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Tehillim 129 – Let the enemies be like grass

Let us, Noahides, pray for the people of Israel in times of their need.

Reciting a Psalm is particularly important. Becaus whyn you say the Psalms, it is as great as if King David himself were saying them. King David wrote the Psalms with Divine inspiration – ruach hakodesh, the holy breath (cf. Likutey Moharan I, 156). This holy breath is still in the words of the Psalms, your own breaht arouses the holy breath in these words. Thus, when you say the Psalms, it is as if King David himself were chanting them.

Let us utter the words of David, by our breath, so that the Messinic King will arise and renew the Davidic dynasty in our days. For then the nations will have a pure language, all will call upon the Name of Hashem to serve Him with one purpose, and there will no longer be anyone who will do evil or bring destruction will on His Holy Mountain, for then the earth will be filled with the knowledge of G-d, like the water that covers the seabed.

Tehillim 129 is appropriate for this purpose.

שִׁ֗יר הַֽמַּ֫עֲל֥וֹת רַ֭בַּת צְרָר֣וּנִי מִנְּעוּרַ֑י יֹאמַר־נָ֝֗א יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃

A song by David, to be sung on the steps of the Holy Temple. Since my youth, my enemies have oppressed me very much – let the people of Israel now declare.

רַ֭בַּת צְרָר֣וּנִי מִנְּעוּרָ֑י גַּ֝֗ם לֹא־יָ֥כְלוּ לִֽי׃

Since me youth, my enemies have oppressed me very much, but they have also never been able to defeat me.

עַל־גַּ֭בִּי חָרְשׁ֣וּ חֹרְשִׁ֑ים הֶ֝אֱרִ֗יכוּ (למענותם) [לְמַעֲנִיתָֽם]׃

My suffering felt as if plowmen plowed over my back, prolonging my suffering as they lenthened their trenches beyond their usual span. *

יְהֹוָ֥ה צַדִּ֑יק קִ֝צֵּ֗ץ עֲב֣וֹת רְשָׁעִֽים׃

But, Hashem is righteous and He will surely cut the rope of the wicked with which they bind me.

יֵ֭בֹשׁוּ וְיִסֹּ֣גוּ אָח֑וֹר כֹּ֝֗ל שֹׂנְאֵ֥י צִיּֽוֹן׃

Then, all who hate the Jewish Nation – the people of Zionwill be ashamed and retreat from their evil plans.

יִ֭הְיוּ כַּחֲצִ֣יר גַּגּ֑וֹת שֶׁקַּדְמַ֖ת שָׁלַ֣ף יָבֵֽשׁ׃

They should be like grass growing on the rooftops, which is dried out from the heat of the sun before it is even plucked,

שֶׁלֹּ֤א מִלֵּ֖א כַפּ֥וֹ קוֹצֵ֗ר וְחִצְנ֥וֹ מְעַמֵּֽר׃

and with which the harvester cannot fill his hand, nor the gatherer his arm,

וְלֹ֤א אָמְר֨וּ ׀ הָעֹבְרִ֗ים בִּרְכַּֽת־יְהֹוָ֥ה אֲלֵיכֶ֑ם בֵּרַ֥כְנוּ אֶ֝תְכֶ֗ם בְּשֵׁ֣ם יְהֹוָֽה׃ 

The passersby do not say to the harvesters of such grass the useal blessing, “G-d’s blessing to you; we bless you in the name of Hashem,” because there will not be any harvestable grass. Our enemies, too, will wither as quickly as this grass and will perish.


By Angelique Sijbolts

* This speaks of the contempt and humiliation the nations inflict on the Jewish people.

Source: Psalm 4 that, Chabad South Africa, Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom 98 in DaybyDay BreslovApp.

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