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The Complete Jewish Bible with Rashi Commentary
   

Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 124

Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 124

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Rashi's Commentary:

Chapter 124

1. A song of ascents. Of David. Had it not been for the Lord Who was with us, let Israel declare now.   א. שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת לְדָוִד לוּלֵי יְהֹוָה שֶׁהָיָה לָנוּ יֹאמַר נָא יִשְׂרָאֵל:
2. Had it not been for the Lord Who was with us when men rose up against us,   ב. לוּלֵי יְהֹוָה שֶׁהָיָה לָנוּ בְּקוּם עָלֵינוּ אָדָם:
3. Then they would have swallowed us raw when their anger was kindled against us.   ג. אֲזַי חַיִּים בְּלָעוּנוּ בַּחֲרוֹת אַפָּם בָּנוּ:
when their anger was kindled against us: Heb. בחרות, “when their anger was kindled against us,” is the same form as בעשות, “when he made.”  
4. Then the waters would have washed us away; illness would have passed over our soul.   ד. אֲזַי הַמַּיִם שְׁטָפוּנוּ נַחְלָה עָבַר עַל נַפְשֵׁנוּ:
illness: Heb. נחלה, Hehhhhddan expression of illness (חלי).  
5. Then the wicked waters would have passed over our soul.   ה. אֲזַי עָבַר עַל נַפְשֵׁנוּ הַמַּיִם הַזֵּידוֹנִים:
6. Blessed is the Lord, Who did not give us as prey for their teeth.   ו. בָּרוּךְ יְהֹוָה שֶׁלֹּא נְתָנָנוּ טֶרֶף לְשִׁנֵּיהֶם:
7. Our soul escaped like a bird from the hunters' snare; the snare broke, and we escaped.   ז. נַפְשֵׁנוּ כְּצִפּוֹר נִמְלְטָה מִפַּח יוֹקְשִׁים הַפַּח נִשְׁבָּר וַאֲנַחְנוּ נִמְלָטְנוּ:
Our soul escaped like a bird: [It escaped] from them like a bird that escaped from the hunter’s snare.  
8. Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.   ח. עֶזְרֵנוּ בְּשֵׁם יְהֹוָה עֹשֵׂה שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ:
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