Psalms 84
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1  For the Leader; upon the Gittith. A Psalm of the sons of Korach.

א  לַמְנַצֵּחַ עַל הַגִּתִּית לִבְנֵי קֹרַח מִזְמוֹר.

2  How lovely are Thy tabernacles, O Hashem of hosts!

ב  מַה יְּדִידוֹת מִשְׁכְּנוֹתֶיךָ יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת.

3  My soul yearneth, yea, even pineth for the courts of Hashem; my heart and my flesh sing for joy unto the living God.

ג  נִכְסְפָה וְגַם כָּלְתָה נַפְשִׁי לְחַצְרוֹת יְהוָה לִבִּי וּבְשָׂרִי יְרַנְּנוּ אֶל אֵל חָי.

4  Yea, the sparrow hath found a house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young; Thine altars, O Hashem of hosts, my King, and my God–.

ד  גַּם צִפּוֹר מָצְאָה בַיִת וּדְרוֹר קֵן לָהּ אֲשֶׁר שָׁתָה אֶפְרֹחֶיהָ אֶת מִזְבְּחוֹתֶיךָ יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת מַלְכִּי וֵאלֹהָי.

5  Happy are they that dwell in Thy house, they are ever praising Thee. Selah

ה  אַשְׁרֵי יוֹשְׁבֵי בֵיתֶךָ עוֹד יְהַלְלוּךָ סֶּלָה.

6  Happy is the man whose strength is in Thee; in whose heart are the highways.

ו  אַשְׁרֵי אָדָם עוֹז לוֹ בָךְ מְסִלּוֹת בִּלְבָבָם.

7  Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; yea, the early rain clotheth it with blessings.

o-v’-RAY b’-AY-mek ha-ba-KHA ma-YAN y’-shee-TU-hu gam b’-ra-KHOT ya-TEH mo-REH

ז  עֹבְרֵי בְּעֵמֶק הַבָּכָא מַעְיָן יְשִׁיתוּהוּ גַּם בְּרָכוֹת יַעְטֶה מוֹרֶה.

84:7   Passing through the valley of Baca

The sons of Korah write a psalm of longing for the Temple and the desire to make the great pilgrimage to Jerusalem three times a year. From all corners of the land, pilgrims make their way to the holy city for the three pilgrimage festivals, bearing gifts for the Temple. Some traverse long distances, others walk a short way to get to the holy city and the Temple. The psalmist writes how the pilgrims would pass through the valley of Baca, in English the ‘valleys of tears,’ struggling to make their way home. In modern times, the ‘valley of tears’ is a strip of land in the Golan Heights that was the site of a major battle during the Yom Kippur war in 1973. Though outnumbered, the Israeli soldiers of Battalion 77 held their positions against the Syrian army until the Syrians eventually withdrew. While they sacrificed many soldiers, they were able to prevent the Syrian army from breaking through and traveling south with a mission to destroy the heartland of Israel.

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8  They go from strength to strength, every one of them appeareth before God in Tzion.

ח  יֵלְכוּ מֵחַיִל אֶל חָיִל יֵרָאֶה אֶל אֱלֹהִים בְּצִיּוֹן.

9  O Hashem God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Yaakov. Selah

ט  יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים צְבָאוֹת שִׁמְעָה תְפִלָּתִי הַאֲזִינָה אֱלֹהֵי יַעֲקֹב סֶלָה.

10  Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of Thine anointed.

י  מָגִנֵּנוּ רְאֵה אֱלֹהִים וְהַבֵּט פְּנֵי מְשִׁיחֶךָ.

11  For a day in Thy courts is better than a thousand; I had rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

יא  כִּי טוֹב יוֹם בַּחֲצֵרֶיךָ מֵאָלֶף בָּחַרְתִּי הִסְתּוֹפֵף בְּבֵית אֱלֹהַי מִדּוּר בְּאָהֳלֵי רֶשַׁע.

12  For Hashem God is a sun and a shield; Hashem giveth grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.

יב  כִּי שֶׁמֶשׁ וּמָגֵן יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים חֵן וְכָבוֹד יִתֵּן יְהוָה לֹא יִמְנַע טוֹב לַהֹלְכִים בְּתָמִים.

13  O Hashem of hosts, happy is the man that trusteth in Thee.

יג  יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת אַשְׁרֵי אָדָם בֹּטֵחַ בָּךְ.

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