Psalms 62


לַמְנַצֵּחַ עַל־יְדוּתוּן מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד׃   62:1

Psal. 62:1   A psalm of David's for the leader, for Jeduthun:

We have been introduced to Jeduthun before, in Psal. 39:1.

אַךְ אֶל־אֱלֹהִים דּוּמִיָּה נַפְשִׁי מִמֶּנּוּ יְשׁוּעָתִי׃   62:2

Psal. 62:2   Only concerning God is my soul silent;

                              my salvation is from Him.

David’s soul “speaks” out against his oppressors, but concerning God, his soul is at peace.

אַךְ־הוּא צוּרִי וִישׁוּעָתִי מִשְׂגַּבִּי לֹא־אֶמּוֹט רַבָּה׃   62:3

Psal. 62:3   Only He is my Rock and my Salvation, my High Tower;

                               I shall not be moved much.

עַד־אָנָה תְּהֹותְתוּ עַל־אִישׁ תְּרָצְּחוּ כֻלְּכֶם כְּקִיר נָטוּי גָּדֵר הַדְּחוּיָה׃   62:4

Psal. 62:4   Until when will you go against a man you would murder?

                               All of you, like an inclined wall,

                      a fence that is tottering!

A fascinating metaphor.  The people are like a wall or a fence, surrounding their prey, threatening to fall on him.

אַךְ מִשְּׂאֵתוֹ יָעֲצוּ לְהַדִּיחַ יִרְצוּ כָזָב בְּפִיו יְבָרֵכוּ וּבְקִרְבָּם יְקַלְלוּ־סֶלָה׃   62:5

Psal. 62:5   From one’s height they only devise to thrust away,

                               they would accept falsehood.

                     They might bless with one's mouth,

                               but in their innermost part they would curse.            Selah.

אַךְ לֵאלֹהִים דּוֹמִּי נַפְשִׁי כִּי־מִמֶּנּוּ תִּקְוָתִי׃   62:6

Psal. 62:6   Only wait in silence, my soul, for God,

                               for from Him is my hope.

אַךְ־הוּא צוּרִי וִישׁוּעָתִי מִשְׂגַּבִּי לֹא אֶמּוֹט׃   62:7

Psal. 62:7   Only He is my Rock and my Salvation, my High Tower.

                               I shall not be moved.

עַל־אֱלֹהִים יִשְׁעִי וּכְבוֹדִי צוּר־עֻזִּי מַחְסִי בֵּאלֹהִים׃   62:8

Psal. 62:8   My salvation and my glory is according to God,

                               the Rock of my strength;

                      my refuge is with God.

בִּטְחוּ בוֹ בְכָל־עֵת עָם שִׁפְכוּ־לְפָנָיו לְבַבְכֶם אֱלֹהִים מַחֲסֶה־לָּנוּ סֶלָה׃   62:9

Psal. 62:9   Trust in Him throughout all time, people;

                               pour out your heart before Him.

                      God is a Refuge for us.            Selah.

אַךְ הֶבֶל בְּנֵי־אָדָם כָּזָב בְּנֵי אִישׁ בְּמֹאזְנַיִם לַעֲלוֹת הֵמָּה מֵהֶבֶל יָחַד׃   62:10

Psal. 62:10   Surely ordinary men are of vanity,

                                great men are of falsehood.

                        Lifted on scales, they are from the same vapor.

אַל־תִּבְטְחוּ בְעֹשֶׁק וּבְגָזֵל אַל־תֶּהְבָּלוּ חַיִל כִּי־יָנוּב אַל־תָּשִׁיתוּ לֵב׃   62:11

Psal. 62:11   Put no trust in oppression,

                                 and have no vain hope in robbery;

                        if wealth should flourish, set no heart.

אַחַת דִּבֶּר אֱלֹהִים שְׁתַּיִם־זוּ שָׁמָעְתִּי כִּי עֹז לֵאלֹהִים׃   62:12

Psal. 62:12   God has spoken once

                                  -- twice I have heard this

                         -- that strength is God's.

וּלְךָ־אֲדֹנָי חָסֶד כִּי־אַתָּה תְשַׁלֵּם לְאִישׁ כְּמַעֲשֵׂהוּ׃   62:13

Psal. 62:13   Also Yours, O Master, is mercy,

                                   that You will reward to each according to his work.


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