In the weekday sh’moneh esrei we ask HaShem to rule over us by himself:

וּמְלֹךְ עָלֵינוּ מְהֵרָה אַתָּה י-הוה לְבַדְּךָ

and reign over us- You HaShem, alone

And yet, a few b’rachos later, we seemingly ask HaShem to give us a human king!

וְכִסֵּא דָוִד עַבְדְּךָ מְהֵרָה לְתוֹכָהּ תָּכִין.

and may you speedily establish the throne of David within it

Can someone resolve this contradiction?

  • What does it ever mean "וּמְלֹךְ עָלֵינוּ מְהֵרָה אַתָּה לְבַדְּךָ"? Apart from whom? I would ask that first. – Al Berko Sep 7 '19 at 20:49
  • @Al Berko My assumption is apart from any other (human) king – Lo ani Sep 7 '19 at 21:39

The kingship of the house of David is unique in that in its most perfect form, it is merely a reflection of the kingship of Hashem,לית מגרמי כלום.
מלכות בית דוד allows us to connect, in a more tangible way to the מלכות of ה'. So essentially in both of those ברכות we are asking for the same thing: that the reality of Hashem's lone dominion over the world be made clear to all its inhabitants, and that מלכות בית דוד return, to give us a deeper understanding of that rulership and dominion.

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