Psalms 43


Because this psalm is so short and has no superscription, most bible scholars believe it is really the tail end of Psalm 42.  However, the separation of these five verses from that chapter is found in the earliest recorded scriptures.  For this reason the separation has been maintained.

שָׁפְטֵנִי אֱלֹהִים וְרִיבָה רִיבִי מִגּוֹי לֹא־חָסִיד מֵאִישׁ־מִרְמָה וְעַוְלָה תְפַלְּטֵנִי׃   43:1

Psal. 43:1   Judge me, God, and plead my case against an unholy nation.

                              May You deliver me from anyone deceitful or unjust.

כִּי־אַתָּה אֱלֹהֵי מָעוּזִּי לָמָה זְנַחְתָּנִי לָמָּה־קֹדֵר אֶתְהַלֵּךְ בְּלַחַץ אוֹיֵב׃   43:2

Psal. 43:2   If You are the God of my refuge, why do You spurn me?

                             Why should I go about mourning at the oppression of an enemy?

שְׁלַח־אוֹרְךָ וַאֲמִתְּךָ הֵמָּה יַנְחוּנִי יְבִיאוּנִי אֶל־הַר־קָדְשְׁךָ וְאֶל־מִשְׁכְּנוֹתֶיךָ׃   43:3

Psal. 43:3   Send out Your light and Your truth!

                              Let them guide me,

                      let them lead me to the mount of Your holiness

                              and to Your dwelling places.

וְאָבוֹאָה אֶל־מִזְבַּח אֱלֹהִים אֶל־אֵל שִׂמְחַת גִּילִי וְאוֹדְךָ בְכִנּוֹר אֱלֹהִים אֱלֹהָי׃   43:4

Psal. 43:4   And I will bring to the altar of God, to God, the gladness of my rejoicing,

                              and praise You with the harp, God, my God.

מַה־תִּשְׁתּוֹחֲחִי נַפְשִׁי וּמַה־תֶּהֱמִי עָלָי הוֹחִילִי לֵאלֹהִים כִּי־עוֹד אוֹדֶנּוּ יְשׁוּעֹת פָּנַי וֵאלֹהָי׃   43:5

Psal. 43:5   Why should you be downcast, my soul,

                              and why should you murmur on my behalf?

                      Wait for God, as I will continually praise Him,

                               the Salvation of my person, and my God.

This verse is identical to the last verse of Psalm 42.


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