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The Complete Jewish Bible with Rashi Commentary
   

Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 143

Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 143

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Rashi's Commentary:

Chapter 143

1A song of David. O Lord, hearken to my prayer, lend ear to my supplications; with Your faith, answer me with Your righteousness.   אמִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד יְהֹוָה | שְׁמַע תְּפִלָּתִי הַאֲזִינָה אֶל תַּחֲנוּנַי בֶּאֱמֻנָתְךָ עֲנֵנִי בְּצִדְקָתֶךָ:
with Your faith: to realize the promise that You promised me.  
2And do not come to judgment with Your servant, for no living being will be innocent before You.   בוְאַל תָּבוֹא בְמִשְׁפָּט אֶת עַבְדֶּךָ כִּי לֹא יִצְדַּק לְפָנֶיךָ כָל חָי:
3For an enemy pursued my soul; he crushed my soul to the earth; he has made me dwell in dark places like those who are long dead.   גכִּי רָדַף אוֹיֵב | נַפְשִׁי דִּכָּא לָאָרֶץ חַיָּתִי הוֹשִׁיבַנִי בְמַחֲשַׁכִּים כְּמֵתֵי עוֹלָם:
For an enemy pursued my soul: That is to say: If I have sinned before You, behold, I have suffered. This psalm was recited as referring to all of Israel in Babylon.  
4And my spirit enwrapped itself upon me; within me my heart is appalled.   דוַתִּתְעַטֵּף עָלַי רוּחִי בְּתוֹכִי יִשְׁתּוֹמֵם לִבִּי:
is appalled: Heb. ישתומם, an expression of daze and astonishment, like (Ezek. 3:15): “and I remained there overwhelmed (משמים) among them seven days.” Also (II Sam. 13:20): “and Tamar sat, overwhelmed (ושוממה).”  
5I remember the days of yore; I meditate over all Your works; I speak of the work of Your hands.   הזָכַרְתִּי יָמִים | מִקֶּדֶם הָגִיתִי בְכָל פָּעֳלֶךָ בְּמַעֲשֵׂה יָדֶיךָ אֲשׂוֹחֵחַ:
I remember the days of yore: when You performed for us many wondrous miracles.  
6I spread out my hands to You; my heart is like a weary land to You forever.   ופֵּרַשְׂתִּי יָדַי אֵלֶיךָ נַפְשִׁי | כְּאֶרֶץ עֲיֵפָה לְךָ סֶלָה:
like a weary land: in exile.  
7Answer me quickly, O Lord, my spirit pines. Do not hide Your countenance from me, lest I be likened to those who descend into the pit.   זמַהֵר עֲנֵנִי | יְהֹוָה כָּלְתָה רוּחִי אַל תַּסְתֵּר פָּנֶיךָ מִמֶּנִּי וְנִמְשַׁלְתִּי עִם יֹרְדֵי בוֹר:
my spirit pines: If one longs and does not attain, it is called the pining of the eyes and the pining of the spirit.  
8Let me hear Your kindness in the morning, for I hope in You; let me know the way in which I am to go, for to You I have lifted up my soul.   חהַשְׁמִיעֵנִי בַבֹּקֶר | חַסְדֶּךָ כִּי בְךָ בָטָחְתִּי הוֹדִיעֵנִי דֶּרֶךְ זוּ אֵלֵךְ כִּי אֵלֶיךָ נָשָׂאתִי נַפְשִׁי:
in the morning: When the redemption sprouts. (I found.)  
let me know the way in which I am to go; I lift up my soul: that You accept my request.  
9Save me from my enemies, O Lord; to You I have hidden.   טהַצִּילֵנִי מֵאֹיְבַי | יְהֹוָה אֵלֶיךָ כִסִּיתִי:
to You I have hidden: My tribulations I conceal from all men to tell them to You.  
10Teach me to do Your will for You are my God; may Your good spirit lead me in an even land.   ילַמְּדֵנִי | לַעֲשׂוֹת רְצוֹנֶךָ כִּי אַתָּה אֱלוֹהָי רוּחֲךָ טוֹבָה תַּנְחֵנִי בְּאֶרֶץ מִישׁוֹר:
11For the sake of Your name, O Lord, revive me; with Your righteousness, deliver my soul from distress.   יאלְמַעַן שִׁמְךָ יְהֹוָה תְּחַיֵּנִי בְּצִדְקָתְךָ | תּוֹצִיא מִצָּרָה נַפְשִׁי:
12And with Your kindness, You shall cut off my enemies, and You shall destroy all the oppressors of my soul, for I am Your servant.   יבוּבְחַסְדְּךָ תַּצְמִית אֹיְבָי וְהַאֲבַדְתָּ כָּל צֹרְרֵי נַפְשִׁי כִּי אֲנִי עַבְדֶּךָ:
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