Weekly Prayers and Psalms
The Psalms contain great praises and prayers to the Almighty; they are the words of the living God sung by King David with Divine inspiration. Even though we do not understand the full depths of their meaning, reading the Psalms bears spiritual fruits.
Tehillim / Psalms 118:19 (Opening song)
Open for me the gates of righteousness that I may enter and praise the Lord
Tehillim / Psalm 1
1 HAPPY IS the man that hath not walked in the counsel of the wicked, nor stood in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of HaShem; and in His law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by streams of water, that bringeth forth its fruit in its season, and whose leaf doth not wither; and in whatsoever he doeth he shall prosper. 4 Not so the wicked; but they are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. 5 Therefore the wicked shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For HaShem regardeth the way of the righteous; but the way of the wicked shall perish.
Tehillim / Psalm 23
1 A Psalm of David. HaShem is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul; He guideth me in straight paths for His name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; Thou hast anointed my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of HaShem for ever.
Tehillim / Psalm 27
Listen to: Tehillim 27 | Hebrew / Transliteration
1 A Psalm of David. HaShem is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? HaShem is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When evil-doers came upon me to eat up my flesh, even mine adversaries and my foes, they stumbled and fell. 3 Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war should rise up against me, even then will I be confident. 4 One thing have I asked of HaShem, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of HaShem all the days of my life, to behold the graciousness of HaShem, and to visit early in His temple. 5 For He concealeth me in His pavilion in the day of evil; He hideth me in the covert of His tent; He lifteth me up upon a rock. 6 And now shall my head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me; and I will offer in His tabernacle sacrifices with trumpet-sound; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto HaShem. 7 Hear, O HaShem, when I call with my voice, and be gracious unto me, and answer me. 8 In Thy behalf my heart hath said: ‘Seek ye My face’; Thy face, HaShem, will I seek. 9 Hide not Thy face far from me; put not Thy servant away in anger; Thou hast been my help; cast me not off, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. 10 For though my father and my mother have forsaken me, HaShem will take me up. 11 Teach me Thy way, O HaShem; and lead me in an even path, because of them that lie in wait for me. 12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine adversaries; for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out violence. 13 If I had not believed to look upon the goodness of HaShem in the land of the living!– 14 Wait on HaShem; be strong, and let thy heart take courage; yea, wait thou for HaShem.
Tehillim / Psalm 92
Listen to: Tehillim 92 | Hebrew and Transliteration
1 A Psalm, a Song. For the sabbath day. 2 It is a good thing to give thanks unto HaShem, and to sing praises unto Thy name, O Most High; 3 To declare Thy lovingkindness in the morning, and Thy faithfulness in the night seasons, 4 With an instrument of ten strings, and with the psaltery; with a solemn sound upon the harp. 5 For Thou, HaShem, hast made me glad through Thy work; I will exult in the works of Thy hands. 6 How great are Thy works, O HaShem! Thy thoughts are very deep. 7 A brutish man knoweth not, neither doth a fool understand this. 8 When the wicked spring up as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they may be destroyed for ever. 9 But Thou, O HaShem, art on high for evermore. 10 For, lo, Thine enemies, O HaShem, for, lo, Thine enemies shall perish: all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered. 11 But my horn hast Thou exalted like the horn of the wild-ox; I am anointed with rich oil. 12 Mine eye also hath gazed on them that lie in wait for me, mine ears have heard my desire of the evil-doers that rise up against me. 13 The righteous shall flourish like the palm-tree; he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 14 Planted in the house of HaShem, they shall flourish in the courts of our God. 15 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap and richness; 16 To declare that HaShem is upright, my Rock, in whom there is no unrighteousness.
Tehillim / Psalm 95
Listen to: Tehillim 95 | Hebrew and Transliteration
1 O come, let us sing unto HaShem; let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, let us shout for joy unto Him with psalms. 3 For HaShem is a great God, and a great King above all gods; 4 In whose hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are His also. 5 The sea is His, and He made it; and His hands formed the dry land. 6 O come, let us bow down and bend the knee; let us kneel before HaShem our Maker; 7 For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the flock of His hand. To-day, if ye would but hearken to His voice! 8 ‘Harden not your heart, as at Meribah, as in the day of Massah in the wilderness; 9 When your fathers tried Me, proved Me, even though they saw My work. 10 For forty years was I wearied with that generation, and said: It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known My ways; 11 Wherefore I swore in My wrath, that they should not enter into My rest.’
Tehillim / Psalm 100
Listen to: Tehillim 100 | Hebrew and Transliteration
1 A Psalm of thanksgiving. Shout unto HaShem, all the earth. 2 Serve HaShem with gladness; come before His presence with singing. 3 Know ye that HaShem He is God; it is He that hath made us, and we our His, His people, and the flock of His pasture. 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; give thanks unto Him, and bless His name. 5 For HaShem is good; His mercy endureth for ever; and His faithfulness unto all generations.
