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The Complete Jewish Bible with Rashi Commentary
   

Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 138

Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 138

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Rashi's Commentary:

Chapter 138

1. Of David. I shall thank You with all my heart; before the princes I shall sing Your praises.   א. לְדָוִד | אוֹדְךָ בְכָל לִבִּי נֶגֶד אֱלֹהִים אֲזַמְּרֶךָּ:
before the princes I shall sing Your praises: before the eyes of the princes (kings).  
2. I shall prostrate myself toward Your holy Temple, and I shall give thanks to Your name for Your kindness and for Your truth, for You magnified Your word over all Your names.   ב. אֶשְׁתַּחֲוֶה אֶל הֵיכַל קָדְשְׁךָ וְאוֹדֶה אֶת שְׁמֶךָ עַל חַסְדְּךָ וְעַל אֲמִתֶּךָ כִּי הִגְדַּלְתָּ עַל כָּל שִׁמְךָ אִמְרָתֶךָ:
for You magnified Your word over all Your names: Your name is mighty, jealous, and vengeful, but You magnified Your word, so that You skip over Your standards, over all Your names, and You forgive us.  
3. On the day that I called and You answered me; You made me great, [putting] strength into my soul.   ג. בְּיוֹם קָרָאתִי וַתַּעֲנֵנִי תַּרְהִבֵנִי בְנַפְשִׁי עֹז:
4. O Lord, all the kings of the earth will acknowledge You, for they heard the words of Your mouth.   ד. יוֹדוּךָ יְהֹוָה כָּל מַלְכֵי אָרֶץ כִּי שָׁמְעוּ אִמְרֵי פִיךָ:
for they heard: When they heard the words of Your mouth: “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery,” they acknowledged the words of Your mouth: “I am [the Lord your God]” and “You shall have no [other god].” It is proper to make them first accept the yoke of His kingdom, and then He should levy all His decrees.  
5. And they will sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord.   ה. וְיָשִׁירוּ בְּדַרְכֵי יְהֹוָה כִּי גָדוֹל כְּבוֹד יְהֹוָה:
6. For the Lord is high but He sees the lowly, and He chastises the haughty from afar.   ו. כִּי רָם יְהֹוָה וְשָׁפָל יִרְאֶה וְגָבֹהַּ מִמֶּרְחָק יְיֵדָע:
He chastises: Heb. יידע, chastises, like (Jud. 8:16): “and with them he broke (ויודע) the men of Succoth.”  
7. If I walk in the midst of distress, You revive me; against the wrath of my enemies, You stretch forth Your hand and Your right hand saves me.   ז. אִם אֵלֵךְ | בְּקֶרֶב צָרָה תְּחַיֵּנִי עַל אַף אֹיְבַי תִּשְׁלַח יָדֶךָ וְתוֹשִׁיעֵנִי יְמִינֶךָ:
8. May the Lord agree with me; O Lord, may Your kindness be eternal. Do not let go of the works of Your hands.   ח. יְהֹוָה יִגְמֹר בַּעֲדִי יְהֹוָה חַסְדְּךָ לְעוֹלָם מַעֲשֵׂי יָדֶיךָ אַל תֶּרֶף:
May the Lord agree with me: May He agree with my requests.  
the works of Your hands: The Temple, about which is stated (Exod. 15:16): “Your hands established.”  
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