a psalm for the reading on September 23

yom-kippur-2015a psalm for the reading on September 23 Yom Kippur Day of Atonement of the Jewish descendants of Israel.

Tehillim 77 Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)

77 (For the one directing. Set to Yedutun. Mizmor of Asaph) I cried unto Elohim with my voice, even unto Elohim with my voice; and He gave ear unto me.

(3) In my yom tzoros (day of trouble) I sought Adonoi; my hand was stretched up in the lailah, and ceased not; my nefesh refused to be comforted.

(4) I remembered Elohim, and groaned; I pondered, and my ruach was overwhelmed. Selah.

(5) Thou holdest mine eyelids awake; I am so troubled that lo adaber (I cannot speak).

(6) I have considered the yamim mikedem (days of old), the shnot olamim (years long past).

(7) I called to remembrance my neginah balailah (song in the night); I communed with mine own lev; and my ruach pondered with diligent search.

(8) Will Adonoi cast off forever? And will He show favor no more?

(9) Is His chesed passed away forever? Is His promise at an end l’dor vador?

(10) Hath El (G-d) forgotten to be channot (gracious)? Hath He in anger shut up His rachamim (mercy)? Selah.

10 (11) And I said, This is my affliction; but I will remember the shanot of the Yemin Elyon (Right Hand of the Most High).

11 (12) I will remember the deeds of Hashem; surely I will remember Thy wonders mikedem (of old, of long ago).

12 (13) I will meditate also on kol po’al (all work) of Thine, and consider Thy mighty deeds.

13 (14) Thy Derech, O Elohim, is bakodesh (in holiness). Who is so gadol El as Elohim?

14 (15) Thou art HaEl oseh peleh (the G-d that doest wonders); Thou hast declared Thy oz (strength) among the amim (peoples, nations).

15 (16) Thou hast with Thine zero’a (strong arm) redeemed Thy people, the Bnei Ya’akov and Yosef. Selah.

16 (17) The mayim saw Thee, O Elohim, the mayim saw Thee; they were afraid; the tehomot (ocean depths) also writhed.

17 (18) The clouds poured down mayim; the skies resounded in thunder; Thine khitzim (arrows, i.e., lightning bolts) also went forth

18 (19) The voice of Thy thunder was in the galgal (whirlwind); the lightning lit up the tevel (world); ha’aretz trembled and quaked.

19 (20) Thy derech is in the yam (sea), and Thy path is through the mayim rabbim (great waters), and Thy footsteps are not to be discerned.

20 (21) Thou didst lead Thy people like a tzon (flock) by the yad Moshe and Aharon.

Psalm 77 Amplified Bible (AMP) Comfort in Trouble from Recalling God’s Mighty Deeds. To the Chief Musician; according to Jeduthun [one of David’s three chief musicians, founder of an official musical family]. A Psalm of Asaph.

My voice rises to God, and I will cry aloud;
My voice rises to God, and He will hear me.

In the day of my trouble I [desperately] sought the Lord;
In the night my hand was [a]stretched out [in prayer] without weariness;
My soul refused to be comforted.

I remember God; then I am disquieted and I groan;
I sigh [in prayer], and my spirit grows faint. Selah.

You have held my eyelids open;
I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

I have considered the ancient days,
The years [of prosperity] of long, long ago.

I will remember my song in the night;
I will meditate with my heart,
And my spirit searches:

Will the Lord reject forever?
And will He never be favorable again?

Has His lovingkindness ceased forever?
Have His promises ended for all time?

Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Or has He in anger withdrawn His compassion? Selah.
And I said, “This is my grief,
That the right hand of the Most High has changed [and His lovingkindness is withheld].”

I will [solemnly] remember the deeds of the Lord;
Yes, I will [wholeheartedly] remember Your wonders of old.
I will meditate on all Your works
And thoughtfully consider all Your [great and wondrous] deeds.
Your way, O God, is holy [far from sin and guilt].
What god is great like our God?
You are the [awesome] God who works [powerful] wonders;
You have demonstrated Your power among the people.
You have with Your [great] arm redeemed Your people,
The sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.

The waters [of the Red Sea] saw You, O God;
The waters saw You, they were in anguish;
The deeps also trembled.
The clouds poured down water;
The skies sent out a sound [of rumbling thunder];
Your arrows (lightning) flashed here and there.
The voice of Your thunder was in the [b]whirlwind;
The lightnings illumined the world;
The earth trembled and shook.
Your way [of escape for Your people] was through the sea,
And Your paths through the great waters,
And Your footprints were not traceable.
You led Your people like a flock
By the hand of Moses and Aaron [to the promised goal].


  1. Psalm 77:2 Lit and did not grow numb.
  2. Psalm 77:18 Lit wheel, possibly referring instead to the wheels on God’s chariot.

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