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Torah: EXODUS 28-30
Prophets: Jeremiah 31
Historical Writings: 1 KINGS 3
New Testament: HEBREWS 11
Wisdom Writings: PSALMS 81-82
Non-Canonical: SIRACH 20
The following translation is from The Scriptures | ISR98
28| 1 “And you, bring near Aharon your brother and his sons with him, from among the children of Yisra’ĕl, for serving as priest to Me: Aharon, Naḏaḇ and Aḇihu, El‛azar and Ithamar, the sons of Aharon.
2 “And you shall make set-apart garments for Aharon your brother, for esteem and for comeliness.
3 “And you, speak to all the wise of heart, whom I have filled with a spirit of wisdom, and they shall make the garments of Aharon, to set him apart, for him to serve as priest to Me.
4 “And these are the garments which they make: a breastplate, a shoulder garment, a robe, an embroidered long shirt, a turban, and a girdle. And they shall make set-apart garments for Aharon your brother and his sons, for him to serve as priest to Me.
5 “And they shall take the gold, and the blue and the purple and the scarlet material, and the fine linen,
6 and shall make the shoulder garment of gold, of blue and purple and scarlet material, and fine woven linen, the work of a skilled workman.
7 “It is to have two shoulder pieces joined at its two edges, and so it is joined together.
8 “And the embroidered band of the shoulder garment, which is on it, is of the same workmanship, made of gold, of blue and purple and scarlet material, and fine woven linen.
9 “And you shall take two shoham stones and engrave on them the names of the sons of Yisra’ĕl,
10 six of their names on one stone, and the remaining six names on the other stone, according to their birth.
11 “With the work of an engraver in stone, like the engravings of a signet, engrave the two stones with the names of the sons of Yisra’ĕl. Set them in settings of gold.
12 “And you shall put the two stones on the shoulder pieces of the shoulder garment as stones of remembrance for the sons of Yisra’ĕl. And Aharon shall bear their names before יהוה on his two shoulders, for a remembrance.
13 “And you shall make settings of gold,
14 and two chains of clean gold like braided cords, and fasten the braided chains to the settings.
15 “And you shall make a breastplate of right-ruling, a work of a skilled workman, like the work of the shoulder garment. Make it of gold, of blue and purple and scarlet material, and fine woven linen.
16 “It is square, doubled, a span its length, and a span its width.
17 “And you shall put settings of stones in it, four rows of stones: The first row is a ruby, a topaz, and an emerald;
18 and the second row is a turquoise, a sapphire, and a diamond;
19 and the third row is a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst;
20 and the fourth row is a beryl, and a shoham, and a jasper. They are set in gold settings.
21 “And the stones are according to the names of the sons of Yisra’ĕl, twelve according to their names, like the engravings of a signet, each one with its own name, for the twelve tribes.
22 “And you shall make braided chains of corded work for the breastplate at the end, of clean gold.
23 “And you shall make two rings of gold for the breastplate, and shall put the two rings on the two ends of the breastplate.
24 “And you shall put the two cords of gold in the two rings which are on the ends of the breastplate,
25 and the other two ends of the two cords you fasten to the two settings, and put them on the shoulder pieces of the shoulder garment in the front.
26 “And you shall make two rings of gold, and shall put them on the two ends of the breastplate, on the edge of it, which is on the inner side of the shoulder garment.
27 “And you shall make two rings of gold, and put them on the two shoulder pieces, underneath the shoulder garment, on the front of it, close to the seam above the embroidered band of the shoulder garment,
28 and they bind the breastplate by means of its rings to the rings of the shoulder garment, using a blue cord, so that it is above the embroidered band of the shoulder garment, so that the breastplate does not come loose from the shoulder garment.
29 “And Aharon shall bear the names of the sons of Yisra’ĕl on the breastplate of right-ruling over his heart, when he goes into the set-apart place, for a remembrance before יהוה, continually.
30 “And into the breastplate of right-ruling you shall put the Urim and the Tummim, and they shall be on the heart of Aharon when he goes in before יהוה. And Aharon shall bear the right-ruling of the children of Yisra’ĕl on his heart before יהוה, continually.
31 “And you shall make the robe of the shoulder garment all of blue.
