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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Week 31 (Book 6): Reviewing the First Week of Iyar - Psalms 91-93; 90:11-13; 89:32

PSALMS (Introductions and Translations from Chabad.org):

Chapter 91

This psalm inspires the hearts of the people to seek shelter under the wings of the Divine Presence. It also speaks of the four seasons of the year, and their respective ministering powers, instructing those who safeguard their souls to avoid them.

1. You who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, who abides in the shadow of the Omnipotent: 2. I say of the Lord who is my refuge and my stronghold, my G-d in whom I trust, 3. that He will save you from the ensnaring trap, from the destructive pestilence. 4. He will cover you with His pinions and you will find refuge under His wings; His truth is a shield and an armor. 5. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day; 6. the pestilence that prowls in the darkness, nor the destruction that ravages at noon. 7. A thousand may fall at your [left] side, and ten thousand at your right, but it shall not reach you. 8. You need only look with your eyes, and you will see the retribution of the wicked. 9. Because you [have said,] "The Lord is my shelter," and you have made the Most High your haven, 10. no evil will befall you, no plague will come near your tent. 11. For He will instruct His angels in your behalf, to guard you in all your ways. 12. They will carry you in their hands, lest you injure your foot upon a rock. 13. You will tread upon the lion and the viper; you will trample upon the young lion and the serpent. 14. Because he desires Me, I will deliver him; I will fortify him, for he knows My Name. 15. When he calls on Me, I will answer him; I am with him in distress. I will deliver him and honor him. 16. I will satiate him with long life, and show him My deliverance.

Chapter 92

Sung every Shabbat by the Levites in the Holy Temple, this psalm speaks of the World to Come, and comforts the hearts of those crushed by suffering.

1. A psalm, a song for the Shabbat day. 2. It is good to praise the Lord, and to sing to Your Name, O Most High; 3. to proclaim Your kindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness in the nights, 4. with a ten-stringed instrument and lyre, to the melody of a harp. 5. For You, Lord, have gladdened me with Your deeds; I sing for joy at the works of Your hand. 6. How great are Your works, O Lord; how very profound Your thoughts! 7. A brutish man cannot know, a fool cannot comprehend this: 8. When the wicked thrive like grass, and all evildoers flourish-it is in order that they may be destroyed forever. 9. But You, Lord, are exalted forever. 10. Indeed, Your enemies, O Lord, indeed Your enemies shall perish; all evildoers shall be scattered. 11. But You have increased my might like that of a wild ox; I am anointed with fresh oil. 12. My eyes have seen [the downfall of] my watchful enemies; my ears have heard [the doom of] the wicked who rise against me. 13. The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, grow tall like a cedar in Lebanon. 14. Planted in the House of the Lord, they shall blossom in the courtyards of our G-d. 15. They shall be fruitful even in old age; they shall be full of sap and freshness- 16. to declare that the Lord is just; He is my Strength, and there is no injustice in Him.

Chapter 93

This psalm speaks of the Messianic era, when G-d will don grandeur-allowing no room for man to boast before Him as did Nebuchadnezzar, Pharaoh, and Sennacherib.

1. The Lord is King; He has garbed Himself with grandeur; the Lord has robed Himself, He has girded Himself with strength; He has also established the world firmly that it shall not falter. 2. Your throne stands firm from of old; You have existed forever. 3. The rivers have raised, O Lord, the rivers have raised their voice; the rivers raise their raging waves. 4. More than the sound of many waters, than the mighty breakers of the sea, is the Lord mighty on High. 5. Your testimonies are most trustworthy; Your House will be resplendent in holiness, O Lord, forever.


Chapter 90

11. Who can know the intensity of Your anger? Your wrath is commensurate with one's fear of You. 

12. Teach us, then, to reckon our days, that we may acquire a wise heart. 
13. Relent, O Lord; how long [will Your anger last]? Have compassion upon Your servants.


32. if they profane My statutes and do not observe My commandments, 

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