Weekly Scripture Reading
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Torah: EXODUS 31-35
Prophets: Jeremiah 32
Historical Writings: 1 KINGS 4-5
New Testament: HEBREWS 12-13
Wisdom Writings: PSALMS 83-84
Non-Canonical: SIRACH 21
The following translation is from The Scriptures | ISR98
31| 1 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
2 “See, I have called by name Betsal’ĕl son of Uri, son of Ḥur, of the tribe of Yehuḏah,
3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of Elohim in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all work,
4 to make designs for work in gold, and in silver, and in bronze,
5 and in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, and to work in all work.
6 “And I, look I have appointed with him Oholiaḇ son of Aḥisamaḵ, of the tribe of Dan. And I have put wisdom in the hearts of everyone who is wise-hearted, and they shall make all that I have commanded you:
7 the Tent of Meeting, and the ark of the Witness and the lid of atonement that is on it, and all the utensils of the Tent,
8 and the table and its utensils, and the clean gold lampstand with all its utensils, and the altar of incense,
9 and the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the basin and its stand,
10 and the woven garments, and the set-apart garments for Aharon the priest and the garments of his sons, for serving as priests,
11 and the anointing oil and sweet incense for the Set-apart Place. According to all that I have commanded you, they are to do.”
12 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
13 “And you, speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, saying, ‘My Sabbaths you are to guard, by all means, for it is a signa between Me and you throughout your generations, to know that I, יהוה, am setting you apart.
14 ‘And you shall guard the Sabbath, for it is set-apart to you. Everyone who profanes it shall certainly be put to death, for anyone who does work on it, that being shall be cut off from among his people.
15 ‘Six days work is done, and on the seventh is a Sabbath of rest, set-apart to יהוה. Everyone doing work on the Sabbath day shall certainly be put to death.
16 ‘And the children of Yisra’ĕl shall guard the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as an everlasting covenant.
17 ‘Between Me and the children of Yisra’ĕl it is a sign forever. For in six days יהוה made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.’ ”
18 And when He had ended speaking with him on Mount Sinai, He gave Mosheh two tablets of the Witness, tablets of stone, written with the finger of Elohim.
32| 1 And when the people saw that Mosheh was so long in coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aharon, and said to him, “Arise, make us mighty ones who go before us. For this Mosheh, the man who brought us up out of the land of Mitsrayim, we do not know what has become of him.”
2 And Aharon said to them, “Take off the golden earrings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.”
3 “And all the people took off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them to Aharon.
4 And he took this from their hand, and he formed it with an engraving tool, and made a moulded calf. And they said, “This is your mighty one, O Yisra’ĕl, that brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim!”
5 And Aharon saw and built an altar before it. And Aharon called out and said, “Tomorrow is a festival to יהוה.”
6 And they rose early on the next day, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings. And the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
7 And יהוה said to Mosheh, “Go, get down! For your people whom you brought out of the land of Mitsrayim have corrupted themselves.
8 “They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them. They have made themselves a moulded calf, and have bowed themselves to it and slaughtered to it, and said, ‘This is your mighty one, O Yisra’ĕl, who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim!’ ”
9 And יהוה said to Mosheh, “I have seen this people, and see, it is a stiff-necked people!
10 “And now, let Me alone, that My wrath might burn against them and I consume them and I make of you a great nation.”
11 But Mosheh pleaded with יהוה his Elohim, and said, “יהוה, why does Your wrath burn against Your people whom You have brought out of the land of Mitsrayim with great power and with a strong hand?
12 “Why should the Mitsrites speak, and say, ‘For evil He brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from the heat of Your wrath, and relent from this evil to Your people.
13 “Remember Aḇraham, Yitsḥaq, and Yisra’ĕl, Your servants, to whom You swore by Yourself, and said to them, ‘I increase your seed like the stars of the heavens. And all this land that I have spoken of I give to your seed, and they shall inherit it forever.’ ”
14 And יהוה relented from the evil which He said He would do to His people.
15 And Mosheh turned and went down from the mountain, and in his hand were the two tablets of the Witness, tablets written on both their sides, written on the one and on the other.
16 And the tablets were the work of Elohim, and the writing was the writing of Elohim engraved on the tablets.
17 And Yehoshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted and he said to Mosheh, “A noise of battle in the camp!”
18 But he said, “It is not the sound of those who shout of might, nor is it the sound of those who cry out in weakness, but the sound of singing that I hear.”
19 And it came to be, as soon as he came near the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing. And Mosheh’s displeasure burned, and he threw the tablets out of his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain.
20 And he took the calf which they had made, and burned it in the fire, and ground it into powder, and scattered it on the face of the water and made the children of Yisra’ĕl drink it.
21 And Mosheh said to Aharon, “What did this people do to you that you have brought so great a sin upon them?”
22 And Aharon said, “Do not let the displeasure of my master burn. You know the people, that it is in evil.
23 “And they said to me, ‘Make us mighty ones who go before us. For this Mosheh, the man who brought us out of the land of Mitsrayim, we do not know what has become of him.’
24 “And I said to them, ‘Whoever has gold, let them take it off.’ And they gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and this calf came out.”
