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Torah: Genesis 44-47
Prophets: Jeremiah 18-19
Historical Writings: 2 SAMUEL 18
New Testament: Mark 14
Wisdom Writings: PSALMS 70-71
Non-Canonical: SIRACH 10
The following translation is from The Scriptures | ISR98
44| 1 And he commanded the one over his house, saying, “Fill the men’s sacks with food, as they are able to bear, and put each man’s silver in the mouth of his sack.
2 “And put my cup, the silver cup, in the mouth of the sack of the youngest, and the silver for his grain.” And he did according to the word of Yosĕph which he spoke.
3 As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their donkeys.
4 And when they had gone out of the city, not having gone far, Yosĕph said to the one over his house, “Rise up, follow the men, and when you overtake them, say to them, ‘Why have you repaid evil for good?
5 ‘Is this not the one from which my master drinks, and with which he indeed divines? You have done evil in what you have done.’ ”
6 So he overtook them and spoke these words to them.
7 And they said to him, “Why does my master say these words? Far be it from us that your servants should do according to this word.
8 “See, we brought back to you from the land of Kena‛an the silver which we found in the mouth of our sacks. How then should we steal silver or gold from your master’s house?
9 “With whomever of your servants it is found – he shall die and we shall become my master’s slaves as well.”
10 And he said, “Now also let it be according to your words: he with whom it is found becomes my slave, and you are innocent.”
11 And they hurried, each man let down his sack to the ground, and each opened his sack.
12 And he searched, with the oldest first and with the youngest last, and the cup was found in Binyamin’s sack.
13 And they tore their garments, and each man loaded his donkey and went back to the city.
14 And Yehuḏah and his brothers came to Yosĕph’s house, and he was still there. And they fell before him on the ground.
15 And Yosĕph said to them, “What deed is this you have done? Did you not know that a man like me indeed divines?”
16 And Yehuḏah said, “What do we say to my master? What do we speak? Or how do we clear ourselves? Elohim has found out the crookedness of your servants. See, we are my master’s slaves, both we and he also with whom the cup was found.”
17 But he said, “Far be it from me to do this. The man in whose hand the cup was found, he becomes my slave. And you, go up in peace to your father.”
18 And Yehuḏah came near to him and said, “O my master, please let your servant speak a word in my master’s hearing, and do not let your displeasure burn against your servant, for you are like Pharaoh.
19 “My master asked his servants, saying, ‘Have you a father or a brother?’
20 “And we said to my master, ‘We have a father, an old man, and a young child of his old age, and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother’s children, and his father loves him.’
21 “And you said to your servants, ‘Bring him down to me, and let me set my eyes on him.’
22 “And we said to my master, ‘The boy is not able to leave his father, for if he leaves his father, his father shall die.’
23 “But you said to your servants, ‘Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you do not see my face again.’
24 “And it came to be, when we went up to your servant my father, that we told him the words of my master.
25 “And our father said, ‘Go back and buy us a little food.’
26 “But we said, ‘We are not able to go down. If our youngest brother is with us, then we shall go down, for we are not able to see the man’s face unless our youngest brother is with us.’
27 “Then your servant my father said to us, ‘You know that my wife bore me two sons,
28 and the one went out from me, and I said, “Truly, he is torn, torn to pieces!” And I have not seen him since.
29 ‘And if you take this one from me too, and harm comes to him, you shall bring down my grey hair with evil to the grave.’
30 “And now, if I come to your servant my father and the boy is not with us – since his own life is bound up in his life –
31 then it shall be, when he sees that the boy is not with us, that he shall die. So your servants shall bring down the grey hair of your servant our father with evil to the grave.
32 “For your servant went guaranty for the boy to my father, saying, ‘If I do not bring him back to you, then I shall be a sinner before my father forever.’
33 “And now, please let your servant remain instead of the boy as a slave to my master, and let the boy go up with his brothers.
34 “For how do I go up to my father if the boy is not with me, lest I see the evil that would come upon my father?”
45| 1 And Yosĕph was unable to restrain himself before all those who stood by him, and he called out, “Have everyone go out from me!” So no one stood with him while Yosĕph made himself known to his brothers.
2 And he wept aloud, and the Mitsrites and the house of Pharaoh heard it.
3 And Yosĕph said to his brothers, “I am Yosĕph, is my father still alive?” But his brothers were unable to answer him, for they trembled before him.
4 Then Yosĕph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.” And when they came near, he said, “I am Yosĕph your brother, whom you sold into Mitsrayim.
5 “And now, do not be grieved nor displeased with yourselves because you sold me here, for Elohim sent me before you to preserve life.
6 “For two years now the scarcity of food has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there is neither ploughing nor harvesting.
7 “And Elohim sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to give life to you by a great escape.
8 “So then, you did not send me here, but Elohim. And He has set me for a father to Pharaoh, and master of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Mitsrayim.
9 “Hurry and go up to my father, and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Yosĕph, “Elohim has made me master of all Mitsrayim. Come down to me, do not delay.
