Psalms 130
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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.

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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.

8  And He will redeem Yisrael from all his iniquities.

ח  וְהוּא יִפְדֶּה אֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל מִכֹּל עֲו‍ֹנֹתָיו.

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  • 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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