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Psalm 20

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Psalm 20

Psalm 20 is the 20th psalm of the Book of Psalms.

In Jewish prayer

The 70 words in this psalm are a reference to the 70 years of exile between the first and second temples. It has been inserted into daily prayer following the loss of the second temple to symbolize the somber period prior to the construction of the third temple.[1]

It is used in Jewish prayer in several ways:

  • Verses 2 and 10 are part of the opening paragraph of the long Tachanun recited on Mondays and Thursdays.[2]
  • It is also considered appropriate to recite in times of stress.


  1. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 152
  2. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 125
  3. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 62
  4. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 66
  5. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 157
  6. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 257
  7. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur page 619

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