10 “And you shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and be near to me, you and your children, your children’s children, your flocks and your herds, and all that you have.
11 “And I shall provide for you there, lest you and your household, and all that you have, come to poverty, because five years of scarcity of food are still to come.” ’
12 “And look, your eyes and the eyes of my brother Binyamin see that it is my mouth that speaks to you.
13 “And you shall inform my father of all my esteem in Mitsrayim, and of all that you have seen. And you shall hurry and bring my father down here.”
14 And he fell on his brother Binyamin’s neck and wept, and Binyamin wept on his neck.
15 And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them, and after that his brothers spoke with him.
16 And the report of it was heard by the house of Pharaoh, saying, “The brothers of Yosĕph have come.” And it was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of his servants.
17 And Pharaoh said to Yosĕph, “Say to your brothers, ‘Do this: Load your beasts and go, enter the land of Kena‛an,
18 and take your father and your households and come to me, and I give you the best of the land of Mitsrayim, and you eat the fat of the land.
19 ‘And you, you have been commanded, do this: Take wagons out of the land of Mitsrayim for your little ones and your wives. And you shall bring your father, and come.
20 ‘And do not be concerned about your goods, for the best of all the land of Mitsrayim is yours.’ ”
21 And the sons of Yisra’ĕl did so. And Yosĕph gave them wagons, according to the command of Pharaoh, and he gave them food for the journey.
22 He gave to all of them, to each man, changes of garments, but to Binyamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver and five changes of garments.
23 And he sent to his father this: ten donkeys loaded with the best of Mitsrayim, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain, and bread, and food for his father for the journey.
24 So he sent his brothers away, and they left. And he said to them, “Do not quarrel along the way.”
25And they went up out of Mitsrayim, and came to the land of Kena‛an to Ya‛aqoḇ their father.
26 And they told him, saying, “Yosĕph is still alive, and he is governor over all the land of Mitsrayim.” And Ya‛aqoḇ’s heart ceased, for he did not believe them.
27 But when they spoke to him all the words which Yosĕph had spoken to them, and when he saw the wagons which Yosĕph had sent to transport him, the spirit of Ya‛aqoḇ their father revived.
28 And Yisra’ĕl said, “Enough! My son Yosĕph is still alive. Let me go and see him before I die.”
46| 1 And Yisra’ĕl set out with all that he had, and came to Be’ĕrsheḇa, and brought offerings to the Elohim of his father Yitsḥaq.
2 And Elohim spoke to Yisra’ĕl in the visions of the night, and said, “Ya‛aqoḇ, Ya‛aqoḇ!” And he said, “Here I am.”
3 And He said, “I am the Ěl, Elohim of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Mitsrayim, for I shall make you there into a great nation.
4 “I Myself am going down with you to Mitsrayim and I Myself shall certainly bring you up again. And let Yosĕph put his hand on your eyes.”
5 And Ya‛aqoḇ rose up from Be’ĕrsheḇa. And the sons of Yisra’ĕl brought their father Ya‛aqoḇ, and their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to transport him.
6 And they took their livestock and their property which they had acquired in the land of Kena‛an, and came into Mitsrayim, Ya‛aqoḇ and all his seed with him.
7 His sons and his sons’ sons, his daughters and his sons’ daughters, and all his seed he brought with him to Mitsrayim.
8 And these were the names of the children of Yisra’ĕl, Ya‛aqoḇ and his sons, who came into Mitsrayim: Re’uḇĕn was Ya‛aqoḇ’s first-born.
9 And the sons of Re’uḇĕn: Ḥanoḵ, and Pallu, and Ḥetsron, and Karmi.
10 And the sons of Shim‛on: Yemu’ĕl, and Yamin, and Ohaḏ, and Yaḵin, and Tsoḥar, and Sha’ul, son of a Kena‛anite woman.
11 And the sons of Lĕwi: Gĕreshon, Qehath, and Merari.
12 And the sons of Yehuḏah: Ěr, and Onan, and Shĕlah, and Perets, and Zeraḥ – but Ěr and Onan died in the land of Kena‛an. And the sons of Perets were Ḥetsron and Ḥamul.
13 And the sons of Yissasḵar: Tola, and Puw‛ah, and Yoḇ, and Shimron.
14 And the sons of Zeḇulun: Sereḏ, and Ělon, and Yaḥle’ĕl.
15 These were the sons of Lĕ’ah, whom she bore to Ya‛aqoḇ in Paddan Aram, with his daughter Dinah. All the beings, his sons and his daughters, were thirty-three.
16 And the sons of Gaḏ: Tsiphyon and Ḥaggi, Shuni and Etsbon, Ěri and Aroḏi, and Arĕli.
17 And the sons of Ashĕr: Yimnah, and Yishwah, and Yishwi, and Beri‛ah, and Seraḥ, their sister. And the sons of Beri‛ah: Ḥeḇer and Malki’ĕl.