25 And Mosheh saw that the people were let loose, for Aharon had let them loose, to their shame among their enemies.
26 And Mosheh stood in the entrance of the camp, and said, “Who is for יהוה? Come to me.” And all the sons of Lĕwi gathered themselves to him.
27 And he said to them, “Thus said יהוה Elohim of Yisra’ĕl: ‘Each one put his sword on his side, pass over to and fro from gate to gate in the camp, and each one slay his brother, and each one his friend, and each one his relative.’ ”
28 And the sons of Lĕwi did according to the word of Mosheh. And about three thousand men of the people fell that day.
29 And Mosheh said, “You are ordained for יהוה today – since each one has been against his son and his brother – so as to bring upon you a blessing today.”
30 And it came to be on the next day that Mosheh said to the people, “You, you have sinned a great sin. And now I am going up to יהוה – if I might atone for your sin.”
31 And Mosheh returned to יהוה and said, “Oh, these people have sinned a great sin, and have made for themselves a mighty one of gold!
32 “And now, if You would forgive their sin, but if not, please blot me out of Your book which You have written.”
33 And יהוה said to Mosheh, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I blot him out of My book.
34 “And now, go, lead the people to the place of which I have spoken to you. See, My Messenger goes before you. And in the day of My visitation I shall visit their sin upon them.”
35 And יהוה plagued the people because they made the calf, which Aharon made.
33| 1 And יהוה said to Mosheh, “Come, go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought out of the land of Mitsrayim, to the land of which I swore to Aḇraham, to Yitsḥaq, and to Ya‛aqoḇ, saying, ‘To your seed I give it.’
2 “And I shall send My Messenger before you, and I shall drive out the Kena‛anite and the Amorite and the Ḥittite and the Perizzite and the Ḥiwwite and the Yeḇusite,
3 to a land flowing with milk and honey. For I do not go up in your midst because you are a stiff-necked people, lest I consume you on the way.”
4 And when the people heard this evil word, they mourned, and no one put on his ornaments.
5 And יהוה said to Mosheh, “Say to the children of Yisra’ĕl, ‘You are a stiff-necked people. Should I go up in your midst for one moment I shall consume you. And now, take off your ornaments, and I shall know what to do to you.’ ”
6 So the children of Yisra’ĕl took off their ornaments at Mount Ḥorĕḇ.
7 And Mosheh took his tent and pitched it outside the camp, far from the camp, and called it the Tent of Meeting. And it came to be that everyone who sought יהוה went out to the Tent of Meeting which was outside the camp.
8 And it came to be, whenever Mosheh went out to the Tent, that all the people rose, and each man stood at his tent door and watched Mosheh until he entered the Tent.
9 And it came to be, when Mosheh entered the Tent, that the column of cloud descended and stood at the door of the Tent, and He spoke with Mosheh.
10 And all the people saw the column of cloud standing at the Tent door, and all the people rose and bowed themselves, each one at the door of his tent.
11 Thus יהוה spoke to Mosheh face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Yehoshua son of Nun, a young man, did not leave the Tent.
12 And Mosheh said to יהוה, “See, You are saying to me, ‘Bring up this people.’ But You have not made known to me whom You would send with me, though You have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favour in My eyes.’
13 “And now, please, if I have found favour in Your eyes, please show me Your way, and let me know You, so that I find favour in Your eyes. And consider that this nation is Your people.”
14 And He said, “My Presence does go, and I shall give you rest.”
15 And he said to Him, “If Your Presence is not going, do not lead us up from here.
16 “For how then shall it be known that I have found favour in Your eyes, I and Your people, except You go with us? Then we shall be distinguished, I and Your people, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.”
17 And יהוה said to Mosheh, “Even this word you have spoken I shall do, for you have found favour in My eyes, and I know you by name.”
18 Then he said, “Please, show me Your esteem.”
19 And He said, “I shall cause all My goodness to pass before you, and I shall proclaim the Name of יהוה before you. And I shall favour him whom I favour, and shall have compassion on him whom I have compassion.”
20 But He said, “You are unable to see My face, for no man does see Me and live.”
21 And יהוה said, “See, there is a place with Me! And you shall stand on the rock.
22 “And it shall be, while My esteem passes by, that I shall put you in the cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand while I pass by.
23 “Then I shall take away My hand and you shall see My back, but My face shall not be seen.”
34| 1 And יהוה said to Mosheh, “Cut two tablets of stone like the first ones, and I shall write on these tablets the Words that were on the first tablets which you broke.
2 “And be ready in the morning. Then you shall come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself to Me there on the top of the mountain.
3 “And let no man come up with you, and let no man be seen in all the mountain, and let not even the flock or the herd feed in front of that mountain.”
4 And he cut two tablets of stone like the first ones. Then Mosheh rose early in the morning and went up Mount Sinai, as יהוה had commanded him, and he took two tablets of stone in his hand.
5 And יהוה came down in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the Name, יהוה.
6 And יהוה passed before him and proclaimed, “יהוה, יהוה, an Ěl compassionate and showing favour, patient, and great in kindness and truth,
7 watching over kindness for thousands, forgiving crookedness and transgression and sin, but by no means leaving unpunisheda, visiting the crookedness of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”
8 And Mosheh hurried and bowed himself toward the earth, and did obeisance,
9 and said, “If, now, I have found favour in Your eyes, O יהוה, I pray, let יהוה go on in our midst, even though we are a stiff-necked people. And forgive our crookedness and our sin, and take us as Your inheritance.”
