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11Q6 Psalmsb

Language: Hebrew

Date: 1 - 50 A.D.

Location: Qumran Cave 11

Contents in the following non-canonical order: Psalms 77:17-20 (Hebrew 77:18-21); 78:1; 119:163-165; 118:1, 15-16 (with no verses between 118:1 and 118:15); unknown psalm with plea for deliverance; Apostrophe to Zion psalm; 141:10; 133:1-3; 144:1-2, 4; 109:2-4


Psalms 77

17 The clouds poured out water.

The skies resounded with thunder.

Your arrows also flashed around.

18 The voice of your thunder was in the whirlwind.

The lightnings lit up the world.

The earth trembled and shook.

19 Your way was through the sea;

your paths through the great waters.

Your footsteps were not known.

20 You led your people like a flock,

by the hand of Moses and Aaron.


Psalms 78

A contemplation by Asaph.

1 Hear my teaching, my people.

Turn your ears to the words of my mouth.



Psalms 119

163 I hate and abhor falsehood.

I love your law.

164 Seven times a day, I praise you,

because of your righteous ordinances.

165 Those who love your law have great peace.

Nothing causes them to stumble.



Psalms 118

1 Give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good,

for his loving kindness endures forever. [1]

15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous.

“The right hand of Yahweh does valiantly.

16 The right hand of Yahweh is exalted!

The right hand of Yahweh does valiantly!” [2]


Psalms 141

10 Let the wicked fall together into their own nets,

while I pass by.


Psalms 133

A Song of Ascents. By David.

1 See how good and how pleasant it is

for brothers to live together in unity!

2 It is like the precious oil on the head,

that ran down on the beard,

even Aaron’s beard;

that came down on the edge of his robes;

like the dew of Hermon,

that comes down on the hills of Zion:

for there Yahweh gives the blessing,

even life forever more. Peace upon Israel.


Psalms 144

By David.

1 Blessed be Yahweh, my rock,

who teaches my hands to war,

and my fingers to battle:

2 my loving kindness, my fortress,

my high tower, my deliverer,

my shield, and he in whom I take refuge;

who subdues my people under me.


Man is like a breath.

His days are like a shadow that passes away.


Psalms 109

2 for they have opened the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of deceit against me.

They have spoken to me with a lying tongue.

3 They have also surrounded me with words of hatred,

and fought against me without a cause.

In return for my love, they are my adversaries;

but I am in prayer.


[1] This scroll has no verses between Psalm 118:1 and 118:15

[2] At this point, the scroll contains an unknown psalm dealing with a plea for deliverance, followed by a few verses of a psalm known as Apostrophe to Zion. The full psalm of Apostrophe to Zion is included in scroll 11Q5 Psalms, and translations are available online.

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