A Song of Ascents.
Out of the depths I cry to You, Adonai!
Lord, hear my voice!
Let Your ears be attentive
to the sound of my supplications.
If You, Adonai, should mark iniquities—
O Lord, who could stand?
For with You there is forgiveness,
that You may be feared.
I wait for Adonai, my soul waits,
and in His word I hope.
My soul waits for my Lord,
more than those who watch for the morning,
yes, more than watchmen wait for the morning.
O Israel, hope in Adonai.
For with Adonai there is lovingkindness and mercy,
and with Him is abundant redemption,
and He will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.
שִׁ֥יר הַֽמַּעֲל֑וֹת מִמַּעֲמַקִּ֖ים קְרָאתִ֣יךָ יְהוָֽה׃
אֲדֹנָי֮ שִׁמְעָ֪ה בְק֫וֹלִ֥י תִּהְיֶ֣ינָה אָ֭זְנֶיךָ קַשֻּׁב֑וֹת לְ֝ק֗וֹל תַּחֲנוּנָֽי׃
אִם־עֲוֺנ֥וֹת תִּשְׁמָר־יָ֑הּ אֲ֝דֹנָ֗י מִ֣י יַעֲמֹֽד׃
כִּֽי־עִמְּךָ֥ הַסְּלִיחָ֑ה לְ֝מַ֗עַן תִּוָּרֵֽא׃
קִוִּ֣יתִי יְ֭הוָה קִוְּתָ֣ה נַפְשִׁ֑י וְֽלִדְבָר֥וֹ הוֹחָֽלְתִּי׃
נַפְשִׁ֥י לַֽאדֹנָ֑י מִשֹּׁמְרִ֥ים לַ֝בֹּ֗קֶר שֹׁמְרִ֥ים לַבֹּֽקֶר׃
יַחֵ֥ל יִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל אֶל־יְה֫וָה כִּֽי־עִם־יְהוָ֥ה הַחֶ֑סֶד וְהַרְבֵּ֖ה עִמּ֣וֹ פְדֽוּת׃
וְ֭הוּא יִפְדֶּ֣ה אֶת־יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל מִ֝כֹּ֗ל עֲוֺנֹתָֽיו׃
A Song of Ascents.
“Many a time they have afflicted me,
even from my youth”
—let Israel now say—
“How greatly they have been hostile to me,
even from my youth.
Yet they have not prevailed against me.
Plowmen plowed on my back—
they made their furrows long!”
Adonai is righteous—
He has cut the ropes of the wicked.
May all who hate Zion be driven back in disgrace.
Let them be like grass on the roofs,
which withers before it springs up—
with it a reaper cannot fill his hands,
nor can a binder of sheaves, his arms.
So the passersby may never say:
“The blessing of Adonai be upon you—
we bless you in the Name of Adonai.”
שִׁ֗יר הַֽמַּ֫עֲל֥וֹת רַ֭בַּת צְרָר֣וּנִי מִנְּעוּרַ֑י יֹֽאמַר־נָ֝א יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃
רַ֭בַּת צְרָר֣וּנִי מִנְּעוּרָ֑י גַּ֝ם לֹא־יָ֥כְלוּ לִֽי׃
עַל־גַּ֭בִּי חָרְשׁ֣וּ חֹרְשִׁ֑ים הֶ֝אֱרִ֗יכוּ למענותםלְמַעֲנִיתָֽם׃
יְהוָ֥ה צַדִּ֑יק קִ֝צֵּ֗ץ עֲב֣וֹת רְשָׁעִֽים׃
יֵ֭בֹשׁוּ וְיִסֹּ֣גוּ אָח֑וֹר כֹּ֝֗ל שֹׂנְאֵ֥י צִיּֽוֹן׃
יִ֭הְיוּ כַּחֲצִ֣יר גַּגּ֑וֹת שֶׁקַּדְמַ֖ת שָׁלַ֣ף יָבֵֽשׁ׃
שֶׁלֹּ֤א מִלֵּ֖א כַפּ֥וֹ קוֹצֵ֗ר וְחִצְנ֥וֹ מְעַמֵּֽר׃
וְלֹ֤א אָֽמְר֨וּ ׀ הָעֹבְרִ֗ים בִּרְכַּֽת־יְהוָ֥ה אֲלֵיכֶ֑ם בֵּרַ֥כְנוּ אֶ֝תְכֶ֗ם בְּשֵׁ֣ם יְהוָֽה׃
A Song of Ascents.