10 And He said, “See, I am making a covenant. Before all your people I am going to do wonders such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation. And all the people among whom you are shall see the work of יהוה. For what I am doing with you is awesome.
11 “Guard what I command you today. See, I am driving out from before you the Amorite and the Kena‛anite and the Ḥittite and the Perizzite and the Ḥiwwite and the Yeḇusite.
12 “Guard yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest it be a snare in your midst.
13 “But break down their altars, and smash their pillars, and cut down their Ashĕrim –
14 for you do not bow yourselves to another mighty one, for יהוה, whose Name is jealous, is a jealous Ěl –
15 lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they whore after their mighty ones, and slaughter to their mighty ones, and one of them invites you and you eat of his slaughterings,
16 and you take of his daughters for your sons, and his daughters whore after their mighty ones, and make your sons whore after their mighty ones.
17 “Do not make a moulded mighty one for yourselves.
18 “Guard the Festival of Unleavened Bread. For seven days you eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, in the appointed time of the month of Aḇiḇ, because in the month of Aḇiḇ you came out from Mitsrayim.
19 “Everyone opening the womb is Mine, and every male first-born among your livestock, whether bull or sheep.
20 “But the first-born of a donkey you ransom with a lamb. And if you do not ransom, then you shall break his neck. Every first-born of your sons you shall ransom. And they shall not appear before Me empty-handed.
21 “Six days you work, but on the seventh day you rest – in ploughing time and in harvest you rest.
22 “And perform the Festival of Weeks for yourself, of the first-fruits of wheat harvest, and the Festival of Ingathering at the turn of the year.
23 “Three times in the year all your men are to appear before the Master, יהוה, the Elohim of Yisra’ĕl,
24 for I dispossess nations before you, and shall enlarge your borders, and let no one covet your land when you go up to appear before יהוה your Elohim three times in the year.
25 “Do not offer the blood of My slaughtering with leaven, and do not let the slaughtering of the Festival of the Passover remain until morning.
26 “Bring the first of the first-fruits of your land to the House of יהוה your Elohim. Do not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk.”
27 And יהוה said to Mosheh, “Write these Words, for according to the mouth of these Words I have made a covenant with you and with Yisra’ĕl.”
28 And he was there with יהוה forty days and forty nights. He did not eat bread and he did not drink water. And He wrote on the tablets the Words of the covenant, the Ten Words.
29 And it came to be, when Mosheh came down from Mount Sinai, while the two tablets of the Witness were in Mosheh’s hand when he came down from the mountain, that Mosheh did not know that the skin of his face shone since he had spoken with Him.
30 And Aharon and all the children of Yisra’ĕl looked at Mosheh and saw the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him.
31 But Mosheh called out to them, and Aharon and all the rulers of the congregation returned to him, and Mosheh spoke to them.
32 And afterward all the children of Yisra’ĕl came near, and he commanded them all that יהוה had spoken with him on Mount Sinai.
33 And when Mosheh ended speaking with them, he put a veil on his face.
34 But whenever Mosheh went in before יהוה to speak with Him, he would remove the veil until he came out. And when he came out he spoke to the children of Yisra’ĕl what he had been commanded,
35 and the children of Yisra’ĕl would see the face of Mosheh, that the skin of Mosheh’s face shone, and Mosheh would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with Him.
35| 1 And Mosheh assembled all the congregation of the children of Yisra’ĕl, and said to them, “These are the Words which יהוה has commanded you to do:
2 “Work is done for six days, but on the seventh day it shall be set-apart to you, a Sabbath of rest to יהוה. Anyone doing work on it is put to death.
3 “Do not kindle a fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day.”
4 And Mosheh spoke to all the congregation of the children of Yisra’ĕl, saying, “This is the word which יהוה commanded, saying,
5 ‘Take from among you a contribution to יהוה. Everyone whose heart so moves him, let him bring it as a contribution to יהוה: gold, and silver, and bronze,
6 and blue, and purple, and scarlet material, and fine linen, and goats’ hair,
7 and ram skins dyed red, and fine leather, and acacia wood,
8 and oil for the light, and spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet incense,
9 and shoham stones, and stones to be set in the shoulder garment and in the breastplate.
10 ‘And let all the wise-hearted among you come and make all that יהוה has commanded:
11 the Dwelling Place, its tent and its covering, its hooks and its boards, its bars, its columns, and its sockets,
12 the ark and its poles, the lid of atonement and the veil of the covering,
13 the table and its poles, and all its utensils, and the showbread,
14 and the lampstand for the light, and its utensils, and its lamps, and the oil for the light,
15 and the incense altar, and its poles, and the anointing oil, and the sweet incense, and the covering for the door at the entrance of the Dwelling Place,
16 the altar of burnt offering with its bronze grating, its poles, and all its utensils, the basin and its stand,
17 the screens of the courtyard, its columns, and their sockets, and the covering for the gate of the courtyard,
18 the pegs of the Dwelling Place, and the pegs of the courtyard, and their cords,
19 the woven garments to do service in the set-apart place, the set-apart garments for Aharon the priest and the garments of his sons to serve as priests.’ ”
20 And all the congregation of the children of Yisra’ĕl withdrew from the presence of Mosheh.
21 And everyone whose heart lifted him up and everyone whose spirit moved him came, and they brought the contribution to יהוה for the work of the Tent of Meeting, and for all its service, and for the set-apart garments.
