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תהלים ס׳ | Psalms 60 for the Fast of the Tenth of Tevet, translated by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer

Presented here is Psalms 60 for the Fast of the Tenth of Tevet according to Isaac Mayer’s “Schedule for the Reading of Psalms corresponding to Festivals and Commemorative Days,” along with new translations and recordings based on Isaac Mayer’s cantillation system for Psalms.

Text marked in blue is intended to be read in Job cantillation, inspired by the system of switching to Lamentations cantillation during the Shabbat Ḥazon haftarah.


Source (Hebrew) Translation (English)

הַיּוֹם יוֹם צוֹם עֲשָׂרָה בְּטֵבֵת הוּא צוֹם הָעֲשִׂירִי וּבוֹ יֵשׁ אוֹמְרִים׃
Today is the fast day of the Tenth of Tevet, the fast of the tenth month, and on it some say:

לַ֭מְנַצֵּחַ עַל־שׁוּשַׁ֣ן עֵד֑וּת
מִכְתָּ֖ם לְדָוִ֣ד לְלַמֵּֽד׃
בְּהַצּוֹת֨וֹ ׀ אֶ֥ת אֲרַ֣ם נַהֲרַיִם֮
וְאֶת־אֲרַ֢ם צ֫וֹבָ֥ה
וַיָּ֤שׇׁב יוֹאָ֗ב וַיַּ֣ךְ אֶת־אֱד֣וֹם בְּגֵיא־מֶ֑לַח
שְׁנֵ֖ים עָשָׂ֣ר אָֽלֶף׃
For the leader, on the Witness Rose,
a sealed-work, David’s, to teach.
When he found Aram of the Two Rivers
and Aram-Tsova,
and Yoav returned and slew Edom,
12,000 men, in the Vale of Salt.

אֱ֭לֹהִים זְנַחְתָּ֣נוּ פְרַצְתָּ֑נוּ
אָ֝נַ֗פְתָּ תְּשׁ֣וֹבֵֽב לָֽנוּ׃
הִרְעַ֣שְׁתָּה אֶ֣רֶץ פְּצַמְתָּ֑הּ
רְפָ֖ה שְׁבָרֶ֣יהָ כִי־מָֽטָה׃
הִרְאִ֣יתָ עַמְּךָ֣ קָשָׁ֑ה
הִ֝שְׁקִיתָ֗נוּ יַ֣יִן תַּרְעֵלָֽה׃
God, You have deserted us, breached us,
been angry – bring us back!
You have quaked the land, cracked it,
heat its breaks, for it collapses!
You have made your people see hardship,
you have poured us a bitter wine.

נָ֘תַ֤תָּה לִּירֵאֶ֣יךָ נֵּ֭ס לְהִתְנוֹסֵ֑ס
מִ֝פְּנֵ֗י קֹ֣שֶׁט סֶֽלָה׃
לְ֭מַעַן יֵחָלְצ֣וּן יְדִידֶ֑יךָ
הוֹשִׁ֖יעָה יְמִינְךָ֣ ועננו וַעֲנֵֽנִי׃
Give, please, those who awe You a flag,
rallying because of Your truth. Selah.
That those You love will be rescued,
save with Your hand, and answer me!

אֱלֹהִ֤ים ׀ דִּבֶּ֥ר בְּקׇדְשׁ֗וֹ
אֶ֫עְלֹ֥זָה
אֲחַלְּקָ֥ה שְׁכֶ֑ם
וְעֵ֖מֶק סֻכּ֣וֹת אֲמַדֵּֽד׃
לִ֤י גִלְעָ֨ד ׀ וְלִ֬י מְנַשֶּׁ֗ה
וְ֭אֶפְרַיִם מָע֣וֹז רֹאשִׁ֑י
יְ֝הוּדָ֗ה מְחֹֽקְקִֽי׃
מוֹאָ֤ב ׀ סִ֬יר רַחְצִ֗י
עַל־אֱ֭דוֹם אַשְׁלִ֣יךְ נַעֲלִ֑י
עָ֝לַ֗י פְּלֶ֣שֶׁת הִתְרוֹעָֽעִי׃
God said in the Holy Place,
“let Me exult,
let Me divide Shekhem,
that I measure the Valley of Lean-tos.
Mine is Gil’ad, Mine is Menashe,
Ephraim My head stronghold,
Yehuda my law-staff.
Moav, my washbasin,
at Edom I would throw my shoe,
Philistia, try to flatter Me!”

מִ֣י יֹ֭בִלֵנִי עִ֣יר מָצ֑וֹר
מִ֖י נָחַ֣נִי עַד־אֱדֽוֹם׃
הֲלֹֽא־אַתָּ֣ה אֱלֹהִ֣ים זְנַחְתָּ֑נוּ
וְֽלֹא־תֵצֵ֥א אֱ֝לֹהִ֗ים בְּצִבְאוֹתֵֽינוּ׃
Who will bring me to the fort city?
Who will lead me to Edom?
Have you, God, rejected us?
Do you not march with our armies?

הָֽבָה־לָּ֣נוּ עֶזְרָ֣ת מִצָּ֑ר
וְ֝שָׁ֗וְא תְּשׁוּעַ֥ת אָדָֽם׃
בֵּאלֹהִ֥ים נַֽעֲשֶׂה־חָ֑יִל
וְ֝ה֗וּא יָב֥וּס צָרֵֽינוּ׃
Grant us help against the stressor,
for worthless is human rescue.
In God we shall have valor,
God will trample our stressors.

 

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