Happy is everyone who is in awe of Adonai,
who walks in His ways,
for you will eat the labor of your hands.
You will be blessed and it will be well with you.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house.
Your children will be like olive saplings around your table.
Behold, thus will the man be blessed who fears Adonai.
May Adonai bless you out of Zion,
and may you see Jerusalem in prosperity
all the days of your life,
and may you live to see your children’s children.
Shalom be upon Israel!
שִׁ֗יר הַֽמַּ֫עֲל֥וֹת אַ֭שְׁרֵי כָּל־יְרֵ֣א יְהוָ֑ה הַ֝הֹלֵ֗ךְ בִּדְרָכָֽיו׃
יְגִ֣יעַ כַּ֭פֶּיךָ כִּ֣י תֹאכֵ֑ל אַ֝שְׁרֶ֗יךָ וְט֣וֹב לָֽךְ׃
אֶשְׁתְּךָ֤ ׀ כְּגֶ֥פֶן פֹּרִיָּה֮ בְּיַרְכְּתֵ֪י בֵ֫יתֶ֥ךָ בָּ֭נֶיךָ כִּשְׁתִלֵ֣י זֵיתִ֑ים סָ֝בִ֗יב לְשֻׁלְחָנֶֽךָ׃
הִנֵּ֣ה כִי־כֵ֭ן יְבֹ֥רַךְ גָּ֗בֶר יְרֵ֣א יְהוָֽה׃
יְבָרֶכְךָ֥ יְהוָ֗ה מִצִּ֫יּ֥וֹן וּ֭רְאֵה בְּט֣וּב יְרוּשָׁלִָ֑ם כֹּ֝֗ל יְמֵ֣י חַיֶּֽיךָ׃
וּרְאֵֽה־בָנִ֥ים לְבָנֶ֑יךָ שָׁ֝ל֗וֹם עַל־יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃
In the midst of the Dire Straits (Bein ha-Metzarim) until the 9th of Av,
as Israel’s enemies will not stop desiring the death of Israel
and the death of the Jews,
there is still hope in the G-d of Israel.
May we fear Adonai and walk in his ways,
May shalom be upon Jerusalem and all Israel.
A Song of Ascents.
When Adonai restored the captivity of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with a song of joy.
Then they said among the nations,
“Adonai has done great things for them.”
Adonai has done great things for us—
we are joyful!
Restore us from captivity, Adonai,
like streams in the Negev.
Those who sow in tears
will reap in joy.
He who continually goes forth weeping,
bearing seed for sowing,
will surely come back with a song of joy,
carrying his sheaves.
שִׁ֗יר הַֽמַּ֫עֲל֥וֹת בְּשׁ֣וּב יְ֭הוָה אֶת־שִׁיבַ֣ת צִיּ֑וֹן הָ֝יִ֗ינוּ כְּחֹלְמִֽים׃
אָ֤ז יִמָּלֵ֪א שְׂח֡וֹק פִּינוּ֮ וּלְשׁוֹנֵ֪נוּ רִ֫נָּ֥ה אָ֭ז יֹאמְר֣וּ בַגּוֹיִ֑ם הִגְדִּ֥יל יְ֝הוָ֗ה לַעֲשׂ֥וֹת עִם־אֵֽלֶּה׃
הִגְדִּ֣יל יְ֭הוָה לַעֲשׂ֥וֹת עִמָּ֗נוּ הָיִ֥ינוּ שְׂמֵחִֽים׃
שׁוּבָ֣ה יְ֭הוָה אֶת־שבותנושְׁבִיתֵ֑נוּכַּאֲפִיקִ֥ים בַּנֶּֽגֶב׃
הַזֹּרְעִ֥ים בְּדִמְעָ֗ה בְּרִנָּ֥ה יִקְצֹֽרוּ׃
הָ֘ל֤וֹךְ יֵלֵ֨ךְ ׀ וּבָכֹה֮ נֹשֵׂ֪א מֶֽשֶׁךְ־הַ֫זָּ֥רַע בֹּֽ֬א־יָב֥וֹא בְרִנָּ֑ה נֹ֝שֵׂ֗א אֲלֻמֹּתָֽיו׃
A Song of Ascents.