22 And they came, both men and women, all whose hearts moved them, and brought earrings and nose rings, and rings and necklaces, all golden goods, even every one who made a wave offering of gold to יהוה.
23 And every man, with whom was found blue and purple and scarlet material, and fine linen, and goats’ hair, and rams’ skins dyed red, and fine leather, brought them.
24 Everyone who would make a contribution to יהוה of silver or bronze, brought it. And everyone with whom was found acacia wood for any work of the service, brought it.
25 And all the wise-hearted women spun yarn with their hands, and brought what they had spun, the blue and the purple, the scarlet material, and the fine linen.
26 And all the women whose hearts lifted them up in wisdom spun the goats’ hair.
27 And the rulers brought shoham stones, and the stones to be set in the shoulder garment and in the breastplate,
28 and the spices and the oil for the light, and for the anointing oil, and for the sweet incense.
29 The children of Yisra’ĕl brought a voluntary offering to יהוה, all the men and women whose hearts moved them to bring all kinds of work which יהוה, by the hand of Mosheh, had commanded to be done.
30 And Mosheh said to the children of Yisra’ĕl, “See, יהוה has called by name Betsal’ĕl son of Uri, son of Ḥur, of the tribe of Yehuḏah,
31 and He has filled him with the Spirit of Elohim, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all work,
32 to make designs, to work in gold and in silver and in bronze,
33 and in cutting of stones for setting, and in carving wood, and to work in all workmanship of design.
34 “And He has put in his heart the ability to teach, in him and Oholiaḇ son of Aḥisamaḵ, of the tribe of Dan.
35 “He has filled them with skill to do all work of the engraver and the designer and embroiderer, in blue and in purple, in scarlet material, and in fine linen, and a weaver, doing any work, and makers of designs.
32| 1 The word that came to Yirmeyahu from יהוה in the tenth year of Tsiḏqiyahu sovereign of Yehuḏah, which was the eighteenth year of Neḇuḵaḏretstsar.
2 Now at that time the army of the sovereign of Baḇel besieged Yerushalayim, and Yirmeyahu the prophet was shut up in the court of the guard, which was in the house of the sovereign of Yehuḏah.
3 For Tsiḏqiyahu sovereign of Yehuḏah had shut him up, saying, “Why are you prophesying, saying, ‘Thus said יהוה, “See, I am giving this city into the hand of the sovereign of Baḇel, and he shall take it,
4 and Tsiḏqiyahu sovereign of Yehuḏah shall not escape from the hand of the Chaldeans, but certainly be given into the hand of the sovereign of Baḇel, and shall speak with him face to face, and see him eye to eye,
5 and he shall lead Tsiḏqiyahu to Baḇel, and be there until I visit him,” declares יהוה, “though you fight with the Chaldeans, you shall not prosper” ’?”
6 And Yirmeyahu said, “The word of יהוה came to me, saying,
7 ‘See, Ḥaname’ĕl son of Shallum your uncle is coming to you, saying, “Buy my field which is in Anathoth, for the right of redemption is yours to buy it.” ’
8 “So Ḥaname’ĕl my uncle’s son came to me in the court of the guard according to the word of יהוה, and said to me, ‘Please buy my field that is in Anathoth, which is in the land of Binyamin, for the right of inheritance is yours, and the redemption. Buy it for yourself.’ And I knew that this was the word of יהוה.
9 “And I bought the field which was at Anathoth from Ḥaname’ĕl, my uncle’s son, and weighed out to him the silver, seventeen sheqels of silver.
10 “And I signed the deed and sealed it, took witnesses, and weighed the silver in the scales.
11 “Then I took the deed of purchase – that which was sealed according to the command and law, and that which was open –
12 and I gave the deed of purchase to Baruḵ son of Nĕriyah, son of Maḥsĕyah, in the presence of Ḥaname’ĕl my uncle’s son, and in the presence of the witnesses who signed the deed of purchase, before all the Yehuḏim who sat in the court of the guard.
13 “And I commanded Baruḵ before their eyes, saying,
14 ‘Thus said יהוה of hosts, the Elohim of Yisra’ĕl, “Take these deeds, both this deed of purchase which is sealed and this deed which is open, and put them in an earthen vessel, so that they remain many days.”
15 ‘For thus said יהוה of hosts, the Elohim of Yisra’ĕl, “Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.” ’
16 “And after I had given the deed of purchase to Baruḵ son of Nĕriyah, I prayed to יהוה, saying,
17 ‘Ah, Master יהוה! See, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is no matter too hard for You,
18 who show kindness to thousands, and repay the crookedness of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them – the Great, the Mighty Ěl, יהוה of hosts is His Name,
19 great in counsel and mighty in work, for Your eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, to give everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds.
