Psalms 85
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1  For the Leader. A Psalm of the sons of Korach.

א  לַמְנַצֵּחַ לִבְנֵי קֹרַח מִזְמוֹר.

2  Hashem, Thou hast been favourable unto Thy land, Thou hast turned the captivity of Yaakov.

ra-TZEE-ta a-do-NAI ar-TZE-kha SHAV-ta sh’-VEET ya-a-KOV

ב  רָצִיתָ יְהוָה אַרְצֶךָ שַׁבְתָּ שבות (שְׁבִית) יַעֲקֹב.

85:2   Thou hast turned the captivity of Jacob

After a period of exile, the Children of Israel return home. Amos Hakham sees this as a reference to the return of the Jews to the Land of Israel after 70 years of Babylonian exile. In 538 BCE, Cyrus the Great, king of the Persian empire, defeats the Babylonian empire and issues a declaration that the Jews may return to their homeland and rebuild their Temple (see Ezra chapter 1). This is considered the beginning of the second Temple period. The psalmist acknowledges God’s desire for His nation to return to the promised land. Upon their return to the land, it will bring forth its bountiful produce and flourish (verse 13).

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3  Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of Thy people, Thou hast pardoned all their sin. Selah

ג  נָשָׂאתָ עֲו‍ֹן עַמֶּךָ כִּסִּיתָ כָל חַטָּאתָם סֶלָה.

4  Thou hast withdrawn all Thy wrath; Thou hast turned from the fierceness of Thine anger.

ד  אָסַפְתָּ כָל עֶבְרָתֶךָ הֱשִׁיבוֹתָ מֵחֲרוֹן אַפֶּךָ.

5  Restore us, O God of our salvation, and cause Thine indignation toward us to cease.

ה  שׁוּבֵנוּ אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׁעֵנוּ וְהָפֵר כַּעַסְךָ עִמָּנוּ.

6  Wilt Thou be angry with us for ever? Wilt Thou draw out Thine anger to all generations?

ו  הַלְעוֹלָם תֶּאֱנַף בָּנוּ תִּמְשֹׁךְ אַפְּךָ לְדֹר וָדֹר.

7  Wilt Thou not quicken us again, that Thy people may rejoice in Thee?

ז  הֲלֹא אַתָּה תָּשׁוּב תְּחַיֵּנוּ וְעַמְּךָ יִשְׂמְחוּ בָךְ.

8  Show us Thy mercy, O Hashem, and grant us Thy salvation.

ח  הַרְאֵנוּ יְהוָה חַסְדֶּךָ וְיֶשְׁעֲךָ תִּתֶּן לָנוּ.

9  I will hear what God Hashem will speak; for He will speak peace unto His people, and to His saints; but let them not turn back to folly.

ט  אֶשְׁמְעָה מַה יְדַבֵּר הָאֵל יְהוָה כִּי יְדַבֵּר שָׁלוֹם אֶל עַמּוֹ וְאֶל חֲסִידָיו וְאַל יָשׁוּבוּ לְכִסְלָה.

10  Surely His salvation is nigh them that fear Him; that glory may dwell in our land.

י  אַךְ קָרוֹב לִירֵאָיו יִשְׁעוֹ לִשְׁכֹּן כָּבוֹד בְּאַרְצֵנוּ.

11  Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

יא  חֶסֶד וֶאֱמֶת נִפְגָּשׁוּ צֶדֶק וְשָׁלוֹם נָשָׁקוּ.

12  Truth springeth out of the earth; and righteousness hath looked down from heaven.

יב  אֱמֶת מֵאֶרֶץ תִּצְמָח וְצֶדֶק מִשָּׁמַיִם נִשְׁקָף.

13  Yea, Hashem will give that which is good; and our land shall yield her produce.

יג  גַּם יְהוָה יִתֵּן הַטּוֹב וְאַרְצֵנוּ תִּתֵּן יְבוּלָהּ.

14  Righteousness shall go before Him, and shall make His footsteps a way.

יד  צֶדֶק לְפָנָיו יְהַלֵּךְ וְיָשֵׂם לְדֶרֶךְ פְּעָמָיו.

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