Psalms 4
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1  For the Leader; with string-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,’ translated as “for the leader.” The root of the word ‘menatzeakh’ is ‘n,tz,kh,’ which means victory. What does the Lord consider a victory? According to the sages, a victory for God is when Yisrael is living on its land, engaged in self-actualization and maturation, and evolves from a miracle reliant culture into a self-sustaining law-abiding nation. Then, the Lord smiles down on them from heaven.

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2  Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness, Thou who didst set me free when I was in distress; be gracious unto me, and hear my prayer.

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

3  O ye sons of men, how long shall my glory be put to shame, in that ye love vanity, and seek after falsehood? Selah

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

4  But know that Hashem hath set apart the godly man as His own; Hashem will hear when I call unto Him.

ד  וּדְעוּ כִּי הִפְלָה יְהוָה חָסִיד לוֹ יְהוָה יִשְׁמַע בְּקָרְאִי אֵלָיו.

5  Tremble, and sin not; commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah

ה  רִגְזוּ וְאַל תֶּחֱטָאוּ אִמְרוּ בִלְבַבְכֶם עַל מִשְׁכַּבְכֶם וְדֹמּוּ סֶלָה.

6  Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in Hashem.

ו  זִבְחוּ זִבְחֵי צֶדֶק וּבִטְחוּ אֶל יְהוָה.

7  Many there are that say: ‘Oh that we could see some good!’ Hashem, lift Thou up the light of Thy countenance upon us.

ז  רַבִּים אֹמְרִים מִי יַרְאֵנוּ טוֹב נְסָה עָלֵינוּ אוֹר פָּנֶיךָ יְהוָה.

8  Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than when their corn and their wine increase.

ח  נָתַתָּה שִׂמְחָה בְלִבִּי מֵעֵת דְּגָנָם וְתִירוֹשָׁם רָבּוּ.

9  In peace will I both lay me down and sleep; for Thou, Hashem, makest me dwell alone in safety.

ט  בְּשָׁלוֹם יַחְדָּו אֶשְׁכְּבָה וְאִישָׁן כִּי אַתָּה יְהוָה לְבָדָד לָבֶטַח תּוֹשִׁיבֵנִי.

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  • 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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