Psalms 35
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1  Of David. Hashem, strive with my adversaries, give battle to my foes,

א  לְדָוִד רִיבָה יְהוָה אֶת־יְרִיבַי לְחַם אֶת־לֹחֲמָי׃

2  take up shield and buckler, and come to my defense;

ב  הַחֲזֵק מָגֵן וְצִנָּה וְקוּמָה בְּעֶזְרָתִי׃

3  ready the spear and javelin against my pursuers; tell me, “I am your deliverance.”

ג  וְהָרֵק חֲנִית וּסְגֹר לִקְרַאת רֹדְפָי אֱמֹר לְנַפְשִׁי יְשֻׁעָתֵךְ אָנִי׃

4  Let those who seek my life be frustrated and put to shame; let those who plan to harm me fall back in disgrace.

ד  יֵבֹשׁוּ וְיִכָּלְמוּ מְבַקְשֵׁי נַפְשִׁי יִסֹּגוּ אָחוֹר וְיַחְפְּרוּ חֹשְׁבֵי רָעָתִי׃

5  Let them be as chaff in the wind, Hashem’s angel driving them on.

ה  יִהְיוּ כְּמֹץ לִפְנֵי־רוּחַ וּמַלְאַךְ יְהוָה דּוֹחֶה׃

6  Let their path be dark and slippery, with Hashem’s angel in pursuit.

ו  יְהִי־דַרְכָּם חֹשֶׁךְ וַחֲלַקְלַקּוֹת וּמַלְאַךְ יְהוָה רֹדְפָם׃

7  For without cause they hid a net to trap me; without cause they dug a pit for me.

ז  כִּי־חִנָּם טָמְנוּ־לִי שַׁחַת רִשְׁתָּם חִנָּם חָפְרוּ לְנַפְשִׁי׃

8  Let disaster overtake them unawares; let the net they hid catch them; ,let them fall into it when disaster [strikes].

ח  תְּבוֹאֵהוּ שׁוֹאָה לֹא־יֵדָע וְרִשְׁתּוֹ אֲשֶׁר־טָמַן תִּלְכְּדוֹ בְּשׁוֹאָה יִפָּל־בָּהּ׃

9  Then shall I exult in Hashem, rejoice in His deliverance.

ט  וְנַפְשִׁי תָּגִיל בַּיהוָה תָּשִׂישׂ בִּישׁוּעָתוֹ׃

10  All my bones shall say, “Hashem, who is like You? You save the poor from one stronger than he, the poor and needy from his despoiler.”

KOL atz-mo-TAI to-mar-NAH a-do-NAI MEE kha-MO-kha ma-TZEEL a-NEE may-kha-ZAK mi-ME-nu v’-a-NEE v’-ev-YON mi-go-z’-LO

י  כָּל עַצְמוֹתַי תֹּאמַרְנָה יְהוָה מִי כָמוֹךָ מַצִּיל עָנִי מֵחָזָק מִמֶּנּוּ וְעָנִי וְאֶבְיוֹן מִגֹּזְלוֹ׃

35:10   All my bones shall say, “Hashem, who is like You?”

David, surrounded by enemies and troubles, seeks out Hashem and prays for greener pastures. He poetically yearns for a time when all of his bones will engage in praising God. The Sages wonder what situation would allow him to serve Hashem with all his bones.  Some commandments are done with one’s mind, others with the mouth and some with one’s limbs, but what commandment encompasses the entire body? The answer is the command to settle the Land of Israel. King David was yearning to live in Israel, where one’s entire body is completely immersed in the land, the people, the history and the future of God’s chosen land.1 comment

11  Malicious witnesses appear who question me about things I do not know.

יא  יְקוּמוּן עֵדֵי חָמָס אֲשֶׁר לֹא־יָדַעְתִּי יִשְׁאָלוּנִי׃

12  They repay me evil for good, [seeking] my bereavement.

יב  יְשַׁלְּמוּנִי רָעָה תַּחַת טוֹבָה שְׁכוֹל לְנַפְשִׁי׃

13  Yet, when they were ill, my dress was sackcloth, I kept a fast— may what I prayed for happen to me!

יג  וַאֲנִי בַּחֲלוֹתָם לְבוּשִׁי שָׂק עִנֵּיתִי בַצּוֹם נַפְשִׁי וּתְפִלָּתִי עַל־חֵיקִי תָשׁוּב׃

