Psalms 35
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1  A Psalm of David. Strive, O Hashem, with them that strive with me; fight against them that fight against me.

א  לְדָוִד רִיבָה יְהוָה אֶת יְרִיבַי לְחַם אֶת לֹחֲמָי.

2  Take hold of shield and buckler, and rise up to my help.

ב  הַחֲזֵק מָגֵן וְצִנָּה וְקוּמָה בְּעֶזְרָתִי.

3  Draw out also the spear, and the battle-axe, against them that pursue me; say unto my soul: ‘I am thy salvation.’

ג  וְהָרֵק חֲנִית וּסְגֹר לִקְרַאת רֹדְפָי אֱמֹר לְנַפְשִׁי יְשֻׁעָתֵךְ אָנִי.

4  Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion that seek after my soul; let them be turned back and be abashed that devise my hurt.

ד  יֵבֹשׁוּ וְיִכָּלְמוּ מְבַקְשֵׁי נַפְשִׁי יִסֹּגוּ אָחוֹר וְיַחְפְּרוּ חֹשְׁבֵי רָעָתִי.

5  Let them be as chaff before the wind, the angel of Hashem thrusting them.

ה  יִהְיוּ כְּמֹץ לִפְנֵי רוּחַ וּמַלְאַךְ יְהוָה דּוֹחֶה.

6  Let their way be dark and slippery, the angel of Hashem pursuing them.

ו  יְהִי דַרְכָּם חֹשֶׁךְ וַחֲלַקְלַקֹּת וּמַלְאַךְ יְהוָה רֹדְפָם.

7  For without cause have they hid for me the pit, even their net, without cause have they digged for my soul.

ז  כִּי חִנָּם טָמְנוּ לִי שַׁחַת רִשְׁתָּם חִנָּם חָפְרוּ לְנַפְשִׁי.

8  Let destruction come upon him unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself; with destruction let him fall therein.

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

9  And my soul shall be joyful in Hashem; it shall rejoice in His salvation.

ט  וְנַפְשִׁי תָּגִיל בַּיהוָה תָּשִׂישׂ בִּישׁוּעָתוֹ.

10  All my bones shall say: ‘Hashem, who is like unto Thee, who deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?’

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: ‘LORD, who is like unto Thee’

David, surrounded by enemies and troubles, seeks out God and prays for greener pastures. He poetically yearns for a time when all of his bones will engage in praising God. The sages wonder to which commandment he might have been referring: some commandments are done with ones mind, others with the mouth and some with ones 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.

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11  Unrighteous witnesses rise up; they ask me of things that I know not.

יא  יְקוּמוּן עֵדֵי חָמָס אֲשֶׁר לֹא יָדַעְתִּי יִשְׁאָלוּנִי.

12  They repay me evil for good; bereavement is come to my soul.

יב  יְשַׁלְּמוּנִי רָעָה תַּחַת טוֹבָה שְׁכוֹל לְנַפְשִׁי.

13  But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth, I afflicted my soul with fasting; and my prayer, may it return into mine own bosom.

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

14  I went about as though it had been my friend or my brother; I bowed down mournful, as one that mourneth for his mother.

יד  כְּרֵעַ כְּאָח לִי הִתְהַלָּכְתִּי כַּאֲבֶל אֵם קֹדֵר שַׁחוֹתִי.

15  But when I halt they rejoice, and gather themselves together; the abjects gather themselves together against me, and those whom I know not; they tear me, and cease not;

טו  וּבְצַלְעִי שָׂמְחוּ וְנֶאֱסָפוּ נֶאֶסְפוּ עָלַי נֵכִים וְלֹא יָדַעְתִּי קָרְעוּ וְלֹא דָמּוּ.

16  With the profanest mockeries of backbiting they gnash at me with their teeth.

טז  בְּחַנְפֵי לַעֲגֵי מָעוֹג חָרֹק עָלַי שִׁנֵּימוֹ.

17  Lord, how long wilt Thou look on? Rescue my soul from their destructions, mine only one from the lions.

יז  אֲדֹנָי כַּמָּה תִּרְאֶה הָשִׁיבָה נַפְשִׁי מִשֹּׁאֵיהֶם מִכְּפִירִים יְחִידָתִי.

18  I will give Thee thanks in the great congregation; I will praise Thee among a numerous people.

יח  אוֹדְךָ בְּקָהָל רָב בְּעַם עָצוּם אֲהַלְלֶךָּ.

19  Let not them that are wrongfully mine enemies rejoice over me; neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.

יט  אַל יִשְׂמְחוּ לִי אֹיְבַי שֶׁקֶר שֹׂנְאַי חִנָּם יִקְרְצוּ עָיִן.

20  For they speak not peace; but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.

כ  כִּי לֹא שָׁלוֹם יְדַבֵּרוּ וְעַל רִגְעֵי אֶרֶץ דִּבְרֵי מִרְמוֹת יַחֲשֹׁבוּן.

21  Yea, they open their mouth wide against me; they say: ‘Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it.’

כא  וַיַּרְחִיבוּ עָלַי פִּיהֶם אָמְרוּ הֶאָח הֶאָח רָאֲתָה עֵינֵנוּ.

22  Thou hast seen, O Hashem; keep not silence; O Lord, be not far from me.

כב  רָאִיתָה יְהוָה אַל תֶּחֱרַשׁ אֲדֹנָי אַל תִּרְחַק מִמֶּנִּי.

23  Rouse Thee, and awake to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my Lord.

כג  הָעִירָה וְהָקִיצָה לְמִשְׁפָּטִי אֱלֹהַי וַאדֹנָי לְרִיבִי.

24  Judge me, O Hashem my God, according to Thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me.

כד  שָׁפְטֵנִי כְצִדְקְךָ יְהוָה אֱלֹהָי וְאַל יִשְׂמְחוּ לִי.

25  Let them not say in their heart: ‘Aha, we have our desire’; let them not say: ‘We have swallowed him up.’

כה  אַל יֹאמְרוּ בְלִבָּם הֶאָח נַפְשֵׁנוּ אַל יֹאמְרוּ בִּלַּעֲנוּהוּ.

26  Let them be ashamed and abashed together that rejoice at my hurt; let them be clothed with shame and confusion that magnify themselves against me.

כו  יֵבֹשׁוּ וְיַחְפְּרוּ יַחְדָּו שְׂמֵחֵי רָעָתִי יִלְבְּשׁוּ בֹשֶׁת וּכְלִמָּה הַמַּגְדִּילִים עָלָי.

27  Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that delight in my righteousness; yea, let them say continually: ‘Magnified be Hashem, who delighteth in the peace of His servant.’

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

28  And my tongue shall speak of Thy righteousness, and of Thy praise all the day.

כח  וּלְשׁוֹנִי תֶּהְגֶּה צִדְקֶךָ כָּל הַיּוֹם תְּהִלָּתֶךָ.

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