18 These were the sons of Zilpah, whom Laḇan gave to Lĕ’ah his daughter. And these she bore to Ya‛aqoḇ: sixteen beings.
19 The sons of Raḥĕl, Ya‛aqoḇ’s wife: Yosĕph and Binyamin.
20 And to Yosĕph in the land of Mitsrayim were born Menashsheh and Ephrayim, whom Asenath, the daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of On, bore to him.
21 And the sons of Binyamin: Belah, and Beḵer, and Ashbĕl, Gĕra and Na‛aman, Ěḥi and Rosh, Muppim and Ḥuppim, and Ard.
22 These were the sons of Raḥĕl who were born to Ya‛aqoḇ: fourteen beings in all.
23 And the son of Dan: Ḥushim.
24 And the sons of Naphtali: Yaḥtse’ĕl, and Guni, and Yĕtser, and Shillĕm.
25 These were the sons of Bilhah, whom Laḇan gave to Raḥĕl his daughter, and she bore these to Ya‛aqoḇ: seven beings in all.
26 All the beings who went with Ya‛aqoḇ to Mitsrayim, who came from his body, besides Ya‛aqoḇ’s sons’ wives, were sixty-six beings in all.
27 And the sons of Yosĕph who were born to him in Mitsrayim were two beings. All the beings of the house of Ya‛aqoḇ who went to Mitsrayim were seventy.
28 And he sent Yehuḏah before him to Yosĕph, to point out before him the way to Goshen. And they came to the land of Goshen.
29 And Yosĕph made ready his chariot and went up to Goshen to meet his father Yisra’ĕl. And he appeared to him, and fell on his neck and wept on his neck a long time.
30 And Yisra’ĕl said to Yosĕph, “Now let me die, since I have seen your face, that you are still alive.”
31 And Yosĕph said to his brothers and to his father’s household, “I am going up to inform Pharaoh, and say to him, ‘My brothers and those of my father’s house, who were in the land of Kena‛an, have come to me.
32 ‘And the men are shepherds, that they have been men of livestock, and they have brought their flocks and their herds, and all that they have.’
33 “And it shall be, when Pharaoh calls you and says, ‘What is your occupation?’
34 that you shall say, ‘Your servants have been men of livestock from our youth even till now, both we and also our fathers,’ so that you dwell in the land of Goshen, for every shepherd is an abomination to the Mitsrites.”
47| 1 Then Yosĕph went and spoke to Pharaoh, and said, “My father and my brothers, their flocks and their herds and all that they possess, have come from the land of Kena‛an. And see, they are in the land of Goshen.”
2 And he took five men from among his brothers and presented them to Pharaoh.
3 And Pharaoh said to his brothers, “What is your occupation?” And they said to Pharaoh, “Your servants are shepherds, both we and also our fathers.”
4 And they said to Pharaoh, “We have come to dwell in the land, because there is no pasture for your servant’s flocks, for the scarcity of food is severe in the land of Kena‛an. And now, please let your servants dwell in the land of Goshen.”
5 And Pharaoh spoke to Yosĕph, saying, “Your father and your brothers have come to you.
6 “The land of Mitsrayim is before you. Settle your father and brothers in the best of the land, let them dwell in the land of Goshen. And if you know of capable men among them, then make them chief herdsmen over my livestock.”
7 And Yosĕph brought in his father Ya‛aqoḇ and set him before Pharaoh. And Ya‛aqoḇ blessed Pharaoh.
8 And Pharaoh said to Ya‛aqoḇ, “How old are you?”
9 And Ya‛aqoḇ said to Pharaoh, “The days of the years of my sojournings are one hundred and thirty years. Few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not reached the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their sojournings.”
10 And Ya‛aqoḇ blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh.
11 So Yosĕph settled his father and his brothers, and gave them a possession in the land of Mitsrayim, in the best of the land, in the land of Ra‛meses, as Pharaoh had commanded.
12 And Yosĕph provided his father, and his brothers, and all his father’s household with bread for the mouth of the little ones.
13 Now there was no bread in all the land, because the scarcity of food was very severe, and the land of Mitsrayim and all the land of Kena‛an became exhausted from the scarcity of food.
14 And Yosĕph gathered up all the silver that was found in the land of Mitsrayim and in the land of Kena‛an, for the grain which they bought. And Yosĕph brought the silver into Pharaoh’s house.
15 And when the silver was all spent in the land of Mitsrayim and in the land of Kena‛an, all the Mitsrites came to Yosĕph and said, “Give us bread, for why should we die in your presence? For the silver is gone!”
16 And Yosĕph said, “Give your livestock, and I give you bread for your livestock, if the silver is gone.”
17 So they brought their livestock to Yosĕph, and Yosĕph gave them bread in exchange for the horses, and for the flocks they owned, and for the herds they owned, and for the donkeys. Thus he fed them with bread in exchange for all their livestock that year.
18 And when that year had ended, they came to him the next year and said to him, “We do not hide from my master that our silver is all spent, and my master also has the livestock we owned. There has not any been left before my master but our bodies and our lands.
19 “Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for bread, and let us and our land be servants of Pharaoh. And give us seed, and let us live and not die, and let the land not lie waste.”