Tehillim / Psalm 121
Listen to: Tehillim 121 | Hebrew and Transliteration
1 A Song of Ascents. I will lift up mine eyes unto the mountains: from whence shall my help come? 2 My help cometh from HaShem, who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved; He that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4 Behold, He that keepeth Israel doth neither slumber nor sleep. 5 HaShem is thy keeper; HaShem is thy shade upon thy right hand. 6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. 7 HaShem shall keep thee from all evil; He shall keep thy soul. 8 HaShem shall guard thy going out and thy coming in, from this time forth and for ever.
Tehillim / Psalm 122
Listen to: Tehillim 122 | Hebrew and Transliteration
1 A Song of Ascents; of David. I rejoiced when they said unto me: ‘Let us go unto the house of HaShem.’ 2 Our feet are standing within thy gates, O Jerusalem; 3 Jerusalem, that art builded as a city that is compact together; 4 Whither the tribes went up, even the tribes of HaShem, as a testimony unto Israel, to give thanks unto the name of HaShem. 5 For there were set thrones for judgment, the thrones of the house of David. 6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; may they prosper that love thee. 7 Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. 8 For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say: ‘Peace be within thee.’ 9 For the sake of the house of HaShem our God I will seek thy good.
Tehillim / Psalm 126
1 A Song of Ascents. When HaShem brought back those that returned to Zion, we were like unto them that dream. 2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing; then said they among the nations: ‘The HaShem hath done great things with these.’ 3 HaShem hath done great things with us; we are rejoiced. 4 Turn our captivity, O HaShem, as the streams in the dry land. 5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. 6 Though he goeth on his way weeping that beareth the measure of seed, he shall come home with joy, bearing his sheaves.
Tehillim / Psalm 136
Listen to: Tehillim 136 | Hebrew and Transliteration
1 O give thanks unto HaShem, for He is good, for His mercy endureth for ever. 2 O give thanks unto the God of gods, for His mercy endureth for ever. 3 O give thanks unto the L-rd of lords, for His mercy endureth for ever. 4 To Him who alone doeth great wonders, for His mercy endureth for ever. 5 To Him that by understanding made the heavens, for His mercy endureth for ever. 6 To Him that spread forth the earth above the waters, for His mercy endureth for ever. 7 To Him that made great lights, for His mercy endureth for ever; 8 The sun to rule by day, for His mercy endureth for ever; 9 The moon and stars to rule by night, for His mercy endureth for ever. 10 To Him that smote Egypt in their first-born, for His mercy endureth for ever; 11 And brought out Israel from among them, for His mercy endureth for ever; 12 With a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm, for His mercy endureth for ever. 13 To Him who divided the Red Sea in sunder, for His mercy endureth for ever; 14 And made Israel to pass through the midst of it, for His mercy endureth for ever; 15 But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea, for His mercy endureth for ever. 16 To Him that led His people through the wilderness, for His mercy endureth for ever. 17 To Him that smote great kings; for His mercy endureth for ever; 18 And slew mighty kings, for His mercy endureth for ever. 19 Sihon king of the Amorites, for His mercy endureth for ever; 20 And Og king of Bashan, for His mercy endureth for ever; 21 And gave their land for a heritage, for His mercy endureth for ever; 22 Even a heritage unto Israel His servant, for His mercy endureth for ever. 23 Who remembered us in our low estate, for His mercy endureth for ever; 24 And hath delivered us from our adversaries, for His mercy endureth for ever. 25 Who giveth food to all flesh, for His mercy endureth for ever. 26 O give thanks unto the God of heaven, for His mercy endureth for ever.
Tehillim / Psalm 145
1 A Psalm of praise; of David. I will extol Thee, my God, O King; and I will bless Thy name for ever and ever. 2 Every day will I bless Thee; and I will praise Thy name for ever and ever. 3 Great is HaShem, and highly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable. 4 One generation shall laud Thy works to another, and shall declare Thy mighty acts. 5 The glorious splendour of Thy majesty, and Thy wondrous works, will I rehearse. 6 And men shall speak of the might of Thy tremendous acts; and I will tell of Thy greatness. 7 They shall utter the fame of Thy great goodness, and shall sing of Thy righteousness. 8 HaShem is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. 9 HaShem is good to all; and His tender mercies are over all His works. 10 All Thy works shall praise Thee, O HaShem; and Thy saints shall bless Thee. 11 They shall speak of the glory of Thy kingdom, and talk of Thy might; 12 To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, and the glory of the majesty of His kingdom. 13 Thy kingdom is a kingdom for all ages, and Thy dominion endureth throughout all generations. 14 HaShem upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that are bowed down. 15 The eyes of all wait for Thee, and Thou givest them their food in due season. 16 Thou openest Thy hand, and satisfiest every living thing with favour. 17 HaShem is righteous in all His ways, and gracious in all His works. 18 HaShem is nigh unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth. 19 He will fulfil the desire of them that fear Him; He also will hear their cry, and will save them. 20 HaShem preserveth all them that love Him; but all the wicked will He destroy. 21 My mouth shall speak the praise of HaShem; and let all flesh bless His holy name for ever and ever.