20 ‘For You have set signs and wonders in the land of Mitsrayim, to this day, and in Yisra’ĕl and among other men. And You have made Yourself a Name, as it is this day.
21 ‘And You have brought Your people Yisra’ĕl out of the land of Mitsrayim with signs and wonders, with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, and with great fearsome deeds.
22 ‘And You gave them this land, of which You swore to their fathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey.
23 ‘And they came in and possessed it, but they did not obey Your voice nor did they walk in Your Torah. They did not do all that You commanded them to do, so You brought all this evil upon them.
24 ‘See the siege mounds! They have come to the city to take it. And the city has been given into the hand of the Chaldeans who fight against it, because of the sword and the scarcity of food and the pestilence. And what You have spoken has come about, and look, You see it!
25 ‘Yet You, O Master יהוה, have said to me, “Buy the field for silver, and take witnesses”! although the city has been given into the hand of the Chaldeans.’ ”
26 Then the word of יהוה came to Yirmeyahu, saying,
27 “See, I am יהוה, the Elohim of all flesh. Is there any matter too hard for Me?”
28 Therefore thus said יהוה, “See, I am giving this city into the hand of the Chaldeans, into the hand of Neḇuḵaḏretstsar sovereign of Baḇel, and he shall take it.
29 “And the Chaldeans who fight against this city shall come and set fire to this city and burn it, with the houses on whose roofs they burned incense to Ba‛al and poured out drink offerings to other mighty ones, to provoke Me.
30 “For the children of Yisra’ĕl and the children of Yehuḏah have done only evil before Me, from their youth. For the children of Yisra’ĕl have only provoked Me with the work of their hands,” declares יהוה.
31 “For this city has been a cause for My displeasure and My wrath from the day that they built it, even to this day that I should remove it from before My face,
32 because of all the evil of the children of Yisra’ĕl and the children of Yehuḏah, which they have done to provoke Me – they, their sovereigns, their heads, their priests, their prophets, and the men of Yehuḏah, and the inhabitants of Yerushalayim.
33 “And they have turned their back to Me, and not their face – though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, they did not listen to receive instruction.
34 “And they set their abominations in the house which is called by My Name, to defile it.
35 “And they built the high places of Ba‛al which are in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to offer up their sons and their daughters to Moleḵ, which I did not command them, nor did it come into My heart, that they should do this abomination, to make Yehuḏah sin.
36 “And now, thus said יהוה, the Elohim of Yisra’ĕl, concerning this city of which you say, ‘It shall be given into the hand of the sovereign of Baḇel by the sword, and by scarcity of food, and by pestilence’:
37 ‘See, I am gathering them out of all the lands where I have driven them in My displeasure, and in My wrath, and in great rage. And I shall bring them back to this place, and shall let them dwell in safety.
38 ‘And they shall be My people, and I shall be their Elohim.
39 ‘And I shall give them one heart and one way, to fear Me all the days, for the good of them and of their children after them.
40 ‘And I shall make an everlasting covenant with them, that I do not turn back from doing good to them. And I shall put My fear in their hearts so as not to turn aside from Me.
41 ‘And I shall rejoice over them to do good to them, and shall plant them in this land in truth, with all My heart and with all My being.’
42 “For thus said יהוה, ‘As I have brought all this great evil on this people, so I am bringing on them all the good that I am speaking to them.
43 ‘And fields shall be bought in this land of which you are saying, “It is a wasteland, without man or beast. It has been given into the hand of the Chaldeans.”
44 ‘Fields shall be bought for silver, and deeds signed and sealed, and witnesses be called, in the land of Binyamin, and in the places around Yerushalayim, and in the cities of Yehuḏah, and in the cities of the mountains, and in the cities of the low country, and in the cities of the South. For I shall turn back their captivity,’ declares יהוה.”
1 KINGS 4-5
4| 1 And it came to be that Sovereign Shelomoh was sovereign over all Yisra’ĕl.
2 And these were his chief officials: Azaryahu son of Tsaḏoq, the priest;
3 Eliḥoreph and Aḥiyah, sons of Shisha, scribes; Yehoshaphat son of Aḥiluḏ, the recorder;
4 and Benayahu son of Yehoyaḏa, over the army; and Tsaḏoq and Eḇyathar, the priests;
5 and Azaryahu son of Nathan, over the officers; Zaḇuḏ son of Nathan, a priest, friend of the sovereign;
6 and Aḥishar, over the household; and Aḏoniram son of Aḇda, over the compulsory labour.
