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Sunday, August 10, 2014
Week 20 (Book 6): Reviewing the Third Week of Shevat - Psalms 58-60; 59:15-17; 89:21
PSALMS (Introductions and Translations from Chabad.org):
expresses the anguish caused him by Avner and his other enemies, who justified
Saul's pursuit of him.
1. For the Conductor, a
plea to be spared destruction; by David, a michtam. 2. Is it true that you are
mute [instead of] speaking justice? [Instead of] judging men with fairness? 3.
Even with your heart you wreak injustice upon the land; you justify the
violence of your hands. 4. The wicked are estranged from the womb; from birth
do the speakers of falsehood stray. 5. Their venom is like the venom of a
snake; like the deaf viper that closes its ear 6. so as not to hear the voice
of charmers, [even] the most skillful caster of spells. 7. O G-d, smash their
teeth in their mouth; shatter the fangs of the young lions, O Lord. 8. Let them
melt like water and disappear; when He aims His arrows, may they crumble. 9.
Like the snail that melts as it goes along, like the stillbirth of a woman-they
never see the sun. 10. Before your tender shoots know [to become] hardened
thorns, He will blast them away, as one [uprooting] with vigor and wrath. 11.
The righteous one will rejoice when he sees revenge; he will bathe his feet in
the blood of the wicked. 12. And man will say, "There is indeed reward for
the righteous; indeed there is a G-d Who judges in the land."
psalm speaks of the great miracle David experienced when he eluded danger by
escaping through a window, unnoticed by the guards at the door. The prayers,
supplications, and entreaties he offered then are recorded here.
1. For the Conductor, a
plea to be spared destruction, By David, a michtam, when Saul dispatched [men],
and they guarded the house in order to kill him. 2. Rescue me from my enemies,
my G-d; raise me above those who rise against me. 3. Rescue me from evildoers,
save me from men of bloodshed. 4. For behold they lie in ambush for my soul,
mighty ones gather against me-not because of my sin nor my transgression, O
Lord. 5. Without iniquity [on my part,] they run and prepare-awaken towards me
and see! 6. And You, Lord, G-d of Hosts, G-d of Israel, wake up to remember all
the nations; do not grant favor to any of the iniquitous traitors, Selah. 7.
They return toward evening, they howl like the dog and circle the city. 8.
Behold, they spew with their mouths, swords are in their lips, for [they say],
"Who hears?” 9. But You, Lord, You laugh at them; You mock all nations.
10. [Because of] his might, I wait for You, for G-d is my stronghold. 11. The G-d
of my kindness will anticipate my [need]; G-d will show me [the downfall] of my
watchful foes. 12. Do not kill them, lest my nation forget; drive them about
with Your might and impoverish them, O our Shield, my Master, 13. [for] the sin
of their mouth, the word of their lips; let them be trapped by their arrogance.
At the sight of their accursed state and deterioration, [people] will recount.
14. Consume them in wrath, consume them and they will be no more; and they will
know that G-d rules in Jacob, to the ends of the earth, Selah. 15. And they
will return toward evening, they will howl like the dog and circle the city.
16. They will wander about to eat; when they will not be sated they will groan.
17. As for me, I shall sing of Your might, and sing joyously of Your kindness
toward morning, for You have been a stronghold to me, a refuge on the day of my
distress. 18. [You are] my strength, to You I will sing, for G-d is my
stronghold, the G-d of my kindness.
psalm tells of when Joab, David's general, came to Aram Naharayim for war and
was asked by the people: "Are you not from the children of Jacob? What of
the pact he made with Laban?" Not knowing what to answer, Joab asked the
Sanhedrin. The psalm includes David's prayer for success in this war.
1. For the Conductor, on
the shushan eidut. A michtam by David, to instruct, 2. when he battled with
Aram Naharayim and Aram Tzovah, and Joab returned and smote Edom in the Valley
of Salt, twelve thousand [men]. 3. O G-d, You forsook us, You have breached us!
You grew furious-restore us! 4. You made the earth quake, You split it
apart-heal its fragments, for it totters! 5. You showed Your nation harshness,
You gave us benumbing wine to drink. 6. [Now] give those who fear You a banner
to raise themselves, for the sake of truth, Selah. 7. That Your beloved ones
may be delivered, help with Your right hand and answer me. 8. G-d said with His
Holy [Spirit] that I would exult; I would divide Shechem, and measure out the
Valley of Succot. 9. Mine is Gilead, mine is Menasseh, and Ephraim is the
stronghold of my head; Judah is my prince. 10. Moab is my washbasin, and upon
Edom I will cast my shoe; for me, Philistia will sound a blast [of coronation].
11. Who will bring me into the fortified city? Who will lead me unto Edom? 12.
Is it not You, G-d, Who has [until now] forsaken us, and did not go forth with
our legions? 13. Grant us relief from the oppressor; futile is the salvation of
man. 14. With G-d we will do valiantly, and He will trample our oppressors.
15. And they will return toward evening, they will howl like the dog and
circle the city. 16. They will wander about to eat; when they will not be sated
they will groan. 17. As for me, I shall sing of Your might, and sing joyously
of Your kindness toward morning, for You have been a stronghold to me, a refuge
on the day of my distress.
21. I have found David, My servant; I have anointed him with My holy