O God, Thy name! I will exalt Thee, and Thy righteousness I will not conceal.
I have given ear and I have trusted; I will not question, I will not prove:
For how should a vessel of clay say unto its moulder, What doest Thou?
I have sought Him, I have met Him: a tower of strength, a rock of trust:
The radiant one, like shining light, unveiled uncovered!

Praised be He and glorified, exalted and extolled!

The beauty of Thy glory and the strength of Thy hand the heavens declare,
When they dawn and when they wane and when they bow their faces;
And angels walk amid the stones of fire and water.
They testify to Thee, they thank Thee, Who creates the fruit of the lips,
For Thou upholdest, and failest not: without arms, without hands:
The depths and the heights, the Beings and the Throne.

Praised be He and glorified, exalted and extolled!

And who can utter the glory of Him who formed the clouds by His word?
He liveth eternally, albeit hidden; in the highest heights His abode.
And in His love for the son of His house, within his tent He set His presence,
And granted vision to prophecy, to look toward His likeness.
And there is no form and no measurement, and no end to the knowledge of Him;
Only the vision of Him in the sight of His prophets is like a King high and exalted.

Praised be He and glorified, exalted and extolled!

The tale of mighty acts is beyond telling, and who can declare His praises?
Happy is the man who is quick to perceive the strength of His great deeds,
And stayeth himself upon God who upholdeth the universe in His arms,
And proclaimeth His awe whate’er betide, and holdeth just His acts,
And giveth thanks for all He doeth, since for His own sake are His doings,
And since a terrible day of God cometh when there shall be judgment for all work.

Praised be He and glorified, exalted and extolled!

Consider deeply and prepare thyself and reflect on thine own secret,
And examine what thou art and whence thine origin.
Who set thee up, who gave thee understanding, whose power moveth thee;
And look unto the mighty acts of God and waken the glory in thee.
Search out His works, only upon Himself put not forth thine hand,
When thou seekest the end and the beginning, the too wonderful, the deeply hid.

Praised be He and glorified, exalted and extolled!

Born late in the 11th century, Jehudah (Judah) Halevi was indisputably the poet laureate of medieval Spanish Jewry. A prolific writer of varied literary works, Halevi’s faith in a supernatural God is particularly reflected in the poem above.