20 And Yosĕph bought the entire land of Mitsrayim for Pharaoh, because every man of the Mitsrites sold his field, because the scarcity of food was severe upon them. And the land came to be Pharaoh’s.
21 And as for the people, he moved them into the cities, from one end of the borders of Mitsrayim to the other end.
22 Only the ground of the priests he did not buy, for the priests had portions allotted to them by Pharaoh, and they ate their portions which Pharaoh gave them. Therefore they did not sell their ground.
23 And Yosĕph said to the people, “Look, I have bought you and your land today for Pharaoh. Look, here is seed for you, and you shall sow the land.
24 “And it shall be that in the harvest you shall give one-fifth to Pharaoh. And four-fifths is your own, as seed for the field and for your food, for those of your households and as food for your little ones.”
25 And they said, “You have saved our lives. Let us find favour in the eyes of my master, and we shall become Pharaoh’s servants.”
26 And Yosĕph made it a law over the land of Mitsrayim to this day, that Pharaoh should have one-fifth, except for the ground of the priests only, which did not become Pharaoh’s.
27 And Yisra’ĕl dwelt in the land of Mitsrayim, in the land of Goshen. And they had possessions there and bore fruit and increased exceedingly.
28 And Ya‛aqoḇ lived in the land of Mitsrayim seventeen years. So the length of Ya‛aqoḇ’s life was one hundred and forty-seven years.
29 And the time for Yisra’ĕl to die drew near, and he called his son Yosĕph and said to him, “Now if I have found favour in your eyes, please put your hand under my thigh, and show kindness and truth to me. Please do not bury me in Mitsrayim,
30 but I shall lie with my fathers, and you shall take me up out of Mitsrayim and bury me in their burial place.” And he said, “I do as you have said.”
31 And he said, “Swear to me.” And he swore to him, and Yisra’ĕl bowed himself on the head of the bed.
18| 1 The word which came to Yirmeyahu from יהוה, saying,
2 “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I let you hear My words.”
3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and saw him doing a piece of work on the wheel.
4 And the vessel that he made of clay was ruined in the hand of the potter, so he remade it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.
5 Then the word of יהוה came to me, saying,
6 “O house of Yisra’ĕl, am I not able to do with you as this potter?” declares יהוה. “Look, as the clay is in the hand of the potter, so are you in My hand, O house of Yisra’ĕl!
7 “The moment I speak concerning a nation and concerning a reign, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it,
8 and that nation shall turn from its evil because I have spoken against it, then I shall repent of the evil that I thought to do to it.
9 “And the moment I speak concerning a nation and concerning a reign, to build and to plant it,
10 and it shall do evil in My eyes in not obeying My voice, then I shall repent concerning the good with which I spoke of doing to it.
11 “And now, speak to the men of Yehuḏah and to the inhabitants of Yerushalayim, saying, ‘Thus said יהוה, “See, I am forming evil and devising a plan against you. Return now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your deeds good.” ’ ”
12 But they shall say, “It is no use! For we walk according to our own plans, and we do each one the stubbornness of his evil heart.”a
13 Therefore thus said יהוה, “Ask now among the nations, who has heard the like of this? The maiden of Yisra’ĕl has done what is most horrible.
14 “Does the snow of Leḇanon cease from the rock of the field? Or the cool flowing waters from afar dry up?
15 “But My people have forgotten Me, they have burned incense to what is false, and they have stumbled from their ways, from the ancient paths, to walk in bypaths and not on a highway,
16 to make their land become a ruin, a hissing forever – everyone who passes by it is appalled and shakes his head.
17 “I shall scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I shall show them the back and not the face in the day of their calamity.”
18 Then they said, “Come and let us devise plans against Yirmeyahu, for the Torah shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come and let us smite him with the tongue, and let us not listen to any of his words.”
19 Attend to me, O יהוה, and listen to the voice of my adversaries!
20 Should good be repaid with evil? For they have dug a pit for my life. Remember that I stood before You to speak good for them, and to turn away Your wrath from them.
21 So give their children over to scarcity of food, and hand them over to the power of the sword. Let their wives become widows and bereaved of their children. Let their men be put to death, their young men be smitten by the sword in battle.
22 Let a cry be heard from their houses, when You bring a raiding party suddenly upon them. For they have dug a pit to take me, and laid snares for my feet.
23 But You, O יהוה, You know all their counsel against me, to slay me. Do not pardon their crookedness, nor blot out their sin from Your presence, and let them be overthrown before You. Deal with them in the time of Your displeasure.
19| 1 Thus said יהוה, “Go and get a potter’s earthen jug, and take some of the elders of the people and some of the elders of the priests.
2 “Then you shall go out to the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, which is by the entry of the Potsherd Gate, and shall proclaim there the words that I speak to you,
3 and shall say, ‘Hear the word of יהוה, O sovereigns of Yehuḏah and inhabitants of Yerushalayim. Thus said יהוה of hosts, the Elohim of Yisra’ĕl, “See, I am bringing evil on this place, that makes the ears tingle of all who hear it.
