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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Week 15 (Book 6): Reviewing the Second Week of Teveth - Psalms 43-45; 42:11-12, 59:1-2; 89:16

Chapter 43
1. Avenge me, O G-d, and champion my cause against an impious nation; rescue me from the man of deceit and iniquity. 2. For You are the G-d of my strength; why have You abandoned me? Why must I walk in gloom under the oppression of the enemy? 3. Send Your light and Your truth, they will guide me; they will bring me to Your holy mountain and to your sanctuaries. 4. Then I will come to the altar of G-d-to G-d, the joy of my delight-and praise You on the lyre, O G-d, my G-d. 5. 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.
Chapter 44
1. For the Conductor, by the sons of Korach, a maskil.1 2. G-d, with our ears we have heard, our fathers have told us, of the deeds You wrought in their days, in the days of old. 3. You drove out nations with Your hand, and planted [Israel in their place]; You afflicted peoples and banished them. 4. For not by their sword did they inherit the land, and their own arm did not save them, but by Your right hand, Your arm and the light of Your countenance-for You favored them. 5. You are my king, O G-d; decree the salvation of Jacob. 6. Through You will we gore our adversaries; with Your Name we will trample our opponents. 7. For I do not trust in my bow, and my sword cannot save me. 8. For You have delivered us from our foes, and You shamed those who hate us. 9. In G-d we glory all day, and forever thank Your Name, Selah. 10. Though You abandon and disgrace us, and do not go forth with our armies; 11. You cause us to retreat from the oppressor, and those who hate us plunder for themselves; 12. You deliver us like sheep to be devoured, and scatter us among the nations; 13. You sell Your nation without gain, and do not set a high price upon them; 14. You make us a disgrace to our neighbors, the scorn and derision of those around us; 15. You make us a byword among the nations, [a cause for] nodding the head among the peoples; 16. all day long my humiliation is before me, and the shame of my face covers me 17. at the voice of the reviler and blasphemer, because of the foe and avenger- 18. all this has come upon us, yet we have not forgotten You, nor have we been false to Your covenant. 19. Our hearts have not retracted, nor have our steps strayed from Your path. 20. Even when You crushed us in the place of serpents, and shrouded us in the shadow of death- 21. did we forget the Name of our G-d, and extend our hands to a foreign G-d? 22. Is it not so that G-d can examine this, for He knows the secrets of the heart. 23. For it is for Your sake that we are killed all the time; we are regarded as sheep for the slaughter. 24. Arise! Why do You sleep, my Lord? Wake up! Do not abandon [us] forever! 25. Why do You conceal Your countenance and forget our affliction and distress? 26. For our souls are bowed to the dust, our bellies cleave to the earth. 27. Arise! Be our help, and redeem us for the sake of Your kindness.
Chapter 45
1. For the Conductor, upon the shoshanim,1 By the sons of Korach; a maskil,2 a song of love. 2. My heart is astir with a noble theme; I say, "My composition is for the king;3 my tongue is the pen of a skillful scribe.” 3. You are the most handsome of men, charm is poured upon your lips; therefore has G-d blessed you forever. 4. Gird your sword upon your thigh, O mighty one-it is your majesty and splendor. 5. And with your splendor, succeed and ride on for the sake of truth and righteous humility; and your right hand will guide you to awesome deeds. 6. Your arrows are sharpened-nations fall beneath you-[the arrows fall] into the hearts of the king's enemies. 7. Your throne, O ruler, is forever and ever, [for] the scepter of justice is the scepter of your kingdom. 8. You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore has G-d, your G-d, anointed you with oil of joy above your peers. 9. Myrrh, aloes and cassia are [the fragrance] of all your garments, which are from ivory palaces that bring you joy. 10. Daughters of kings visit you, and the queen stands erect at your right hand, adorned in the fine gold of Ophir. 11. Hear, O daughter, and observe, incline your ear; forget your people and your father's house. 12. Then the king will desire your beauty. He is your master-bow to him. 13. The daughter of Tyre, the wealthiest of nations, will seek your favor with a gift. 14. All the glory of the princess is within; her clothing surpasses settings of gold. 15. In embroidered garments she will be brought to the king; the maidens in her train, her companions, will be led to you. 16. They will be brought with gladness and joy, they will enter the palace of the king. 17. Your sons will succeed your fathers; you will appoint them ministers throughout the land. 18. I will cause Your Name to be remembered throughout the generations; therefore will the nations praise You forever and ever.

Chapter 42
11. With murder in my bones, my oppressors have reproached me by saying to me all day long, "Where is your G-d?" 12. Why are you downcast, my soul, and why do you stir within me? Hope to G-d, for I will yet thank Him for the salvations of my countenance and my G-d.
Chapter 59
1. For the conductor, al tashcheth; of David a michtam, when Saul sent and they guarded the house to slay him. 2. Save me from my enemies, my G-d; strengthen me against those who rise up against me.
16. Fortunate is the people that know the blasting of the shofar; O Lord, may they walk in the light of Your countenance.

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