1 [A Psalm] of David. Unto thee, O Hashem, do I call; my Rock, be not Thou deaf unto me; lest, if Thou be silent unto me, I become like them that go down into the pit.
l’-da-VID ay-LE-kha a-do-NAI ek-RA tzu-REE al te-khe-RASH mi-ME-nee pen te-khe-SHEH mi-ME-nee v’-nim-SHAL-tee im yo-r’-DAY vor
א לְדָוִד אֵלֶיךָ יְהוָה אֶקְרָא צוּרִי אַל תֶּחֱרַשׁ מִמֶּנִּי פֶּן תֶּחֱשֶׁה מִמֶּנִּי וְנִמְשַׁלְתִּי עִם יוֹרְדֵי בוֹר.
28:1 I become like them that go down into the pit
In this verse, King David declares that if the Lord remains silent to his request he will die. The metaphor he uses for death is descent into a pit. Genesis 37 describes the descent of Joseph into a pit at the suggestion of Reuben. The sages explain that though the pit was empty of water, it was filled with snakes and scorpions and, by Jewish law, Joseph would be considered dead because of the extreme danger of the situation. However, the verse says that Reuben was actually saving Joseph from his brothers by throwing him into the pit (verse 21), while the sages criticize Judah for taking Joseph out of the pit and selling him into slavery. Rabbi Chaim Ickovitz explains that living in the Land of Israel, even surrounded by snakes and scorpions, is better than living outside the Land of Israel.
2 Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto Thee, when I lift up my hands toward Thy holy Sanctuary.
ב שְׁמַע קוֹל תַּחֲנוּנַי בְּשַׁוְּעִי אֵלֶיךָ בְּנָשְׂאִי יָדַי אֶל דְּבִיר קָדְשֶׁךָ.
3 Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity; who speak peace with their neighbours, but evil is in their hearts.
ג אַל תִּמְשְׁכֵנִי עִם רְשָׁעִים וְעִם פֹּעֲלֵי אָוֶן דֹּבְרֵי שָׁלוֹם עִם רֵעֵיהֶם וְרָעָה בִּלְבָבָם.
4 Give them according to their deeds, and according to the evil of their endeavours; give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert.
ד תֶּן לָהֶם כְּפָעֳלָם וּכְרֹעַ מַעַלְלֵיהֶם כְּמַעֲשֵׂה יְדֵיהֶם תֵּן לָהֶם הָשֵׁב גְּמוּלָם לָהֶם.
5 Because they give no heed to the works of Hashem, nor to the operation of His hands; He will break them down and not build them up.
ה כִּי לֹא יָבִינוּ אֶל פְּעֻלֹּת יְהוָה וְאֶל מַעֲשֵׂה יָדָיו יֶהֶרְסֵם וְלֹא יִבְנֵם.
6 Blessed be Hashem, because He hath heard the voice of my supplications.
ו בָּרוּךְ יְהוָה כִּי שָׁמַע קוֹל תַּחֲנוּנָי.
7 Hashem is my strength and my shield, in Him hath my heart trusted, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth, and with my song will I praise Him.
ז יְהוָה עֻזִּי וּמָגִנִּי בּוֹ בָטַח לִבִּי וְנֶעֱזָרְתִּי וַיַּעֲלֹז לִבִּי וּמִשִּׁירִי אֲהוֹדֶנּוּ.
8 Hashem is a strength unto them; and He is a stronghold of salvation to His anointed.
ח יְהוָה עֹז לָמוֹ וּמָעוֹז יְשׁוּעוֹת מְשִׁיחוֹ הוּא.
9 Save Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance; and tend them, and carry them for ever.
ט הוֹשִׁיעָה אֶת עַמֶּךָ וּבָרֵךְ אֶת נַחֲלָתֶךָ וּרְעֵם וְנַשְּׂאֵם עַד הָעוֹלָם.