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The Complete Jewish Bible with Rashi Commentary
   

Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 147

Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 147

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Rashi's Commentary:

Chapter 147

1Hallelujah! For it is good to sing to our God; because He is pleasant, praise is fitting for Him.   אהַלְלוּיָהּ | כִּי טוֹב זַמְּרָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ כִּי נָעִים נָאוָה תְהִלָּה:
For it is good to sing: For it is good to sing to Him.  
2The Lord is the builder of Jerusalem; He will gather the outcasts of Israel.   בבֹּנֵה יְרוּשָׁלִַם יְהֹוָה נִדְחֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל יְכַנֵּס:
3Who heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.   גהָרוֹפֵא לִשְׁבוּרֵי לֵב וּמְחַבֵּשׁ לְעַצְּבוֹתָם:
4He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name.   דמוֹנֶה מִסְפָּר לַכּוֹכָבִים לְכֻלָּם שֵׁמוֹת יִקְרָא:
5Our Lord is great and has much strength; His understanding cannot be calculated.   הגָּדוֹל אֲדוֹנֵינוּ וְרַב כֹּחַ לִתְבוּנָתוֹ אֵין מִסְפָּר:
6The Lord strengthens the humble; He humbles the wicked to the ground.   ומְעוֹדֵד עֲנָוִים יְהֹוָה מַשְׁפִּיל רְשָׁעִים עֲדֵי אָרֶץ:
7Shout to the Lord with thanks; sing praises to our God with a lyre.   זעֱנוּ לַיהֹוָה בְּתוֹדָה זַמְּרוּ לֵאלֹהֵינוּ בְכִנּוֹר:
8Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who prepares rain for the earth, Who causes the mountains to sprout grass.   חהַמְכַסֶּה שָׁמַיִם | בְּעָבִים הַמֵּכִין לָאָרֶץ מָטָר הַמַּצְמִיחַ הָרִים חָצִיר:
9He gives the animal its food, to the young ravens which call out.   טנוֹתֵן לִבְהֵמָה לַחְמָהּ לִבְנֵי עֹרֵב אֲשֶׁר יִקְרָאוּ:
its food: Heb. לחמה, lit. its bread.  
to the young ravens: Our Sages explained that he [the raven] is cruel to his offspring, and the Holy One, blessed be He, has pity on them and prepares for them gnats from their excrement, which enter their mouths.  
10He does not desire the might of the horse, nor does He take pleasure in the legs of man.   ילֹא בִגְבוּרַת הַסּוּס יֶחְפָּץ לֹא בְשׁוֹקֵי הָאִישׁ יִרְצֶה:
He does not desire the might of the horse: [i.e.,] the Holy One, blessed be He.  
nor does He take pleasure in the legs of man: nor does He want the swiftness of the running of the legs of man.  
11The Lord desires those who fear Him, those who hope for His kindness.   יארוֹצֶה יְהֹוָה אֶת יְרֵאָיו אֶת הַמְיַחֲלִים לְחַסְדּוֹ:
12O Jerusalem, praise the Lord; extol Your God, O Zion.   יבשַׁבְּחִי יְרוּשָׁלִַם אֶת יְהֹוָה הַלְלִי אֱלֹהַיִךְ צִיּוֹן:
13For He strengthened the bars of your gates; He blessed your children within you.   יגכִּי חִזַּק בְּרִיחֵי שְׁעָרָיִךְ בֵּרַךְ בָּנַיִךְ בְּקִרְבֵּךְ:
14Within your borders He makes peace; with the best of the wheat He will sate you.   ידהַשָּׂם גְּבוּלֵךְ שָׁלוֹם חֵלֶב חִטִּים יַשְׂבִּיעֵךְ:
the best of the wheat: Heb. חלב, lit. fat. The best, fat wheat kernels.  
15He sends His commandment to the earth; His word runs swiftly.   טוהַשֹּׁלֵחַ אִמְרָתוֹ אָרֶץ עַד מְהֵרָה יָרוּץ דְּבָרוֹ:
16He gives snow like wool; He scatters hoarfrost like ashes.   טזהַנֹּתֵן שֶׁלֶג כַּצָּמֶר כְּפוֹר כָּאֵפֶר יְפַזֵּר:
hoarfrost: Heb. כפור, jelede in Old French.  
17He hurls His ice like crumbs; before His cold, who can stand?   יזמַשְׁלִיךְ קַרְחוֹ כְפִתִּים לִפְנֵי קָרָתוֹ מִי יַעֲמֹד:
He hurls His ice like crumbs: The water congeals and becomes crumbs. [According to] Midrash Aggadah:  
like crumbs: Everything [is] according to the burden of the people: the poor manaccording to his lack of clothing, He is lenient with him.  
who can stand: that he should not become chilled from His cold?  
18He sends His word and melts them; He blows His wind; water runs.   יחיִשְׁלַח דְּבָרוֹ וְיַמְסֵם יַשֵּׁב רוּחוֹ יִזְּלוּ מָיִם:
He sends His word and melts them: those crumbs.  
He blows His wind: The west wind, to get rid of the ice, and water runs.  
19He tells His words to Jacob, His statutes and His judgments to Israel.   יטמַגִּיד דְּבָרָיו (כתיב דְּבָרָו) לְיַעֲקֹב חֻקָּיו וּמִשְׁפָּטָיו לְיִשְׂרָאֵל:
20He did not do so to any nation, and they did not know the judgments. Hallelujah!   כלֹא עָשָׂה כֵן | לְכָל גּוֹי וּמִשְׁפָּטִים בַּל יְדָעוּם הַלְלוּיָהּ:
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