Psalms 147
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1  Hallelujah; for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is comely.

א  הַלְלוּ יָהּ כִּי טוֹב זַמְּרָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ כִּי נָעִים נָאוָה תְהִלָּה.

2  Hashem doth build up Yerushalayim, He gathereth together the dispersed of Yisrael;

ב  בּוֹנֵה יְרוּשָׁלִַם יְהוָה נִדְחֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל יְכַנֵּס.

3  Who healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

ג  הָרֹפֵא לִשְׁבוּרֵי לֵב וּמְחַבֵּשׁ לְעַצְּבוֹתָם.

4  He counteth the number of the stars; He giveth them all their names.

ד  מוֹנֶה מִסְפָּר לַכּוֹכָבִים לְכֻלָּם שֵׁמוֹת יִקְרָא.

5  Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.

ה  גָּדוֹל אֲדוֹנֵינוּ וְרַב כֹּחַ לִתְבוּנָתוֹ אֵין מִסְפָּר.

6  Hashem upholdeth the humble; He bringeth the wicked down to the ground.

ו  מְעוֹדֵד עֲנָוִים יְהוָה מַשְׁפִּיל רְשָׁעִים עֲדֵי אָרֶץ.

7  Sing unto Hashem with thanksgiving, sing praises upon the harp unto our God;

ז  עֱנוּ לַיהוָה בְּתוֹדָה זַמְּרוּ לֵאלֹהֵינוּ בְכִנּוֹר.

8  Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh the mountains to spring with grass.

ח  הַמְכַסֶּה שָׁמַיִם בְּעָבִים הַמֵּכִין לָאָרֶץ מָטָר הַמַּצְמִיחַ הָרִים חָצִיר.

9  He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.

ט  נוֹתֵן לִבְהֵמָה לַחְמָהּ לִבְנֵי עֹרֵב אֲשֶׁר יִקְרָאוּ.

10  He delighteth not in the strength of the horse; He taketh no pleasure in the legs of a man.

י  לֹא בִגְבוּרַת הַסּוּס יֶחְפָּץ לֹא בְשׁוֹקֵי הָאִישׁ יִרְצֶה.

11  Hashem taketh pleasure in them that fear Him, in those that wait for His mercy.

יא  רוֹצֶה יְהוָה אֶת יְרֵאָיו אֶת הַמְיַחֲלִים לְחַסְדּוֹ.

12  Glorify Hashem, O Yerushalayim; praise thy God, O Tzion.

יב  שַׁבְּחִי יְרוּשָׁלִַם אֶת יְהוָה הַלְלִי אֱלֹהַיִךְ צִיּוֹן.

13  For He hath made strong the bars of thy gates; He hath blessed thy children within thee.

יג  כִּי חִזַּק בְּרִיחֵי שְׁעָרָיִךְ בֵּרַךְ בָּנַיִךְ בְּקִרְבֵּךְ.

14  He maketh thy borders peace; He giveth thee in plenty the fat of 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 maketh thy borders peace

While the Bible makes frequent mention of military affairs and speaks often of soldiers, the important principle that emerges is that which is found in this verse. We must always remember that it is not our own efforts that matter, rather it is “He who makes our borders peaceful.” Though the modern Israeli army is one of the strongest, it continuously remembers the true source of its strength. At their swearing in ceremony, each soldier is handed a Bible and a gun, as a reminder that ultimately the One above is the source of their physical strength and military success.


15  He sendeth out His commandment upon earth; His word runneth very swiftly.

טו  הַשֹּׁלֵחַ אִמְרָתוֹ אָרֶץ עַד מְהֵרָה יָרוּץ דְּבָרוֹ.

16  He giveth snow like wool; He scattereth the hoar-frost like ashes.

טז  הַנֹּתֵן שֶׁלֶג כַּצָּמֶר כְּפוֹר כָּאֵפֶר יְפַזֵּר.

17  He casteth forth His ice like crumbs; who can stand before His cold?

יז  מַשְׁלִיךְ קַרְחוֹ כְפִתִּים לִפְנֵי קָרָתוֹ מִי יַעֲמֹד.

18  He sendeth forth His word, and melteth them; He causeth His wind to blow, and the waters flow.

יח  יִשְׁלַח דְּבָרוֹ וְיַמְסֵם יַשֵּׁב רוּחוֹ יִזְּלוּ מָיִם.

19  He declareth His word unto Yaakov, His statutes and His ordinances unto Yisrael.

יט  מַגִּיד דְּבָרָו לְיַעֲקֹב חֻקָּיו וּמִשְׁפָּטָיו לְיִשְׂרָאֵל.

20  He hath not dealt so with any nation; and as for His ordinances, they have not known them. 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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