Psalms 47
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1  For the Leader; a Psalm for the sons of Korach.

א  לַמְנַצֵּחַ לִבְנֵי קֹרַח מִזְמוֹר.

2  O clap your hands, all ye peoples; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.

ב  כָּל הָעַמִּים תִּקְעוּ כָף הָרִיעוּ לֵאלֹהִים בְּקוֹל רִנָּה.

3  For Hashem is most high, awful; a great King over all the earth.

ג  כִּי יְהוָה עֶלְיוֹן נוֹרָא מֶלֶךְ גָּדוֹל עַל כָּל הָאָרֶץ.

4  He subdueth peoples under us, and nations under our feet.

ד  יַדְבֵּר עַמִּים תַּחְתֵּינוּ וּלְאֻמִּים תַּחַת רַגְלֵינוּ.

5  He chooseth our inheritance for us, the pride of Yaakov whom He loveth. Selah

yiv-KAHR LA-nu et na-kha-la-TAY-nu et g’-ON ya-a-KOV a-SHER a-HAYV SE-lah

ה  יִבְחַר לָנוּ אֶת נַחֲלָתֵנוּ אֶת גְּאוֹן יַעֲקֹב אֲשֶׁר אָהֵב סֶלָה.

47:5   Pride of Jacob

‘The Pride of Jacob’ was the name of a famous academy of Torah learning in the Land of Israel, also called ‘Yeshivat Eretz Yisrael’, which lasted from the 6th century until the 12th century CE. It began in Tiberias, the center of Jewish intellectual life from the 2nd-10th centuries CE, under the tutelage of Rabbi Judah Nesiah, grandson of Rabbi Judah the Prince. Tiberias was the last stop of the High Court of Israel, called the ‘Sanhedrin,’ which left Jerusalem after it fell to the Romans in 70 CE. It was the home of the Jerusalem Talmud, the diacritics for Hebrew writing, cantillation and many other Jewish intellectual activities. The academy went through many iterations and locations but maintained a strong, central position in Jewish life and scholarship for close to six hundred years.

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6  God is gone up amidst shouting, Hashem amidst the sound of the horn.

ו  עָלָה אֱלֹהִים בִּתְרוּעָה יְהוָה בְּקוֹל שׁוֹפָר.

7  Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises unto our King, sing praises.

ז  זַמְּרוּ אֱלֹהִים זַמֵּרוּ זַמְּרוּ לְמַלְכֵּנוּ זַמֵּרוּ.

8  For God is the King of all the earth; sing ye praises in a skilful song.

ח  כִּי מֶלֶךְ כָּל הָאָרֶץ אֱלֹהִים זַמְּרוּ מַשְׂכִּיל.

9  God reigneth over the nations; God sitteth upon His holy throne.

ט  מָלַךְ אֱלֹהִים עַל גּוֹיִם אֱלֹהִים יָשַׁב עַל כִּסֵּא קָדְשׁוֹ.

10  The princes of the peoples are gathered together, the people of the God of Abraham; for unto God belong the shields of the earth; He is greatly exalted.

י  נְדִיבֵי עַמִּים נֶאֱסָפוּ עַם אֱלֹהֵי אַבְרָהָם כִּי לֵאלֹהִים מָגִנֵּי אֶרֶץ מְאֹד נַעֲלָה.

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    Wow! It is good to know about the 'Pride of Jacob Academy'. Back to the psalm, it is good to know that Yahweh chooses for us what to possess as a people.

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