Psalms 9
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1  For the leader; ‘almuth labben. A psalm of David.

א  לַמְנַצֵּחַ עַלְמוּת לַבֵּן מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד׃

2  I will praise You, Hashem, with all my heart; I will tell all Your wonders.

ב  אוֹדֶה יְהֹוָה בְּכָל־לִבִּי אֲסַפְּרָה כָּל־נִפְלְאוֹתֶיךָ׃

3  I will rejoice and exult in You, singing a hymn to Your name, O Most High.

ג  אֶשְׂמְחָה וְאֶעֶלְצָה בָךְ אֲזַמְּרָה שִׁמְךָ עֶלְיוֹן׃

4  When my enemies retreat, they stumble to their doom at Your presence.

ד  בְּשׁוּב־אוֹיְבַי אָחוֹר יִכָּשְׁלוּ וְיֹאבְדוּ מִפָּנֶיךָ׃

5  For You uphold my right and claim, enthroned as righteous judge.

ה  כִּי־עָשִׂיתָ מִשְׁפָּטִי וְדִינִי יָשַׁבְתָּ לְכִסֵּא שׁוֹפֵט צֶדֶק׃

6  You blast the nations; You destroy the wicked; You blot out their name forever.

ו  גָּעַרְתָּ גוֹיִם אִבַּדְתָּ רָשָׁע שְׁמָם מָחִיתָ לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד׃

7  The enemy is no more— ruins everlasting; You have torn down their cities; their very names are lost.

ז  הָאוֹיֵב תַּמּוּ חֳרָבוֹת לָנֶצַח וְעָרִים נָתַשְׁתָּ אָבַד זִכְרָם הֵמָּה׃

8  But Hashem abides forever; He has set up His throne for judgment;

ח  וַיהֹוָה לְעוֹלָם יֵשֵׁב כּוֹנֵן לַמִּשְׁפָּט כִּסְאוֹ׃

9  it is He who judges the world with righteousness, rules the peoples with equity.

v’-HU yish-pot tay-VAYL b’-TZE-dek ya-DEEN l’-u-MEEM b’-may-sha-REEM

ט  וְהוּא יִשְׁפֹּט־תֵּבֵל בְּצֶדֶק יָדִין לְאֻמִּים בְּמֵישָׁרִים׃

 9:9   It is He who judges the world

The Sages comment that Hashem judges the nations of the world according to their capabilities, but at the same time reminds them of the position of righteous gentiles in Israel’s history. God asks the nations, “why have you not come close to me?” If they say I was too iniquitous, idolatrous or distant from You, He responds, “were you more iniquitous than Rahab the harlot who ultimately came close to Israel and produced prophets and righteous people? Were you more idolatrous than Jethro the priest who came close and produced prophets and righteous people? Were you more distant than Rut the Moabite who came close and produced kings of Israel?” The desire for the nations of the world to work together and establish positive relationships with the Nation of Israel was echoed in Israel’s Declaration of Independence: “We extend our hand to all neighboring states and their peoples in an offer of peace and good neighborliness, and appeal to them to establish bonds of cooperation and mutual help with the sovereign Jewish people settled in its own land.”2 comments

10  Hashem is a haven for the oppressed, a haven in times of trouble.

י  וִיהִי יְהֹוָה מִשְׂגָּב לַדָּךְ מִשְׂגָּב לְעִתּוֹת בַּצָּרָה׃

11  Those who know Your name trust You, for You do not abandon those who turn to You, Hashem.

יא  וְיִבְטְחוּ בְךָ יוֹדְעֵי שְׁמֶךָ כִּי לֹא־עָזַבְתָּ דֹרְשֶׁיךָ יְהֹוָה׃

12  Sing a hymn to Hashem, who reigns in Tzion; declare His deeds among the peoples.

יב  זַמְּרוּ לַיהֹוָה יֹשֵׁב צִיּוֹן הַגִּידוּ בָעַמִּים עֲלִילוֹתָיו׃

13  For He does not ignore the cry of the afflicted; He who requites bloodshed is mindful of them.

יג  כִּי־דֹרֵשׁ דָּמִים אוֹתָם זָכָר לֹא־שָׁכַח צַעֲקַת עניים [עֲנָוִים׃]

14  Have mercy on me, Hashem; see my affliction at the hands of my foes, You who lift me from the gates of death,

יד  חָנְנֵנִי יְהֹוָה רְאֵה עָנְיִי מִשֹּׂנְאָי מְרוֹמְמִי מִשַּׁעֲרֵי מָוֶת׃

15  so that in the gates of Fair Tzion I might tell all Your praise, I might exult in Your deliverance.

טו  לְמַעַן אֲסַפְּרָה כָּל־תְּהִלָּתֶיךָ בְּשַׁעֲרֵי בַת־צִיּוֹן אָגִילָה בִּישׁוּעָתֶךָ׃

16  The nations sink in the pit they have made; their own foot is caught in the net they have hidden.

טז  טָבְעוּ גוֹיִם בְּשַׁחַת עָשׂוּ בְּרֶשֶׁת־זוּ טָמָנוּ נִלְכְּדָה רַגְלָם׃

17  Hashem has made Himself known: He works judgment; the wicked man is snared by his own devices. Higgaion. Selah.

יז  נוֹדַע יְהֹוָה מִשְׁפָּט עָשָׂה בְּפֹעַל כַּפָּיו נוֹקֵשׁ רָשָׁע הִגָּיוֹן סֶלָה׃

18  Let the wicked be in Sheol, all the nations who ignore Hashem!

יח  יָשׁוּבוּ רְשָׁעִים לִשְׁאוֹלָה כָּל־גּוֹיִם שְׁכֵחֵי אֱלֹהִים׃

19  Not always shall the needy be ignored, nor the hope of the afflicted forever lost.

יט  כִּי לֹא לָנֶצַח יִשָּׁכַח אֶבְיוֹן תִּקְוַת ענוים [עֲנִיִּים] תֹּאבַד לָעַד׃

20  Rise, Hashem! Let not men have power; let the nations be judged in Your presence.

כ  קוּמָה יְהֹוָה אַל־יָעֹז אֱנוֹשׁ יִשָּׁפְטוּ גוֹיִם עַל־פָּנֶיךָ׃

21  Strike fear into them, Hashem; let the nations know they are only men. Selah.

כא  שִׁיתָה יְהֹוָה מוֹרָה לָהֶם יֵדְעוּ גוֹיִם אֱנוֹשׁ הֵמָּה סֶּלָה׃

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  • Verse 15: …so that in the gates of Fair Tzion I might tell all Your praise, I might exult in Your deliverance.

    There’s a reason we’re all rescued from death (verse 14): that we may brag on our Deliverer—that others may come to know this great and wonderful HaShem that we know.

    David said it like this in Psalms 71:18–“…do not forsake me, Hashem, until I proclaim Your strength to the next generation, Your mighty acts, to all who are to come…”

    The older I get the more convinced I become that HaShem gives further reason to brag to those who brag on Him.

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