Psalms 36
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1  For the leader. Of the servant of Hashem, of David.

א  לַמְנַצֵּחַ לְעֶבֶד־יְהוָה לְדָוִד׃

2  I know what Transgression says to the wicked; he has no sense of the dread of Hashem,

ב  נְאֻם־פֶּשַׁע לָרָשָׁע בְּקֶרֶב לִבִּי אֵין־פַּחַד אֱלֹהִים לְנֶגֶד עֵינָיו׃

3  because its speech is seductive to him till his iniquity be found out and he be hated.

ג  כִּי־הֶחֱלִיק אֵלָיו בְּעֵינָיו לִמְצֹא עֲוֺנוֹ לִשְׂנֹא׃

4  His words are evil and deceitful; he will not consider doing good.

ד  דִּבְרֵי־פִיו אָוֶן וּמִרְמָה חָדַל לְהַשְׂכִּיל לְהֵיטִיב׃

5  In bed he plots mischief; he is set on a path of no good, he does not reject evil.

ה  אָוֶן יַחְשֹׁב עַל־מִשְׁכָּבוֹ יִתְיַצֵּב עַל־דֶּרֶךְ לֹא־טוֹב רָע לֹא יִמְאָס׃

6  Hashem, Your faithfulness reaches to heaven; Your steadfastness to the sky;

ו  יְהוָה בְּהַשָּׁמַיִם חַסְדֶּךָ אֱמוּנָתְךָ עַד־שְׁחָקִים׃

7  Your beneficence is like the high mountains; Your justice like the great deep; man and beast You deliver, Hashem.

tzid-ka-t’-KHA k’-ha-r’-ray AYL mish-pa-TE-kha t’-HOM ra-BAH a-DAM uv-hay-MAH to-SHEE-a a-do-NAI

ז  צִדְקָתְךָ כְּהַרְרֵי־אֵל מִשְׁפָּטֶךָ תְּהוֹם רַבָּה אָדָם־וּבְהֵמָה תוֹשִׁיעַ יְהוָה׃

36:7   Man and beast You deliver, Hashem

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch writes that God created a world in which man and animal alike can live and prosper. Had Hashem desired that only the animals would roam the world, there would have been no notion of mishpatecha (משפטיך), ‘your justice,’ nor tzidkatcha (צדקתך) ‘your beneficence.’ However, as the verse says, “Man and beast You deliver, Hashem.” Man, with the capacity to veer from evil and to become educated, was set on the land to fulfill God’s will. With man as part of the balance, it is necessary for Hashem to judge the world based on man’s actions. Similarly, since since man has the ability to choose good, God’s world can also be encompassed by tzedaka, ‘beneficence’ and ‘righteousness.’1 comment

8  How precious is Your faithful care, O Hashem! Mankind shelters in the shadow of Your wings.

ח  מַה־יָּקָר חַסְדְּךָ אֱלֹהִים וּבְנֵי אָדָם בְּצֵל כְּנָפֶיךָ יֶחֱסָיוּן׃

9  They feast on the rich fare of Your house; You let them drink at Your refreshing stream.

ט  יִרְוְיֻן מִדֶּשֶׁן בֵּיתֶךָ וְנַחַל עֲדָנֶיךָ תַשְׁקֵם׃

10  With You is the fountain of life; by Your light do we see light.

י  כִּי־עִמְּךָ מְקוֹר חַיִּים בְּאוֹרְךָ נִרְאֶה־אוֹר׃

11  Bestow Your faithful care on those devoted to You, and Your beneficence on upright men.

יא  מְשֹׁךְ חַסְדְּךָ לְיֹדְעֶיךָ וְצִדְקָתְךָ לְיִשְׁרֵי־לֵב׃

12  Let not the foot of the arrogant tread on me, or the hand of the wicked drive me away.

יב  אַל־תְּבוֹאֵנִי רֶגֶל גַּאֲוָה וְיַד־רְשָׁעִים אַל־תְּנִדֵנִי׃

13  There lie the evildoers, fallen, thrust down, unable to rise.

 

יג  שָׁם נָפְלוּ פֹּעֲלֵי אָוֶן דֹּחוּ וְלֹא־יָכְלוּ קוּם׃

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