שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת מִמַּעֲמַקִּים קְרָאתִיךָ יְהוָה.
2 Lord, hearken unto my voice; let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
ב אֲדֹנָי שִׁמְעָה בְקוֹלִי תִּהְיֶינָה אָזְנֶיךָ קַשֻּׁבוֹת לְקוֹל תַּחֲנוּנָי.
3 If Thou, Hashem, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?
ג אִם עֲוֹנוֹת תִּשְׁמָר יָהּ אֲדֹנָי מִי יַעֲמֹד.
4 For with Thee there is forgiveness, that Thou mayest be feared.
ד כִּי עִמְּךָ הַסְּלִיחָה לְמַעַן תִּוָּרֵא.
5 I wait for Hashem, my soul doth wait, and in His word do I hope.
ה קִוִּיתִי יְהוָה קִוְּתָה נַפְשִׁי וְלִדְבָרוֹ הוֹחָלְתִּי.
6 My soul waiteth for the Lord, more than watchmen for the morning; yea, more than watchmen for the morning.
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ו נַפְשִׁי לַאדֹנָי מִשֹּׁמְרִים לַבֹּקֶר שֹׁמְרִים לַבֹּקֶר.
130:6 Watchmen for the morning
This psalm is recited by Jews all over the world in times of distress, as the psalmist himself calls out to the Lord from “out of the depths” (verse 1). In times of trouble, we wait for God and His salvation even more than one who watches for the morning. The Hebrew word ‘hashomer,’ the watchman, was taken as the name of the first modern Jewish security forces in the Land of Israel. From 1909 until 1920, during what was known as ‘the Second Aliyah’, a group of Jewish settlers formed Hashomer in order to protect 13 settlements from enemy incursions. After the group disbanded, its members formed the Haganah, the precursor to the Israel Defense Forces. The Jewish people have been defending themselves in the Land for over one hundred years, but the psalm reminds us that God is the ultimate protector of Israel.
7 O Yisrael, hope in Hashem; for with Hashem there is mercy, and with Him is plenteous redemption.
ז יַחֵל יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶל יְהוָה כִּי עִם יְהוָה הַחֶסֶד וְהַרְבֵּה עִמּוֹ פְדוּת.