32 “And the opening for his head shall be in the middle of it, a woven binding all around its opening, like the opening in a scaled armour, so that it does not tear.
33 “And on its hem you shall make pomegranates of blue and purple and scarlet material, all around its hem, and bells of gold between them all around:
34 a golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, on the hem of the robe all around.
35 “And it shall be upon Aharon to attend in, and its sound shall be heard when he goes into the set-apart place before יהוה and when he comes out, so that he does not die.
36 “And you shall make a plate of clean gold and engrave on it, like the engraving of a signet: SET-APARTNESS TO יהוה.
37 “And you shall put it on a blue cord, and it shall be on the turban – it is to be on the front of the turban.
38 “And it shall be on the forehead of Aharon, and Aharon shall bear the guilt of the set-apart gifts which the children of Yisra’ĕl set apart in all their set-apart gifts. And it shall always be on his forehead, for acceptance for them before יהוה.
39 “And you shall weave the long shirt of fine linen, and shall make the turban of fine linen, and you shall make the girdle of woven work.
40 “And make long shirts for Aharon’s sons. And you shall make girdles for them, and you shall make turbans for them, for esteem and comeliness.
41 “And you shall put them on Aharon your brother and on his sons with him, and shall anoint them, and shall ordain them, and shall set them apart, and they shall serve as priests to Me.
42 “And make linen trousers for them, to cover their nakedness, reaching from the waist to the thighs.
43 “And they shall be on Aharon and on his sons when they come into the Tent of Meeting, or when they come near the altar to attend in the Set-apart Place, so that they do not bear crookedness and die – a law forever to him, and to his seed after him.
29| 1 “And this is the task you shall do to them to set them apart to serve Me as priests: Take one young bull and two rams, perfect ones,
2 and unleavened bread, and unleavened cakes mixed with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil – make these of wheat flour.
3 “And you shall put them in one basket and bring them in the basket, along with the bull and the two rams.
4 “Then you shall bring Aharon and his sons to the door of the Tent of Meeting, and wash them with water.
5 “And you shall take the garments, and shall put on Aharon the long shirt, and the robe of the shoulder garment, and the shoulder garment, and the breastplate, and shall gird him with the embroidered band of the shoulder garment,
6 and shall put the turban on his head, and shall put the set-apart sign of dedication on the turban,
7 and shall take the anointing oil, and pour it on his head and anoint him.
8 “Then you shall bring his sons and put long shirts on them,
9 and shall gird them with girdles – Aharon and his sons – and put the turbans on them. And the priesthood shall be theirs for an everlasting law. So you shall ordain Aharon and his sons.
10 “And you shall bring near the bull before the Tent of Meeting, and Aharon and his sons shall lay their hands on the head of the bull.
11 “And you shall slaughter the bull before יהוה, by the door of the Tent of Meeting,
12 and take some of the blood of the bull and put it on the horns of the altar with your finger, and pour all the blood beside the base of the altar.
13 “And you shall take all the fat that covers the entrails, and the appendage on the liver, and the two kidneys and the fat that is on them, and burn them on the altar.
14 “But the flesh of the bull, and its skin and its dung, you shall burn with fire outside the camp. It is a sin offering.
15 “And take one ram, and Aharon and his sons shall lay their hands on the head of the ram,
16 and you shall slaughter the ram, and you shall take its blood and sprinkle it all around on the altar.
17 “And cut the ram in pieces, and wash its entrails and its legs, and place them upon its pieces and on its head.
18 “And you shall burn the entire ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering to יהוה, it is a sweet fragrance, an offering made by fire to יהוה.
19 “And you shall take the second ram, and Aharon and his sons shall lay their hands on the head of the ram,
20 and you shall slaughter the ram, and take some of its blood and put it on the tip of the right ear of Aharon and on the tip of the right ear of his sons, on the thumb of their right hand and on the big toe of their right foot, and sprinkle the blood all around on the altar.
21 “And you shall take some of the blood that is on the altar, and some of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it on Aharon and on his garments, on his sons and on the garments of his sons with him. And he and his garments shall be set-apart, and his sons and the garments of his sons with him.
22 “And you shall take the fat of the ram, and the fat tail, and the fat that covers the entrails, and the appendage on the liver, and the two kidneys and the fat on them, and the right thigh – it is for a ram of ordination –
23 and one loaf of bread, and one cake made with oil, and one thin cake from the basket of the unleavened bread that is before יהוה.