4 “Because they have forsaken Me and have profaned this place, and have burned incense in it to other mighty ones whom neither they, their fathers, nor the sovereigns of Yehuḏah have known, and they have filled this place with the blood of the innocents,
5 and have built the high places of Ba‛al, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings to Ba‛al, which I did not command or speak, nor did it come into My heart.
6 “Therefore see, the days are coming,” declares יהוה, “that this place shall no more be called Topheth or the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, but rather the Valley of Slaughter.
7 “And I shall pour out the counsel of Yehuḏah and Yerushalayim in this place, and I shall make them fall by the sword before their enemies and by the hands of those who seek their lives. And I shall give their corpses as meat for the birds of the heavens and for the beasts of the earth.
8 “And I shall make this city a ruin, and a hissing – everyone who passes by it is appalled and hisses because of all its plagues.
9 “And I shall make them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters, and eat one another’s flesh in the siege and in the distress with which their enemies and those who seek their lives distress them.” ’
10 “And you shall break the jug before the eyes of the men who go with you,
11 and shall say to them, ‘Thus said יהוה of hosts, “Even so I break this people and this city, as one breaks a potter’s vessel, which one is unable to repair again. And let them bury them in Topheth till there is no place to bury.
12 “This is what I shall do to this place,” declares יהוה, “and to its inhabitants, so as to make this city like Topheth.
13 “And the houses of Yerushalayim and the houses of the sovereigns of Yehuḏah shall be as unclean as the place of Topheth, because of all the houses on whose roofs they have burned incense to all the host of the heavens, and poured out drink offerings to other mighty ones.” ’ ”
14 And when Yirmeyahu returned from Topheth, where יהוה had sent him to prophesy, he stood in the courtyard of the House of יהוה and said to all the people,
15 “Thus said יהוה of hosts, the Elohim of Yisra’ĕl, ‘See, I am bringing on this city and on all her towns all the evil that I have pronounced against it, because they have stiffened their necks so as not to hear My words.’ ”
2 SAMUEL 18
18| 1 And Dawiḏ mustered the people who were with him, and set commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds over them.
2 And Dawiḏ sent out one third of the people under the hand of Yo’aḇ, and one third under the hand of Aḇishai son of Tseruyah, Yo’aḇ’s brother, and one third under the hand of Ittai the Gittite. And the sovereign said to the people, “I shall certainly go out with you too.”
3 But the people answered, “Do not go out, for if we flee away, they would not set heart upon us. Even if half of us die, they would not set heart upon us. For now, ten thousand are like us. Therefore, it is better for you to support us from the city.”
4 And the sovereign said to them, “That which is good in your eyes I do.” And the sovereign stood beside the gate, and all the people went out by hundreds and by thousands.
5 And the sovereign ordered Yo’aḇ, and Aḇishai and Ittai, saying, “Be gentle with the young man Aḇshalom for my sake.” And all the people heard when the sovereign gave all the commanders orders concerning Aḇshalom.
6 So the people went out into the field to meet Yisra’ĕl. And the battle was in the forest of Ephrayim,
7 and the people of Yisra’ĕl were smitten there before the servants of Dawiḏ. And the slaughter there that day was great – twenty thousand.
8 And the battle there was scattered over the face of all the land, and the forest devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.
9 And when Aḇshalom met the servants of Dawiḏ, Aḇshalom was riding on a mule, and the mule went under the thick branches of a great terebinth tree, and his head caught in the terebinth. And he was suspended between the heavens and earth while the mule which was under him passed on.
10 And a certain man saw it and informed Yo’aḇ, and said, “Look, I saw Aḇshalom hanging in a terebinth tree!”
11 And Yo’aḇ said to the man who informed him, “Now look, you saw, and why did you not smite him to the earth there? Then I would have given you ten pieces of silver and a belt.”
12 But the man answered Yo’aḇ, “Though I were to receive a thousand pieces of silver in my hand, I would not raise my hand against the son of the sovereign. Because in our hearing the sovereign ordered you and Aḇishai and Ittai, saying, ‘Take heed, you who go against the youth, against Aḇshalom!’
13 “Otherwise I would have been untrue to my own life. For no matter is hidden from the sovereign, and you yourself would have set yourself against me.”
14 And Yo’aḇ said, “Let me not waste time here with you.” And he took three spears in his hand and thrust them through Aḇshalom’s heart, while he was still alive in the midst of the terebinth tree.
15 And ten young men who bore Yo’aḇ’s armour went around, and smote Aḇshalom and put him to death.
16 And Yo’aḇ blew the ram’s horn, and the people returned from pursuing Yisra’ĕl, for Yo’aḇ had held the people back.
17 And they took Aḇshalom and threw him into a large pit in the forest, and heaped a very large pile of stones over him. And all Yisra’ĕl fled, each one to his tent.
18 And Aḇshalom in his lifetime had taken and set up a monument for himself, which is in the Sovereign’s Valley. For he said, “I have no son to keep my name in remembrance.” And he called the monument after his own name. And to this day it is called Aḇshalom’s Monument.
