1 Of David. A psalm. The earth is Hashem’s and all that it holds, the world and its inhabitants.
l’-da-VID miz-MOR la-do-NAI ha-A-retz um-lo-AH tay-VAYL v’-yo-sh’-VAY VAH
א לְדָוִד מִזְמוֹר לַיהוָה הָאָרֶץ וּמְלוֹאָהּ תֵּבֵל וְיֹשְׁבֵי בָהּ׃
24:1 The earth is Hashem’s and all that it holds
As King David says in this verse, “The earth is Hashem’s and all that it holds.” Just as the creator of a piece of art is the owner of his masterpiece, God, as creator, is the owner of the entire world. Only a creator can see the full potential of his creation, have a vision for its destiny and decide with whom to share it. Such is Hashem’s relationship with the world. He built it with a vision and shared it with mankind. As is stated over and over in the Tanakh, He chose to give the Land of Israel to the Jewish people.1 comment
2 For He founded it upon the ocean, set it on the nether-streams.
ב כִּי־הוּא עַל־יַמִּים יְסָדָהּ וְעַל־נְהָרוֹת יְכוֹנְנֶהָ׃
3 Who may ascend the mountain of Hashem? Who may stand in His holy place?—
ג מִי־יַעֲלֶה בְהַר־יְהוָה וּמִי־יָקוּם בִּמְקוֹם קָדְשׁוֹ׃
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not taken a false oath by My life or sworn deceitfully.
ד נְקִי כַפַּיִם וּבַר־לֵבָב אֲשֶׁר לֹא־נָשָׂא לַשָּׁוְא נַפְשִׁי וְלֹא נִשְׁבַּע לְמִרְמָה׃
5 He shall carry away a blessing from Hashem, a just reward from Hashem, his deliverer.
ה יִשָּׂא בְרָכָה מֵאֵת יְהוָה וּצְדָקָה מֵאֱלֹהֵי יִשְׁעוֹ׃
6 Such is the circle of those who turn to Him, Yaakov, who seek Your presence. Selah.
ו זֶה דּוֹר דרשו [דֹּרְשָׁיו] מְבַקְשֵׁי פָנֶיךָ יַעֲקֹב סֶלָה׃
7 O gates, lift up your heads! Up high, you everlasting doors, so the King of glory may come in!
ז שְׂאוּ שְׁעָרִים רָאשֵׁיכֶם וְהִנָּשְׂאוּ פִּתְחֵי עוֹלָם וְיָבוֹא מֶלֶךְ הַכָּבוֹד׃
8 Who is the King of glory?— Hashem, mighty and valiant, Hashem, valiant in battle.
ח מִי זֶה מֶלֶךְ הַכָּבוֹד יְהוָה עִזּוּז וְגִבּוֹר יְהוָה גִּבּוֹר מִלְחָמָה׃
9 O gates, lift up your heads! Lift them up, you everlasting doors, so the King of glory may come in!
ט שְׂאוּ שְׁעָרִים רָאשֵׁיכֶם וּשְׂאוּ פִּתְחֵי עוֹלָם וְיָבֹא מֶלֶךְ הַכָּבוֹד׃
10 Who is the King of glory?— God of hosts, He is the King of glory! Selah.
י מִי הוּא זֶה מֶלֶךְ הַכָּבוֹד יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת הוּא מֶלֶךְ הַכָּבוֹד סֶלָה׃