1 A song of ascents. Hashem, remember in David‘s favor his extreme self-denial,
א שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת זְכוֹר־יְהֹוָה לְדָוִד אֵת כָּל־עֻנּוֹתוֹ׃
2 how he swore to Hashem, vowed to the Mighty One of Yaakov,
ב אֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּע לַיהֹוָה נָדַר לַאֲבִיר יַעֲקֹב׃
3 “I will not enter my house, nor will I mount my bed,
ג אִם־אָבֹא בְּאֹהֶל בֵּיתִי אִם־אֶעֱלֶה עַל־עֶרֶשׂ יְצוּעָי׃
4 I will not give sleep to my eyes, or slumber to my eyelids
ד אִם־אֶתֵּן שְׁנַת לְעֵינָי לְעַפְעַפַּי תְּנוּמָה׃
5 until I find a place for Hashem, an abode for the Mighty One of Yaakov.”
ה עַד־אֶמְצָא מָקוֹם לַיהֹוָה מִשְׁכָּנוֹת לַאֲבִיר יַעֲקֹב׃
hi-nay sh’-ma-a-NU-ha v’-ef-RA-tah m’-tza-NU-ha bis-day YA-ar
132:6 We heard it was in Efrat
This is the longest of the 15 chapters of Tehillim known as the “Songs of Ascent”. It is dedicated to King David and his desire for a resting place for Hashem’s presence. David’s vow to bring the Aron of God to Yerushalayim was heard in Efrat, David’s birthplace, and its inhabitants helped him bring the holy ark to Yerushalayim . Also called Beit Lechem, the city of Efrat is mentioned in the Bible as the birthplace of Binyamin and the burial place of Rachel (Genesis 35:19). In 1983, the Israeli religious Zionist settlement of Efrat was established by Moshe Moskowitz and Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, its chief rabbi, near modern day Bethlehem. Today, with close to ten thousand residents, thirty synagogues and many educational and religious institutions, Efrat is a thriving community built on the principles of Torah and dedication to the Nation of Israel.1 comment
7 Let us enter His abode, bow at His footstool.
ז נָבוֹאָה לְמִשְׁכְּנוֹתָיו נִשְׁתַּחֲוֶה לַהֲדֹם רַגְלָיו׃
8 Advance, Hashem, to Your resting-place, You and Your mighty Aron!
ח קוּמָה יְהֹוָה לִמְנוּחָתֶךָ אַתָּה וַאֲרוֹן עֻזֶּךָ׃
9 Your Kohanim are clothed in triumph; Your loyal ones sing for joy.
ט כֹּהֲנֶיךָ יִלְבְּשׁוּ־צֶדֶק וַחֲסִידֶיךָ יְרַנֵּנוּ׃
10 For the sake of Your servant David do not reject Your anointed one.
י בַּעֲבוּר דָּוִד עַבְדֶּךָ אַל־תָּשֵׁב פְּנֵי מְשִׁיחֶךָ׃
11 Hashem swore to David a firm oath that He will not renounce, “One of your own issue I will set upon your throne.
יא נִשְׁבַּע־יְהֹוָה לְדָוִד אֱמֶת לֹא־יָשׁוּב מִמֶּנָּה מִפְּרִי בִטְנְךָ אָשִׁית לְכִסֵּא־לָךְ׃
12 If your sons keep My covenant and My decrees that I teach them, then their sons also, to the end of time, shall sit upon your throne.”
יב אִם־יִשְׁמְרוּ בָנֶיךָ בְּרִיתִי וְעֵדֹתִי זוֹ אֲלַמְּדֵם גַּם־בְּנֵיהֶם עֲדֵי־עַד יֵשְׁבוּ לְכִסֵּא־לָךְ׃
13 For Hashem has chosen Tzion; He has desired it for His seat.
יג כִּי־בָחַר יְהֹוָה בְּצִיּוֹן אִוָּהּ לְמוֹשָׁב לוֹ׃
14 “This is my resting-place for all time; here I will dwell, for I desire it.
יד זֹאת־מְנוּחָתִי עֲדֵי־עַד פֹּה־אֵשֵׁב כִּי אִוִּתִיהָ׃
15 I will amply bless its store of food, give its needy their fill of bread.
טו צֵידָהּ בָּרֵךְ אֲבָרֵךְ אֶבְיוֹנֶיהָ אַשְׂבִּיעַ לָחֶם׃
16 I will clothe its Kohanim in victory, its loyal ones shall sing for joy.
טז וְכֹהֲנֶיהָ אַלְבִּישׁ יֶשַׁע וַחֲסִידֶיהָ רַנֵּן יְרַנֵּנוּ׃
17 There I will make a horn sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for My anointed one.
יז שָׁם אַצְמִיחַ קֶרֶן לְדָוִד עָרַכְתִּי נֵר לִמְשִׁיחִי׃
18 I will clothe his enemies in disgrace, while on him his crown shall sparkle.”
יח אוֹיְבָיו אַלְבִּישׁ בֹּשֶׁת וְעָלָיו יָצִיץ נִזְרוֹ׃