19 And Aḥima‛ats son of Tsaḏoq said, “Please let me run and take the news to the sovereign, for יהוה has avenged him of his enemies.”
20 But Yo’aḇ said to him, “You are not the man to take the news today, but you shall take the news another day. But today you do not take news, because the sovereign’s son is dead.”
21 And Yo’aḇ said to the Kushite, “Go, inform the sovereign what you have seen.” And the Kushite bowed himself to Yo’aḇ and ran.
22 And Aḥima‛ats son of Tsaḏoq said again to Yo’aḇ, “And whatever might be, please let me also run after the Kushite.” And Yo’aḇ said, “Why would you run, my son, there is no news to bring you reward.”
23 “And whatever might be,” he said, “let me run.” So he said to him, “Run.” And Aḥima‛ats ran by the way of the plain, and passed the Kushite.
24 Now Dawiḏ was sitting between the two gates. And the watchman went up to the roof over the gate, to the wall, and lifted his eyes and looked and saw a man, running alone.
25 So the watchman called out and told the sovereign. And the sovereign said, “If he is alone, there is news in his mouth.” And he came nearer and nearer.
26 And the watchman saw another man running, and the watchman called out to the gatekeeper and said, “See, a man, running by himself!” And the sovereign said, “This one is also bringing news.”
27 And the watchman said, “I see the running of the first is like the running of Aḥima‛ats son of Tsaḏoq.” And the sovereign said, “This is a good man, and he comes with good news.”
28 And Aḥima‛ats called out and said to the sovereign, “Peace!” Then he bowed down with his face to the earth before the sovereign, and said, “Blessed be יהוה your Elohim, who has surrendered the men who raised their hand against my master the sovereign!”
29 And the sovereign said, “Peace to the young man, to Aḇshalom?” And Aḥima‛ats answered, “When Yo’aḇ sent the sovereign’s servant and me your servant, I saw a great crowd, but I did not know why.”
30 And the sovereign said, “Turn aside and stand here.” And he turned aside and stood still.
31 And see, the Kushite came, and the Kushite said, “Receive news, my master the sovereign! For יהוה has avenged you this day of all those who rose against you.”
32 And the sovereign said to the Kushite, “Peace to the young man, to Aḇshalom?” And the Kushite answered, “Let the enemies of my master the sovereign, and all who rise against you for evil, be as that young man is!”
33 And the sovereign was shaken, and went up to the room over the gate, and wept. And as he went, he said this, “O my son Aḇshalom! My son, my son Aḇshalom, if only I had died instead of you! O Aḇshalom my son, my son!”
14| 1 Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread was after two days. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to take Him through treachery and put Him to death.
2 And they said, “Not at the festival, lest there shall be an uproar of the people.”
3 And while He was in Bĕyth Anyah in the house of Shim‛on the leper, and sitting at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of perfume, genuine nard, very costly. And breaking the flask she poured it on His head.
4 But there were some who were much displeased among themselves, and said, “Why was this perfume wasted?
5 “For it could have been sold for more than three hundred pieces of silver and given to the poor.” And they were scolding her.
6 But יהושע said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me.
7 “For you have the poor with you always, and you are able do good to them, whenever you wish. But you do not always have Me.
8 “What she had, she used. She took it beforehand to anoint My body for the burial.
9 “Truly, I say to you, wherever this Good News is proclaimed in all the world, what this woman did shall also be spoken of, to her remembrance.”
10 And Yehuḏah from Qerioth, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests to deliver Him up to them.
11 And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him silver. And he was seeking how to deliver Him up, conveniently.
12 And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they were slaughtering the Passover lamb, His taught ones said to Him, “Where do You wish us to go and prepare, for You to eat the Passover?”
13 And He sent out two of His taught ones and said to them, “Go into the city, and there a man bearing a jar of water shall meet you, follow him.
14 “And wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is the guest room in which I am to eat the Passover with My taught ones?” ’
15 “And he shall show you a large upper room, furnished, ready. Prepare for us there.”
16 And His taught ones went out and came into the city, and found it as He said to them, and they prepared the Passover.
17 And evening having come, He came with the twelve.
18 And as they sat and ate, יהושע said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you who is eating with Me shall deliver Me up.”
19 And they began to be grieved, and to say to Him one by one, “Is it I?” And another, “Is it I?”
20 And He answering, said to them, “It is one of the twelve, he who is dipping with Me in the dish.
21 “The Son of Aḏam is indeed going, as it has been written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Aḏam is delivered up! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.”
22 And as they were eating, יהושע took bread, having blessed, broke it, gave it to them and said, “Take, eat, this is My body.”
23 And taking the cup, giving thanks, He gave it to them, and they all drank from it.
24 And He said to them, “This is My blood, that of the renewed covenant, which is shed for many.
25 “Truly, I say to you, I shall certainly no more drink of the fruit of the vine till that day when I drink it anew in the reign of Elohim.”
