Weekly Scripture Reading
Torah: Genesis 1-4
Prophets: Jeremiah 1
Historical Writings: 2 SAMUEL 1
New Testament: Mark 1
Wisdom Writings: PSALMS 44
Non-Canonical: 2 BARUK 68-73
The following translation is from The Scriptures | ISR98
1| 1 In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth.
2 And the earth came to be formless and empty, and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of Elohim was moving on the face of the waters.
3 And Elohim said, “Let light come to be,” and light came to be.
4 And Elohim saw the light, that it was good. And Elohim separated the light from the darkness.
5 And Elohim called the light ‘day’ and the darkness He called ‘night.’ And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, the first day.
6 And Elohim said, “Let an expanse come to be in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”
7 And Elohim made the expanse, and separated the waters which were under the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse. And it came to be so.
8 And Elohim called the expanse ‘heavens.’ And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, the second day.
9 And Elohim said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it came to be so.
10 And Elohim called the dry land ‘earth,’ and the collection of the waters He called ‘seas.’ And Elohim saw that it was good.
11 And Elohim said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the plant that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth.” And it came to be so.
12 And the earth brought forth grass, the plant that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And Elohim saw that it was good.
13 And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, the third day.
14 And Elohim said, “Let lights come to be in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and appointed times, and for days and years,
15 and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth.” And it came to be so.
16 And Elohim made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night, and the stars.
17 And Elohim set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth,
18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And Elohim saw that it was good.
19 And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, the fourth day.
20 And Elohim said, “Let the waters teem with shoals of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth on the face of the expanse of the heavens.”
21 And Elohim created great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters teemed, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And Elohim saw that it was good.
22 And Elohim blessed them, saying, “Bear fruit and increase, and fill the waters in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”
23 And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, the fifth day.
24 And Elohim said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: livestock and creeping creatures and beasts of the earth, according to its kind.” And it came to be so.
25 And Elohim made the beast of the earth according to its kind, livestock according to its kind, and all that creep on the earth according to its kind. And Elohim saw that it was good.
26 And Elohim said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over the livestock, and over all the earth and over all the creeping creatures that creep on the earth.”
27 And Elohim created the man in His image, in the image of Elohim He created him – male and female He created them.
28 And Elohim blessed them, and Elohim said to them, “Bear fruit and increase, and fill the earth and subdue it, and rule over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over all creatures moving on the earth.”
29 And Elohim said, “See, I have given you every plant that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed, to you it is for food.
30 “And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the heavens, and to every creeping creature on the earth, in which there is life, every green plant is for food.” And it came to be so.
31 And Elohim saw all that He had made, and see, it was very good. And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, the sixth day.
2| 1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their array.
2 And on the seventh day Elohim completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made.
3 And Elohim blessed the seventh day and set it apart, because on it He rested from all His work which Elohim in creating had made.
4 These are the births of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that יהוה Elohim made earth and heavens.
5 Now no shrub of the field was yet on the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprung up, for יהוה Elohim had not sent rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground,
6 but a mist went up from the earth and watered the entire surface of the ground.
7 And יהוה Elohim formed the man out of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils breath of life. And the man became a living being.
8 And יהוה Elohim planted a garden in Ěḏen, to the east, and there He put the man whom He had formed.
9 And out of the ground יהוה Elohim made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, with the tree of life in the midst of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
10 And a river went out of Ěḏen to water the garden, and from there it divided and became four riverheads.
11 The name of the first is Pishon, it is the one surrounding the entire land of Ḥawilah, where there is gold.
12 And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium is there, and the shoham stone.
13 And the name of the second river is Giḥon, it is the one surrounding the entire land of Kush.
14 And the name of the third river is Ḥiddeqel, it is the one which goes toward the east of Ashshur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
15 And יהוה Elohim took the man and put him in the garden of Ěḏen to work it and to guard it.
16 And יהוה Elohim commanded the man, saying, “Eat of every tree of the garden,
17 but do not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for in the day that you eat of it you shall certainly die.”
