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The Complete Jewish Bible with Rashi Commentary
   

Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 47

Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 47

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Rashi's Commentary:

Chapter 47

1. For the conductor; of the sons of Korah, a song.   א. לַמְנַצֵּחַ | לִבְנֵי קֹרַח מִזְמוֹר:
2. All peoples, clap hands; shout to God with a voice of praise.   ב. כָּל הָעַמִּים תִּקְעוּ כָף הָרִיעוּ לֵאלֹהִים בְּקוֹל רִנָּה:
clap hands: Join together with one another to shout to God with a voice of praise.  
3. For the Lord is Most High; yea, feared; a great King over all the earth.   ג. כִּי יְהֹוָה עֶלְיוֹן נוֹרָא מֶלֶךְ גָּדוֹל עַל כָּל הָאָרֶץ:
4. He shall plague peoples in our stead and kingdoms under our feet.   ד. יַדְבֵּר עַמִּים תַּחְתֵּינוּ וּלְאֻמִּים תַּחַת רַגְלֵינוּ:
He shall plague peoples in our stead: Heb. עמים תחתינו ידבר, He shall afflict the peoples with a plague (דבר) instead of our soul(s) so that His wrath will subside through them, and we will be saved, as the matter that is stated (Isa. 43:3): “I have given Egypt as your ransom, etc.” Menachem, however, associated it with an expression of leading (p. 61).  
5. He shall choose our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob, which He loves forever.   ה. יִבְחַר לָנוּ אֶת נַחֲלָתֵנוּ אֶת גְּאוֹן יַעֲקֹב אֲשֶׁר אָהֵב סֶלָה:
He shall choose… for us: and restore us to its midst. Then He will be exalted with the trumpet blast and the sound of the shofar that we will sound before Him over the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, and we will say, “Sing to God, etc.”  
6. God shall be exalted with the trumpet blast; the Lord, with the sound of the shofar.   ו. עָלָה אֱלֹהִים בִּתְרוּעָה יְהֹוָה בְּקוֹל שׁוֹפָר:
7. Sing to God, sing; sing to our King, sing.   ז. זַמְּרוּ אֱלֹהִים זַמֵּרוּ זַמְּרוּ לְמַלְכֵּנוּ זַמֵּרוּ:
8. For God is the King of all the earth; sing a song composed with wisdom.   ח. כִּי מֶלֶךְ כָּל הָאָרֶץ אֱלֹהִים זַמְּרוּ מַשְׂכִּיל:
9. God has reigned over nations; God has sat upon His holy throne.   ט. מָלַךְ אֱלֹהִים עַל גּוֹיִם אֱלֹהִים יָשַׁב | עַל כִּסֵּא קָדְשׁוֹ:
God has reigned over nations: So will everyone say.  
God has sat upon His holy throne: Now the throne is complete and the greatness is recognized, and they will declare that the volunteers of the people have gathered to His city.  
10. The volunteers of the peoples have assembled, the people of the God of Abraham, for God has the shields of the earth; He is exceedingly exalted.   י. נְדִיבֵי עַמִּים | נֶאֱסָפוּ עַם אֱלֹהֵי אַבְרָהָם כִּי לֵאלֹהִים מָגִנֵּי אֶרֶץ מְאֹד נַעֲלָה:
The volunteers of the peoples: Who offered themselves to the slaughter, to be slain for the sanctity of His name.  
the people of the God of Abraham: who was the first volunteer, the first of the proselytes [he was the first to volunteer himself to proselytize]. Now it is known that  
God has the shields of the earth: and He has the power to be a shield for all who trust in Him.  
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