Psalms 90:3
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3  You return man to dust; You decreed, “Return you mortals!”

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ג  תָּשֵׁב אֱנוֹשׁ עַד־דַּכָּא וַתֹּאמֶר שׁוּבוּ בְנֵי־אָדָם׃

 90:3   Return you mortals

This psalm was composed by Moshe, praising God’s relationship with mankind. The simple interpretation of this verse is that Hashem is so powerful that He decides when to give life and when to take it away. The Hebrew word daka (דכא), found in the first part of the verse, means ‘that which is crushed,’ and refers to the earth. The first part of the phrase therefore means “you return man to dust [of the earth].” The Rabbis, however, offer a homiletic interpretation. God, by bringing pain and suffering, causes man to return to His righteous ways. The Hebrew word shuv (שוב), ‘return,’ appears in both halves of the verse, and the connotation of daka refers to a crushing of one’s hubris to pave the way for a return to Hashem. According to this interpretation, the end of the verse means “Return you mortals – to Hashem.”

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  • Moses was giving praise, thanking Father God for His relationship with mankind. God is so powerful that he alone can deiced when to give life and when to take it away. Man was created from the very dust of the earth, by the very hand of God if you all remember. God by bring pain and suffering through to man, actually when you think of this man did bring this on him self to be honest. after all, man rejected God in the garden. God did not reject his children. He never stopped loving us if you study and learn about our Father God you understand this this. Through pain and suffering God teaches us and causes man to return to his righteous ways. Through trials we learn right from wrong. We learn that by not following the rules of Torah, The Ten Commandments that we hurt our-self's, one another and our community in ways we did not imagine. and at that time we hurt Israel and the Jewish peoples as a Nation and The very Children of God as a Whole.

    God gives us every chance to return to him. God is slow to anger and we are very fortunate for this. God loves all of His Children. However He has chosen the Children of Israel as His Special Children and they will be gathered and protected and granted special privilege in His coming Kingdom and rightly so. For they have suffered upon this Earth. They are a righteous and true people. They have fought and kept the Holy Word of God. They have falsy been accused in this world and yet they have survived and flurished in these last days and kept true to the Word of Thi Lord Thi God and with the rebirth of Israel God has once again Blessed the Jewish people of this Earth everywhere. Amen. Carl

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Psalms 90:3

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