Psalms 65
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1  For the leader. A psalm of David. A song.

א  לַמְנַצֵּחַ מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד שִׁיר׃

2  Praise befits You in Tzion, O Hashem; vows are paid to You;

ב  לְךָ דֻמִיָּה תְהִלָּה אֱלֹהִים בְּצִיּוֹן וּלְךָ יְשֻׁלַּם־נֶדֶר׃

3  all mankind comes to You, You who hear prayer.

ג  שֹׁמֵעַ תְּפִלָּה עָדֶיךָ כָּל־בָּשָׂר יָבֹאוּ׃

4  When all manner of sins overwhelm me, it is You who forgive our iniquities.

ד  דִּבְרֵי עֲוֺנֹת גָּבְרוּ מֶנִּי פְּשָׁעֵינוּ אַתָּה תְכַפְּרֵם׃

5  Happy is the man You choose and bring near to dwell in Your courts; may we be sated with the blessings of Your house, Your holy temple.

ה  אַשְׁרֵי תִּבְחַר וּתְקָרֵב יִשְׁכֹּן חֲצֵרֶיךָ נִשְׂבְּעָה בְּטוּב בֵּיתֶךָ קְדֹשׁ הֵיכָלֶךָ׃

6  Answer us with victory through awesome deeds, O Hashem, our deliverer, in whom all the ends of the earth and the distant seas put their trust;

ו  נוֹרָאוֹת בְּצֶדֶק תַּעֲנֵנוּ אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׁעֵנוּ מִבְטָח כָּל־קַצְוֵי־אֶרֶץ וְיָם רְחֹקִים׃

7  who by His power fixed the mountains firmly, who is girded with might,

ז  מֵכִין הָרִים בְּכֹחוֹ נֶאְזָר בִּגְבוּרָה׃

8  who stills the raging seas, the raging waves, and tumultuous peoples.

ח  מַשְׁבִּיחַ שְׁאוֹן יַמִּים שְׁאוֹן גַּלֵּיהֶם וַהֲמוֹן לְאֻמִּים׃

9  Those who live at the ends of the earth are awed by Your signs; You make the lands of sunrise and sunset shout for joy.

ט  וַיִּירְאוּ יֹשְׁבֵי קְצָוֺת מֵאוֹתֹתֶיךָ מוֹצָאֵי־בֹקֶר וָעֶרֶב תַּרְנִין׃

10  You take care of the earth and irrigate it; You enrich it greatly, with the channel of Hashem full of water; You provide grain for men; for so do You prepare it.

י  פָּקַדְתָּ הָאָרֶץ וַתְּשֹׁקְקֶהָ רַבַּת תַּעְשְׁרֶנָּה פֶּלֶג אֱלֹהִים מָלֵא מָיִם תָּכִין דְּגָנָם כִּי־כֵן תְּכִינֶהָ׃

11  Saturating its furrows, leveling its ridges, You soften it with showers, You bless its growth.

t’-la-ME-ha ra-VAY na-KHAYT g’-du-DE-ha bir-vee-VEEM t’-mo-g’-GE-nah tzim-KHAH t’-va-RAYKH

יא  תְּלָמֶיהָ רַוֵּה נַחֵת גְּדוּדֶיהָ בִּרְבִיבִים תְּמֹגְגֶנָּה צִמְחָהּ תְּבָרֵךְ׃

65:11   You soften it with showers

This psalm offers blessings of gratitude to Hashem for abundant rains. It was sung in the Beit Hamikdash after especially rainy seasons, which were always viewed as a direct sign of God’s beneficence. The word revivim (רביבים), ‘showers,’ refers to abundant rains, and was used by early Zionists as the name of a new settlement founded in the Negev desert in 1943. As the British were limiting immigration and new settlements on the land, the early Zionists built lookout points which would later become full-fledged settlements. These settlements were the beginning of habitation in the Negev, the desert region in southern Israel, and initiated the settling of the arid desert land of Israel. The name Revivim was chosen as a sign of their readiness to contend with the most formidable aspect of desert living: scarcity of water. They hearkened back to Psalms, hoping for Hashem’s bountiful rains to strengthen their presence in the land.1 comment

12  You crown the year with Your bounty; fatness is distilled in Your paths;

יב  עִטַּרְתָּ שְׁנַת טוֹבָתֶךָ וּמַעְגָּלֶיךָ יִרְעֲפוּן דָּשֶׁן׃

13  the pasturelands distill it; the hills are girded with joy.

יג  יִרְעֲפוּ נְאוֹת מִדְבָּר וְגִיל גְּבָעוֹת תַּחְגֹּרְנָה׃

14  The meadows are clothed with flocks, the valleys mantled with grain; they raise a shout, they break into song.

 

יד  לָבְשׁוּ כָרִים הַצֹּאן וַעֲמָקִים יַעַטְפוּ־בָר יִתְרוֹעֲעוּ אַף־יָשִׁירוּ׃

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