1 A Song of Ascents; of David. Hashem, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty; neither do I exercise myself in things too great, or in things too wonderful for me.
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א שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת לְדָוִד יְהוָה לֹא גָבַהּ לִבִּי וְלֹא רָמוּ עֵינַי וְלֹא הִלַּכְתִּי בִּגְדֹלוֹת וּבְנִפְלָאוֹת מִמֶּנִּי.
131:1 My heart is not haughty
Confession in the Bible does not refer only to admitting the evils one has committed, it also relates to the positive commandments one has internalized. David ‘confesses’ that he has not been haughty and never thought of himself as too great. This might be referring to the story in II Samuel 6 which records “And David danced before the LORD with all his might” (verse 14). His wife Michal castigates him for his ‘inappropriate’ behavior, but David responds that before God, who chose him to be leader of all of Israel, shall he not dance and prostrate himself? All his life, David subjugated himself before God out of respect and awe. He was not too proud to express himself to the Lord in the way he thought most appropriate.
2 Surely I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with his mother; my soul is with me like a weaned child.
ב אִם לֹא שִׁוִּיתִי וְדוֹמַמְתִּינַפְשִׁי כְּגָמֻל עֲלֵי אִמּוֹ כַּגָּמֻל עָלַי נַפְשִׁי.