1 For the Leader. [A Psalm] of David; to make memorial.
א לַמְנַצֵּחַ לְדָוִד לְהַזְכִּיר.
2 O God, to deliver me, O Hashem, to help me, make haste.
ב אֱלֹהִים לְהַצִּילֵנִי יְהוָה לְעֶזְרָתִי חוּשָׁה.
3 Let them be ashamed and abashed that seek after my soul; let them be turned backward and brought to confusion that delight in my hurt.
yay-VO-shu v’-yakh-p’-RU mi-vak-SHAY naf-SHEE yi-SO-gu a-KHOR v’-yi-kal-MU kha-fay-TZAY ra-a-TEE
ג יֵבֹשׁוּ וְיַחְפְּרוּ מְבַקְשֵׁי נַפְשִׁי יִסֹּגוּ אָחוֹר וְיִכָּלְמוּ חֲפֵצֵי רָעָתִי.
70: 3 Let them be ashamed and abashed that seek after my soul
As a leader of Israel, David leads two lives: a public, national one, and a private one. This psalm focuses on the personal suffering of David which he seeks to always remember, as he writes in the title of the psalm, “to make memorial.” David has enemies who seek to destroy him personally. They mock him, deceive him and act traitorously toward him in order that David will be derided in front of the nation. Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch notes that David seeks the ultimate failure of these enemies and their humiliation. He desires their shame, not in order to seek vengeance, but rather so that these cruel Israelites will repent their ways. Often, it is only after the shock and humiliation of defeat that one brings one to introspection of his errant ways.
4 Let them be turned back by reason of their shame that say: ‘Aha, aha.’
ד יָשׁוּבוּ עַל עֵקֶב בָּשְׁתָּם הָאֹמְרִים הֶאָח הֶאָח.
5 Let all those that seek Thee rejoice and be glad in Thee; and let such as love Thy salvation say continually: ‘Let God be magnified.’
ה יָשִׂישׂוּ וְיִשְׂמְחוּ בְּךָ כָּל מְבַקְשֶׁיךָ וְיֹאמְרוּ תָמִיד יִגְדַּל אֱלֹהִים אֹהֲבֵי יְשׁוּעָתֶךָ.
6 But I am poor and needy; O God, make haste unto me; Thou art my help and my deliverer; O Hashem, tarry not.
ו וַאֲנִי עָנִי וְאֶבְיוֹן אֱלֹהִים חוּשָׁה לִּי עֶזְרִי וּמְפַלְטִי אַתָּה יְהוָה אַל תְּאַחַר.