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תהלים צ״ז | Psalms 97, abridged translation by Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman & Shaul Vardi

Source (Hebrew) Translation (English)

יהוה מָלָךְ
תָּגֵל הָאָרֶץ,
יִשְׂמְחוּ אִיִים רַבִּים׃
עָנָן וַעֲרָפֶל סְבִיבָיו,
צֶדֶק וּמִשְׁפָּט מְכוֹן כִּסְאוֹ׃
YHVH reigns׃
let the earth rejoice,
the many nations be glad.
Cloud and mist surround God,
Right and justice are the foundation of God’s throne.

אֵשׁ לְפָנָיו תֵּלֵךְ,
וּתְלַהֵט סָבִיב צָרָיו׃
הֵאִירוּ בְרָקָיו תֵּבֵל, רָאֲתָה וַתָּחֵל הָאָרֶץ׃
הָרִים כַּדּוֹנַג נָמַסּוּ מִלִּפְנֵי יהוה,
מִלִּפְנֵי אֲדוֹן כָּל־הָאָרֶץ׃

הִגִּידוּ הַשָּׁמַיִם צִדְקוֹ,
וְרָאוּ כָל־הָעַמִּים כְּבוֹדוֹ׃
יֵבֹשׁוּ כָּל־עֹבְדֵי פֶסֶל הַמִּתְהַלְלִים בָּאֱלִילִים,
הִשְׁתַּחֲווּ־לוֹ כָּל אֱלֹהִים׃
The heavens tell of God’s righteousness,
the peoples witness God’s glory.
Idolaters are ashamed –
let all who are worshiped bow before Elohim!

שָׁמְעָה וַתִּשְׂמַח צִיּוֹן
וַתָּגֵלְנָה בְּנוֹת יְהוּדָה, לְמַעַן מִשְׁפָּטֶיךָ יהוה׃
כִּי־אַתָּה יהוה עֶלְיוֹן עַל־כָּל־הָאָרֶץ,
מְאֹד נַעֲלֵיתָ עַל־כָּל־אֱלֹהִים׃
Tsiyon hears and is glad,
The cities of Yehudah rejoice over your judgments YHVH.
For you, YHVH, are supreme over all the earth,
You are exalted far above the gods that are worshiped.

אֹהֲבֵי יהוה שִׂנְאוּ רָע,
שֹׁמֵר נַפְשׁוֹת חֲסִידָיו
מִיַּד רְשָׁעִים יַצִּילֵם׃
אוֹר זָרֻעַ לַצַּדִּיק,
וּלְיִשְׁרֵי־לֵב שִׂמְחָה׃
שִׂמְחוּ צַדִּיקִים בַּיהוה,
וְהוֹדוּ לְזֵכֶר קָדְשׁוֹ:
YHVH loves those who hate evil!
 
 
Light dawns for the righteous,
gladness for the upright in heart.
Let the righteous rejoice in YHVH,
and give thanks to God’s holy name.

This translation of Psalms 97 can be found in HaAvodah SheBaLev – the Service of the Heart (Kehilat Kol HaNeshama, Jerusalem, 2007). “Adonai” is used as a circumlocution for the Tetragrammaton in the English translation. I have replaced ‘Adonai’ with ‘YHVH,’ and God with ‘Elohim.’ Where gaps in the translation were left, I have left them incomplete. –Aharon Varady.

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