Psalms 147
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1  Hallelujah. It is good to chant hymns to our God; it is pleasant to sing glorious praise.

א  הַלְלוּ יָהּ כִּי־טוֹב זַמְּרָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ כִּי־נָעִים נָאוָה תְהִלָּה׃

2  Hashem rebuilds Yerushalayim; He gathers in the exiles of Yisrael.

ב  בּוֹנֵה יְרוּשָׁלַ ִם יְהֹוָה נִדְחֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל יְכַנֵּס׃

3  He heals their broken hearts, and binds up their wounds.

ג  הָרֹפֵא לִשְׁבוּרֵי לֵב וּמְחַבֵּשׁ לְעַצְּבוֹתָם׃

4  He reckoned the number of the stars; to each He gave its name.

ד  מוֹנֶה מִסְפָּר לַכּוֹכָבִים לְכֻלָּם שֵׁמוֹת יִקְרָא׃

5  Great is our Lord and full of power; His wisdom is beyond reckoning.

ה  גָּדוֹל אֲדוֹנֵינוּ וְרַב־כֹּחַ לִתְבוּנָתוֹ אֵין מִסְפָּר׃

6  Hashem gives courage to the lowly, and brings the wicked down to the dust.

ו  מְעוֹדֵד עֲנָוִים יְהֹוָה מַשְׁפִּיל רְשָׁעִים עֲדֵי־אָרֶץ׃

7  Sing to Hashem a song of praise, chant a hymn with a lyre to our God,

ז  עֱנוּ לַיהֹוָה בְּתוֹדָה זַמְּרוּ לֵאלֹהֵינוּ בְכִנּוֹר׃

8  who covers the heavens with clouds, provides rain for the earth, makes mountains put forth grass;

ח  הַמְכַסֶּה שָׁמַיִם בְּעָבִים הַמֵּכִין לָאָרֶץ מָטָר הַמַּצְמִיחַ הָרִים חָצִיר׃

9  who gives the beasts their food, to the raven’s brood what they cry for.

ט  נוֹתֵן לִבְהֵמָה לַחְמָהּ לִבְנֵי עֹרֵב אֲשֶׁר יִקְרָאוּ׃

10  He does not prize the strength of horses, nor value the fleetness of men;

י  לֹא בִגְבוּרַת הַסּוּס יֶחְפָּץ לֹא־בְשׁוֹקֵי הָאִישׁ יִרְצֶה׃

11  but Hashem values those who fear Him, those who depend on His faithful care.

יא  רוֹצֶה יְהֹוָה אֶת־יְרֵאָיו אֶת־הַמְיַחֲלִים לְחַסְדּוֹ׃

12  O Yerushalayim, glorify Hashem; praise your God, O Tzion!

יב  שַׁבְּחִי יְרוּשָׁלַ ִם אֶת־יְהֹוָה הַלְלִי אֱלֹהַיִךְ צִיּוֹן׃

13  For He made the bars of your gates strong, and blessed your children within you.

יג  כִּי־חִזַּק בְּרִיחֵי שְׁעָרָיִךְ בֵּרַךְ בָּנַיִךְ בְּקִרְבֵּךְ׃

14  He endows your realm with well-being, and satisfies you with choice wheat.

ha-SAM g’-vu-LAYKH sha-LOM KHAY-lev khi-TEEM yas-bee-AYKH

יד  הַשָּׂם־גְּבוּלֵךְ שָׁלוֹם חֵלֶב חִטִּים יַשְׂבִּיעֵךְ׃

 147:14   He endows your realm with well-being

While the Bible makes frequent mention of military affairs and speaks often of soldiers, the important principle that emerges is found in this verse: Ha-sam g’vulaych shalom (השם גבולך שלום). Translated here as ‘He endows your realm with well-being,’ these words literally mean ‘He who makes your borders peaceful.’ We must always remember that ultimately, our own efforts do not matter. Rather, Hashem is behind all of our successes. Though the modern Israeli army is one of the strongest in the world, it continuously remembers the true source of its strength. At their swearing-in ceremony, which often takes place at the Western Wall, each IDF soldier is handed a Tanakh and a gun, as a reminder that ultimately the One above is the source of their physical strength and their military success.Comment

15  He sends forth His word to the earth; His command runs swiftly.

טו  הַשֹּׁלֵחַ אִמְרָתוֹ אָרֶץ עַד־מְהֵרָה יָרוּץ דְּבָרוֹ׃

16  He lays down snow like fleece, scatters frost like ashes.

טז  הַנֹּתֵן שֶׁלֶג כַּצָּמֶר כְּפוֹר כָּאֵפֶר יְפַזֵּר׃

17  He tosses down hail like crumbs— who can endure His icy cold?

יז  מַשְׁלִיךְ קַרְחוֹ כְפִתִּים לִפְנֵי קָרָתוֹ מִי יַעֲמֹד׃

18  He issues a command—it melts them; He breathes—the waters flow.

יח  יִשְׁלַח דְּבָרוֹ וְיַמְסֵם יַשֵּׁב רוּחוֹ יִזְּלוּ־מָיִם׃

19  He issued His commands to Yaakov, His statutes and rules to Yisrael.

יט  מַגִּיד דברו [דְּבָרָיו] לְיַעֲקֹב חֻקָּיו וּמִשְׁפָּטָיו לְיִשְׂרָאֵל׃

20  He did not do so for any other nation; of such rules they know nothing. Hallelujah.

כ  לֹא עָשָׂה כֵן לְכָל־גּוֹי וּמִשְׁפָּטִים בַּל־יְדָעוּם הַלְלוּ־יָהּ׃

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  • 147:14 He maketh thy borders peace

    All that we have, all that we are is not of our own making, is but the making and inspiration of thy Lord God. It is God who gave us our borders and it is he who defends us as we defend them for our Nation and peoples of Israel. We must always remember that our strength our might comes from the One Above, our most Holy Father God. It is He who instills in us His spirit and we in our Joy praise God's name in thanks and love . Israels army will always be strong as long as they remember that they fight for God first, for God's Word & Law. Second they fight for themselves the Jewish Nation, the Jewish People, The very First Children of God. ( why does the world forget this?) (Why cannot the world except this and learn from this?) Personally I do not understand from my heart of hearts. God has instilled in me no hate or disregard for the Jewish people what so ever. More of a Love and special respect in my heart and soul because God tells me in my heart, mind, and very soul you are His chosen one. and thus should be respected as such. But the world does not understand. How sad and what a great lost for mankind in general. How sad indeed. I pray that America will stand by you always. However if the government does not. May God and you please know this, millions of American do support, love and pray for you each and every day.

    Each solder is handed a Bible and a gun when there being sworn into the army . Reminds of a passage in the Bible i read when the Jews returned from Babylon and as they rebuilt the Temple they had mortar in one hand and a sword in the other. The Temple stone and mortar being the Bible and the sword being the gun for defense against the enemies of Israel. The Love and Praise and Honor of God will always be there strength. Follow God's Word and God will always follow you. Amen, Carl

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