Course: Psalm 122 by Rabbi Yehudah Glick
Course: Psalm 122
Temple – Lesson 5 – Psalm 122. This lesson discusses the special relationship that the people of Israel have with Jerusalem. This is shown in the structure: 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 where after the introduction in verse 1, each of the four standzas show a dual relationship between two lovers: the pilgrims and the city. Yehuda’s translation is given below: Psalm 122 A song of Ascents of David. 1 I was glad/happy/joyful when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of Hashem.” 2 Our feet are/were standing within your gates, O Jerusalem, 3 Jerusalem built is like a city that is united together; 4 For the tribes when up there, the tribes of Yah to up, a testimony to Israel, to give thanks to the name of Hashem 5 For there they sat on thrones for judgement, the thrones of the House of David. 6 Request the peace of Jerusalem. May they prosper who love you. 7 May there be peace within your walls, prosperity within your palaces. 8 For my brother’s and companion’s sake may I now say “May peace be within you” 9 For the sake of the house of Hashem, I will seek your good.