24 “And you shall put all these in the hands of Aharon and in the hands of his sons, and you shall wave them – a wave offering before יהוה.
25 “Then you shall take them from their hands and burn them on the altar as a burnt offering, as a sweet fragrance before יהוה. It is an offering made by fire to יהוה.
26 “And you shall take the breast of the ram of Aharon’s ordination and wave it – a wave offering before יהוה, and it shall be your portion.
27 “And from the ram of ordination you shall set apart the breast of the wave offering which is waved, and the thigh of the contribution which is raised, of that which is for Aharon and of that which is for his sons.
28 “And it shall be from the children of Yisra’ĕl for Aharon and his sons by a law forever, for it is a contribution. And it is a contribution from the children of Yisra’ĕl from their peace offerings – their contribution to יהוה.
29 “And the set-apart garments of Aharon are for his sons after him, to be anointed in them and to be ordained in them.
30 “The priest from his sons in his place, puts them on for seven days, when he enters the Tent of Meeting to attend in the set-apart place.
31 “And take the ram of ordination and cook its flesh in a set-apart place.
32 “And Aharon and his sons shall eat the flesh of the ram, and the bread that is in the basket, by the door of the Tent of Meeting,
33 and they shall eat those offerings with which the atonement was made, to ordain them, to set them apart. But let a stranger not eat them, because they are set-apart.
34 “And if any of the flesh of the ordination offerings, or of the bread, be left over until the morning, then you shall burn up what is left over. It is not eaten, because it is set-apart.
35 “And so you shall do to Aharon and his sons, according to all I have commanded you. Seven days you shall ordain them,
36 and prepare a bull each day as a sin offering for atonement. And you shall cleanse the altar when you make atonement for it, and you shall anoint it to set it apart.
37 “For seven days you shall make atonement for the altar, and set it apart. And the altar shall be most set-apart – whatever touches the altar is to be set-apart.
38 “And this is what you prepare on the altar: two lambs, a year old, daily, continually.
39 “Prepare the one lamb in the morning, and the other lamb you prepare between the evenings,
40 and one-tenth of an ĕphah of flour mixed with one-fourth of a hin of pressed oil, and one-fourth of a hin of wine as a drink offering, with the one lamb.
41 “And prepare the other lamb between the evenings. And with it prepare the grain offering and the drink offering, as in the morning, for a sweet fragrance, an offering made by fire to יהוה –
42 a continual burnt offering for your generations at the door of the Tent of Meeting before יהוה, where I shall meet with you to speak with you.
43 “And there I shall meet with the children of Yisra’ĕl, and it shall be set apart by My esteem.
44 “And I shall set apart the Tent of Meeting and the altar. And Aharon and his sons I set apart to serve as priests to Me.
45 “And I shall dwell in the midst of the children of Yisra’ĕl and shall be their Elohim.
46 “And they shall know that I am יהוה their Elohim, who brought them up out of the land of Mitsrayim, to dwell in their midst. I am יהוה their Elohim.
30| 1 “And you shall make an altar to burn incense on, make it of acacia wood,
2 a cubit long and a cubit wide – it is a square – and two cubits high, its horns of the same.
3 “And you shall overlay its top, and its sides all around, and its horns with clean gold. And you shall make for it a moulding of gold all around.
4 “And make two gold rings for it, under the moulding on both its sides. Make them on its two sides, and they shall be holders for the poles to lift it with.
5 “And you shall make the poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold.
6 “And you shall put it before the veil that is before the ark of the Witness, before the lid of atonement that is over the Witness, where I am to meet with you.
7 “And Aharon shall burn on it sweet incense, morning by morning. As he tends the lamps, he shall burn incense on it.
8 “And when Aharon lights the lamps between the evenings, he shall burn incense on it – a continual incense before יהוה throughout your generations.
9 “Do not offer strange incense on it, or a burnt offering, or a grain offering, and do not pour a drink offering on it.
10 “And Aharon shall make atonement upon its horns once a year with the blood of the sin offering of atonement – once a year he makes atonement upon it throughout your generations. It is most set-apart to יהוה.”
