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Psalm 27 in Hebrew

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Psalm 27 Recited in Hebrew

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The Hebrew title for the book of Psalms is Tehillim, meaning "songs of praise," and individual psalms are referred to as Mizmorim: Mizmor Aleph (Psalm 1), Mizmor Bet (Psalm 2), and so on.  For each pasuk (verse), first try reading the Hebrew by yourself, and then click on the speaker icon:

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Migdal Bavel

le-David.  Adonai ori v'yishi, mimi ira? Adonai ma'oz-chayai, mimi efchad?

Pasuk Aleph

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?


Adonai Ori v'Yishi – "The LORD is my light and my salvation." Or is the most common word for light in the Scriptures; yishi comes from yasha, meaning to save, deliver, etc. (Yeshua is the Hebrew name for Jesus).

mimi ira? - mi is prefixive "from" added to the preposition mi ("who"), and ira is the imperfect form of yarei (to fear).

Adonai ma'oz-chayai - Ma'oz means a place of safety (from azaz, to be strong) and chayai comes from chayah, to live (chai means alive; chayim is life (pl. constr. sing.).

mimi efchad? Efchad is the 1ps imperfect of pachad, to dread, to fear.

Pasuk Aleph

bikrov alai me-re'im le'ekhol et-b'sari, tzarai v'oyvai li hemah, khashelu v'nafalu.

When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me
to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.


Bikrov alai me-re'im – When evildoers come near to me.

le-ekhol et-b'sari - to eat up my flesh; basar means flesh and may allude to bloodlust of the enemies of David.

Tzarai v'oyvai li - my foes (from tzara) and my enemies (from ayav)

hemah khashlu v'nafalu - It is they who stumble (from 3pl kashal) and fall (from 3pl nafal).

Pasuk Aleph

im-tachaneh alai machaneh lo-yira libi, im-takum alai milchamah b'zot ani vote'ach.

Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear:
though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.


Im-tachaneh alai machanei – if a host (machaneh) encamps (tachaneh, 3fs from chanah, to lay seige) against me.

lo-yira libi - my heart (lev) will not fear (from 3ms qal of yarei).

im-takum alai milchamah - im
(if) takum (it shall arise; 3fs imperf. of kum, arise, stand); alai (from al, 1cs upon, against me); milchamah (war, fs).

b'zot ani vote'ach - b'zot (in this) ani (I) vote'ach (I will trust; Qal ms participle from batach, trust, be confident, etc.

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