Tehillim / Psalm 146
Listen to: Tehillim 146 | Hebrew and Transliteration
1 Hallelujah. Praise HaShem, O my soul. 2 I will praise HaShem while I live; I will sing praises unto my God while I have my being. 3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. 4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his dust; in that very day his thoughts perish. 5 Happy is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in HaShem his God, 6 Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is; who keepeth truth for ever; 7 Who executeth justice for the oppressed; who giveth bread to the hungry. HaShem looseth the prisoners; 8 HaShem openeth the eyes of the blind; HaShem raiseth up them that are bowed down; HaShem loveth the righteous; 9 HaShem preserveth the strangers; He upholdeth the fatherless and the widow; but the way of the wicked He maketh crooked. 10 HaShem will reign for ever, Thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Hallelujah.
Tehillim / Psalm 147
Listen to: Tehillim 147 | Hebrew and Transliteration
1 Hallelujah; for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is comely. 2 HaShem doth build up Jerusalem, He gathereth together the dispersed of Israel; 3 Who healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. 4 He counteth the number of the stars; He giveth them all their names. 5 Great is our L-rd, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite. 6 HaShem upholdeth the humble; He bringeth the wicked down to the ground. 7 Sing unto HaShem with thanksgiving, sing praises upon the harp unto our God; 8 Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh the mountains to spring with grass. 9 He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry. 10 He delighteth not in the strength of the horse; He taketh no pleasure in the legs of a man. 11 HaShem taketh pleasure in them that fear Him, in those that wait for His mercy. 12 Glorify HaShem, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion. 13 For He hath made strong the bars of thy gates; He hath blessed thy children within thee. 14 He maketh thy borders peace; He giveth thee in plenty the fat of wheat. 15 He sendeth out His commandment upon earth; His word runneth very swiftly. 16 He giveth snow like wool; He scattereth the hoar-frost like ashes. 17 He casteth forth His ice like crumbs; who can stand before His cold? 18 He sendeth forth His word, and melteth them; He causeth His wind to blow, and the waters flow. 19 He declareth His word unto Jacob, His statutes and His ordinances unto Israel. 20 He hath not dealt so with any nation; and as for His ordinances, they have not known them. Hallelujah.
Tehillim / Psalm 148
Listen to: Tehillim 148 | Hebrew and Transliteration
1 Hallelujah. Praise ye HaShem from the heavens; praise Him in the heights. 2 Praise ye Him, all His angels; praise ye Him, all His hosts. 3 Praise ye Him, sun and moon; praise Him, all ye stars of light. 4 Praise Him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that are above the heavens. 5 Let them praise the name of HaShem; for He commanded, and they were created. 6 He hath also established them for ever and ever; He hath made a decree which shall not be transgressed. 7 Praise HaShem from the earth, ye sea-monsters, and all deeps; 8 Fire and hail, snow and vapour, stormy wind, fulfilling His word; 9 Mountains and all hills, fruitful trees and all cedars; 10 Beasts and all cattle, creeping things and winged fowl; 11 Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all judges of the earth; 12 Both young men and maidens, old men and children; 13 Let them praise the name of HaShem, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven. 14 And He hath lifted up a horn for His people, a praise for all His saints, even for the children of Israel, a people near unto Him. Hallelujah.
Tehillim / Psalm 149
Listen to: Tehillim 149 | Hebrew and Transliteration
1 Hallelujah. Sing unto HaShem a new song, and His praise in the assembly of the saints. 2 Let Israel rejoice in his Maker; let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. 3 Let them praise His name in the dance; let them sing praises unto Him with the timbrel and harp. 4 For HaShem taketh pleasure in His people; He adorneth the humble with salvation. 5 Let the saints exult in glory; let them sing for joy upon their beds. 6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand; 7 To execute vengeance upon the nations, and chastisements upon the peoples; 8 To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; 9 To execute upon them the judgment written; He is the glory of all His saints. Hallelujah.
Tehillim / Psalm 150
1 Hallelujah. Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in the firmament of His power. 2 Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to His abundant greatness. 3 Praise Him with the blast of the horn; praise Him with the psaltery and harp. 4 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; praise Him with stringed instruments and the pipe. 5 Praise Him with the loud-sounding cymbals; praise Him with the clanging cymbals. 6 Let every thing that hath breath praise HaShem. Hallelujah.
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