Tehillim / Psalms 140, ספר תהילים קמ, Part 1, The Power of Immortality


In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 140:1-13, the psalm opens saying, א לַמְנַצֵּחַ מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד: ב חַלְּצֵנִי יְהֹוָה מֵאָדָם רָע מֵאִישׁ חֲמָסִים תִּנְצְרֵנִי: ג אֲשֶׁר חָשְׁבוּ רָעוֹת בְּלֵב כָּל-יוֹם יָגוּרוּ מִלְחָמוֹת: 140:1 Rescue me, O Lord, from evil men; Preserve me from violent men 140:2 Who devise evil things in their hearts; They continually stir up wars. 140:3 They sharpen their tongues as a serpent; Poison of a viper is under their lips. Selah. (NASB) Only the Lord is able to save us from our enemies. This is what the Psalmist believes saying, ד שָׁנֲנוּ לְשׁוֹנָם כְּמוֹ-נָחָשׁ חֲמַת עַכְשׁוּב תַּחַת שְֹפָתֵימוֹ סֶלָה: ה שָׁמְרֵנִי יְהֹוָה | מִידֵי רָשָׁע מֵאִישׁ חֲמָסִים תִּנְצְרֵנִי אֲשֶׁר חָשְׁבוּ לִדְחוֹת פְּעָמָי: 140:4 Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; Preserve me from violent men Who have purposed to trip up my feet. 140:5 The proud have hidden a trap for me, and cords; They have spread a net by the wayside; They have set snares for me. Selah. (NASB) David gives us the example to praise the Lord in the following way, ו טָמְנוּ גֵאִים | פַּח-לִי וַחֲבָלִים פָּרְשֹוּ רֶשֶׁת לְיַד מַעְגָּל מֹקְשִׁים שָׁתוּ-לִי סֶלָה: ז אָמַרְתִּי לַיהֹוָה אֵלִי אָתָּה הַאֲזִינָה יְהֹוָה קוֹל תַּחֲנוּנָי: ח יְהוִֹה אֲדֹנָי עֹז יְשׁוּעָתִי סַכּוֹתָה לְרֹאשִׁי בְּיוֹם נָשֶׁק: 140:6 I said to the Lord, ‘You are my God; Give ear, O Lord, to the voice of my supplications. 140:7 ‘O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in the day of battle. 140:8 ‘Do not grant, O Lord, the desires of the wicked; Do not promote his evil device, that they not be exalted. Selah. (NASB)  Read more here:  Tehillim 140-Part1

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