Psalms 94
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1  O Hashem, Thou God to whom vengeance belongeth, Thou God to whom vengeance belongeth, shine forth.

א  אֵל נְקָמוֹת יְהוָה אֵל נְקָמוֹת הוֹפִיעַ.

2  Lift up Thyself, Thou Judge of the earth; render to the proud their recompense.

ב  הִנָּשֵׂא שֹׁפֵט הָאָרֶץ הָשֵׁב גְּמוּל עַל גֵּאִים.

3  Hashem, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked exult?

ג  עַד מָתַי רְשָׁעִים יְהוָה עַד מָתַי רְשָׁעִים יַעֲלֹזוּ.

4  They gush out, they speak arrogancy; all the workers of iniquity bear themselves loftily.

ד  יַבִּיעוּ יְדַבְּרוּ עָתָק יִתְאַמְּרוּ כָּל פֹּעֲלֵי אָוֶן.

5  They crush Thy people, O Hashem, and afflict Thy heritage.

ה  עַמְּךָ יְהוָה יְדַכְּאוּ וְנַחֲלָתְךָ יְעַנּוּ.

6  They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.

ו  אַלְמָנָה וְגֵר יַהֲרֹגוּ וִיתוֹמִים יְרַצֵּחוּ.

7  And they say: ‘Hashem will not see, neither will the God of Yaakov give heed.’

ז  וַיֹּאמְרוּ לֹא יִרְאֶה יָּהּ וְלֹא יָבִין אֱלֹהֵי יַעֲקֹב.

8  Consider, ye brutish among the people; and ye fools, when will ye understand?

ח  בִּינוּ בֹּעֲרִים בָּעָם וּכְסִילִים מָתַי תַּשְׂכִּילוּ.

9  He that planted the ear, shall He not hear? He that formed the eye, shall He not see?

ט  הֲנֹטַע אֹזֶן הֲלֹא יִשְׁמָע אִם יֹצֵר עַיִן הֲלֹא יַבִּיט.

10  He that instructeth nations, shall not He correct? even He that teacheth man knowledge?

י  הֲיֹסֵר גּוֹיִם הֲלֹא יוֹכִיחַ הַמְלַמֵּד אָדָם דָּעַת.

11  Hashem knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

יא  יְהוָה יֹדֵעַ מַחְשְׁבוֹת אָדָם כִּי הֵמָּה הָבֶל.

12  Happy is the man whom Thou instructest, O Hashem, and teachest out of Thy law;

ash-RAY ha-GE-ver a-SHER t’-ya-s’-RE-nu yah u-mi-to-ra-t’-KHA t’-la-m’-DE-nu

יב  אַשְׁרֵי הַגֶּבֶר אֲשֶׁר תְּיַסְּרֶנּוּ יָּהּ וּמִתּוֹרָתְךָ תְלַמְּדֶנּוּ.

94:12   Whom Thou instructest

Psalm 94 is about seeking vengeance. The psalmist is in great pain. He calls out to the Lord but hears no response. He lashes out at the evildoers but they ignore him. Finally, he turns to himself and realizes that sometimes suffering is really a gift. Rabbi Simeon Bar Yochai famously states in the Talmud: “three gifts were given by God through suffering; Torah, the Land of Israel and the world to come.” One must fight, endure and suffer in order to maintain the gift of the Land of Israel. Even though the Jews have returned after two thousand years and assumed their rightful place among the nations, securing the land is still fraught with bloodshed and pain. Only the righteous are able to perceive that this suffering paves the way to bearing one of the greatest gifts of God to His people.

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13  That Thou mayest give him rest from the days of evil, until the pit be digged for the wicked.

יג  לְהַשְׁקִיט לוֹ מִימֵי רָע עַד יִכָּרֶה לָרָשָׁע שָׁחַת.

14  For Hashem will not cast off His people, neither will He forsake His inheritance.

יד  כִּי לֹא יִטֹּשׁ יְהוָה עַמּוֹ וְנַחֲלָתוֹ לֹא יַעֲזֹב.

15  For right shall return unto justice, and all the upright in heart shall follow it.

טו  כִּי עַד צֶדֶק יָשׁוּב מִשְׁפָּט וְאַחֲרָיו כָּל יִשְׁרֵי לֵב.

16  Who will rise up for me against the evil-doers? Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?

טז  מִי יָקוּם לִי עִם מְרֵעִים מִי יִתְיַצֵּב לִי עִם פֹּעֲלֵי אָוֶן.

17  Unless Hashem had been my help, my soul had soon dwelt in silence.

יז  לוּלֵי יְהוָה עֶזְרָתָה לִּי כִּמְעַט שָׁכְנָה דוּמָה נַפְשִׁי.

18  If I say: ‘My foot slippeth’, Thy mercy, O Hashem, holdeth me up.

יח  אִם אָמַרְתִּי מָטָה רַגְלִי חַסְדְּךָ יְהוָה יִסְעָדֵנִי.

19  When my cares are many within me, Thy comforts delight my soul.

יט  בְּרֹב שַׂרְעַפַּי בְּקִרְבִּי תַּנְחוּמֶיךָ יְשַׁעַשְׁעוּ נַפְשִׁי.

20  Shall the seat of wickedness have fellowship with Thee, which frameth mischief by statute?

כ  הַיְחָבְרְךָ כִּסֵּא הַוּוֹת יֹצֵר עָמָל עֲלֵי חֹק.

21  They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn innocent blood.

כא  יָגוֹדּוּ עַל נֶפֶשׁ צַדִּיק וְדָם נָקִי יַרְשִׁיעוּ.

22  But Hashem hath been my high tower, and my God the rock of my refuge.

כב  וַיְהִי יְהוָה לִי לְמִשְׂגָּב וֵאלֹהַי לְצוּר מַחְסִי.

23  And He hath brought upon them their own iniquity, and will cut them off in their own evil; Hashem our God will cut them off.

כג  וַיָּשֶׁב עֲלֵיהֶם אֶת אוֹנָם וּבְרָעָתָם יַצְמִיתֵם יַצְמִיתֵם יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ.

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Psalms 94