This thousand year old traditional hymn glorifies the supremacy of God, His omnipotence, and His providence.
Adon olam asher malach,
Ruler of the universe Who reigned,
b’terem kol y’tzir nivra.
before anything was created.
L’eit na-asah v’cheftso kol,
At the time when His will created all things,
then as Sovereign His Name was proclaimed.
And after everything ceases to be,
l’vado yimloch nora.
He alone will reign, the Awesome One.
V’hu hayah v’hu hoveh,
It is He Who was, and He Who is,
v’hu yih-yeh b’tifarah.
and He Who shall remain in splendor.
V’hu echad v’ein sheini,
And He is One and there is no second,
l’hamshil lo l’hachbirah.
to compare to Him or to be His equal.
B’li reishit b’li tachlit,
Without beginning without end
v’lo ha-oz v’hamisrah.
and to Him belong the power and the dominion.
V’hu Eili v’chai go-ali,
He is my Almighty One and my living Redeemer,
v’tzur chevli b’eit tzarah.
and my Fortress from pain in a time of distress.
V’hu nisi umanos li,
And He is my banner and a refuge for me,
m’nat kosi b’yom ekra.
the portion of my cup on the day I call.
B’yado afkid ruchi,
Into His hand I entrust my spirit,
b’eit ishan v’a-irah.
when I go to sleep and when I wake.
V’im ruchi g’viyati,
And with my spirit as well as my body,
Adonai li v’lo ira.
Hashem is with me and I shall not fear.
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