18 And יהוה Elohim said, “It is not good for the man to be alone, I am going to make a helper for him, as his counterpart.”
19 And from the ground יהוה Elohim formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.
20 So the man gave names to all livestock, and to the birds of the heavens, and to every beast of the field. But for the man there was not found a helper for him, as his counterpart.
21 So יהוה Elohim caused a deep sleep to fall on the man, and he slept. And He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.
22 And the rib which יהוה Elohim had taken from the man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
23 And the man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. This one is called ‘woman,’ because she was taken out of man.”
24 For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, yet they were not ashamed.
3| 1 And the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which יהוה Elohim had made, and he said to the woman, “Is it true that Elohim has said, ‘Do not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We are to eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden,
3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, Elohim has said, ‘Do not eat of it, nor touch it, lest you die.’ ”
4 And the serpent said to the woman, “You shall certainly not die.
5 “For Elohim knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be like Elohim, knowing good and evil.”
6 And the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, and she took of its fruit and ate. And she also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made loin coverings for themselves.
8 And they heard the sound of יהוה Elohim walking about in the garden in the cool of the day, and Aḏam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of יהוה Elohim among the trees of the garden.
9 And יהוה Elohim called unto Aḏam and said to him, “Where are you?”
10 And he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid myself.”
11 And He said, “Who made you know that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”
12 And the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree and I ate.”
13 And יהוה Elohim said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
14 And יהוה Elohim said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all livestock and more than every beast of the field. On your belly you are to go, and eat dust all the days of your life.
15 “And I put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed. He shall crush your head, and you shall crush His heel.”
16 To the woman He said, “I greatly increase your sorrow and your conception – bring forth children in pain. And your desire is for your husband, and he does rule over you.”
17 And to the man He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘Do not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground because of you, in toil you are to eat of it all the days of your life,
18 and the ground shall bring forth thorns and thistles for you, and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19 “By the sweat of your face you are to eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For dust you are, and to dust you return.”
20 And the man called his wife’s name Ḥawwah, because she became the mother of all living.
21 And יהוה Elohim made coats of skin for the man and his wife and dressed them.
22 And יהוה Elohim said, “See, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever…”
23 so יהוה Elohim sent him out of the garden of Ěḏen to till the ground from which he was taken,
24 and He drove the man out. And He placed keruḇim at the east of the garden of Ěḏen, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.
4| 1 And Aḏam knew Ḥawwah his wife, and she conceived and bore Qayin, and said, “I have gained a man from יהוה.”
2 And again, she gave birth to his brother Heḇel. And Heḇel became a keeper of sheep, but Qayin became a tiller of the ground.
3 And it came to be, in the course of time, that Qayin brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to יהוה.
4 And Heḇel also brought of the first-born of his flock and of their fat. And יהוה looked to Heḇel and his offering,
5 but He did not look to Qayin and his offering. And Qayin was very wroth, and his face fell.
6 And יהוה said to Qayin, “Why are you wroth? And why is your face fallen?
7 “If you do well, is there not acceptance? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should master it.”
8 And Qayin told Heḇel his brother. And it came to be when they were in the field, that Qayin rose up against Heḇel his brother and killed him.
9 And יהוה said to Qayin, “Where is Heḇel your brother?” And he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s guard?”
10 And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground.
11 “And now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.
12 “If you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.”
13 And Qayin said to יהוה, “My punishment is too great to bear!
14 “See, You have driven me from the face of the ground today, and I am hidden from Your face. I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and it shall be that anyone who finds me kills me.”
15 And יהוה said to him, “Well, if anyone kills Qayin, vengeance is taken on him sevenfold.” And יהוה set up a sign for Qayin, lest anyone finding him kills him.
16 So Qayin went out from the presence of יהוה and dwelt in the land of Noḏ on the east of Ěḏen.
17 And Qayin knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Ḥanoḵ. And he built a city, and called the name of the city after the name of his son, Ḥanoḵ.
