Psalms 130
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1  A song of ascents. Out of the depths I call You, Hashem.

א  שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת מִמַּעֲמַקִּים קְרָאתִיךָ יְהֹוָה׃

2  O Hashem, listen to my cry; let Your ears be attentive to my plea for mercy.

ב  אֲדֹנָי שִׁמְעָה בְקוֹלִי תִּהְיֶינָה אָזְנֶיךָ קַשֻּׁבוֹת לְקוֹל תַּחֲנוּנָי׃

3  If You keep account of sins, Hashem, Lord, who will survive?

ג  אִם־עֲוׂנוֹת תִּשְׁמָר־יָהּ אֲדֹנָי מִי יַעֲמֹד׃

4  Yours is the power to forgive so that You may be held in awe.

ד  כִּי־עִמְּךָ הַסְּלִיחָה לְמַעַן תִּוָּרֵא׃

5  I look to Hashem; I look to Him; I await His word.

ה  קִוִּיתִי יְהֹוָה קִוְּתָה נַפְשִׁי וְלִדְבָרוֹ הוֹחָלְתִּי׃

6  I am more eager for Hashem than watchmen for the morning, 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 calls out to Hashem “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 word hashomer (השומר), ‘the watchman,’ was taken as the name of the first modern Jewish security force in the Land of Israel. From 1909 until 1920, during the period known as the time of the Second Aliyah, a group of Jewish settlers formed Hashomer to protect Jewish towns from enemy incursions. After the group disbanded, its members formed the Haganah defense organization, precursor of 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 Hashem is the ultimate protector of Israel.Comment

7  O Yisrael, wait for Hashem; for with Hashem is steadfast love and great power to redeem.

ז  יַחֵל יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶל־יְהֹוָה כִּי־עִם־יְהֹוָה הַחֶסֶד וְהַרְבֵּה עִמּוֹ פְדוּת׃

8  It is He who will redeem Yisrael from all their iniquities.

ח  וְהוּא יִפְדֶּה אֶת־יִשְׂרָאֵל מִכֹּל עֲוׂנֹתָיו׃

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  • Denise

    Very glad to know this about the watchmen of Israel.

  • 130:6 Watchmen for the morning

    Today I am learning that this psalm is read and spoken by Jews all over the world in times of great stress. Even the psalmist at this time himself calls out to the Lord thy God , out of the very deepest corridors of his soul for help. It seems in times of trouble we call out to God the most. Our cries to God are the most urgent at these times of great troubles and stress. We wait upon our God and pray for his salvation. In those Biblical day there were watchman, they would go through the streets of the cities and towns and they would watch out for the people from dusk till dawn to make sure all were safe and secure during the darkest hours of the night. (night watchmen) as it were. In today's Israel (Defense Forces). Today the Jewish people are more that capable of defending themselves from there attackers. They after all have the right arm of God that protects them from above. This psalm reminds us of that fact. If God is for us, then who then can be against us? A fact that has been proven more than true through the history of the Jewish peoples. Amen. Carl

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