Psalms 66
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1  For the Leader. A Song, a Psalm. Shout unto God, all the earth;

א  לַמְנַצֵּחַ שִׁיר מִזְמוֹר הָרִיעוּ לֵאלֹהִים כָּל הָאָרֶץ.

2  Sing praises unto the glory of His name; make His praise glorious.

ב  זַמְּרוּ כְבוֹד שְׁמוֹ שִׂימוּ כָבוֹד תְּהִלָּתוֹ.

3  Say unto God: ‘How tremendous is Thy work! Through the greatness of Thy power shall Thine enemies dwindle away before Thee.

ג  אִמְרוּ לֵאלֹהִים מַה נּוֹרָא מַעֲשֶׂיךָ בְּרֹב עֻזְּךָ יְכַחֲשׁוּ לְךָ אֹיְבֶיךָ.

4  All the earth shall worship Thee, and shall sing praises unto Thee; they shall sing praises to Thy name.’ Selah

ד  כָּל הָאָרֶץ יִשְׁתַּחֲווּ לְךָ וִיזַמְּרוּ לָךְ יְזַמְּרוּ שִׁמְךָ סֶלָה.

5  Come, and see the works of God; He is terrible in His doing toward the children of men.

ה  לְכוּ וּרְאוּ מִפְעֲלוֹת אֱלֹהִים נוֹרָא עֲלִילָה עַל בְּנֵי אָדָם.

6  He turned the sea into dry land; they went through the river on foot; there let us rejoice in Him!

ha-FAKH yam l’-ya-ba-SHAH ba-na-HAR ya-av-RU v’-RA-gel sham nis-m’-KHAH bo

ו  הָפַךְ יָם לְיַבָּשָׁה בַּנָּהָר יַעַבְרוּ בְרָגֶל שָׁם נִשְׂמְחָה בּוֹ.

66:6   Turned the sea into dry land

This psalm rejoices in God’s wondrous endeavors for the people of Israel throughout the generations. Verse 6 marks two significant, parallel, miracles relating to water. “He turned the sea into dry land” reminds us of the miracle of the splitting of the Red Sea (Exodus 14). “They went through the river on foot” reminds us of a similar phenomenon forty years later when the Children of Israel crossed the Jordan River. As recorded in Joshua 3, the waters of the Jordan stood still and allowed for the Israelites to traverse. The coupling of these two miracles here, and again in Psalm 114, reminds us that God always had a dual mission for Moses, only one of which he was able to fulfill by himself: to lead Israel up from Egyptian bondage, and bring them into the Land of Israel.


7  Who ruleth by His might for ever; His eyes keep watch upon the nations; let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah

ז  מֹשֵׁל בִּגְבוּרָתוֹ עוֹלָם עֵינָיו בַּגּוֹיִם תִּצְפֶּינָה הַסּוֹרְרִים אַל ירימו (יָרוּמוּ) לָמוֹ סֶלָה.

8  Bless our God, ye peoples, and make the voice of His praise to be heard;

ח  בָּרְכוּ עַמִּים אֱלֹהֵינוּ וְהַשְׁמִיעוּ קוֹל תְּהִלָּתוֹ.

9  Who hath set our soul in life, and suffered not our foot to be moved,

ט  הַשָּׂם נַפְשֵׁנוּ בַּחַיִּים וְלֹא נָתַן לַמּוֹט רַגְלֵנוּ.

10  For Thou, O God, hast tried us; Thou hast refined us, as silver is refined.

י  כִּי בְחַנְתָּנוּ אֱלֹהִים צְרַפְתָּנוּ כִּצְרָף כָּסֶף.

11  Thou didst bring us into the hold; Thou didst lay constraint upon our loins.

יא  הֲבֵאתָנוּ בַמְּצוּדָה שַׂמְתָּ מוּעָקָה בְמָתְנֵינוּ.

12  Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; but Thou didst bring us out unto abundance.

יב  הִרְכַּבְתָּ אֱנוֹשׁ לְרֹאשֵׁנוּ בָּאנוּ בָאֵשׁ וּבַמַּיִם וַתּוֹצִיאֵנוּ לָרְוָיָה.

13  I will come into Thy house with burnt-offerings, I will perform unto Thee my vows,

יג  אָבוֹא בֵיתְךָ בְעוֹלוֹת אֲשַׁלֵּם לְךָ נְדָרָי.

14  Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in distress.

יד  אֲשֶׁר פָּצוּ שְׂפָתָי וְדִבֶּר פִּי בַּצַּר לִי.

15  I will offer unto Thee burnt-offerings of fatlings, with the sweet smoke of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah

טו  עֹלוֹת מֵיחִים אַעֲלֶה לָּךְ עִם קְטֹרֶת אֵילִים אֶעֱשֶׂה בָקָר עִם עַתּוּדִים סֶלָה.

16  Come, and hearken, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what He hath done for my soul.

טז  לְכוּ שִׁמְעוּ וַאֲסַפְּרָה כָּל יִרְאֵי אֱלֹהִים אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה לְנַפְשִׁי.

17  I cried unto Him with my mouth, and He was extolled with my tongue.

יז  אֵלָיו פִּי קָרָאתִי וְרוֹמַם תַּחַת לְשׁוֹנִי.

18  If I had regarded iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not hear;

יח  אָוֶן אִם רָאִיתִי בְלִבִּי לֹא יִשְׁמַע אֲדֹנָי.

19  But verily God hath heard; He hath attended to the voice of my prayer.

יט  אָכֵן שָׁמַע אֱלֹהִים הִקְשִׁיב בְּקוֹל תְּפִלָּתִי.

20  Blessed be God, who hath not turned away my prayer, nor His mercy from me.

כ  בָּרוּךְ אֱלֹהִים אֲשֶׁר לֹא הֵסִיר תְּפִלָּתִי וְחַסְדּוֹ מֵאִתִּי.

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