Saturday, March 12, 2011

So Sadly, I'll Let King David Speak...

You may have already heard the awful news.  Five members of a family in Itamar were murdered by one or more Arab terrorists Leil Shabbat, Sabbath Eve.

In Shiloh a number of us have divided up the entire book of T'hillim, Psalms, those special prayers written by King David.  I say numbers 94-99.  Considering my mood, I'll just post King David's words:


א אֵל-נְקָמוֹת יְהוָה; אֵל נְקָמוֹת הוֹפִיעַ. 1 O LORD, Thou God to whom vengeance belongeth, Thou God to whom vengeance belongeth, shine forth.

ב הִנָּשֵׂא, שֹׁפֵט הָאָרֶץ; הָשֵׁב גְּמוּל, עַל-גֵּאִים. 2 Lift up Thyself, Thou Judge of the earth; render to the proud their recompense.

ג עַד-מָתַי רְשָׁעִים יְהוָה: עַד-מָתַי, רְשָׁעִים יַעֲלֹזוּ. 3 LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked exult?

ד יַבִּיעוּ יְדַבְּרוּ עָתָק; יִתְאַמְּרוּ, כָּל-פֹּעֲלֵי אָוֶן. 4 They gush out, they speak arrogancy; all the workers of iniquity bear themselves loftily.

ה עַמְּךָ יְהוָה יְדַכְּאוּ; וְנַחֲלָתְךָ יְעַנּוּ. 5 They crush Thy people, O LORD, and afflict Thy heritage.

ו אַלְמָנָה וְגֵר יַהֲרֹגוּ; וִיתוֹמִים יְרַצֵּחוּ. 6 They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.

ז וַיֹּאמְרוּ, לֹא יִרְאֶה-יָּהּ; וְלֹא-יָבִין, אֱלֹהֵי יַעֲקֹב. 7 And they say: 'The LORD will not see, neither will the God of Jacob give heed.'

ח בִּינוּ, בֹּעֲרִים בָּעָם; וּכְסִילִים, מָתַי תַּשְׂכִּילוּ. 8 Consider, ye brutish among the people; and ye fools, when will ye understand?

ט הֲנֹטַע אֹזֶן, הֲלֹא יִשְׁמָע; אִם-יֹצֵר עַיִן, הֲלֹא יַבִּיט. 9 He that planted the ear, shall He not hear? He that formed the eye, shall He not see?

י הֲיֹסֵר גּוֹיִם, הֲלֹא יוֹכִיחַ: הַמְלַמֵּד אָדָם דָּעַת. 10 He that instructeth nations, shall not He correct? even He that teacheth man knowledge?

יא יְהוָה--יֹדֵעַ, מַחְשְׁבוֹת אָדָם: כִּי-הֵמָּה הָבֶל. 11 The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

יב אַשְׁרֵי, הַגֶּבֶר אֲשֶׁר-תְּיַסְּרֶנּוּ יָּהּ; וּמִתּוֹרָתְךָ תְלַמְּדֶנּוּ. 12 Happy is the man whom Thou instructest, O LORD, and teachest out of Thy law;

יג לְהַשְׁקִיט לוֹ, מִימֵי רָע-- עַד יִכָּרֶה לָרָשָׁע שָׁחַת. 13 That Thou mayest give him rest from the days of evil, until the pit be digged for the wicked.

יד כִּי, לֹא-יִטֹּשׁ יְהוָה עַמּוֹ; וְנַחֲלָתוֹ, לֹא יַעֲזֹב. 14 For the LORD will not cast off His people, neither will He forsake His inheritance.

טו כִּי-עַד-צֶדֶק, יָשׁוּב מִשְׁפָּט; וְאַחֲרָיו, כָּל-יִשְׁרֵי-לֵב. 15 For right shall return unto justice, and all the upright in heart shall follow it.

טז מִי-יָקוּם לִי, עִם-מְרֵעִים; מִי-יִתְיַצֵּב לִי, עִם-פֹּעֲלֵי אָוֶן. 16 Who will rise up for me against the evil-doers? Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?

יז לוּלֵי יְהוָה, עֶזְרָתָה לִּי-- כִּמְעַט, שָׁכְנָה דוּמָה נַפְשִׁי. 17 Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had soon dwelt in silence.

יח אִם-אָמַרְתִּי, מָטָה רַגְלִי; חַסְדְּךָ יְהוָה, יִסְעָדֵנִי. 18 If I say: 'My foot slippeth', Thy mercy, O LORD, holdeth me up.

יט בְּרֹב שַׂרְעַפַּי בְּקִרְבִּי-- תַּנְחוּמֶיךָ, יְשַׁעַשְׁעוּ נַפְשִׁי. 19 When my cares are many within me, Thy comforts delight my soul.

כ הַיְחָבְרְךָ, כִּסֵּא הַוּוֹת; יֹצֵר עָמָל עֲלֵי-חֹק. 20 Shall the seat of wickedness have fellowship with Thee, which frameth mischief by statute?

כא יָגוֹדּוּ, עַל-נֶפֶשׁ צַדִּיק; וְדָם נָקִי יַרְשִׁיעוּ. 21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn innocent blood.

כב וַיְהִי יְהוָה לִי לְמִשְׂגָּב; וֵאלֹהַי, לְצוּר מַחְסִי. 22 But the LORD hath been my high tower, and my God the rock of my refuge.

כג וַיָּשֶׁב עֲלֵיהֶם, אֶת אוֹנָם-- וּבְרָעָתָם יַצְמִיתֵם;
יַצְמִיתֵם, יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ. 23 And He hath brought upon them their own iniquity, and will cut them off in their own evil; {N}
the LORD our God will cut them off. {P}

2 comments:

Frayda said...

Thank you for sharing.

Batya said...

And it's 15 years since an Arab terrorist ran over my foot, murdered one woman and injured a couple of dozen other Jews.