Monday, December 1, 2014

Week 11 (Book 5): Reviewing the Third Week of Kislev - Psalms 31-33; 41:12-14; 89:12

Chapter 31
1. For the Conductor, a psalm by David. 2. In You I have taken shelter, O Lord, I shall never be shamed; rescue me in Your righteousness. 3. Turn Your ear to me, save me quickly; be to me a rock of refuge, a fortress to deliver me. 4. For You are my rock and my fortress; for the sake of Your Name, direct me and lead me. 5. Remove me from the net they planted for me, for You are my stronghold. 6. I entrust my spirit into Your hand; You will redeem me, Lord, G-d of truth. 7. I despise those who anticipate worthless vanities; but I trust in the Lord. 8. I will rejoice and delight in Your kindness, for You have seen my affliction; You know the troubles of my soul. 9. You have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet on spacious ground. 10. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye wastes away from vexation-my soul and my stomach. 11. For my life is spent in sorrow, my years in sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones are wasted away. 12. Because of myadversaries I have become a disgrace-exceedingly to my neighbors, and a dread to my friends; those who see me outside flee from me. 13. Like a dead man, I was forgotten from the heart; I became like a lost vessel. 14. For I have heard the slander of many, terror on every side, when they assembled together against me and plotted to take my life. 15. But I trusted in You, O Lord; I said, "You are my G-d.” 16. My times are in Your hand; save me from the hands of my enemies and pursuers. 17. Shine Your countenance upon Your servant; deliver me in Your kindness. 18. O Lord, let me not be ashamed, for I have called You; let the wicked be shamed, let them be silent to the grave. 19. Let the lips of falsehood-which speak insolently against the righteous, with arrogance and contempt-be struck dumb. 20. How abundant is Your good that You have hidden for those who fear You; in the presence of man, You have acted for those who take refuge in You. 21. Conceal them from the haughtiness of man, in the shelter of Your countenance; hide them in a shelter from the strife of tongues. 22. Blessed is the Lord, for He has been wondrous in His kindness to me in a besieged city. 23. I said in my panic, "I am cut off from before Your eyes!" But in truth, You heard the voice of my pleas when I cried to You. 24. Love the lord, all His pious ones! The Lord preserves the faithful, and repays with exactness those who act haughtily. 25. Be strong and fortify your hearts, all who put their hope in the Lord!
Chapter 32
1. By David, a maskil.1Fortunate is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2. Fortunate is the man to whom the Lord does not reckon his sin, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. 3. When I was silent, my limbs wore away through my wailing all day long. 4. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my marrow became [dry] as the droughts of summer, Selah. 5. My sin I made known to You, my iniquity I did not cover. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord," and You have forgiven the iniquity of my transgression forever. 6. For this let every pious man pray to You, at a time when You may be found; indeed, the flood of many waters will not reach him. 7. You are a refuge to me; protect me from distress; surround me with songs of deliverance forever. 8. I will enlighten you and educate you in the path you should go; I will advise you with what I have seen. 9. Be not like a horse, like a mule, senseless, that must be muzzled with bit and bridle when being adorned, so that it not come near you. 10. Many are the agonies of the wicked, but he who trusts in the Lord is surrounded by kindness. 11. Rejoice in the Lord and exult, you righteous ones! Sing joyously, all you upright of heart!
Chapter 33
1. Sing joyously to the Lord, you righteous ones; it is fitting for the upright to offer praise. 2. Extol the Lord with a harp; sing to Him with a ten-stringed lyre. 3. Sing to Him a new song; play well with sounds of jubilation. 4. For the word of the Lord is just; all His deeds are done in faithfulness. 5. He loves righteousness and justice; the kindness of the Lord fills the earth. 6. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their hosts. 7. He gathers the waters of the sea like a mound; He places the deep waters in vaults. 8. Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world tremble before Him. 9. For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it endured. 10. The Lord has annulled the counsel of nations; He has foiled the schemes of peoples. 11. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the thoughts of His heart throughout all generations. 12. Fortunate is the nation whose G-d is the Lord, the people He chose as a heritage for Himself. 13. The Lord looks down from heaven; He beholds all mankind. 14. From His dwelling-place He looks intently upon all the inhabitants of the earth. 15. It is He Who fashions the hearts of them all, Who perceives all their actions. 16. The king is not saved by a great army, nor a warrior rescued by great might. 17. The horse is a false guarantee for victory; with all its great strength it offers no escape. 18. But the eye of the Lord is directed toward those who fear Him, toward those who hope for His kindness, 19. to save their soul from death and to sustain them during famine. 20. Our soul yearns for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. 21. For our heart shall rejoice in Him, for we have put our trust in His Holy Name. 22. May Your kindness, Lord, be upon us, as we have placed our hope in You.

Chapter 41
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.

12. Yours are the heavens, the earth is also Yours; the world and all therein-You established them.

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