Psalms 85


לַמְנַצֵּחַ לִבְנֵי־קֹרַח מִזְמוֹר׃   85:1

Psal. 85:1   A psalm for the leader, for the sons of Korach:

רָצִיתָ יְהוָה אַרְצֶךָ שַׁבְתָּ (שְׁבוּת) [שְׁבִית] יַעֲקֹב׃   85:2

Psal. 85:2   O Lord, You had been pleased with Your land,

                               You had turned about the captivity of Jacob.

The word in the parentheses and the word in the brackets, both of which translate to captivity, are each correctly spelled.  Either variation is proper.

נָשָׂאתָ עֲוֺן עַמֶּךָ כִּסִּיתָ כָל־חַטָּאתָם סֶלָה׃   85:3

Psal. 85:3   You had taken away the depravity of Your people;

                               You had covered over all of their sins.            Selah.

אָסַפְתָּ כָל־עֶבְרָתֶךָ הֱשִׁיבוֹתָ מֵחֲרוֹן אַפֶּךָ׃   85:4

Psal. 85:4   You had removed all Your “fury,”

                               turned away from the ferocity of Your “anger.”

שׁוּבֵנוּ אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׁעֵנוּ וְהָפֵר כַּעַסְךָ עִמָּנוּ׃   85:5

Psal. 85:5   Return to us, O God of our salvation!

                               And make Your “anger” with us ineffectual!

הַלְעוֹלָם תֶּאֱנַף־בָּנוּ תִּמְשֹׁךְ אַפְּךָ לְדֹר וָדֹר׃   85:6

Psal. 85:6   Will You be forever “displeased” with us?

                               Will You prolong Your “anger” to all generations?

הֲלֹא־אַתָּה תָּשׁוּב תְּחַיֵּנוּ וְעַמְּךָ יִשְׂמְחוּ־בָךְ׃   85:7

Psal. 85:7   Will You not return?

                               May You revive us

                       that Your people may rejoice in You.

הַרְאֵנוּ יְהוָה חַסְדֶּךָ וְיֶשְׁעֲךָ תִּתֶּן־לָנוּ׃   85:8

Psal. 85:8   O Lord, show us Your mercy,

                                and may You grant Your salvation to us.

אֶשְׁמְעָה מַה־יְדַבֵּר הָאֵל יְהוָה כִּי יְדַבֵּר שָׁלוֹם אֶל־עַמּוֹ וְאֶל־חֲסִידָיו וְאַל־יָשׁוּבוּ לְכִסְלָה׃   85:9

Psal. 85:9   Let me hear what God, the Lord, may speak,

                                because He may speak peace to His people and to His faithful ones;

                      but let them not turn back to stupid folly.

אַךְ קָרוֹב לִירֵאָיו יִשְׁעוֹ לִשְׁכֹּן כָּבוֹד בְּאַרְצֵנוּ׃   85:10

Psal. 85:10   Surely His salvation is near for those revering Him,

                                 for glory to reside in our land.

חֶסֶד־וֶאֱמֶת נִפְגָּשׁוּ צֶדֶק וְשָׁלוֹם נָשָׁקוּ׃   85:11

Psal. 85:11   Mercy and truth come together;

                                 righteousness and peace are one with the other.

אֱמֶת מֵאֶרֶץ תִּצְמָח וְצֶדֶק מִשָּׁמַיִם נִשְׁקָף׃   85:12

Psal. 85:12   Truth shall spring up from the earth

                                 as righteousness looks down from the heavens.

גַּם־יְהוָה יִתֵּן הַטּוֹב וְאַרְצֵנוּ תִּתֵּן יְבוּלָהּ׃   85:13

Psal. 85:13   Indeed the Lord shall give what is good,

                                 and our land shall yield its produce.

צֶדֶק לְפָנָיו יְהַלֵּךְ וְיָשֵׂם לְדֶרֶךְ פְּעָמָיו׃   85:14

Psal. 85:14   Righteousness shall walk before Him

                                 as He sets His “footsteps” for a path.


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