7 And Shelomoh had twelve governors over all Yisra’ĕl, who provided food for the sovereign and his household – each one made provision for one month of the year –
8 and these were their names: Ben-Ḥur, in the mountains of Ephrayim;
9 Ben-Deqer, in Maqats and Sha‛alḇim and Bĕyth Shemesh and Ělon Bĕyth Ḥanan;
10 Ben-Ḥeseḏ in Arubboth, Soḵoh and all the land of Ḥĕpher were his;
11 Ben-Aḇinaḏaḇ, all the height of Dor, Taphath the daughter of Shelomoh became his wife;
12 Ba‛ana son of Aḥiluḏ, in Ta‛anaḵ and Meg̅iddo, and all Bĕyth She’an, which is beside Tsarethan below Yizre‛ĕl, from Bĕyth She’an to Aḇĕl Meḥolah, as far as the other side of Yoqne‛am;
13 Ben-Geḇer, in Ramoth Gil‛aḏ, the towns of Ya’ir son of Menashsheh in Gil‛aḏ were his; the portion of Argoḇ in Bashan, sixty large cities with walls and bronze gate-bars, were his;
14 Aḥinaḏaḇ son of Iddo, in Maḥanayim;
15 Aḥima‛ats in Naphtali; he also took Basemath the daughter of Shelomoh as wife;
16 Ba‛anah son of Ḥushai, in Ashĕr and in Aloth;
17 Yehoshaphat son of Paruwaḥ, in Yissasḵar;
18 Shim‛i son of Ělah, in Binyamin;
19 Geḇer son of Uri, in the land of Gil‛aḏ, in the land of Siḥon sovereign of the Amorites and of Og̅ sovereign of Bashan, and one governor was in the land.
20 Yehuḏah and Yisra’ĕl were as numerous as the sand by the sea, eating and drinking and rejoicing.
21 And Shelomoh was ruling over all reigns from the River to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Mitsrayim. They did taskwork and served Shelomoh all the days of his life.
22 And Shelomoh’s food supply for one day was thirty kors of fine flour, and sixty kors of meal,
23 ten fatted cattle and twenty cattle from the pastures, and one hundred sheep, besides deer, and gazelles, and roebucks, and fatted fowl.
24 For he was ruling over all on this side of the River from Tiphsaḥ even to Azzah, over all the sovereigns on this side of the River. And he had peace on all sides round about him.
25 And Yehuḏah and Yisra’ĕl dwelt safely, each man under his vine and his fig tree, from Dan as far as Be’ĕrsheḇa, all the days of Shelomoh.
26 And Shelomoh had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.
27 And these governors, each one in his month, provided food for Sovereign Shelomoh and for all who came to the table of Sovereign Shelomoh. There was no lack in their supply.
28 They also brought barley and straw to the appointed place, for the horses and steeds, each one according to his right- ruling.
29 And Elohim gave Shelomoh exceeding great wisdom and understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore.
30 And Shelomoh’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the men of the East and all the wisdom of Mitsrayim.
31 For he was wiser than all men, than Ěythan the Ezrahite, and Hĕman, and Kalkol, and Darda, the sons of Maḥol. And his name was in all the nations round about.
32 And he spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and five.
33 And he spoke of trees, from the cedar tree of Leḇanon even to the hyssop that springs out of the wall. And he spoke of beasts, and of birds, and of creeping creatures, and of fish.
34 And there came from all peoples, from all the sovereigns of the earth who had heard of his wisdom, to hear the wisdom of Shelomoh.
5| 1 And Ḥiram sovereign of Tsor sent his servants to Shelomoh, because he heard that they had anointed him sovereign in place of his father, for Ḥiram had always loved Dawiḏ.
2 And Shelomoh sent to Ḥiram, saying,
3 “You know my father Dawiḏ was unable to build a house for the Name of יהוה his Elohim because of the battles which were all around him, until יהוה put them under the soles of his feet.
4 “But now יהוה my Elohim has given me rest all around, there is neither adversary nor evil incident.
5 “And see, I intend to build a house for the Name of יהוה my Elohim, as יהוה spoke to my father Dawiḏ, saying, ‘Your son, whom I set on your throne in your place, he does build the house for My Name.’
6 “And now, command that they cut down cedars for me from Leḇanon. And let my servants be with your servants, and let me pay you wages for your servants according to whatever you say. For you know there is none among us who knows to cut timber like the Tsiḏonians.”
7 And it came to be, when Ḥiram heard the words of Shelomoh, that he rejoiced greatly and said, “Blessed be יהוה this day, for He has given Dawiḏ a wise son over this great people!”
8 And Ḥiram sent to Shelomoh, saying, “I have heard that which you sent me. Let me do all you desire concerning the cedar and cypress logs.
9 “Let my servants bring them down from Leḇanon to the sea, then I put them in rafts by sea to the place you direct me. And I shall spread them out there, then you take them up, while you do my desire by giving food for my household.”
10 And Ḥiram gave Shelomoh cedar and cypress logs – all his desire.
11 And Shelomoh gave Ḥiram twenty thousand kors of wheat as food for his household, and twenty kors of pressed oil. Thus Shelomoh gave to Ḥiram year by year.
12 And יהוה gave Shelomoh wisdom, as He promised him. And there was peace between Ḥiram and Shelomoh, and the two of them made a covenant.
13 And Sovereign Shelomoh raised up compulsory labour out of all Yisra’ĕl. And the compulsory labour was thirty thousand men.
14 And he sent them to Leḇanon, ten thousand a month by courses – they were one month in Leḇanon, two months at home. And Aḏoniram was over the compulsory labour.
15 And Shelomoh had seventy thousand bearing burdens, and eighty thousand hewing stone in the mountains,
16 besides three thousand three hundred from the chiefs of Shelomoh’s deputies who were over the work, those ruling over the people who laboured in the work.