11 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
12 “When you take the census of the children of Yisra’ĕl, to register them, then each one shall give an atonement for his life to יהוה, when you register them, so that there is no plague among them when you register them.
13 “Everyone among those who are registered is to give this: half a sheqel according to the sheqel of the set-apart place, twenty gĕrahs being a sheqel. The half-sheqel is the contribution to יהוה.
14 “Everyone passing over to be registered, from twenty years old and above, gives a contribution to יהוה.
15 “The rich does not give more and the poor does not give less than half a sheqel, when you give a contribution to יהוה, to make atonement for yourselves.
16 “And you shall take the silver for the atonement from the children of Yisra’ĕl, and give it for the service of the Tent of Meeting. And it shall be to the children of Yisra’ĕl for a remembrance before יהוה, to make atonement for yourselves.”
17 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
18 “And you shall make a basin of bronze, with its stand also of bronze, for washing. And you shall put it between the Tent of Meeting and the altar, and shall put water in it.
19 “And Aharon and his sons shall wash from it their hands and their feet.
20 “When they go into the Tent of Meeting, or when they come near the altar to attend, to burn an offering made by fire to יהוה, they wash with water, lest they die.
21 “And they shall wash their hands and their feet, lest they die. And it shall be a law forever to them, to him and his seed throughout their generations.”
22 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
23 “And take for yourself choice spices, five hundred sheqels of liquid myrrh, and half as much – two hundred and fifty – of sweet-smelling cinnamon, and two hundred and fifty of sweet-smelling cane,
24 and five hundred of cassia, according to the sheqel of the set-apart place, and a hin of olive oil.
25 “And you shall make from these a set-apart anointing oil, a compound, blended, the work of a perfumer. It is a set-apart anointing oil.
26 “And with it you shall anoint the Tent of Meeting and the ark of the Witness,
27 and the table and all its utensils, and the lampstand and its utensils, and the altar of incense,
28 and the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the basin and its stand.
29 “And you shall set them apart, and they shall be most set-apart. Whatever touches them is to be set-apart.
30 “And you shall anoint Aharon and his sons, and set them apart, to serve as priests to Me.
31 “And speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, saying, ‘This is a set-apart anointing oil to Me throughout your generations.
32 ‘It shall not be poured on the flesh of a man, and make no other like it, according to its composition. It is set-apart, it is set-apart to you.
33 ‘Whoever compounds any like it, or whoever puts any of it on a stranger, shall be cut off from his people.’ ”
34 And יהוה said to Mosheh, “Take sweet spices, fragrant gum and cinnamon and galbanam, and clear frankincense with these sweet spices, all in equal amounts.
35 “Then you shall make of these an incense, a compound, work of a perfumer, salted, clean, set-apart.
36 “And you shall beat some of it very fine, and put some of it before the Witness in the Tent of Meeting where I meet with you, it is most set-apart to you.
37 “And the incense which you make, do not make any for yourselves, according to its composition, it is set-apart to you for יהוה.
38 “Whoever makes any like it, to smell it, he shall be cut off from his people.”
31| 1 “At that time,” declares יהוה, “I shall be the Elohim of all the clans of Yisra’ĕl, and they shall be My people.”
2 Thus said יהוה, “A people escaped from the sword found favour in the wilderness, Yisra’ĕl, when it went to find rest.”
3 יהוה appeared to me from afar, saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore I shall draw you with kindness.
4 “I am going to build you again. And you shall be rebuilt, O maiden of Yisra’ĕl! Again you shall take up your tambourines, and go forth in the dances of those who rejoice.
5 “Again you shall plant vines on the mountains of Shomeron. The planters shall plant and treat them as common.
6 “For there shall be a day when the watchmen cry on Mount Ephrayim, ‘Arise, and let us go up to Tsiyon, to יהוה our Elohim.’ ”
7 For thus said יהוה, “Sing with gladness for Ya‛aqoḇ, and shout among the chief of the nations. Cry out, give praise, and say, ‘O יהוה, save Your people, the remnant of Yisra’ĕl!’
8 “See, I am bringing them from the land of the north, and shall gather them from the ends of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labour, together – a great assembly returning here.
9 “With weeping they shall come, and with their prayers I bring them. I shall make them walk by rivers of waters, in a straight way in which they do not stumble. For I shall be a Father to Yisra’ĕl, and Ephrayim – he is My first-born.
