1 Hallelujah. Praise Hashem, O my soul.
ha-l’-lu-YAH ha-l’-LEE naf-SHEE et a-do-NAI
א הַלְלוּ יָהּ הַלְלִי נַפְשִׁי אֶת יְהוָה.
146:1 Praise the LORD, O my soul
Man lives on earth in two different spheres: as an individual with his own personal struggles, and as part of something bigger; a family, community and a nation, each with its own dynamic. Psalms 146 and 147 present the individual and the communal praise of God. In this psalm, the individual is confronted by the prince who has more power and influence than he does. He must decide to either follow these hollow leaders, or stand apart and put his faith in God alone. The psalm praises the individual who choses to follow the Lord and recognizes that He will merit God’s reward.
2 I will praise Hashem while I live; I will sing praises unto my God while I have my being.
ב אֲהַלְלָה יְהוָה בְּחַיָּי אֲזַמְּרָה לֵאלֹהַי בְּעוֹדִי.
3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
ג אַל תִּבְטְחוּ בִנְדִיבִים בְּבֶן אָדָם שֶׁאֵין לוֹ תְשׁוּעָה.
4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his dust; in that very day his thoughts perish.
ד תֵּצֵא רוּחוֹ יָשֻׁב לְאַדְמָתוֹ בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא אָבְדוּ עֶשְׁתֹּנֹתָיו.
5 Happy is he whose help is the God of Yaakov, whose hope is in Hashem his God,
ה אַשְׁרֵי שֶׁאֵל יַעֲקֹב בְּעֶזְרוֹ שִׂבְרוֹ עַל יְהוָה אֱלֹהָיו.
6 Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is; who keepeth truth for ever;
ו עֹשֶׂה שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ אֶת הַיָּם וְאֶת כָּל אֲשֶׁר בָּם הַשֹּׁמֵר אֱמֶת לְעוֹלָם.
7 Who executeth justice for the oppressed; who giveth bread to the hungry. Hashem looseth the prisoners;
ז עֹשֶׂה מִשְׁפָּט לָעֲשׁוּקִים נֹתֵן לֶחֶם לָרְעֵבִים יְהוָה מַתִּיר אֲסוּרִים.
8 Hashem openeth the eyes of the blind; Hashem raiseth up them that are bowed down; Hashem loveth the righteous;
ח יְהוָה פֹּקֵחַ עִוְרִים יְהוָה זֹקֵף כְּפוּפִים יְהוָה אֹהֵב צַדִּיקִים.
9 Hashem preserveth the strangers; He upholdeth the fatherless and the widow; but the way of the wicked He maketh crooked.
ט יְהוָה שֹׁמֵר אֶת גֵּרִים יָתוֹם וְאַלְמָנָה יְעוֹדֵד וְדֶרֶךְ רְשָׁעִים יְעַוֵּת.