26 And having sung a song, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
27 And יהושע said to them, “All of you shall stumble in Me this night, for it has been written, ‘I shall strike the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.’
28 “But after I am raised, I shall go before you to Galil.”
29 And Kĕpha said to Him, “Even if all shall stumble, yet not I.”
30 And יהושע said to him, “Truly, I say to you that today, this night, before the cock shall crow twice, you shall deny Me three times.”
31 But he spoke more strongly, “If I have to die with You, I shall not deny You!” And they all said the same.
32 And they came to a place called Gethsemane. And He said to His taught ones, “Sit here while I pray.”
33 And He took with Him Kĕpha, and Ya‛aqoḇ, and Yoḥanan, and He began to be greatly amazed, and to be deeply distressed.
34 And He said to them, “My being is exceedingly grieved, even to death. Stay here and watch.”
35 And He went on a little, and fell on the ground, and was praying that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him.
36 And He said, “Abba, Father, all is possible for You. Make this cup pass from Me. Yet not what I desire, but what You desire.”
37 And He came and found them sleeping, and said to Kĕpha, “Shim‛on, are you sleeping? You were not able to watch one hour!
38 “Watch and pray, lest you enter into trial. The spirit indeed is eager, but the flesh is weak.”
39 And again He went away and prayed, and spoke the same words.
40 And having returned, He found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy. And they did not know what to answer Him.
41 And He came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough! The hour has come. See, the Son of Aḏam is being delivered up into the hands of the sinners.
42 “Rise up, let us go. See, he who is delivering Me up has drawn near.”
43 And immediately, while He was still speaking, Yehuḏah, one of the twelve, with a large crowd with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.
44 And the one who was delivering Him up had given them a signal, saying, “Whomever I kiss, it is He – seize Him and lead Him away safely.”
45 And coming, going straight up to Him, he said to Him, “Rabbi, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.
46 And they laid their hands on Him and seized Him.
47 And one of those standing by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.
48 And יהושע answering, said to them, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs, to take Me?
49 “Daily I was with you in the Set-apart Place teaching, and you did not seize Me. But let the Scriptures be filled.”
50 And they all left Him and fled.
51 And a certain young man was following Him, having a linen cloth thrown around his naked body. And when they seized him,
52 he left the linen cloth and fled from them naked.
53 And they led יהושע away to the high priest. And all the chief priests, and the elders, and the scribes came together to Him.
54 And Kĕpha followed Him at a distance, even into the courtyard of the high priest. And he was sitting with the officers and warming himself at the fire.
55 And the chief priests and all the council were seeking witness against יהושע to put Him to death, and they were finding none.
56 For many bore false witness against Him, but their evidences did not agree.
57 And some rose up and bore false witness against Him, saying,
58 “We heard Him saying, ‘I shall destroy this Dwelling Place that is made with hands, and within three days I shall build another made without hands.’ ”
59 And not even then did their witness agree.
60 Then the high priest stood up in the centre and asked יהושע, saying, “Have You no answer to make? What do these witness against You?”
61 But He remained silent and gave no answer. Again the high priest asked Him, saying to Him, “Are You the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed?”
62 And יהושע said, “I am, and you shall see the Son of Aḏam sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of the heaven.”
63 And tearing his garments, the high priest said, “What further need do we have of witnesses?
64 “You have heard the blasphemy! What do you think?” And they all condemned Him to be liable to death.
65 And some began to spit on Him, and to blindfold Him, and to beat Him, and to say to Him, “Prophesy!” And the officers struck Him with the palms of their hands.
66 And as Kĕpha was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came,
67 and seeing Kĕpha warming himself, she looked at him and said, “And you were with יהושע of Natsareth.”
68 But he denied it, saying, “I do not know nor understand what you are saying.” And he went out onto the porch, and a cock crowed.
69 And the servant girl saw him again, and began to say to those who stood by, “This is one of them.”
70 And again he was denying it. And after a little while those who stood by again said to Kĕpha, “Truly you are one of them, for you are a Galilean too, and your speech is alike.”
71 And he began to curse and swear, “I do not know this Man of whom you speak!”
72 And a second time the cock crowed. And Kĕpha remembered the word that יהושע had said to him, “Before the cock crows twice, you shall deny Me three times.” And thinking on it, he wept.
70| 1 O Elohim, deliver me! Hasten to my help, O יהוה!
2 Let those who seek my life Be ashamed and abashed, Let those who are desiring my evil Be turned back and humiliated.
3 Let those who say, “Aha, aha!” Be turned back because of their shame.
4 Let all those who seek You Rejoice and be glad in You; And let those who love Your deliverance always say, “Let Elohim be made great!”
5 But I am poor and needy; Hasten to me, O Elohim! You are my help and my deliverer; O יהוה, do not delay.
71| 1 In You, O יהוה, I have taken refuge; Let me never be ashamed.
2 In Your righteousness deliver and rescue me; Incline Your ear to me, and save me.
3 Be to me a rock to dwell in, To go into continually. You have given the command to save me, For You are my rock and my stronghold.