10 “Hear the word of יהוה, O gentiles, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, ‘He who scattered Yisra’ĕl gathers him, and shall guard him as a shepherd his flock.’
11 “For יהוה shall ransom Ya‛aqoḇ, and redeem him from the hand of one stronger than he.
12 “And they shall come in and shall sing on the height of Tsiyon, and stream to the goodness of יהוה, for grain and for new wine and for oil, and for the young of the flock and the herd. And their being shall be like a well-watered garden, and never languish again.
13 “Then shall a maiden rejoice in a dance, and young men and old, together. And I shall turn their mourning to joy, and shall comfort them, and shall make them rejoice from their sorrow,
14 and shall fill the being of the priests with fatness. And My people shall be satisfied with My goodness,” declares יהוה.
15 Thus said יהוה, “A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing, bitter weeping, Raḥĕl weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.”
16 Thus said יהוה, “Hold back your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears, for there is a reward for your work,” declares יהוה, “and they shall return from the land of the enemy.
17 “And there is expectancy for your latter end,” declares יהוה, “and your children shall return to their own country.
18 “I have clearly heard Ephrayim lamenting, ‘You have chastised me, and I was chastised, like an untrained calf. Turn me back, and I shall turn back, for You are יהוה my Elohim.
19 ‘For after my turning back, I repented. And after I was instructed, I struck myself on the thigh. I was ashamed, even humiliated, for I bore the reproach of my youth.’
20 “Is Ephrayim a precious son to Me, a child of delights? For though I spoke against him, I still remembered him. That is why My affections were deeply moved for him. I have great compassion for him,” declares יהוה.
21 “Set up signposts, make landmarks; set your heart toward the highway, the way in which you went. Turn back, O maiden of Yisra’ĕl, turn back to these cities of yours!
22 “Till when would you turn here and there, O backsliding daughter? For יהוה has created what is new on earth: a woman encompasses a man!”
23 Thus said יהוה of hosts, the Elohim of Yisra’ĕl, “Let them once again say this word in the land of Yehuḏah and in its cities, when I turn back their captivity, ‘יהוה bless you, O home of righteousness, mountain of set-apartness!’
24 “And in Yehuḏah and all its cities farmers and those who journey with flocks, shall dwell together.
25 “For I shall fill the weary being, and I shall replenish every grieved being.”
26 At this I awoke and looked around, and my sleep was sweet to me.
27 “See, the days are coming,” declares יהוה, “that I shall sow the house of Yisra’ĕl and the house of Yehuḏah with the seed of man and the seed of beast.
28 “And it shall be, that as I have watched over them to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict, so I shall watch over them to build and to plant,” declares יהוה.
29 “In those days they shall no longer say, ‘The fathers ate sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are blunted.’
30 “But each one shall die for his own crookedness – whoever eats sour grapes, his teeth shall be blunted.
31 “See, the days are coming,” declares יהוה, “when I shall make a new covenant with the house of Yisra’ĕl and with the house of Yehuḏah,
32 not like the covenant I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Mitsrayim, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them,” declares יהוה.
33 “For this is the covenant I shall make with the house of Yisra’ĕl after those days, declares יהוה: I shall put My Torah in their inward parts, and write it on their hearts. And I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.
34 “And no longer shall they teach, each one his neighbour, and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know יהוה,’ for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares יהוה. “For I shall forgive their crookedness, and remember their sin no more.”
35 Thus said יהוה, who gives the sun for a light by day, and the laws of the moon and the stars for a light by night, who stirs up the sea, and its waves roar – יהוה of hosts is His Name:
36 “If these laws vanish from before Me,” declares יהוה, “then the seed of Yisra’ĕl shall also cease from being a nation before Me forever.”
37 Thus said יהוה, “If the heavens above could be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I would also cast off all the seed of Yisra’ĕl for all that they have done,” declares יהוה.
38 “See, the days are coming,” declares יהוה, “that the city shall be built for יהוה from the Tower of Ḥanan’ĕl to the Corner Gate.
39 “And the measuring line shall again extend straight ahead to the hill Garĕḇ, then it shall turn toward Go‛ah.
