Psalms 99


יְהוָה מָלָךְ יִרְגְּזוּ עַמִּים יֹשֵׁב כְּרוּבִים תָּנוּט הָאָרֶץ׃   99:1

Psal. 99:1   The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble;

                              He sets cherubim; let the earth quake.

יְהוָה בְּצִיֹּון גָּדֹול וְרָם הוּא עַל־כָּל־הָעַמִּים׃   99:2

Psal. 99:2   The Lord in Zion is great,

                              and He is high above all the peoples

יֹודוּ שִׁמְךָ גָּדֹול וְנֹורָא קָדֹושׁ הוּא׃   99:3

Psal. 99:3   -- let them praise Your great and awesome name -- It is holy –

וְעֹז מֶלֶךְ מִשְׁפָּט אָהֵב אַתָּה כֹּונַנְתָּ מֵישָׁרִים מִשְׁפָּט וּצְדָקָה בְּיַעֲקֹב אַתָּה עָשִׂיתָ׃   99:4

Psal. 99:4   and the Strength of a justice-loving King.

                              You have established equity;

                     You accomplish justice and righteousness in Jacob.

I have punctuated these three verses (2, 3, and 4) according to my supposition that the beginning line of this verse is a continuation of the last line of v. 2.  Verse 3 thus becomes an interjection between the two.

רֹומְמוּ יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ וְהִשְׁתַּחֲווּ לַהֲדֹם רַגְלָיו קָדֹושׁ הוּא׃   99:5

Psal. 99:5   Exalt the Lord, our God,

                               and bow down toward the footstool of His “feet.”

                      It is holy.

מֹשֶׁה וְאַהֲרֹן בְּכֹהֲנָיו וּשְׁמוּאֵל בְּקֹרְאֵי שְׁמֹו קֹרִאים אֶל־יְהוָה וְהוּא יַעֲנֵם׃   99:6

Psal. 99:6   Moses, and Aaron among his priests,

                                and Samuel among the callers of His name,

                      were calling to the Lord, and He answered them.

בְּעַמּוּד עָןָן יְדַבֵּר אֲלֵיהֶם שָׁמְרוּ עֵדֹתָיו וְחֹק נָתַן־לָמֹו׃   99:7

Psal. 99:7   He would speak to them in the pillar of cloud;

                                they kept His testimonies and statute He gave to them.

יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ אַתָּה עֲנִיתָם אֵל נֹשֵׂא הָיִיתָ לָהֶם וְנֹקֵם עַל־עֲלִילֹותָם׃   99:8

Psal. 99:8   Lord, our God, You answered them.

                                a forgiving God You were to them,

                      though punishing for their misdeeds.

רֹומְמוּ יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ וְהִשְׁתַּחֲווּ לְהַר קָדְשֹׁו כִּי־קָדֹושׁ יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ׃   99:9

Psal. 99:9   Exalt the Lord, our God,

                                and bow down toward His holy mountain,

                      for the Lord, our God, is holy.


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