14  I walked about as though it were my friend or my brother; I was bowed with gloom, like one mourning for his mother.

יד  כְּרֵעַ־כְּאָח לִי הִתְהַלָּכְתִּי כַּאֲבֶל־אֵם קֹדֵר שַׁחוֹתִי׃

15  But when I stumble, they gleefully gather; wretches gather against me, I know not why; they tear at me without end.

טו  וּבְצַלְעִי שָׂמְחוּ וְנֶאֱסָפוּ נֶאֶסְפוּ עָלַי נֵכִים וְלֹא יָדַעְתִּי קָרְעוּ וְלֹא־דָמּוּ׃

16  With impious, mocking grimace they gnash their teeth at me.

טז  בְּחַנְפֵי לַעֲגֵי מָעוֹג חָרֹק עָלַי שִׁנֵּימוֹ׃

17  O Hashem, how long will You look on? Rescue me from their attacks, my precious life, from the lions,

יז  אֲדֹנָי כַּמָּה תִּרְאֶה הָשִׁיבָה נַפְשִׁי מִשֹּׁאֵיהֶם מִכְּפִירִים יְחִידָתִי׃

18  that I may praise You in a great congregation, acclaim You in a mighty throng.

יח  אוֹדְךָ בְּקָהָל רָב בְּעַם עָצוּם אֲהַלְלֶךָּ׃

19  Let not my treacherous enemies rejoice over me, or those who hate me without reason wink their eyes.

יט  אַל־יִשְׂמְחוּ־לִי אֹיְבַי שֶׁקֶר שֹׂנְאַי חִנָּם יִקְרְצוּ־עָיִן׃

20  For they do not offer amity, but devise fraudulent schemes against harmless folk.

כ  כִּי לֹא שָׁלוֹם יְדַבֵּרוּ וְעַל רִגְעֵי־אֶרֶץ דִּבְרֵי מִרְמוֹת יַחֲשֹׁבוּן׃

21  They open wide their mouths at me, saying, “Aha, aha, we have seen it!”

כא  וַיַּרְחִיבוּ עָלַי פִּיהֶם אָמְרוּ הֶאָח הֶאָח רָאֲתָה עֵינֵינוּ׃

22  You have seen it, Hashem; do not hold aloof! O Hashem, be not far from me!

כב  רָאִיתָה יְהוָה אַל־תֶּחֱרַשׁ אֲדֹנָי אֲל־תִּרְחַק מִמֶּנִּי׃

23  Wake, rouse Yourself for my cause, for my claim, O my God and my Lord!

כג  הָעִירָה וְהָקִיצָה לְמִשְׁפָּטִי אֱלֹהַי וַאדֹנָי לְרִיבִי׃

24  Take up my cause, Hashem my God, as You are beneficent, and let them not rejoice over me.

כד  שָׁפְטֵנִי כְצִדְקְךָ יְהוָה אֱלֹהָי וְאַל־יִשְׂמְחוּ־לִי׃

25  Let them not think, “Aha, just what we wished!” Let them not say, “We have destroyed him!”

כה  אַל־יֹאמְרוּ בְלִבָּם הֶאָח נַפְשֵׁנוּ אַל־יֹאמְרוּ בִּלַּעֲנוּהוּ׃

26  May those who rejoice at my misfortune be frustrated and utterly disgraced; may those who vaunt themselves over me be clad in frustration and shame.

כו  יֵבֹשׁוּ וְיַחְפְּרוּ יַחְדָּו שְׂמֵחֵי רָעָתִי יִלְבְּשׁוּ־בֹשֶׁת וּכְלִמָּה הַמַּגְדִּילִים עָלָי׃

27  May those who desire my vindication sing forth joyously; may they always say, “Extolled be Hashem who desires the well-being of His servant,”

כז  יָרֹנּוּ וְיִשְׂמְחוּ חֲפֵצֵי צִדְקִי וְיֹאמְרוּ תָמִיד יִגְדַּל יְהוָה הֶחָפֵץ שְׁלוֹם עַבְדּוֹ׃

28  while my tongue shall recite Your beneficent acts, Your praises all day long.

 

כח  וּלְשׁוֹנִי תֶּהְגֶּה צִדְקֶךָ כָּל־הַיּוֹם תְּהִלָּתֶךָ׃

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