40 “And all the valley of the dead bodies and of the ashes, and all the fields as far as the wadi Qiḏron, to the corner of the Horse Gate toward the east, is to be set-apart to יהוה. It shall not be plucked up or thrown down any more forever.”
1 KINGS 3
3| 1 And Shelomoh joined in marriage with Pharaoh sovereign of Mitsrayim, and took the daughter of Pharaoh, and brought her to the City of Dawiḏ until he had completed building his own house, and the House of יהוה, and the wall all around Yerushalayim.
2 Only, the people slaughtered at the high places, for a house for the Name of יהוה had not been built until those days.
3 And Shelomoh loved יהוה, walking in the laws of his father Dawiḏ, except that he slaughtered and burned incense at the high places.
4 And the sovereign went to Gib‛on to slaughter there, for that was the great high place. Shelomoh offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.
5 At Gib‛on יהוה appeared to Shelomoh in a dream by night, and Elohim said, “Ask what I should give you.”
6 And Shelomoh said, “You have shown great kindness to your servant Dawiḏ my father, as he walked before You in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with You. And You have guarded for him this great kindness, and did give him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.
7 “And now, O יהוה my Elohim, You have set up Your servant to reign instead of my father Dawiḏ. But I am a little child, I do not know how to go out or to come in.
8 “And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted.
9 “Shall You then give to Your servant an understanding heart to rule Your people, to discern between good and evil? For who is able to rule this great people of Yours?”
10 And the word was good in the eyes of יהוה, that Shelomoh had asked this.
11 So Elohim said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself discernment to understand right-ruling,
12 see, I shall do according to your words. See, I shall give you a wise and understanding heart, so that there was none like you before you, and none like you shall arise after you.
13 “And I shall also give you what you have not asked: both riches and esteem, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the sovereigns all your days.
14 “And if you walk in My ways, to guard My laws and My commands, as your father Dawiḏ walked, then I shall prolong your days.”
15 And Shelomoh awoke, and see, it was a dream! And he came into Yerushalayim and stood before the ark of the covenant of יהוה, and offered up burnt offerings and made peace offerings. And he made a feast for all his servants.
16 Then two women, whores, came to the sovereign, and stood before him.
17 And one woman said, “O my master, this woman and I dwell in the same house. And I gave birth while she was in the house.
18 “And it came to be, the third day after I had given birth, that this woman also gave birth. And we were together. There was no one else with us in the house, only the two of us in the house.
19 “Then this woman’s son died in the night, because she lay on him.
20 “And she rose up in the middle of the night and took my son from my side, while your female servant slept, and laid him in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom.
21 “And I rose up in the morning to nurse my son and saw he was dead. But I looked at him closely in the morning, and saw he was not my son whom I had borne.”
22 And the other woman said, “No! But the living one is my son, and the dead one is your son.” And the first woman said, “No! For the dead one is your son, and the living one is my son.” And they spoke before the sovereign.
23 And the sovereign said, “The one says, ‘This is my son, who lives, and your son is the dead one,’ while the other says, ‘No! For your son is the dead one, and my son is the living one.’ ”
24 And the sovereign said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword before the sovereign.
25 And the sovereign said, “Divide the living child in two, and give half to one, and half to the other.”
26 And the woman whose son was living spoke to the sovereign, for she was overcome with compassion for her son. And she said, “O my master, give her the living child, and by no means kill him!” But the other said, “Let him be neither mine nor yours, but divide him.”
27 And the sovereign answered and said, “Give the first woman the living child, and by no means kill him – she is his mother.”
28 And all Yisra’ĕl heard of the right- ruling which the sovereign had rendered. And they feared the sovereign, for they saw that the wisdom of Elohim was in him to do right-ruling.
11| 1 And belief is the substance of what is expected, the proof of what is not seen.
2 For by this the elders obtained witness.
3 By belief, we understand that the ages were prepared by the word of Elohim, so that what is seen was not made of what is visible.
4 By belief, Heḇel offered to Elohim a greater slaughter offering than Qayin, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, Elohim witnessing of his gifts. And through it, having died, he still speaks.
5 By belief, Ḥanoḵ was translated so as not to see death, “and was not found because Elohim had translated him.” For before his translation he obtained witness, that he pleased Elohim.
