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Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 148

Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 148

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Rashi's Commentary:

Chapter 148

1. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the heights.   א. הַלְלוּיָהּ | הַלְלוּ אֶת יְהֹוָה מִן הַשָּׁמַיִם הַלְלוּהוּ בַּמְּרוֹמִים:
2. Praise Him, all His angels; praise Him, all His hosts.   ב. הַלְלוּהוּ כָּל מַלְאָכָיו הַלְלוּהוּ כָּל צְבָאָיו:
3. Praise Him, sun and moon; praise Him, all stars of the night.   ג. הַלְלוּהוּ שֶׁמֶשׁ וְיָרֵחַ הַלְלוּהוּ כָּל כּוֹכְבֵי אוֹר:
stars of the night: Heb. כוכבי אור, stars of the night.  
4. Praise Him, highest heavens and the water that is above the heavens.   ד. הַלְלוּהוּ שְׁמֵי הַשָּׁמָיִם וְהַמַּיִם אֲשֶׁר | מֵעַל הַשָּׁמָיִם:
5. They shall praise the name of the Lord, for He commanded and they were created.   ה. יְהַלְלוּ אֶת שֵׁם יְהֹוָה כִּי הוּא צִוָּה וְנִבְרָאוּ:
6. And He set them up to eternity, yea forever, He issued a decree, which will not change.   ו. וַיַּעֲמִידֵם לָעַד לְעוֹלָם חָק נָתַן וְלֹא יַעֲבוֹר:
He issued a decree: to them, that this one should serve by day and that one should serve by night.  
which will not change: That decree.  
7. Praise the Lord from the earth, sea monsters and all deeps.   ז. הַלְלוּ אֶת יְהֹוָה מִן הָאָרֶץ תַּנִּינִים וְכָל תְּהֹמוֹת:
sea monsters: Heb. תנינים, huge fish.  
8. Fire and hail, snow and vapor, a storm wind, performing His word.   ח. אֵשׁ וּבָרָד שֶׁלֶג וְקִיטוֹר רוּחַ סְעָרָה עֹשָׂה דְבָרוֹ:
and hail: Heb. וברד, gresle or grezle in Old French, hail.  
snow: Heb. שלג, neyf or nayf in old French, snow.  
and vapor: וקיטור, an expression of a mist called bruine or broine in Old French, mist, fog.  
a storm wind: which performs His word and His mission. Our Sages said (Chag. 12b): These things were originally hidden in heaven, and David came and brought them down to earth because they are kinds of punishment, and it is not fitting for them to be hidden in the dwellings of the Holy One, blessed be He.  
9. The mountains and all the hills, fruit trees and all cedars.   ט. הֶהָרִים וְכָל גְּבָעוֹת עֵץ פְּרִי וְכָל אֲרָזִים:
10. Beasts and all cattle, creeping things and winged fowl.   י. הַחַיָּה וְכָל בְּהֵמָה רֶמֶשׂ וְצִפּוֹר כָּנָף:
11. Kings of the earth and all kingdoms, princes and all judges of the earth.   יא. מַלְכֵי אֶרֶץ וְכָל לְּאֻמִּים שָֹרִים וְכָל שֹׁפְטֵי אָרֶץ:
12. Youths and also maidens, old men with young boys,   יב. בַּחוּרִים וְגַם בְּתוּלוֹת זְקֵנִים עִם נְעָרִים:
13. Will praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is powerful; His splendor is on earth and heaven.   יג. יְהַלְלוּ | אֶת שֵׁם יְהֹוָה כִּי נִשְׂגָּב שְׁמוֹ לְבַדּוֹ הוֹדוֹ עַל אֶרֶץ וְשָׁמָיִם:
14. He raised up a horn for His people, praise to all His pious ones, to the children of Israel, the people close to Him. Hallelujah!   יד. וַיָּרֶם קֶרֶן | לְעַמּוֹ תְּהִלָּה לְכָל חֲסִידָיו לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל עַם קְרֹבוֹ הַלְלוּיָהּ:
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