Psalms 4
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1  For the leader; with instrumental music. A psalm of David.

lam-na-TZAY-akh bin-gee-NOT miz-MOR l’-da-VID

א  לַמְנַצֵּחַ בִּנְגִינוֹת מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד׃

 4:1   For the leader

The title of this psalm is lamnatzeakh (למנצח), translated as “for the leader.” The root of the word menatzeakh is נ-צ-ח, which means ‘victory.’ What does the Lord consider a victory? According to the Sages, a victory for God is achieved when the Nation of Israel is living on its land, engaged in self-actualization and maturation, and evolves from a miracle-reliant culture into a self-sustaining and law-abiding nation. Then, Hashem smiles down on them from heaven.4 comments

2  Answer me when I call, O Hashem, my vindicator! You freed me from distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

ב  בְּקָרְאִי עֲנֵנִי אֱלֹהֵי צִדְקִי בַּצָּר הִרְחַבְתָּ לִּי חָנֵּנִי וּשְׁמַע תְּפִלָּתִי׃

3  You men, how long will my glory be mocked, will you love illusions, have recourse to frauds? Selah.

ג  בְּנֵי אִישׁ עַד־מֶה כְבוֹדִי לִכְלִמָּה תֶּאֱהָבוּן רִיק תְּבַקְשׁוּ כָזָב סֶלָה׃

4  Know that Hashem singles out the faithful for Himself; Hashem hears when I call to Him.

ד  וּדְעוּ כִּי־הִפְלָה יְהֹוָה חָסִיד לוֹ יְהֹוָה יִשְׁמַע בְּקָרְאִי אֵלָיו׃

5  So tremble, and sin no more; ponder it on your bed, and sigh.

ה  רִגְזוּ וְאַל־תֶּחֱטָאוּ אִמְרוּ בִלְבַבְכֶם עַל־מִשְׁכַּבְכֶם וְדֹמּוּ סֶלָה׃

6  Offer sacrifices in righteousness and trust in Hashem.

ו  זִבְחוּ זִבְחֵי־צֶדֶק וּבִטְחוּ אֶל־יְהֹוָה׃

7  Many say, “O for good days!” Bestow Your favor on us, Hashem.

ז  רַבִּים אֹמְרִים מִי־יַרְאֵנוּ טוֹב נְסָה־עָלֵינוּ אוֹר פָּנֶיךָ יְהֹוָה׃

8  You put joy into my heart when their grain and wine show increase.

ח  נָתַתָּה שִׂמְחָה בְלִבִּי מֵעֵת דְּגָנָם וְתִירוֹשָׁם רָבּוּ׃

9  Safe and sound, I lie down and sleep, for You alone, Hashem, keep me secure.

ט  בְּשָׁלוֹם יַחְדָּו אֶשְׁכְּבָה וְאִישָׁן כִּי־אַתָּה יְהֹוָה לְבָדָד לָבֶטַח תּוֹשִׁיבֵנִי׃

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  • SueJean Heinz

    This Psalm reads like a conversation between Elohim and man. It leads to a beautiful picture of the relationship we desire to have with our Creator Who desires the same relationship with us.

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