Psalms 21


לַמְנַצֵּחַ מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד׃   21:1

Psal. 21:1   For the leader, a psalm of David's.

 יְהוָה בְּעָזְּךָ יִשְׂמַח־מֶלֶךְ וּבִישׁוּעָתְכָ מַה־יָּגֶיל מְאֹד׃   21:2

Psal. 21:2   O Lord, in Your power the king shall be glad,

                               and in Your salvation how he shall greatly rejoice.

It would appear that this psalm was composed shortly after David became king.  He is referring to himself here, not

to Saul, as you can readily see from the next six verses.

תַּאֲוַת לִבּוֹ נָתַתָּה לּוֹ וַאֲרֶשֶׁת שְׂפָתָיו בַּל־מָנַעְתָּ סֶּלָה׃   21:3

Psal. 21:3   The desire of his heart You have granted to him,

                               and the request of his lips You have not denied.              Selah.

כִּי־תְקַדְּמֶנּוּ בִּרְכוֹת טוֹב תָּשִׁית לְרֹאשׁוֹ עֲטֶרֶת פָּז׃   21:4

Psal. 21:4   For You will project blessings of favor before us;

                               You will place a crown of pure gold on his head.

חַיִּים שָׁאַל מִמְּךָ נָתַתָּה לּוֹ אֹרֶךְ יָמִים עוֹלָם וָעֶד׃   21:5

Psal. 21:5   He asked life of You;

                               You granted length of days to him for ever and ever.

גָּדֹול כְּבֹודֹו בִּישׁוּעָתֶךָ הֹוד וְהָדָר תְּשַׁוֶּה עָלָיו׃   21:6

Psal. 21:6   Great will be his glory with Your help;

                               You will honor and lay majesty upon him.

כִּי־תְשִׁיתֵהוּ בְרָכֹות לָעַד תְּחַדֵּהוּ בְשִׂמְחָה אֶת־פָּנֶיךָ׃   21:7

Psal. 21:7   For You will bring him blessings forever;

                               You will make him glad with rejoicing Your presence.

David sees himself in the presence of the Lord, apparently continually.

כִּי־הַמֶּלֶךְ בֹּטֵחַ בַּיהוָה וּבְחֶסֶד עֶלְיֹון בַּל־יִמֹּוט׃   21:8

Psal. 21:8   For the king, he trusts in the Lord,

                               and through the mercy of the Most High, he shall not fall.

תִּמְצָא יָדְךָ לְכָל־אֹיְבֶיךָ יְמִינְךָ תִּמְצָא שֹׂנְאֶיךָ׃   21:9

Psal. 21:9   You will deliver Your “hand” against all Your enemies;

                               Your “right hand”  shall come on Your foes.

David’s use here of the term “Your enemies” implies that he sees his enemies as the Lord’s enemies.

תְּשִׁיתֵמֹו כְּתַנּוּר אֵשׁ לְעֵת פָּנֶיךָ יְהוָה בְּאַפֹּו יְבַלְּעֵם וְתֹאכְלֵם אֵשׁ׃   21:10

Psal. 21:10   You will become to them like a fiery oven in the season of Your “anger.”

                               The Lord, in His “wrath,” will swallow them up, and the fire will consume them.

פִּרְיָמֹו מֵאֶרֶץ תְּאַבֵּד וְזַרְעָם מִבְּנֵי אָדָם׃   21:11

Psal. 21:11   Their fruit You will destroy from the earth,

                                as well as their seed from the children of humankind.

כִּי־נָטוּ עָלֶיךָ רָעָה חָשְׁבוּ מְזִמָּה בַּל־יוּכָלוּ׃   21:12

Psal. 21:12   Though they intend evil against You,

                                they conceive schemes that do not prevail.

כִּי תְּשִׁיתֵמוֹ שֶׁכֶם בְּמֵיתָרֶיךָ תְּכוֹנֵן עַל־פְּנֵיהֶם׃   21:13

Psal. 21:13   Therefore You will place them, their back, in Your bow strings,

                                You will set them on their faces.

רוּמָה יְהוָה בְעֻזֶּךָ נָשִׁירָה וּנְזַמְּרָה גְּבוּרָתֶךָ׃   21:14

Psal. 21:14   Rise up, O Lord, with Your power!

                                Let us sing, and praise Your might.


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