18 And to Ḥanoḵ was born Iraḏ. And Iraḏ brought forth Meḥuya’ĕl, and Meḥuya’ĕl brought forth Methusa’ĕl, and Methusa’ĕl brought forth Lemeḵ.
19 And Lemeḵ took for himself two wives, the name of one was Aḏah, and the name of the second was Tsillah.
20 And Aḏah bore Yaḇal. He was the father of those who dwell in tents, with livestock.
21 And his brother’s name was Yuḇal. He was the father of all those who play the lyre and flute.
22 As for Tsillah, she also bore Tuḇal-Qayin, a smith of all kinds of tools in bronze and iron. And the sister of Tuḇal-Qayin was Na‛amah.
23 And Lemeḵ said to his wives, “Aḏah and Tsillah, hear my voice! Wives of Lemeḵ, listen to my words! For I have killed a man for wounding me, even a young man for hurting me.
24 “For Qayin is avenged sevenfold, and Lemeḵ seventy-sevenfold.”
25 And Aḏam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and called his name Shĕth, “For Elohim has appointed me another seed instead of Heḇel, because Qayin had slain him.”
26 And to Shĕth, to him also a son was born. And he called his name Enosh. Then it was begun to call on the Name of יהוה
1| 1 The words of Yirmeyahu the son of Ḥilqiyahu, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Binyamin,
2 to whom the word of יהוה came in the days of Yoshiyahu son of Amon, sovereign of Yehuḏah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.
3 And it came in the days of Yehoyaqim, son of Yoshiyahu, sovereign of Yehuḏah, until the end of the eleventh year of Tsiḏqiyahu, son of Yoshiyahu, sovereign of Yehuḏah, until the exile of Yerushalayim in the fifth month.
4 Now the word of יהוה came to me, saying,
5 “Before I formed you in the belly I knew you, and before you came out of the womb I did set you apart – I appointed you a prophet to nations.”
6 And said I, “Ah, Master יהוה! See, I do not know how to speak, for I am a youth.”
7 And יהוה said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ but go to all to whom I send you, and speak whatever I command you.
8 “Do not fear their faces, for I am with you to deliver you,” declares יהוה.
9 Then יהוה put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and יהוה said to me, “See, I have put My words in your mouth.
10 “See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the reigns, to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”
11 And the word of יהוה came to me, saying, “What do you see, Yirmeyahu?” And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.”
12 And יהוה said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to do it.”
13 And the word of יהוה came to me a second time, saying, “What do you see?” And I said, “I see a boiling pot, and it is facing away from the north.”
14 And יהוה said to me, “Out of the north evil is set loose on all the inhabitants of the land.
15 “For look, I am calling all the clans of the reigns of the north,” declares יהוה. “And they shall come and each one set his throne at the entrance of the gates of Yerushalayim, against all its walls all around, and against all the cities of Yehuḏah.
16 “And I shall pronounce My judgments against them concerning all their evil, because they have forsaken Me, burned incense to other mighty ones, and bowed themselves to the works of their own hands.
17 “Now, gird up your loins and arise, and speak to them all that I command you. Do not break down before their faces, lest I break you before them.
18 “For look, I have made you this day a walled city and an iron column, and bronze walls against all the land, against the sovereigns of Yehuḏah, against her heads, against her priests, and against the people of the land.
19 “And they shall fight against you, but not prevail against you. For I am with you,” declares יהוה, “to deliver you.”
2 SAMUEL 1
1 And it came to be after the death of Sha’ul, when Dawiḏ had returned from smiting the Amalĕqites, that Dawiḏ remained two days in Tsiqlag̅.
2 And it came to be on the third day, that see, a man came out of the camp from Sha’ul with his garments torn and dust on his head. And it came to be, when he came to Dawiḏ, that he fell to the ground and did obeisance.
3 And Dawiḏ said to him, “From where do you come?” And he said to him, “I have escaped from the camp of Yisra’ĕl.”
4 And Dawiḏ said to him, “What was the matter? Please inform me.” And he said, “The people have fled from the battle, and also many of the people have fallen and are dead, and Sha’ul and Yehonathan his son are dead too.”
