1 For the Leader; [a Psalm] of the sons of Korach; upon Alamoth. A Song.
א לַמְנַצֵּחַ לִבְנֵי קֹרַח עַל עֲלָמוֹת שִׁיר.
2 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
e-lo-HEEM LA-nu ma-kha-SEH va-OZ ez-RAH v’-tza-ROT nim-TZA m’-OD
ב אֱלֹהִים לָנוּ מַחֲסֶה וָעֹז עֶזְרָה בְצָרוֹת נִמְצָא מְאֹד.
46:2 Our refuge and strength
Since it lies on the fault line of the Syrian-African rift, many earthquakes have hit the Land of Israel over the course of its history. In fact, Amos 1:1 refers to a major earthquake that shook the Land of Israel in Biblical times. The psalmist, aware of this phenomenon, will not fear when the earth overturns or when the mountains take over the seas and vice versa (verses 3-4), because “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Perhaps what he means by this is that not only does the Lord protect His people in times of trouble, but these ‘natural’ phenomenon seen as disasters are really God’s mysterious way of offering protection to His people. One theory about this psalm is that it was written after the miraculous destruction of Sennacherib’s army during their attack on Jerusalem (II Kings 19:35), when the Lord caused a war to cease (verse 10) overnight. Indeed, the Lord protected the Children of Israel and helped them in their time of trouble. Perhaps He even used a natural phenomenon, such as an earthquake, to destroy the army and safeguard His people.
3 Therefore will we not fear, though the earth do change, and though the mountains be moved into the heart of the seas;
ג עַל כֵּן לֹא נִירָא בְּהָמִיר אָרֶץ וּבְמוֹט הָרִים בְּלֵב יַמִּים.
4 Though the waters thereof roar and foam, though the mountains shake at the swelling thereof. Selah
ד יֶהֱמוּ יֶחְמְרוּ מֵימָיו יִרְעֲשׁוּ הָרִים בְּגַאֲוָתוֹ סֶלָה.
5 There is a river, the streams whereof make glad the city of God, the holiest dwelling-place of the Most High.
ה נָהָר פְּלָגָיו יְשַׂמְּחוּ עִיר אֱלֹהִים קְדֹשׁ מִשְׁכְּנֵי עֶלְיוֹן.
6 God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, at the approach of morning.
ו אֱלֹהִים בְּקִרְבָּהּ בַּל תִּמּוֹט יַעְזְרֶהָ אֱלֹהִים לִפְנוֹת בֹּקֶר.
7 Nations were in tumult, kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted.
ז הָמוּ גוֹיִם מָטוּ מַמְלָכוֹת נָתַן בְּקוֹלוֹ תָּמוּג אָרֶץ.
8 Hashem of hosts is with us; the God of Yaakov is our high tower. Selah
ח יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת עִמָּנוּ מִשְׂגָּב לָנוּ אֱלֹהֵי יַעֲקֹב סֶלָה.
9 Come, behold the works of Hashem, who hath made desolations in the earth.
ט לְכוּ חֲזוּ מִפְעֲלוֹת יְהוָה אֲשֶׁר שָׂם שַׁמּוֹת בָּאָרֶץ.
10 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; He breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; He burneth the chariots in the fire.
י מַשְׁבִּית מִלְחָמוֹת עַד קְצֵה הָאָרֶץ קֶשֶׁת יְשַׁבֵּר וְקִצֵּץ חֲנִית עֲגָלוֹת יִשְׂרֹף בָּאֵשׁ.
11 ‘Let be, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’
יא הַרְפּוּ וּדְעוּ כִּי אָנֹכִי אֱלֹהִים אָרוּם בַּגּוֹיִם אָרוּם בָּאָרֶץ.