Psalms 34
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1  [A Psalm] of David; when he changed his demeanour before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he departed.

א  לְדָוִד בְּשַׁנּוֹתוֹ אֶת טַעְמוֹ לִפְנֵי אֲבִימֶלֶךְ וַיְגָרְשֵׁהוּ וַיֵּלַךְ.

2  I will bless Hashem at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

ב  אֲבָרְכָה אֶת יְהוָה בְּכָל עֵת תָּמִיד תְּהִלָּתוֹ בְּפִי.

3  My soul shall glory in Hashem; the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

ג  בַּיהוָה תִּתְהַלֵּל נַפְשִׁי יִשְׁמְעוּ עֲנָוִים וְיִשְׂמָחוּ.

4  O magnify Hashem with me, and let us exalt His name together.

ד  גַּדְּלוּ לַיהוָה אִתִּי וּנְרוֹמְמָה שְׁמוֹ יַחְדָּו.

5  I sought Hashem, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.

ה  דָּרַשְׁתִּי אֶת יְהוָה וְעָנָנִי וּמִכָּל מְגוּרוֹתַי הִצִּילָנִי.

6  They looked unto Him, and were radiant; and their faces shall never be abashed.

ו  הִבִּיטוּ אֵלָיו וְנָהָרוּ וּפְנֵיהֶם אַל יֶחְפָּרוּ.

7  This poor man cried, and Hashem heard, and saved him out of all his troubles.

ז  זֶה עָנִי קָרָא וַיהוָה שָׁמֵעַ וּמִכָּל צָרוֹתָיו הוֹשִׁיעוֹ.

8  The angel of Hashem encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them.

ח  חֹנֶה מַלְאַךְ יְהוָה סָבִיב לִירֵאָיו וַיְחַלְּצֵם.

9  O consider and see that Hashem is good; happy is the man that taketh refuge in Him.

ט  טַעֲמוּ וּרְאוּ כִּי טוֹב יְהוָה אַשְׁרֵי הַגֶּבֶר יֶחֱסֶה בּוֹ.

10  O fear Hashem, ye His holy ones; for there is no want to them that fear Him.

י  יְראוּ אֶת יְהוָה קְדֹשָׁיו כִּי אֵין מַחְסוֹר לִירֵאָיו.

11  The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger; but they that seek Hashem want not any good thing.

יא  כְּפִירִים רָשׁוּ וְרָעֵבוּ וְדֹרְשֵׁי יְהוָה לֹא יַחְסְרוּ כָל טוֹב.

12  Come, ye children, hearken unto me; I will teach you the fear of Hashem.

יב  לְכוּ בָנִים שִׁמְעוּ לִי יִרְאַת יְהוָה אֲלַמֶּדְכֶם.

13  Who is the man that desireth life, and loveth days, that he may see good therein?

mee ha-EESH he-kha-FAYTZ kha-YIM o-HAYV ya-MEEM lir-OT tov

יג  מִי הָאִישׁ הֶחָפֵץ חַיִּים אֹהֵב יָמִים לִרְאוֹת טוֹב.

34:13   Who desires life

The ‘kibbutz’ movement, which began in the 1920’s, was mainly a secular Jewish enterprise. Jewish pioneers sought to create an ideal living environment guided by brotherhood and shared idealism. In 1944, a group of religious Jews founded a ‘kibbutz’ on the principles of Torah and religious idealism. They chose their name based on one of the most towering rabbinic personalities of the century, Rabbi Israel Meir Hakohen, otherwise known as ‘Hafetz Haim,’ he who desires life. The name stems from this chapter in psalms where a question is raised, ‘who is the one who seeks life? One who keeps their tongue from evil and lips from speaking guile.’


14  Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

יד  נְצֹר לְשׁוֹנְךָ מֵרָע וּשְׂפָתֶיךָ מִדַּבֵּר מִרְמָה.

15  Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

טו  סוּר מֵרָע וַעֲשֵׂה טוֹב בַּקֵּשׁ שָׁלוֹם וְרָדְפֵהוּ.

16  The eyes of Hashem are toward the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry.

טז  עֵינֵי יְהוָה אֶל צַדִּיקִים וְאָזְנָיו אֶל שַׁוְעָתָם.

17  The face of Hashem is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

יז  פְּנֵי יְהוָה בְּעֹשֵׂי רָע לְהַכְרִית מֵאֶרֶץ זִכְרָם.

18  They cried, and Hashem heard, and delivered them out of all their troubles.

יח  צָעֲקוּ וַיהוָה שָׁמֵעַ וּמִכָּל צָרוֹתָם הִצִּילָם.

19  Hashem is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart, and saveth such as are of a contrite spirit.

יט  קָרוֹב יְהוָה לְנִשְׁבְּרֵי לֵב וְאֶת דַּכְּאֵי רוּחַ יוֹשִׁיעַ.

20  Many are the ills of the righteous, but Hashem delivereth him out of them all.

כ  רַבּוֹת רָעוֹת צַדִּיק וּמִכֻּלָּם יַצִּילֶנּוּ יְהוָה.

21  He keepeth all his bones; not one of them is broken.

כא  שֹׁמֵר כָּל עַצְמוֹתָיו אַחַת מֵהֵנָּה לֹא נִשְׁבָּרָה.

22  Evil shall kill the wicked; and they that hate the righteous shall be held guilty.

כב  תְּמוֹתֵת רָשָׁע רָעָה וְשֹׂנְאֵי צַדִּיק יֶאְשָׁמוּ.

23  Hashem redeemeth the soul of His servants; and none of them that take refuge in Him shall be desolate.

כג  פֹּדֶה יְהוָה נֶפֶשׁ עֲבָדָיו וְלֹא יֶאְשְׁמוּ כָּל הַחֹסִים בּוֹ.

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