Psalms 143
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1  A Psalm of David. O Hashem, hear my prayer, give ear to my supplications; in Thy faithfulness answer me, and in Thy righteousness.

א  מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד יְהוָה שְׁמַע תְּפִלָּתִי הַאֲזִינָה אֶל תַּחֲנוּנַי בֶּאֱמֻנָתְךָ עֲנֵנִי בְּצִדְקָתֶךָ.

2  And enter not into judgment with Thy servant; for in Thy sight shall no man living be justified.

ב  וְאַל תָּבוֹא בְמִשְׁפָּט אֶת עַבְדֶּךָ כִּי לֹא יִצְדַּק לְפָנֶיךָ כָל חָי.

3  For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath crushed my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.

ג  כִּי רָדַף אוֹיֵב נַפְשִׁי דִּכָּא לָאָרֶץ חַיָּתִי הוֹשִׁבַנִי בְמַחֲשַׁכִּים כְּמֵתֵי עוֹלָם.

4  And my spirit fainteth within me; my heart within me is appalled.

ד  וַתִּתְעַטֵּף עָלַי רוּחִי בְּתוֹכִי יִשְׁתּוֹמֵם לִבִּי.

5  I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Thy doing; I muse on the work of Thy hands.

za-KHAR-tee ya-MEEM mi-KE-dem ha-GEE-tee v-KHOL pa-a-LE-kha b’-ma-a-SAY ya-DE-khe a-so-KHAY-akh

ה  זָכַרְתִּי יָמִים מִקֶּדֶם הָגִיתִי בְכָל פָּעֳלֶךָ בְּמַעֲשֵׂה יָדֶיךָ אֲשׂוֹחֵחַ.

143:5   I remember the days of old

Once again, David is in a perilous state. Enemies from close and far depress him and make him feel lost and alone. In this psalm, he invokes a different technique to lift him out of the morass; memory. Isolating one’s consciousness to the here and now can be lonesome and disheartening. Remembering that one is part of something greater than the present, however, can be uplifting.  A number of Biblical laws are related to past events and the idea of remembering. In 1948, the framers of the Israeli Declaration of Independence knew precisely how to begin their journey towards nationhood, by remembering the past. They began the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel as follows: “The Land of Israel was the birthplace of the Jewish people. Here their spiritual, religious and political identity was shaped. Here they first attained to statehood, created cultural values of national and universal significance and gave to the world the eternal Book of Books.”

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6  I spread forth my hands unto Thee; my soul [thirsteth] after Thee, as a weary land. Selah

ו  פֵּרַשְׂתִּי יָדַי אֵלֶיךָ נַפְשִׁי כְּאֶרֶץ עֲיֵפָה לְךָ סֶלָה.

7  Answer me speedily, O Hashem, my spirit faileth; hide not Thy face from me; lest I become like them that go down into the pit.

ז  מַהֵר עֲנֵנִי יְהוָה כָּלְתָה רוּחִי אַל תַּסְתֵּר פָּנֶיךָ מִמֶּנִּי וְנִמְשַׁלְתִּי עִם יֹרְדֵי בוֹר.

8  Cause me to hear Thy lovingkindness in the morning, for in Thee do I trust; cause me to know the way wherein I should walk, for unto Thee have I lifted up my soul.

ח  הַשְׁמִיעֵנִי בַבֹּקֶר חַסְדֶּךָ כִּי בְךָ בָטָחְתִּי הוֹדִיעֵנִי דֶּרֶךְ זוּ אֵלֵךְ כִּי אֵלֶיךָ נָשָׂאתִי נַפְשִׁי.

9  Deliver me from mine enemies, O Hashem; with Thee have I hidden myself.

ט  הַצִּילֵנִי מֵאֹיְבַי יְהוָה אֵלֶיךָ כִסִּתִי.

10  Teach me to do Thy will, for Thou art my God; let Thy good spirit lead me in an even land.

י  לַמְּדֵנִי לַעֲשׂוֹת רְצוֹנֶךָ כִּי אַתָּה אֱלוֹהָי רוּחֲךָ טוֹבָה תַּנְחֵנִי בְּאֶרֶץ מִישׁוֹר.

11  For Thy name’s sake, O Hashem, quicken me; in Thy righteousness bring my soul out of trouble.

יא  לְמַעַן שִׁמְךָ יְהוָה תְּחַיֵּנִי בְּצִדְקָתְךָ תּוֹצִיא מִצָּרָה נַפְשִׁי.

12  And in Thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that harass my soul; for I am Thy servant.

יב  וּבְחַסְדְּךָ תַּצְמִית אֹיְבָי וְהַאֲבַדְתָּ כָּל צֹרְרֵי נַפְשִׁי כִּי אֲנִי עַבְדֶּךָ.

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