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Tikkun Page: 5 of 10

Psalms Chapter: 59

1. David gave this song to the conductor. It’s a song he sang often entitled, “Don’t Destroy Me,” composed when Saul sent men to surround his house by night and murder him the next morning.

 א.  לַמְנַצֵּחַ אַל–תַּשְׁחֵת לְדָוִד מִכְתָּם, בִּשְׁלֹחַ שָׁאוּל וַיִּשְׁמְרוּ אֶת–הַבַּיִת לַהֲמִיתוֹ


2. Rescue me Hashem from my enemies and elevate me above my challengers.

ב.  הַצִּילֵנִי מֵאֹיְבַי, אֱלֹהָי, מִמִּתְקוֹמְמַי תְּשַׂגְּבֵנִי


3. Save me from those who slander me and from the bloodthirsty men who want to kill me.

ג.  הַצִּילֵנִי מִפֹּעֲלֵי אָוֶן, וּמֵאַנְשֵׁי דָמִים הוֹשִׁיעֵנִי


4. Powerful soldiers are surrounding me and are waiting to ambush me, but HaShem, You know I didn’t hurt them.

ד.  כִּי הִנֵּה אָרְבוּ לְנַפְשִׁי, יָגוּרוּ עָלַי עַזִּים, לֹא–פִשְׁעִי וְלֹא חַטָּאתִי יְהוָה


5. Although I’m innocent, they’re still eagerly preparing to kill me. Arouse Yourself on my behalf and see what’s happening here!

ה.  בְּלִי–עָו‍ֹן יְרֻצוּן וְיִכּוֹנָנוּ, עוּרָה לִקְרָאתִי וּרְאֵה


6. HaShem, powerful God of Israel, wake up! And judge the criminals and traitors from every nation without sympathy.

ו.  וְאַתָּה יְהוָה–אֱלֹהִים צְבָאוֹת אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, הָקִיצָה לִפְקֹד כָּל–הַגּוֹיִם, אַל–תָּחֹן כָּל–בֹּגְדֵי אָוֶן סֶלָה


7. Saul’s men came back at night barking like watch dogs, surrounding the city so I can’t escape.

ז.  יָשׁוּבוּ לָעֶרֶב יֶהֱמוּ כַכָּלֶב וִיסוֹבְבוּ עִיר


8. Their mouths speak out against me and their lips are like swords, because they think You’re not listening.

ח.  הִנֵּה יַבִּיעוּן בְּפִיהֶם–חֲרָבוֹת בְּשִׂפְתוֹתֵיהֶם, כִּי–מִי שֹׁמֵעַ


9. But You laugh at their plans, just like You mock the nations who don’t believe in You.

ט.  וְאַתָּה יְהוָה תִּשְׂחַק–לָמוֹ, תִּלְעַג, לְכָל–גּוֹיִם


10. Saul’s might is too much for me alone; I’m waiting for You to protect me.

י.  עֻזּוֹ אֵלֶיךָ אֶשְׁמֹרָה, כִּי–אֱלֹהִים מִשְׂגַּבִּי


11. The God who is always good to me will step in before they hurt me. He will show me what I want to see with these watchmen.

יא.  אֱלֹהֵי חַסְדִּי יְקַדְּמֵנִי, אֱלֹהִים יַרְאֵנִי בְשֹׁרְרָי


12. Don’t kill them, because that type of revenge is short–lived and will be forgotten. Rather, use Your power to make them poor and lower them, so Your revenge will be remembered.

יב.  אַל תַּהַרְגֵם פֶּן יִשְׁכְּחוּ עַמִּי,–הֲנִיעֵמוֹ בְחֵילְךָ וְהוֹרִידֵמוֹ, מָגִנֵּנוּ אֲדֹנָי


13. Let them confess how they smeared me and how their arrogance tripped them. And let everyone tell over how they were cursed from the lies they spread.

יג.  חַטַּאת–פִּימוֹ דְּבַר–שְׂפָתֵימוֹ וְיִלָּכְדוּ בִגְאוֹנָם, וּמֵאָלָה וּמִכַּחַשׁ יְסַפֵּרוּ


14. Destroy them little by little with anger and then wipe them out entirely, so everyone will know that HaShem rules forever over the Jews and all the lands.

יד.  כַּלֵּה בְחֵמָה כַּלֵּה וְאֵינֵמוֹ, וְיֵדְעוּ–כִּי–אֱלֹהִים מֹשֵׁל בְּיַעֲקֹב לְאַפְסֵי הָאָרֶץ סֶלָה


15. Next time they will come back at night to collect charity and surround the city like dogs looking for food.

טו.  וְיָשֻׁבוּ לָעֶרֶב יֶהֱמוּ כַכָּלֶב וִיסוֹבְבוּ עִיר


16. They’ll wander around searching for food and go to sleep hungry.

טז.  הֵמָּה יְנִיעוּן לֶאֱכֹל, אִם–לֹא יִשְׂבְּעוּ וַיָּלִינוּ


17. As for me, at night I will sing songs of Your might, and in the morning I’ll sing of Your kindness, because You protected me on my worst day.

יז.  וַאֲנִי אָשִׁיר עֻזֶּךָ וַאֲרַנֵּן לַבֹּקֶר חַסְדֶּךָ, כִּי–הָיִיתָ מִשְׂגָּב לִי וּמָנוֹס בְּיוֹם צַר–לִי


18. And I’ll chant about Your strength, not Saul’s, because in His kindness, HaShem protects me.

 יח.  עֻזִּי אֵלֶיךָ אֲזַמֵּרָה, כִּי–אֱלֹהִים מִשְׂגַּבִּי אֱלֹהֵי חַסְדִּי

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