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Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 54

Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 54

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Chapter 54

1For the conductor, on neginoth, a maskil of David.   אלַֽמְנַצֵּ֥חַ בִּ֜נְגִינֹ֗ת מַשְׂכִּ֥יל לְדָוִֽד:
2When the Ziphim came and said to Saul, "Is not David hiding with us?"   בבְּב֣וֹא הַ֖זִּיפִים וַיֹּֽאמְר֥וּ לְשָׁא֑וּל הֲלֹ֥א דָ֜וִ֗ד מִסְתַּתֵּ֥ר עִמָּֽנוּ:
3O God, with Your name save me, and with Your might avenge me.   גאֱלֹהִים בְּשִׁמְךָ֣ הֽוֹשִׁיעֵ֑נִי וּבִגְבוּרָֽתְךָ֥ תְדִינֵֽנִי:
and with Your might, avenge me: Heb. תדינני, Wreak my vengeance, as (Deut. 32:36): “When the Lord will avenge (ידין) His people.”  
4O God, hearken to my prayer, incline Your ear to the words of my mouth.   דאֱלֹהִים שְׁמַ֣ע תְּפִלָּתִ֑י הַֽ֜אֲזִ֜ינָה לְאִמְרֵי־פִֽי:
5For strangers rose upon me and violent men sought my soul; they did not place God before them forever.   הכִּ֚י זָרִ֨ים | קָ֚מוּ עָלַ֗י וְ֖עָֽרִיצִים בִּקְשׁ֣וּ נַפְשִׁ֑י לֹא־שָׂ֨מוּ אֱלֹהִ֖ים לְנֶגְדָּ֣ם סֶֽלָה:
6Behold, God is my Helper; the Lord is [help] to those who support my soul.   והִנֵּ֣ה אֱ֖לֹהִים עֹזֵ֣ר לִ֑י אֲ֜דֹנָ֗י בְּֽסֹמְכֵ֥י נַפְשִֽׁי:
7He will return the evil to those who lie in wait for me; cut them off with Your truth.   זיָשִׁ֣יב (כתיב יָשִׁ֣וב) הָ֖רַע לְשֹֽׁרְרָ֑י בַּֽ֜אֲמִתְּךָ֗ הַצְמִיתֵֽם:
to those who lie in wait for me: Heb. לשררי, those who eye me, an expression of (Num. 24:17): “I see him (אשורנו), but not near.”  
with Your truth: Since You are truthful, and You said that You would wreak vengeance upon talebearers and those who pursue to kill, therefore, cut them off.  
8With generosity, I will slaughter sacrifices to You; I will thank Your name, O Lord, because it is good.   חבִּנְדָבָ֥ה אֶזְבְּחָה־לָּ֑ךְ א֘וֹדֶ֚ה שִׁמְךָ֖ יְהֹוָ֣ה כִּי־טֽוֹב:
9For He saved me from every distress, and my eye saw my enemies.   טכִּ֣י מִכָּל־צָרָ֣ה הִצִּילָ֑נִי וּ֜בְאֹֽיְבַ֗י רָֽאֲתָ֥ה עֵינִֽי:
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