6 But without belief it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to Elohim has to believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who earnestly seek Him.
7 By belief, Noaḥ, having been warned of what was yet unseen, having feared, prepared an ark to save his house, through which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to belief.
8 By belief, Aḇraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he was about to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
9 By belief, he sojourned in the land of promise as a stranger, dwelling in tents with Yitsḥaq and Ya‛aqoḇ, the heirs with him of the same promise,
10 for he was looking for the city having foundations, whose builder and maker is Elohim.
11 By belief also, Sarah herself was enabled to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the normal age, because she deemed Him trustworthy who had promised.
12 And so from one, and him as good as dead, were born as numerous as the stars of the heaven, as countless as the sand which is by the seashore.
13 In belief all these died, not having received the promises, but seeing them from a distance, welcomed and embraced them, and confessed that they were aliens and strangers on the earth.
14 For those who speak this way make it clear that they seek a fatherland.
15 And yet, if they had indeed kept remembering that place from which they had come out, they would have had the chance to return.
16 But now they long for a better place, that is, a heavenly. Therefore Elohim is not ashamed to be called their Elohim, for He has prepared a city for them.
17 By belief, Aḇraham, when he was tried, offered up Yitsḥaq, and he who had received the promises offered up his only brought-forth son,
18 of whom it was said, “In Yitsḥaq your seed shall be called,”
19 reckoning that Elohim was able to raise, even from the dead, from which he received him back, as a type.
20 By belief, Yitsḥaq blessed Ya‛aqoḇ and Ěsaw concerning that which was to come.
21 By belief, Ya‛aqoḇ, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Yosĕph, and did reverence on the top of his staff.
22 By belief, Yosĕph, when he was dying, made mention of the outgoing of the children of Yisra’ĕl, and gave orders concerning his bones.
23 By belief, Mosheh, having been born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a comely child, and were not afraid of the sovereign’s command.
24 By belief, Mosheh, having become great, refused to be called the son of the daughter of Pharaoh,
25 choosing rather to be afflicted with the people of Elohim than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a time,
26 deeming the reproach of Messiah greater riches than the treasures in Mitsrayim, for he was looking to the reward.
27 By belief, he left Mitsrayim, not fearing the wrath of the sovereign, for he was steadfast, as seeing Him who is invisible.
28 By belief, he performed the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the first-born should touch them.
29 By belief, they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, and when the Mitsrites tried it, they were drowned.
30 By belief, the walls of Yeriḥo fell, having been surrounded for seven days.
31 By belief, Raḥaḇ the whore did not perish with those who did not believe, having received the spies with peace.
32 And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to relate of Gid‛on and Baraq and Shimshon and Yiphtaḥ, also of Dawiḏ and Shemu’ĕl and the prophets,
33 who through belief, overcame reigns, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became mighty in battle, put foreign armies to flight.
35 Women received back their dead by resurrection. And others were tortured, not accepting release, to obtain a better resurrection.
36 And others had trial of mockings and floggings and more, of chains and imprisonment.
37 They were stoned, they were tried, they were sawn in two, they were slain with the sword. They went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being in need, afflicted, mistreated,
38 of whom the world was not worthy – wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes of the earth.
39 And having obtained witness through the belief, all these did not receive the promise,
40 Elohim having provided what is better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.
81| 1 Shout for joy to Elohim our strength; Raise a shout to the Elohim of Ya‛aqoḇ.
2 Lift up a song and beat the tambourine, The pleasant lyre and with the harp.
3 Blow the ram’s horn at the time of the New Moon, At the full moon, on our festival day.
4 For this is a law for Yisra’ĕl, And a right-ruling of the Elohim of Ya‛aqoḇ.
5 He appointed it in Yehosĕph for a witness, When He went throughout the land of Mitsrayim; I heard a language that I did not know.
6 He says, “I removed his shoulder from the burden; His hands were freed from the baskets.
7 “You called in distress, and I rescued you; I answered you in the covering of thunder; I proved you at the waters of Meriḇah. Selah.
8 “Hear, O My people, and let Me warn you, O Yisra’ĕl, if you would listen to Me!
9 “Let there be no strange mighty one among you, And do not bow down to a foreign mighty one.
10 “I am יהוה your Elohim, Who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim; Open your mouth wide, and I fill it.
