Psalm 1 For Woman Who Is Pregnant, For Dangerous Confinement
When a woman is pregnant and fears a premature delivery, or a dangerous confinement, she should write or cause to be written on a piece of parchment prepared from the pure skin of a deer, the three first verses of the Psalm 1, together with the hidden holy name and appropriate prayer contained herein, and place it in a small bag made expressly for that purpose, and suspend it by a string about the neck, so that the bag will rest against her body. The holy name is called Eel Chad, which signifies, great, strong, only God, and is taken from the four following words: Aschre, verse 1; Lo, verse 4; Jatzliach, verse 3; Vederech, verse 6.
The prayer is as follows: May it please thee, O, Eel Chad, to grant unto this woman, N., daughter of R., that she may not at this time, or at any other time, have a premature confinement; much more grant unto her a truly fortunate delivery, and keep her and the fruit of her body in good health. Amen! Selah!
1 Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.