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Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 91

Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 91

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Rashi's Commentary:

Chapter 91

1He who dwells in the covert of the Most High will lodge in the shadow of the Almighty.   איֹשֵׁב בְּסֵתֶר עֶלְיוֹן בְּצֵל שַׁדַּי יִתְלוֹנָן:
He who dwells in the covert of the Most High: He who takes shelter in the covert of the wings of the Shechinahhe will lodge in His shadow, for the Holy One, blessed be He, protects him. Moses, our teacher, hereby persuades people to take shelter in the wings of the Shechinah.  
the Almighty: Heb. שדי, an expression of strength. “He who dwells in the covert of the Most High” is like (Song 2:3): “in His shadow I desired and sat.”  
2I shall say of the Lord [that He is] my shelter and my fortress, my God in Whom I trust.   באֹמַר לַיהֹוָה מַחְסִּי וּמְצוּדָתִי אֱלֹהַי אֶבְטַח בּוֹ:
I shall say of the Lord [that He is] my shelter and my fortress: and all will learn from me. Now why do I say this?  
3For He will save you from the snare that traps from the devastating pestilence.   גכִּי הוּא יַצִּילְךָ מִפַּח יָקוּשׁ מִדֶּבֶר הַוּוֹת:
For He will save you from the snare that traps, etc.: To everyone he says, “He who dwells in the covert of the Most High.”  
4With His wing He will cover you, and under His wings you will take refuge; His truth is an encompassing shield.   דבְּאֶבְרָתוֹ | יָסֶךְ לָךְ וְתַחַת כְּנָפָיו תֶּחְסֶּה צִנָּה וְסֹחֵרָה אֲמִתּוֹ:
With His wing He will cover… you will take refuge: You will be covered.  
an encompassing shield: Heb. צנה וסחרה. This is a shield that encompasses a man closely on his four sides. וסֹחֵרָה is an expression of סְחוֹר סְחוֹר, around.  
5You will not fear the fright of night, the arrow that flies by day;   הלֹא תִירָא מִפַּחַד לָיְלָה מֵחֵץ יָעוּף יוֹמָם:
You will not fear: if you trust in Him.  
the arrow that flies by day: the demon that flies like an arrow.  
6Pestilence that prowls in darkness, destruction that ravages at noon.   ומִדֶּבֶר בָּאֹפֶל יַהֲלֹךְ מִקֶּטֶב יָשׁוּד צָהֳרָיִם:
Pestilence, etc., destruction: These are names of demons; one destroys at night, and one destroys at noon.  
ravages: Heb. יָשוּד, [equivalent to] יְשוֹדֵד.  
7A thousand will be stationed at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it will not approach you.   זיִפֹּל מִצִּדְּךָ | אֶלֶף וּרְבָבָה מִימִינֶךָ אֵלֶיךָ לֹא יִגָּשׁ:
A thousand will be stationed at your side: Heb. יפל, an expression of encamping, as (Gen. 25:18): “before the face of all his brothers did he settle (נפל).”  
at your side: At your left a thousand demons will be stationed, and they will not approach you to harm [you].  
8You will but gaze with your eyes, and you will see the annihilation of the wicked.   חרַק בְּעֵינֶיךָ תַבִּיט וְשִׁלֻּמַת רְשָׁעִים תִּרְאֶה:
and… the annihilation: Heb. ושלמת, complete destruction. And why?  
9For you [said], "The Lord is my refuge"; the Most High you made your dwelling.   טכִּי אַתָּה יְהֹוָה מַחְסִּי עֶלְיוֹן שַׂמְתָּ מְעוֹנֶךָ:
For you: You said, “The Lord is my refuge.” This is an elliptical verse.  
the Most High you made your dwelling: You made the Holy One, blessed be He, the seat of your trust.  
10No harm will befall you, nor will a plague draw near to your tent.   ילֹא תְאֻנֶּה אֵלֶיךָ רָעָה וְנֶגַע לֹא יִקְרַב בְּאָהֳלֶךָ:
No… will befall: Heb. לא תאנה, will not happen. Similarly, (Exod. 21:13): “and God allowed it to happen (אנה) to his hand.”  
11For He will command His angels on your behalf to guard you in all your ways.   יאכִּי מַלְאָכָיו יְצַוֶּה לָּךְ לִשְׁמָרְךָ בְּכָל דְּרָכֶיךָ:
12On [their] hands they will bear you, lest your foot stumble on a stone.   יבעַל כַּפַּיִם יִשָּׂאוּנְךָ פֶּן תִּגֹּף בָּאֶבֶן רַגְלֶךָ:
lest… stumble: Heb. תגף, lest it [your foot] stumble, and so every expression of נְגִפָה, acupir, azoper, to hit, strike against.  
13On a young lion and a cobra you will tread; you will trample the young lion and the serpent.   יגעַל שַׁחַל וָפֶתֶן תִּדְרֹךְ תִּרְמֹס כְּפִיר וְתַנִּין:
14For he yearns for Me, and I shall rescue him; I shall fortify him because he knows My name.   ידכִּי בִי חָשַׁק וַאֲפַלְּטֵהוּ אֲשַׂגְּבֵהוּ כִּי יָדַע שְׁמִי:
15He will call Me and I shall answer him; I am with him in distress; I shall rescue him and I shall honor him.   טויִקְרָאֵנִי | וְאֶעֱנֵהוּ עִמּוֹ אָנֹכִי בְצָרָה אֲחַלְּצֵהוּ וַאֲכַבְּדֵהוּ:
16With length of days I shall satiate him, and I shall show him My salvation.   טזאֹרֶךְ יָמִים אַשְׂבִּיעֵהוּ וְאַרְאֵהוּ בִּישׁוּעָתִי:
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