Those who trust in Adonai are like Mount Zion—
which cannot be moved, but endures forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so Adonai surrounds His people,
from this time forth and forever.
For a scepter of wickedness will not rest over the land of the righteous—
lest the righteous set their hands to evil.
Do good, Adonai, to the good,
and to those upright in their hearts.
But as for those who turn aside to their crooked ways,
Adonai will lead them away with evildoers.
Shalom be upon Israel.
שִׁ֗יר הַֽמַּ֫עֲל֥וֹת הַבֹּטְחִ֥ים בַּיהוָ֑ה כְּֽהַר־צִיּ֥וֹן לֹא־יִ֝מּ֗וֹט לְעוֹלָ֥ם יֵשֵֽׁב׃
יְֽרוּשָׁלִַ֗ם הָרִים֮ סָבִ֪יב לָ֥הּ וַ֭יהוָה סָבִ֣יב לְעַמּ֑וֹ מֵ֝עַתָּ֗ה וְעַד־עוֹלָֽם׃
כִּ֤י לֹ֪א יָנ֡וּחַ שֵׁ֤בֶט הָרֶ֗שַׁע עַל֮ גּוֹרַ֪ל הַֽצַּדִּ֫יקִ֥ים לְמַ֡עַן לֹא־יִשְׁלְח֖וּ הַצַּדִּיקִ֨ים בְּעַוְלָ֬תָה יְדֵיהֶֽם׃
הֵיטִ֣יבָה יְ֭הוָה לַטּוֹבִ֑ים וְ֝לִֽישָׁרִ֗ים בְּלִבּוֹתָֽם׃
וְהַמַּטִּ֤ים עַֽקַלְקַלּוֹתָ֗ם יוֹלִיכֵ֣ם יְ֭הוָה אֶת־פֹּעֲלֵ֣י הָאָ֑וֶן שָׁ֝ל֗וֹם עַל־יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃
A Song of Ascents. Of David.
“Had Adonai not been on our side”
—let Israel now say—
“Had Adonai not been on our side,
when men rose up against us,
then they would have swallowed us alive,
when their wrath was kindled against us.
Then the waters would have overwhelmed us,
the torrent would have swept over our soul,
then the raging waters would have swept over our soul.”
Blessed be Adonai,
who has not given us as prey for their teeth.
Our soul has escaped like a bird out of the snare of the trappers
—the snare is broken, and we escaped!
Our help is in the Name of Adonai,
Maker of heaven and earth.