11 “But My people did not listen to My voice, And Yisra’ĕl would not submit to Me.
12 “So I gave them over to their own stubborn heart, To walk in their own counsels.
13 “O, if My people had listened to Me, Yisra’ĕl would walk in My ways,
14 “I would subdue their enemies at once, And turn My hand against their adversaries!
15 “Those who hate יהוה would cringe before Him; And their time of punishment be forever.
16 “He would feed them with the finest of wheat; And with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”
82| 1 Elohim stands in the congregation of Ěl; He judges in the midst of the elohim.
2 How long would you judge perversely, And show partiality to the wrong? Selah.
3 Give right-ruling to the poor and fatherless, Do right to the afflicted and needy.
4 Rescue the poor and needy; Deliver them from the hand of the wrong.
5 They do not know, nor do they understand, They walk about in darkness. All the foundations of the earth are shaken.
6 I, I said, “You are elohim, And all of you are sons of the Most High.
7 “But as men you die, And fall as one of the heads.”
8 Arise, O Elohim, judge the earth, For You shall possess all the nations.
Sirach 20 (RH CHARLES)
20| 1 THERE is a reproof that is not comely: again, some man holds his tongue, and he is wise.
2 ‘It is much better to reprove, than to be angry secretly: and he that confesses his fault shall be preserved from hurt.
3 ‘How good is it, when you are reproved, to show repentance! for so shall you escape willful sin.
4 ‘As is the lust of a eunuch to deflower a virgin; so is he that executes judgment with violence.
5 ‘There is one that keeps silence, and is found wise: and another by much babbling becomes hateful.
6 ‘Some man holds his tongue, because he has not to answer: and some keeps silence, knowing his time.
7 ‘A wise man will hold his tongue till he see opportunity: but a babbler and a fool will regard no time.
8 ‘He that uses many words shall be abhorred; and he that takes to himself authority therein shall be hated.
9 ‘There is a sinner that has good success in evil things; and there is a gain that turns to loss.
10 ‘There is a gift that shall not profit you; and there is a gift whose recompense is double.
11 ‘There is an abasement because of glory; and there is that lifts up his head from a low estate.
12 ‘There is that buys much for a little, and repays it sevenfold.
13 ‘A wise man by his words makes him beloved: but the graces of fools shall be poured out.
14 ‘The gift of a fool shall do you no good when you have it; neither yet of the envious for his necessity: for he looks to receive many things for one.
15 ‘He gives little, and upbraids much; he opens his mouth like a crier; today he lends, and tomorrow will he ask it again: such one is to be hated of ELOHIYM and man.
16 ‘The fool says, I have no friends, I have no thank for all my good deeds, and they that eat my bread speak evil of me.
17 ‘How oft, and of how many shall he be laughed to scorn! for he knows not aright what it is to have; and it is all one unto him as if he had it not.
18 ‘To slip upon a pavement is better than to slip with the tongue: so the fall of the wicked shall come speedily.
19 ‘An unseasonable tale will always be in the mouth of the unwise.
20 ‘A wise sentence shall be rejected when it comes out of a fool’s mouth; for he will not speak it in due season.
21 ‘There is one that is hindered from sinning through want: and when he takes rest, he shall not be troubled.
22 ‘There is one that destroys his own soul through bashfulness, and by accepting of persons overthrows himself.
23 ‘There is one that for bashfulness promises to his friend, and makes him his enemy for nothing.
24 ‘A lie is a foul blot in a man, yet it is continually in the mouth of the untaught.
25 ‘A thief is better than a man that is accustomed to lie: but they both shall have destruction to heritage.
26 ‘The disposition of a liar is dishonourable, and his shame is ever with him.
27 ‘A wise man shall promote himself to honour with his words: and he that has understanding will please great men.
28 ‘He that tills his land shall increase his heap: and he that pleases great men shall get pardon for iniquity.
29 ‘Presents and gifts blind the eyes of the wise, and stop up his mouth that he cannot reprove.
30 ‘Wisdom that is hid, and treasure that is hoarded up, what profit is in them both?
31 ‘Better is he that hides his folly than a man that hides his wisdom.
32 ‘Necessary patience in seeking YAHUAH is better than he that leads his life without a guide.
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