Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Week 39 (Book 5): Reviewing the Week of Rosh Chodesh Tammuz - Psalms 115-117; 105:18-20; 89:40

PSALMS (Introductions and Translations from Chabad.org):

Chapter 115        
A prayer that G-d bring this long exile to an end, for the sake of His Name-that it not be desecrated.
1. Not for our sake, Lord, not for our sake, but for the sake of Your Name bestow glory, because of Your kindness and Your truth. 2. Why should the nations say, "Where, now, is their G-d?” 3. Indeed, our G-d is in heaven; whatever He desires, He does. 4. Their idols are of silver and gold, the product of human hands. 5. They have a mouth, but cannot speak; they have eyes, but cannot see; 6. they have ears, but cannot hear; they have a nose, but cannot smell; 7. their hands cannot touch; their feet cannot walk; they can make no sound in their throat. 8. Those who make them will become like them-all who put their trust in them. 9. Israel, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield. 10. House of Aaron, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield. 11. You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield. 12. The Lord who is ever mindful of us, may He bless: May He bless the House of Israel; may He bless the House of Aaron; 13. may He bless those who fear the Lord, the small with the great. 14. May the Lord increase [blessing] upon you, upon you and upon your children. 15. You are blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. 16. The heavens are the Lord's heavens, but the earth He gave to the children of man. 17. The dead cannot praise the Lord, nor any who descend into the silence [of the grave]. 18. But we will bless the Lord from now to eternity. Praise the Lord!

Chapter 116
This psalm contains magnificent praises to G-d. It also describes David's love for G-d, in light of all the miracles He performed for him. David does not know how to repay G-d, declaring it impossible to pay back for all G-d has done for him.
1. I would love if the Lord would listen to my voice, to my supplications; 2. if He would turn His ear to me on the days when I call. 3. The pangs of death encompassed me and the misery of the grave came upon me; I encounter trouble and sorrow. 4. I invoke the Name of the Lord, "Lord, I implore you, deliver my soul!” 5. The Lord is gracious and righteous; our G-d is compassionate. 6. The Lord watches over the simpletons; I was brought low, and He saved me. 7. Return, my soul, to your tranquility, for the Lord has bestowed goodness upon you. 8. For You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. 9. I shall walk before the Lord in the lands of the living. 10. I had faith even when I declared, "I am greatly afflicted"; 11. [even when] I said in my haste, "All men are deceitful.” 12. How can I repay the Lord for all His beneficences to me? 13. I will raise the cup of deliverance and proclaim the Name of the Lord. 14. I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all His people. 15. Grievous in the eyes of the Lord is the death of His pious ones. 16. I thank you, Lord, that since I am Your servant, I am Your servant the son of Your maidservant, You have loosened my bonds. 17. To You I will bring an offering of thanksgiving, and proclaim the Name of the Lord. 18. I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all His people, 19. in the courtyards of the House of the Lord, in the midst of Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!

Chapter 117

This psalm of two verses alludes to the Messianic era, when the Children of Israel will enjoy their former glory. All will praise G-d, in fulfillment of the verse, "All will then call in the Name of G-d."

1. Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol Him, all you peoples. 2. For His kindness was mighty over us, and the truth of the Lord is everlasting. Praise the Lord!


Chapter 105

18. They afflicted his foot with fetters; his soul was placed in irons.
19. Until His word came, the saying of the Lord purified him.
20. A king sent and released him, a ruler of peoples [sent] and loosed his bonds.


40. You abrogated the covenant of Your servant; You profaned his crown to the ground.

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