4 Rescue me, O my Elohim, Out of the hand of the wrong, Out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel.
5 For You are my expectation, Master יהוה, my Trust from my youth.
6 Upon You I have leaned from my birth; You took me out of my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of You.
7 I have become as a wonder to many, But You are my strong refuge.
8 My mouth is filled with Your praise, Your splendour, all the day.
9 Do not cast me off in the time of old age, When my strength fails, do not forsake me.
10 For my enemies have spoken against me. And those who watch for my life Have taken counsel together,
11 Saying, “Elohim has forsaken him; Pursue and take him, for there is no one to deliver.”
12 O Elohim, do not be far from me; My Elohim, hasten to my help!
13 Let those who are adversaries of my life Be ashamed, consumed, Let those who seek my evil Be covered with reproach and confusion.
14 But I continually wait, And shall praise You more and more.
15 My mouth recounts Your righteousness Your deliverance all the day, Though I do not know their numbers.
16 I come in the might of the Master יהוה; I make mention of Your righteousness, Yours alone.
17 Elohim, You have taught me from my youth; And to this day I declare Your wonders.
18 And also when I am old and grey, O Elohim, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to a generation, Your might to all those who are to come.
19 For Your righteousness, O Elohim, is most high, You who have done great deeds. O Elohim, who is like You?
20 You who have shown me great and evil distresses, Revive me again and bring me up again From the depths of the earth.
21 You increase my greatness, And comfort me on every side.
22 Also with the lyre I praise You For Your trustworthiness, O my Elohim! I sing to You with the lyre, O Set-apart One of Yisra’ĕl.
23 My lips shout for joy when I sing to You, Even my being, which You have redeemed.
24 My tongue, too, utters Your righteousness all day long; For those who have been seeking my evil Have been put to shame, Have become abashed.
Sirach 10 (RH CHARLES)
10| 1 A WISE judge will instruct his people; and the government of a prudent man is well ordered.
2 ‘As the judge of the people is himself, so are his officers; and what manner of man the ruler of the city is, such are all they that dwell therein.
3 ‘An unwise king destroys his people; but through the prudence of them which are in authority the city shall be inhabited.
4 ‘The power of the earth is in the hand of YAHUAH, and in due time he will set over it one that is profitable.
5 ‘In the hand of ELOHIYM is the prosperity of man: and upon the person of the scribe shall he lay his honour.
6 ‘Bear not hatred to your neighbour for every wrong; and do nothing at all by injurious practices.
7 ‘Pride is hateful before ELOHIYM and man: and by both does one commit iniquity.
8 ‘Because of unrighteous dealings, injuries, and riches got by deceit, the kingdom is translated from one people to another.
9 ‘Why is earth and ashes proud? There is not a more wicked thing than a covetous man: for such one sets his own soul to sale; because while he lives he casts away his bowels.
10 ‘The physician cuts off a long disease; and he that is today a king tomorrow shall die.
11 ‘For when a man is dead, he shall inherit creeping things, beasts, and worms.
12 ‘The beginning of pride is when one departs from ELOHIYM, and his heart is turned away from his Maker.
13 ‘For pride is the beginning of sin, and he that has it shall pour out abomination: and therefore YAHUAH brought upon them strange calamities, and overthrew them utterly.
14 ‘YAHUAH has cast down the thrones of proud princes, and set up the meek in their stead.
15 ‘YAHUAH has plucked up the roots of the proud nations, and planted the lowly in their place.
16 ‘YAHUAH overthrew countries of the heathen, and destroyed them to the foundations of the earth.
17 ‘He took some of them away, and destroyed them, and has made their memorial to cease from the earth.
18 ‘Pride was not made for men, nor furious anger for them that are born of a woman.
19 ‘They that fear YAHUAH are a sure seed, and they that love him an honourable plant: they that regard not the Torah are a dishonourable seed; they that transgress the commandments are a deceivable seed.
20 ‘Among brethren he that is chief is honourable; so are they that fear YAHUAH in his eyes.
21 ‘The fear of YAHUAH goes before the obtaining of authority: but roughness and pride is the losing thereof.
22 ‘Whether he be rich, noble, or poor, their glory is the fear of YAHUAH.
23 ‘It is not meet to despise the poor man that has understanding; neither is it convenient to magnify a sinful man.
24 ‘Great men, and judges, and potentates, shall be honoured; yet is there none of them greater than he that fears
25 ‘Unto the servant that is wise shall they that are free do service: and he that has knowledge will not grudge when he is reformed.
26 ‘Be not overwise in doing your business; and boast not yourself in the time of your distress.
27 ‘Better is he that labours, and abounds in all things, than he that boasts himself, and wants bread.
28 ‘My son, glorify your soul in meekness, and give it honour according to the dignity thereof.
29 ‘Who will justify him that sins against his own soul? and who will honour him that dishonours his own life?
30 ‘The poor man is honoured for his skill, and the rich man is honoured for his riches.
31 ‘He that is honoured in poverty, how much more in riches? and he that is dishonourable in riches, how much more in poverty?
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