שִׁ֥יר הַֽמַּעֲל֗וֹת לְדָ֫וִ֥ד לוּלֵ֣י יְ֭הוָה שֶׁהָ֣יָה לָ֑נוּ יֹֽאמַר־נָ֝א יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃
לוּלֵ֣י יְ֭הוָה שֶׁהָ֣יָה לָ֑נוּ בְּק֖וּם עָלֵ֣ינוּ אָדָֽם׃
אֲ֭זַי חַיִּ֣ים בְּלָע֑וּנוּ בַּחֲר֖וֹת אַפָּ֣ם בָּֽנוּ׃
אֲ֭זַי הַמַּ֣יִם שְׁטָפ֑וּנוּ נַ֗֜חְלָה עָבַ֥ר עַל־נַפְשֵֽׁנוּ׃
אֲ֭זַי עָבַ֣ר עַל־נַפְשֵׁ֑נוּ הַ֝מַּ֗יִם הַזֵּֽידוֹנִֽים׃
בָּר֥וּךְ יְהוָ֑ה שֶׁלֹּ֥א נְתָנָ֥נוּ טֶ֝֗רֶף לְשִׁנֵּיהֶֽם׃
נַפְשֵׁ֗נוּ כְּצִפּ֥וֹר נִמְלְטָה֮ מִפַּ֪ח י֫וֹקְשִׁ֥ים הַפַּ֥ח נִשְׁבָּ֗ר וַאֲנַ֥חְנוּ נִמְלָֽטְנוּ׃
עֶ֭זְרֵנוּ בְּשֵׁ֣ם יְהוָ֑ה עֹ֝שֵׂ֗ה שָׁמַ֥יִם וָאָֽרֶץ׃
The years and the tears
The hoping and the waiting
Surely you, O Israel,
Who wait upon the Lord
Will not be ashamed
Surely Zion will not die
While watchmen cry
Your zeal, your heart
Your burden so real
The heart of Abba
Trembling with heartache for His son
Zion, can you hear
Israel, he is near
Calling, crying out
Like a woman in labor
Laying low everything keeping you
From loving him
Jerusalem, he will not forsake you
He will not forget you
Your walls before him
His peace not withholding
Death will not prosper,
Wickedness will not have its way with you
Your walls always on his mind
Your bulwarks etched in time
Made of stone
Keeping him afar
But wanting him near
Coming for you
One day soon
Mocking will end
Lying will die
Hatred crushed beneath him
As He draws near
New life will take hold again
Abba, do you hear?
Zion as she cries
The cries, the groaning of Your people
Do you see her desperation?
Zion is crying out
While the leaders of the nations set themselves against
You who made them
Zion still cries out
Hoping her suffering is not in vain
Giver of Life
I join Zion’s cry
My heart beats with hers
I cry with Zion
Knowing Your desire over Zion
Knowing You will heal her
Knowing You are seeking her out
I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds, says the LORD, Because they called you an outcast saying: “This is Zion; No one seeks her.” Jeremiah 30:17
“Please do not hide your face from me, O G-d of my fathers,” Jacob cried out.
“I’m right here, my son?” G-d answered.
“Is that you, O G-d? Where are you? Where have you gone? Why have you hidden yourself from me for so long?” Jacob’s cries were desperate like those of a scared child feeling lost and alone.
“Jacob, be still, my son,” Abba said with tenderness in His voice.
Jacob tilted his head upward, having heard the faint whisper of G-d again.
“Is that you, O Lord? Is that you, my G-d?” Jacob panted, one slow breath at a time.
Jacob was a desperate man. He was disoriented. The life of his youth had been so rich yet at some point somewhere he had lost himself and forgotten the beauty of walking with G-d in his younger days. He had lost his vision. He was like the blind man who didn’t know his own appearance and could only try to feel and sense his surroundings.
“It’s me, my beloved son. Can you hear me? I love you, Jacob. I love you with an everlasting love.” The Father’s words resounded in the heavens. They were like a soothing ointment that pierced Jacob’s heart with power like thunder.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love…I have drawn you, O virgin of Israel.” Jeremiah 31
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Link for Sharing: Jacob
Just when I thought I had found my niche,
Not even just my niche
Rather my calling
Just when I landed my life in measure
Despite the disappointments
The surety of the knowing became comfortable
You came and shifted things all around
You changed it all up in a moment
In just a moment
You made a way
Where I thought there was no way
Just when I thought I had to figure it out
Wrestle it through
Be frustrated to no end
or hopefully be frustrated to a good end
You answered where I had barely asked
My expectations blown out of the water
By the G-d who is far more moved by me
Than I will ever fully comprehend
Link for Sharing: http://desireisrael.com/2016/05/20/just-when/