17 And the sovereign commanded, and they brought large stones, precious stones, to lay the foundation of the House with hewn stones.
18 And Shelomoh’s builders, and Ḥiram’s builders, and the men of Geḇal did hew, and prepared timber and stones to build the House.
12| 1 We too, then, having so great a cloud of witnesses all around us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race set before us,
2 looking to the Princely Leader and Perfecter of our belief, יהושע, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the stake, having despised the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of Elohim.
3 For consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and faint in your lives.
4 You have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
5 And you have forgotten the appeal which speaks to you as to sons, “My son, do not despise the discipline of יהוה, nor faint when you are reproved by Him,
6 for whom יהוה loves, He disciplines, and flogs every son whom He receives.”
7 If you endure discipline, Elohim is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom a father does not discipline?
8 But if you are without discipline, of which all have become sharers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.
9 Moreover, we indeed had fathers of our flesh disciplining us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?
10 For they indeed disciplined us for a few days as seemed best to them, but He does it for our profit, so that we might share His apartness.
11 And indeed, no discipline seems pleasant at the time, but grievous, but afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
12 So, strengthen the hands which hang down and the weak knees,
13 and make straight paths for your feet, lest the lame be turned aside, but instead, to be healed.
14 Pursue peace with all, and pursue apartness without which no one shall see the Master.
15 See to it that no one falls short of the favour of Elohim, that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, by which many become defiled,
16 lest there be anyone who whores, or profane one, like Ěsaw, who for a single meal sold his birthright.
17 For you know that afterward, when he wished to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it with tears.
18 For you have not drawn near to a mountain touched and scorched with fire, and to blackness, and darkness and storm,
19 and a sound of a trumpet, and a voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that no further Word should be spoken to them,
20 for they could not bear what was commanded, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned or shot through with an arrow.”
21 And so fearsome was the sight that Mosheh said, “I exceedingly fear and tremble.”
22 But you have drawn near to Mount Tsiyon and to the city of the living Elohim, to the heavenly Yerushalayim, to myriads of messengers,
23 to the entire gathering and assembly of the first-born having been enrolled in heaven, and to Elohim the Judge of all, and to the spirits of righteous men made perfect,
24 and to יהושע the Mediatora of a new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling which speaks better than the blood of Heḇel.
25 Take heed not to refuse the One speaking. For if those did not escape who refused the warning on earth, much less we who turn away from Him from heaven,
26 whose voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also the heaven.”
27 And this, “Yet once more,” makes clear the removal of what is shaken – as having been made – so that the unshaken matters might remain.
28 Therefore, receiving an unshakeable reign, let us hold the favour, through which we serve Elohim pleasingly with reverence and awe,
29 for indeed, our Elohim is a consuming fire.
13| 1 Let the brotherly love continue.
2 Do not forget to receive strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained messengers.
3 Remember the prisoners as if chained with them, and those being mistreated, since you yourselves also are in the body.
4 Let marriage be respected by all, and the bed be undefiled. But Elohim shall judge those who whore, and adulterers.
5 Let your way of life be without the love of money, and be satisfied with what you have. For He Himself has said, “I shall never leave you nor forsake you,”
6 so that we boldly say, “יהוה is my helper, I shall not fear what man shall do to me.”
7 Remember those leading you, who spoke the Word of Elohim to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their belief.
8 יהושע Messiah is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.
9 Do not be borne about by various and strange teachings. For it is good for the heart to be established by favour, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them.
10 We have an altar from which those serving the Tent have no authority to eat.
11 For the bodies of those beasts whose blood is brought into the Set-apart Place by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp.
12 And so יהושע also suffered outside the gate, to set apart the people with His own blood.
13 Let us, then, go to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach.
14 For we have no lasting city here, but we seek the one coming.
15 Through Him then, let us continually offer up a slaughter offering of praise to Elohim, that is, the fruit of our lips, a giving thanks to His Name.
16 And do not forget to do good and to share, for with such slaughter offerings Elohim is well pleased.
17 Obey those leading you, and be subject to them, for they watch for your lives, as having to give account. Let them do so with joy and not groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
18 Pray for us, for we trust that we have a good conscience, desiring to behave well in every way.
19 But I particularly encourage you to do this, that I might be restored to you the sooner.
20 And the Elohim of peace who brought up our Master יהושע from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
21 make you perfecta in every good work to do His desire, working in you what is pleasing in His sight, through יהושע Messiah, to whom be esteem forever and ever. Amĕn.
22 And I call upon you, brothers, bear with the word of encouragement for I have written to you in few words.
23 Know that brother Timothy has been released, with whom I shall see you if he comes shortly.
24 Greet all those leading you, and all the set-apart ones. Those from Italy greet you.
25 Favour be with you all. Amĕn.
83| 1 O Elohim, do not remain silent! Do not be speechless, And do not be still, O Ěl!
