Psalms 72
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1  [A Psalm] of Shlomo. Give the king Thy judgments, O God, and Thy righteousness unto the king’s son;

א  לִשְׁלֹמֹה אֱלֹהִים מִשְׁפָּטֶיךָ לְמֶלֶךְ תֵּן וְצִדְקָתְךָ לְבֶן מֶלֶךְ.

2  That he may judge Thy people with righteousness, and Thy poor with justice.

ב  יָדִין עַמְּךָ בְצֶדֶק וַעֲנִיֶּיךָ בְמִשְׁפָּט.

3  Let the mountains bear peace to the people, and the hills, through righteousness.

ג  יִשְׂאוּ הָרִים שָׁלוֹם לָעָם וּגְבָעוֹת בִּצְדָקָה.

4  May he judge the poor of the people, and save the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor.

ד  יִשְׁפֹּט עֲנִיֵּי עָם יוֹשִׁיעַ לִבְנֵי אֶבְיוֹן וִידַכֵּא עוֹשֵׁק.

5  They shall fear Thee while the sun endureth, and so long as the moon, throughout all generations.

ה  יִירָאוּךָ עִם שָׁמֶשׁ וְלִפְנֵי יָרֵחַ דּוֹר דּוֹרִים.

6  May he come down like rain upon the mown grass, as showers that water the earth.

ו  יֵרֵד כְּמָטָר עַל גֵּז כִּרְבִיבִים זַרְזִיף אָרֶץ.

7  In his days let the righteous flourish, and abundance of peace, till the moon be no more.

ז  יִפְרַח בְּיָמָיו צַדִּיק וְרֹב שָׁלוֹם עַד בְּלִי יָרֵחַ.

8  May he have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the River unto the ends of the earth.

ח  וְיֵרְדְּ מִיָּם עַד יָם וּמִנָּהָר עַד אַפְסֵי אָרֶץ.

9  Let them that dwell in the wilderness bow before him; and his enemies lick the dust.

ט  לְפָנָיו יִכְרְעוּ צִיִּים וְאֹיְבָיו עָפָר יְלַחֵכוּ.

10  The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall render tribute; the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.

י  מַלְכֵי תַרְשִׁישׁ וְאִיִּים מִנְחָה יָשִׁיבוּ מַלְכֵי שְׁבָא וּסְבָא אֶשְׁכָּר יַקְרִיבוּ.

11  Yea, all kings shall prostrate themselves before him; all nations shall serve him.

יא  וְיִשְׁתַּחֲווּ לוֹ כָל מְלָכִים כָּל גּוֹיִם יַעַבְדוּהוּ.

12  For he will deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper.

יב  כִּי יַצִּיל אֶבְיוֹן מְשַׁוֵּעַ וְעָנִי וְאֵין עֹזֵר לוֹ.

13  He will have pity on the poor and needy, and the souls of the needy he will save.

יג  יָחֹס עַל דַּל וְאֶבְיוֹן וְנַפְשׁוֹת אֶבְיוֹנִים יוֹשִׁיעַ.

14  He will redeem their soul from oppression and violence, and precious will their blood be in his sight;

יד  מִתּוֹךְ וּמֵחָמָס יִגְאַל נַפְשָׁם וְיֵיקַר דָּמָם בְּעֵינָיו.

15  That they may live, and that he may give them of the gold of Sheba, that they may pray for him continually, yea, bless him all the day.

טו  וִיחִי וְיִתֶּן לוֹ מִזְּהַב שְׁבָא וְיִתְפַּלֵּל בַּעֲדוֹ תָמִיד כָּל הַיּוֹם יְבָרְכֶנְהוּ.

16  May he be as a rich cornfield in the land upon the top of the mountains; may his fruit rustle like Lebanon; and may they blossom out of the city like grass of the earth.

טז  יְהִי פִסַּת בַּר בָּאָרֶץ בְּרֹאשׁ הָרִים יִרְעַשׁ כַּלְּבָנוֹן פִּרְיוֹ וְיָצִיצוּ מֵעִיר כְּעֵשֶׂב הָאָרֶץ.

17  May his name endure for ever; may his name be continued as long as the sun; may men also bless themselves by him; may all nations call him happy.

יז  יְהִי שְׁמוֹ לְעוֹלָם לִפְנֵי שֶׁמֶשׁ ינין (יִנּוֹן) שְׁמוֹ וְיִתְבָּרְכוּ בוֹ כָּל גּוֹיִם יְאַשְּׁרוּהוּ.

18  Blessed be Hashem God, the God of Yisrael, who only doeth wondrous things;

יח  בָּרוּךְ יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל עֹשֵׂה נִפְלָאוֹת לְבַדּוֹ.

19  And blessed be His glorious name for ever; and let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen, and Amen.

u-va-RUKH shaym k’-vo-DO l’-o-LAM v’-yi-ma-LAY kh’-vo-DO et kol ha-A-retz a-MAYN v’-a-MAYN

יט  וּבָרוּךְ שֵׁם כְּבוֹדוֹ לְעוֹלָם וְיִמָּלֵא כְבוֹדוֹ אֶת כֹּל הָאָרֶץ אָמֵן וְאָמֵן.

72:19   Amen, and Amen

The word ‘amen’ is used in the Bible to connote agreement, faithfulness and certainty. It is often translated as “so be it.”  In Hebrew, ‘amen’ shares a root with the word ‘emunah,’ which means faith. The word ‘emunah’ is used to describe eternal belief and great confidence in God. ‘Amen’ is one of the most famous examples of an English word that comes from Biblical Hebrew. Even the English word ‘amenable,’ which means “willing to believe and submit,” is a direct offshoot of the word Hebrew word ‘amen.’

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20  The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.

כ  כָּלּוּ תְפִלּוֹת דָּוִד בֶּן יִשָׁי.

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