The Shema

Deuteronomy 6: 4–9
דברים פרק ו פסוקים ד-ט

Masoretic Hebrew to
word-by-word English translation,
with audio, romanization,
and English translation

יְהוָה
יִשְׂרָאֵל
שְׁמַע
ד
Hashem Israel listen
4
אֶחָד
יְהוָה
אֱלֹהֵינוּ
is one
Hashem
our God

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Hebrew
consonants
שמע ישראל יהוה אלהינו יהוה אחד׃
romanization Sh’ma Yis’ra’eil Adonai Eloheinu Adonai echad.
English Listen, Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.

יְהוָה
אֵת
אָהַבְתָּ
וְ ה
Hashem
love
and
5
בָבְךָ
לְ
כָל
בְּ
אֱלֹהֶיךָ
your heart
all
with
your God
מְאֹדֶךָ
כָל
בְ
וּ
נַפְשְׁךָ
כָל
בְ
וּ
your
might
all
w
i
t
h
and
your spirit
all
w
i
t
h
and

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Hebrew
consonants
ואהבת את יהוה אלהיך בכל־לבבך ובכל־נפשך ובכל־מאדך׃
romanization V’ahav’ta eit Adonai Elohekha b’khol l’vav’kha uv’khol naf’sh’kha uv’khol m’odekha.
English And love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

אֵלֶּה
הָ
דְּבָרִים
הַ
הָיוּ
וְ
ו
these the words the be and
6
בָבֶךָ
לְ
עַל
יּוֹם
הַ
מְצַוְּךָ
אָנֹכִי
אֲשֶׁר
your
heart
upon day t
h
i
s
command
you
I which

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Hebrew
consonants
והיו הדברים האלה אשר אנכי מצוך היום על־לבבך׃
romanization V’hayu had’varim ha’eileh asher anokhi m’tzav’kha hayom al l’vavekha.
English And these commandments which I give you today will be on your hearts.

בָנֶיךָ
לְ
שִׁנַּנְתָּם
וְ
ז
your
children
in impress
them
and
7
בֵיתֶךָ
בְּ
שִׁבְתְּךָ
בְּ
בָּם
דִבַּרְתָּ
וְ
your
dwelling
in your
sitting
in
of

them
speak and
קוּמֶךָ
בְ
וּ
שָׁכְבְּךָ
בְ
וּ
דֶּרֶךְ
בַ
לֶכְתְּךָ
בְ
וּ
you get
up
w
h
e
n
and you lie
down
w
h
e
n
and the
road
d
o
w
n
you walk w
h
e
n
and

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Hebrew
consonants
ושננתם לבניך ודברת בם בשבתך בביתך ובלכתך בדרך ובשכבך ובקומך׃
romanization V’shinan’tam l’vanekha v’dibar’ta bam b’shiv’t’kha b’veitekha uv’lekh’t’kha vaderekh uv’shakh’b’kha uv’kumekha.
English And impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

 יָדֶךָ
עַל
אוֹת
לְ
קְשַׁרְתָּם
וּ
ח
your
hand
on a
sign
as tie them and
8
עֵינֶיךָ
בֵּין
טֹטָפֹת
לְ
הָיוּ
וְ
your
eyes
between your
forehead*
on make
them
present
and

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Hebrew
consonants
וקשרתם לאות על־ידך והיו לטטפת בין עיניך׃
romanization Uk’shar’tam l’ot al yadekha v’hayu l’totafot bein einekha.
English And tie them as signs on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.

שְׁעָרֶיךָ
בִ
וּ
בֵּיתֶךָ
מְזֻזוֹת
עַל
כְתַבְתָּם
וּ
ט
your
gates
on and your
houses
the
doorposts*

of
on write them and
9

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Hebrew
consonants
וכתבתם על־מזוזת ביתך ובשעריך׃
romanization Ukh’tav’tam al m’zuzot beitekha uvish’arekha.
English And write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates.
"Hashem" means "the name." Many Hebrew speakers use "Hashem" or "Adonai" instead of "יהוה" to show their respect to God by not taking his name lightly and only using the proper name in prayers.

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