Psalms 33
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1  Rejoice in Hashem, O ye righteous, praise is comely for the upright.

א  רַנְּנוּ צַדִּיקִים בַּיהוָה לַיְשָׁרִים נָאוָה תְהִלָּה.

2  Give thanks unto Hashem with harp, sing praises unto Him with the psaltery of ten strings.

ב  הוֹדוּ לַיהוָה בְּכִנּוֹר בְּנֵבֶל עָשׂוֹר זַמְּרוּ לוֹ.

3  Sing unto Him a new song; play skilfully amid shouts of joy.

SHEE-ru lo sheer kha-DASH hay-TEE-vu na-GAYN bit-ru-AH

ג  שִׁירוּ לוֹ שִׁיר חָדָשׁ הֵיטִיבוּ נַגֵּן בִּתְרוּעָה.

33:3   A new song

Music has always played a significant role in the Bible. The earliest instruments are mentioned in the Book of Genesis (4:21). Moses sings a great song of gratitude after the splitting of the sea, and Israel sings a similar song after being saved from peril in the desert (Numbers 21:17). Priests and Levites use instruments on holidays as well as to signal important meetings for the camp. Elisha asks for a harpist in order to receive the divine word (II Kings 3:15). But above all, King David is the musician par excellence. David is introduced as a singer who would play his instrument to soothe the soul of Saul (I Samuel 16:23). He composes music, writes psalms and even invents new instruments to be used in the Temple (see I Chronicles 23:5).

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4  For the word of Hashem is upright; and all His work is done in faithfulness.

ד  כִּי יָשָׁר דְּבַר יְהוָה וְכָל מַעֲשֵׂהוּ בֶּאֱמוּנָה.

5  He loveth righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the lovingkindness of Hashem.

ה  אֹהֵב צְדָקָה וּמִשְׁפָּט חֶסֶד יְהוָה מָלְאָה הָאָרֶץ.

6  By the word of Hashem were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.

ו  בִּדְבַר יְהוָה שָׁמַיִם נַעֲשׂוּ וּבְרוּחַ פִּיו כָּל צְבָאָם.

7  He gathereth the waters of the sea together as a heap; He layeth up the deeps in storehouses.

ז  כֹּנֵס כַּנֵּד מֵי הַיָּם נֹתֵן בְּאוֹצָרוֹת תְּהוֹמוֹת.

8  Let all the earth fear Hashem; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.

ח  יִירְאוּ מֵיְהוָה כָּל הָאָרֶץ מִמֶּנּוּ יָגוּרוּ כָּל יֹשְׁבֵי תֵבֵל.

9  For He spoke, and it was; He commanded, and it stood.

ט  כִּי הוּא אָמַר וַיֶּהִי הוּא צִוָּה וַיַּעֲמֹד.

10  Hashem bringeth the counsel of the nations to nought; He maketh the thoughts of the peoples to be of no effect.

י  יְהוָה הֵפִיר עֲצַת גּוֹיִם הֵנִיא מַחְשְׁבוֹת עַמִּים.

11  The counsel of Hashem standeth for ever, the thoughts of His heart to all generations.

יא  עֲצַת יְהוָה לְעוֹלָם תַּעֲמֹד מַחְשְׁבוֹת לִבּוֹ לְדֹר וָדֹר.

12  Happy is the nation whose God is Hashem; the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance.

יב  אַשְׁרֵי הַגּוֹי אֲשֶׁר יְהוָה אֱלֹהָיו הָעָם בָּחַר לְנַחֲלָה לוֹ.

13  Hashem looketh from heaven; He beholdeth all the sons of men;

יג  מִשָּׁמַיִם הִבִּיט יְהוָה רָאָה אֶת כָּל בְּנֵי הָאָדָם.

14  From the place of His habitation He looketh intently upon all the inhabitants of the earth;

יד  מִמְּכוֹן שִׁבְתּוֹ הִשְׁגִּיחַ אֶל כָּל יֹשְׁבֵי הָאָרֶץ.

15  He that fashioneth the hearts of them all, that considereth all their doings.

טו  הַיֹּצֵר יַחַד לִבָּם הַמֵּבִין אֶל כָּל מַעֲשֵׂיהֶם.

16  A king is not saved by the multitude of a host; a mighty man is not delivered by great strength.

טז  אֵין הַמֶּלֶךְ נוֹשָׁע בְּרָב חָיִל גִּבּוֹר לֹא יִנָּצֵל בְּרָב כֹּחַ.

17  A horse is a vain thing for safety; neither doth it afford escape by its great strength.

יז  שֶׁקֶר הַסּוּס לִתְשׁוּעָה וּבְרֹב חֵילוֹ לֹא יְמַלֵּט.

18  Behold, the eye of Hashem is toward them that fear Him, toward them that wait for His mercy;

יח  הִנֵּה עֵין יְהוָה אֶל יְרֵאָיו לַמְיַחֲלִים לְחַסְדּוֹ.

19  To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.

יט  לְהַצִּיל מִמָּוֶת נַפְשָׁם וּלְחַיּוֹתָם בָּרָעָב.

20  Our soul hath waited for Hashem; He is our help and our shield.

כ  נַפְשֵׁנוּ חִכְּתָה לַיהוָה עֶזְרֵנוּ וּמָגִנֵּנוּ הוּא.

21  For in Him doth our heart rejoice, because we have trusted in His holy name.

כא  כִּי בוֹ יִשְׂמַח לִבֵּנוּ כִּי בְשֵׁם קָדְשׁוֹ בָטָחְנוּ.

22  Let Thy mercy, O Hashem, be upon us, according as we have waited for Thee.

כב  יְהִי חַסְדְּךָ יְהוָה עָלֵינוּ כַּאֲשֶׁר יִחַלְנוּ לָךְ.

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