Psalms 47
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1  For the leader. Of the Korahites. A psalm.

א  לַמְנַצֵּחַ לִבְנֵי־קֹרַח מִזְמוֹר׃

2  All you peoples, clap your hands, raise a joyous shout for Hashem.

ב  כָּל־הָעַמִּים תִּקְעוּ־כָף הָרִיעוּ לֵאלֹהִים בְּקוֹל רִנָּה׃

3  For Hashem Most High is awesome, great king over all the earth;

ג  כִּי־יְהֹוָה עֶלְיוֹן נוֹרָא מֶלֶךְ גָּדוֹל עַל־כָּל־הָאָרֶץ׃

4  He subjects peoples to us, sets nations at our feet.

ד  יַדְבֵּר עַמִּים תַּחְתֵּינוּ וּלְאֻמִּים תַּחַת רַגְלֵינוּ׃

5  He chose our heritage for us, the pride of Yaakov whom He loved. Selah.

yiv-khar 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 Yaakov

“The Pride of Yaakov” was the name of a famous academy of Torah learning in the Land of Israel. Also, called Yeshivat Eretz Yisrael, it lasted from the sixth until the twelfth century CE. It began in Tiveria (Tiberias), the center of Jewish intellectual life from the second to tenth centuries CE, under the tutelage of Rabbi Yehuda Nesiah, grandson of Rabbi Yehuda the Prince. Tiveria was the last headquarters of the High Court of Israel, called the Sanhedrin, which left Yerushalyim after it fell to the Romans in 70 CE. It saw the development of the Jerusalem Talmud, the diacritics for Hebrew writing, cantillation and many other Jewish intellectual activities. The academy went through many iterations and was housed in different locations but maintained a strong, central position in Jewish life and scholarship for close to six hundred years.2 comments

6  Hashem ascends midst acclamation; Hashem, to the blasts of the shofar.

ו  עָלָה אֱלֹהִים בִּתְרוּעָה יְהֹוָה בְּקוֹל שׁוֹפָר׃

7  Sing, O sing to Hashem; sing, O sing to our king;

ז  זַמְּרוּ אֱלֹהִים זַמֵּרוּ זַמְּרוּ לְמַלְכֵּנוּ זַמֵּרוּ׃

8  for Hashem is king over all the earth; sing a hymn.

ח  כִּי מֶלֶךְ כָּל־הָאָרֶץ אֱלֹהִים זַמְּרוּ מַשְׂכִּיל׃

9  Hashem reigns over the nations; Hashem is seated on His holy throne.

ט  מָלַךְ אֱלֹהִים עַל־גּוֹיִם אֱלֹהִים יָשַׁב עַל־כִּסֵּא קָדְשׁוֹ׃

10  The great of the peoples are gathered together, the retinue of Avraham‘s Hashem; for the guardians of the earth belong to Hashem; 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.

    • More importantly, He chooses us. Praise His wonderful name!

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