Tehillim Tuesdays: Psalm 104 in Hebrew

This post first appeared on Kineti and is authored by Judah Gabriel Himango, one of Tabernacle of David’s teachers.

Psalm 104 in Hebrew, performed by the talented Tel Aviv-based group Yamma Ensemble:

I really dig this band. They’re a group of Israeli musicians that mix ancient Middle Eastern sounds, chants, and klezmer to produce something special.

This song is a beautiful take on the first 5 verses of Psalm 104, a psalm that speaks about the creation of the world.


Barchi nafshi et Adonai בָּרְכִי נַפְשִׁי, אֶת-יְהוָה
Praise the Lord, Oh My Soul

Adonai Elohai gadalta meod יְהוָה אֱלֹהַי, גָּדַלְתָּ מְּאֹד
O Lord my God, you are exceedingly great

Hod ve’hadar lavashta הוֹד וְהָדָר לָבָשְׁתָּ
You are clothed with honor and majesty

Oteh ohr kasalma עֹטֶה-אוֹר, כַּשַּׂלְמָה
Who covers Himself with light like a garment

Oteh shaman kayria נוֹטֶה שָׁמַיִם, כַּיְרִיעָה
Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain

Hamkare ba’mayim aliyotav הַמְקָרֶה בַמַּיִם, עֲלִיּוֹתָיו
Who lays the beams of His chambers in the waters

Hasam avim rechuvo הַשָּׂם-עָבִים רְכוּבוֹ
Who makes the clouds His chariot

Hamehalech al kanfey ruach הַמְהַלֵּךְ, עַל-כַּנְפֵי-רוּחַ
Who walks on the wings of the wind

Oseh malachav ruchot עֹשֶׂה מַלְאָכָיו רוּחוֹת
Who makes the winds His messengers

Mesharetav ash lohet מְשָׁרְתָיו, אֵשׁ לֹהֵט
Flames of fire His minister

Yasad eretz al mechoneha יָסַד-אֶרֶץ, עַל-מְכוֹנֶיהָ
Who laid the foundations of the earth

Bal timot olam va’ed בַּל-תִּמּוֹט, עוֹלָם וָעֶד
That it should not be moved forever

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