Psalms 17
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1  A Prayer of David. Hear the right, O Hashem, attend unto my cry; give ear unto my prayer from lips without deceit.

א  תְּפִלָּה לְדָוִד שִׁמְעָה יְהוָה צֶדֶק הַקְשִׁיבָה רִנָּתִי הַאֲזִינָה תְפִלָּתִי בְּלֹא שִׂפְתֵי מִרְמָה.

2  Let my judgment come forth from Thy presence; let Thine eyes behold equity.

ב  מִלְּפָנֶיךָ מִשְׁפָּטִי יֵצֵא עֵינֶיךָ תֶּחֱזֶינָה מֵישָׁרִים.

3  Thou hast tried my heart, Thou hast visited it in the night; Thou hast tested me, and Thou findest not that I had a thought which should not pass my mouth.

ג  בָּחַנְתָּ לִבִּי פָּקַדְתָּ לַּיְלָה צְרַפְתַּנִי בַל תִּמְצָא זַמֹּתִי בַּל יַעֲבָר פִּי.

4  As for the doings of men, by the word of Thy lips I have kept me from the ways of the violent.

ד  לִפְעֻלּוֹת אָדָם בִּדְבַר שְׂפָתֶיךָ אֲנִי שָׁמַרְתִּי אָרְחוֹת פָּרִיץ.

5  My steps have held fast to Thy paths, my feet have not slipped.

ה  תָּמֹךְ אֲשֻׁרַי בְּמַעְגְּלוֹתֶיךָ בַּל נָמוֹטּוּ פְעָמָי.

6  As for me, I call upon Thee, for Thou wilt answer me, O God; incline Thine ear unto me, hear my speech.

ו  אֲנִי קְרָאתִיךָ כִי תַעֲנֵנִי אֵל הַט אָזְנְךָ לִי שְׁמַע אִמְרָתִי.

7  Make passing great Thy mercies, O Thou that savest by Thy right hand from assailants them that take refuge in Thee.

ז  הַפְלֵה חֲסָדֶיךָ מוֹשִׁיעַ חוֹסִים מִמִּתְקוֹמְמִים בִּימִינֶךָ.

8  Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me in the shadow of Thy wings,

shom-RAY-nee k’-ee-SHON bat A-yin b’-TZAYL k’-na-FE-kha tas-tee-RAY-nee

ח  שָׁמְרֵנִי כְּאִישׁוֹן בַּת עָיִן בְּצֵל כְּנָפֶיךָ תַּסְתִּירֵנִי.

17:8   The apple of the eye 

‘Eeshon bat ayin,’ “the apple of the eye,” refers to the pupil of the eye, and is used by the psalmist to reflect the divine protection which he seeks: “protect me like I protect the pupil of my eye”. A more profound interpretation recognizes that the eye is the window to the soul. By asking the Lord to protect his eyes, the psalmist is asking God to guard his soul. In 1989, a group of settlers created a new community in Gush Etzion under the guidance of Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburg. The residents are mostly Jews with Hassidic tendencies, who place great emphasis on spirituality and the soul. They aim to recognize and spread the light of God in this world. Today close to 200 families live in Bat Ayin, and the residents are comprised of rabbis, teachers, artists, musicians, builders, farmers, doctors and writers.


9  From the wicked that oppress, my deadly enemies, that compass me about.

ט  מִפְּנֵי רְשָׁעִים זוּ שַׁדּוּנִי אֹיְבַי בְּנֶפֶשׁ יַקִּיפוּ עָלָי.

10  Their gross heart they have shut tight, with their mouth they speak proudly.

י  חֶלְבָּמוֹ סָּגְרוּ פִּימוֹ דִּבְּרוּ בְגֵאוּת.

11  At our every step they have now encompassed us; they set their eyes to cast us down to the earth.

יא  אַשֻּׁרֵינוּ עַתָּה סבבוני (סְבָבוּנוּ) עֵינֵיהֶם יָשִׁיתוּ לִנְטוֹת בָּאָרֶץ.

12  He is like a lion that is eager to tear in pieces, and like a young lion lurking in secret places.

יב  דִּמְיֹנוֹ כְּאַרְיֵה יִכְסוֹף לִטְרֹף וְכִכְפִיר יֹשֵׁב בְּמִסְתָּרִים.

13  Arise, O Hashem, confront him, cast him down; deliver my soul from the wicked, by Thy sword;

יג  קוּמָה יְהוָה קַדְּמָה פָנָיו הַכְרִיעֵהוּ פַּלְּטָה נַפְשִׁי מֵרָשָׁע חַרְבֶּךָ.

14  From men, by Thy hand, O Hashem, from men of the world, whose portion is in this life, and whose belly Thou fillest with Thy treasure; who have children in plenty, and leave their abundance to their babes.

יד  מִמְתִים יָדְךָ יְהוָה מִמְתִים מֵחֶלֶד חֶלְקָם בַּחַיִּים וצפינך (וּצְפוּנְךָ) תְּמַלֵּא בִטְנָם יִשְׂבְּעוּ בָנִים וְהִנִּיחוּ יִתְרָם לְעוֹלְלֵיהֶם.

15  As for me, I shall behold Thy face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness.

טו  אֲנִי בְּצֶדֶק אֶחֱזֶה פָנֶיךָ אֶשְׂבְּעָה בְהָקִיץ תְּמוּנָתֶךָ.

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