Sunday, December 21, 2014

Week 14 (Book 5): Reviewing the First Week of Teveth - Psalms 40-42; 42:8-10; 89:15

PSALMS
 
Chapter 40
 
1. For the Conductor, a psalm by David. 2. I put my hope in the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. 3. He raised me from the turbulent pit, from the slimy mud, and set my feet upon a rock, steadying my steps. 4. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn to our G-d; multitudes will see and fear, and will trust in the Lord. 5.Fortunate is the man who has made the Lord his trust, and did not turn to the haughty, nor to those who stray after falsehood. 6. You have done much, O You, Lord my G-d-Your wonders and thoughts are for us; none can compare to You; should I relate or speak of them, they are too numerous to recount! 7. You desired neither sacrifice nor meal-offering, but [obedient] ears You opened for me; You requested neither burnt-offering nor sin-offering. 8. Then I said, "Behold, I come with a Scroll of the Book written for me."1 9. I desire to fulfill Your will, my G-d; and Your Torah is in my innards. 10. I proclaimed [Your] righteousness in a vast congregation; behold I will not restrain my lips-O Lord, You know! 11. I did not conceal Your righteousness within my heart; I declared Your faithfulness and deliverance; I did not hide Your kindness and truth from the vast congregation. 12. May You, Lord, not withhold Your mercies from me; may Your kindness and truth constantly guard me. 13. For countless evils surround me; my sins have overtaken me and I cannot see; they outnumber the hairs of my head, and my heart has abandoned me. 14. May it please You, Lord, to save me; O Lord, hurry to my aid. 15. Let those who seek my life, to end it, be shamed and humiliated together; let those who desire my harm retreat and be disgraced. 16. Let those who say about me, "Aha! Aha!" be desolate, in return for their shaming [me]. 17. Let all those who seek You exult and rejoice in You; let those who love Your deliverance always say, "Be exalted, O Lord!” 18. As for me, I am poor and needy; my Lord will think of me. You are my help and my rescuer; my G-d, do not delay!
 
Chapter 41
 
1. For the Conductor, a psalm by David. 2. Fortunate is he who is thoughtful of the poor, [for] the Lord will save him on the day of evil. 3. The Lord will guard him and keep him alive; he will be praised throughout the land; You will not deliver him to the desires of his enemies. 4. The Lord will support him on the bed of illness; You will turn him over in his bed all throughout his sickness. 5. I said, "Lord, be gracious to me! Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You!” 6. My foes say that evil [awaits] me: "When will he die, and his name perish?” 7. And if one comes to see [me], he speaks insincerely, for his heart gathers iniquity for himself, and when he goes out he speaks of it. 8. Together they whisper against me-all my enemies; against me they devise my harm, [saying]: 9. "Let his wickedness pour into him; now that he lies down, he shall rise no more.” 10. Even my ally in whom I trusted, who ate of my bread, has raised his heel over me. 11. But you, Lord, be gracious to me and raise me up, and I will repay them.12. With this I shall know that You desire me, when my enemies will not shout gleefully over me. 13. And I, because of my integrity, You upheld me; You set me before You forever. 14. Blessed is the Lord, the G-d of Israel, to all eternity, Amen and Amen.
 
Chapter 42
 
1. For the Conductor, a maskil1 by the sons of Korach. 2. As the deer cries longingly for brooks of water, so my soul cries longingly for You, O G-d! 3. My soul thirsts for G-d, for the living G-d. When will I come and behold the countenance of G-d? 4. My tears have been my bread day and night, when they say to me all day, "Where is your G-d?” 5. These do I recall, and pour out my soul from within me: how I traveled [to Jerusalem] in covered wagons; I would walk leisurely with them up to the House of G-d, amid the sound of rejoicing and thanksgiving, the celebrating multitude. 6. Why are you downcast, my soul, and why do you wail within me? Hope to G-d, for I will yet thank Him for the deliverances of His countenance. 7. My G-d! My soul is downcast upon me, because I remember You from the land of Jordan and Hermon's peaks, from Mount Mitzar.2 8. Deep calls to deep3 at the roar of Your channels; all Your breakers and waves have swept over me. 9. By day the Lord ordains His kindness, and at night His song is with me, a prayer to the G-d of my life. 10. I say to G-d, my rock, "Why have You forgotten me? Why must I walk in gloom under the oppression of the enemy?” 11. Like a sword in my bones, my adversaries disgrace me, when they say to me all day, "Where is your G-d?” 12. Why are you downcast, my soul, and why do you wail within me? Hope to G-d, for I will yet thank Him; He is my deliverance, [the light of] my countenance, and my G-d.


TIKKUN HAKLALI
 
Chapter 42
 
8. Deep calls to deep at the roar of Your channels; all Your breakers and waves have swept over me. 9. By day the Lord ordains His kindness, and at night His song is with me, a prayer to the G-d of my life. 10. I say to G-d, my rock, "Why have You forgotten me? Why must I walk in gloom under the oppression of the enemy?”
 
 
PSALM 89
 
15. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; kindness and truth go before Your countenance.
 
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