2 For look, Your enemies make an uproar, And those hating You have lifted up their head.
3 They craftily plot against Your people, And conspire against Your treasured ones.
4 They have said, “Come, And let us wipe them out as a nation, And let the name of Yisra’ĕl be remembered no more.”
5 For they have conspired together with one heart; They have made a covenant against You –
6 The tents of Eḏom and the Yishma‛ĕlites, Mo’aḇ and the Hag̅arites,
7 Geḇal, and Ammon, and Amalĕq, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tsor,
8 Ashshur also has joined with them, They have helped the children of Lot. Selah.
9 Do to them as to Miḏyan, As to Sisera, As to Yaḇin at the wadi Qishon,
10 Who perished at Ěndor, Who became as dung for the ground.
11 Make their nobles like Orĕḇ and like Ze’ĕḇ, And all their princes like Zeḇaḥ and Tsalmunna,
12 Who have said, “Let us take possession of the pastures of Elohim For ourselves.”
13 O my Elohim, make them as whirling dust, As stubble before the wind!
14 As a fire consumes a forest, And as a flame sets mountains on fire,
15 So pursue them with Your whirlwind, And frighten them with Your storm.
16 Fill their faces with shame, And let them seek Your Name, O יהוה.
17 Let them be ashamed and alarmed forever; And let them become abashed and perish,
18 And let them know that You, Whose Name is יהוה, You alone are the Most High over all the earth.
84| 1 How lovely are Your dwelling places, O יהוה of hosts!
2 My being has longed, and even fainted, For the courts of יהוה; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living Ěl.
3 Even the sparrow has found a home, And the swallow a nest for herself, Where she has put her young ones – Your altars, O יהוה of hosts, My Sovereign and my Elohim.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in Your house, They are ever praising You. Selah.
5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Your Highways are in their heart.
6 Passing through the valley of weeping, They make it a fountain; The Teacher also covers it with blessings.
7 They go from strength to strength, Appearing before Elohim in Tsiyon.
8 O יהוה Elohim of hosts, hear my prayer; Give ear, O Elohim of Ya‛aqoḇ! Selah.
9 O Elohim, see our shield, And look upon the face of Your anointed.
10 For a day in Your courts Is better than a thousand days. I have chosen rather to be a doorkeeper In the House of my Elohim, Than to dwell in the tents of the wrong.
11 For יהוה Elohim is a sun and a shield; יהוה gives favour and esteem; He withholds no good matter From those who walk blamelessly.
12 O יהוה of hosts, Blessed is the man who trusts in You!
Sirach 21 (RH CHARLES)
21| 1 MY son, have you sinned? do so no more, but ask pardon for your former sins.
2 ‘Flee from sin as from the face of a serpent: for if you come too near it, it will bite you: the teeth thereof are as the teeth of a lion, slaying the souls of men.
3 ‘All iniquity is as a twoedged sword, the wounds whereof cannot be healed.
4 ‘To terrify and do wrong will waste riches: thus the house of proud men shall be made desolate.
5 ‘A prayer out of a poor man’s mouth reaches to the ears of ELOHIYM, and his judgment comes speedily.
6 ‘He that hates to be reproved is in the way of sinners: but he that fears YAHUAH will repent from his heart.
7 ‘An eloquent man is known far and near; but a man of understanding knows when he slips.
8 ‘He that builds his house with other men’s money is like one that gathers himself stones for the tomb of his burial.
9 ‘The assembly of the wicked is like tow wrapped together: and the end of them is a flame of fire to destroy them.
10 ‘The way of sinners is made plain with stones, but at the end thereof is the pit of She’ol.
11 ‘He that keeps the Torah of YAHUAH gets the understanding thereof: and the perfection of the fear of YAHUAH is wisdom.
12 ‘He that is not wise will not be taught: but there is a wisdom which multiplies bitterness.
13 ‘The knowledge of a wise man shall abound like a flood: and his counsel is like a pure fountain of life.
14 ‘The inner parts of a fool are like a broken vessel, and he will hold no knowledge as long as he lives.
15 ‘If a skillful man hear a wise word, he will commend it, and add unto it: but as soon as one of no understanding hears it, it displeases him, and he casts it behind his back.
16 ‘The talking of a fool is like a burden in the way: but grace shall be found in the lips of the wise.
17 ‘They inquire at the mouth of the wise man in the assembly, and they shall ponder his words in their heart.
18 ‘As is a house that is destroyed, so is wisdom to a fool: and the knowledge of the unwise is as talk without sense.
19 Doctrine unto fools is as fetters on the feet, and like manacles on the right hand.
20 ‘A fool lifts up his voice with laughter; but a wise man scarcely smiles a little.
21 ‘Learning is unto a wise man as an ornament of gold, and like a bracelet upon his right arm.
22 ‘A foolish man’s foot is soon in his neighbour’s house: but a man of experience is ashamed of him.
23 ‘A fool will peep in at the door into the house: but he that is well nurtured will stand without.
24 ‘It is the rudeness of a man to hearken at the door: but a wise man will be grieved with the disgrace.
25 ‘The lips of talkers will be telling such things as pertain not unto them: but the words of such as have understanding are weighed in the balance.
26 ‘The heart of fools is in their mouth: but the mouth of the wise is in their heart.
27 ‘When the wicked curses Satan, he curses his own soul.
28 ‘A whisperer defiles his own soul, and is hated wheresoever he dwells.
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