5 And Dawiḏ said to the young man who informed him, “How do you know that Sha’ul and Yehonathan his son are dead?”
6 And the young man who informed him said, “By chance I was on Mount Gilboa and saw Sha’ul leaning on his spear. And see, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him.
7 “And when he looked behind him, he saw me and called to me, and I answered, ‘Here I am.’
8 “And he said to me, ‘Who are you?’ So I answered him, ‘I am an Amalĕqite.’
9 “And he said to me, ‘Please stand over me and put me to death, for agony has seized me, but my life is still in me.’
10 “So I stood beside him and put him to death, for I knew he would not live after he had fallen. And I took the diadem that was on his head and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them here to my master.”
11 And Dawiḏ took hold of his own garments and tore them, and also all the men who were with him.
12 And they mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Sha’ul and for Yehonathan his son, and for the people of יהוה and for the house of Yisra’ĕl, because they had fallen by the sword.
13 Then Dawiḏ asked the young man who informed him, “Where are you from?” And he answered, “I am the son of a sojourner, an Amalĕqite.”
14 And Dawiḏ said to him, “How was it you were not afraid to stretch out your hand to destroy the anointed of יהוה?”
15 And Dawiḏ called one of the young men and said, “Draw near and fall on him!” And he smote him so that he died.
16 And Dawiḏ said to him, “Your blood is on your own head, for your own mouth has witnessed against you, saying, ‘I myself have put to death the anointed of יהוה.’ ”
17 Then Dawiḏ lamented with this lamentation over Sha’ul and over Yehonathan his son,
18 and he ordered “The Bow” to be taught to the children of Yehuḏah. See, it is written in the Book of Yashar:
19 “The splendour of Yisra’ĕl Is slain on your high places! How the mighty have fallen!
20 “Declare it not in Gath, Proclaim it not in the streets of Ashqelon, Lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, Lest the daughters of the uncircumcised exult.
21 “Mountains of Gilboa! No dew or rain be upon you, Nor fields of offerings. For there the shield of the mighty lay rejected, The shield of Sha’ul, not anointed with oil.
22 “From the blood of the slain, From the fat of the mighty, The bow of Yehonathan did not turn back, And the sword of Sha’ul did not return empty.
23 “Sha’ul and Yehonathan were beloved And pleasant in their lives, And in their death they were not parted. They were swifter than eagles, They were stronger than lions.
24 “Daughters of Yisra’ĕl – weep over Sha’ul, Who wrapped you in scarlet, with finery; Who decked your robes with ornaments of gold.
25 “How the mighty have fallen In the midst of the battle! Yehonathan was slain in your high places.
26 “I am distressed for you, my brother Yehonathan. You have been very pleasant to me. Your love to me was wondrous, Surpassing the love of women.
27 “How the mighty have fallen, And the weapons of battle perish!”
1 The beginning of the Good News of יהושע Messiah, the Son of Elohim.
2 As it has been written in the Prophets, “See, I send My messenger before Your face, who shall prepare Your way before You,a
3 a voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way of יהוה, make His paths straight.’ ”a
4 Yoḥanan came immersing in the wilderness and proclaiming an immersion of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
5 And all the country of Yehuḏah, and those of Yerushalayim, went out to him and were all immersed by him in the Yardĕn River, confessing their sins.
6 And Yoḥanan was clothed with camel’s hair and a leather girdle around his waist, and eating locusts and wild honey.
7 And he proclaimed, saying, “After me comes One who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loosen.
8 “I indeed did immerse you in water, but He shall immerse you in the Set-apart Spirit.”
9 And it came to be in those days that יהושע came from Natsareth of Galil, and was immersed by Yoḥanan in the Yardĕn.
10 And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit coming down on Him like a dove.
11 And a voice came out of the heavens, “You are My Son, the Beloved, in whom I did delight.”
12 And immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness.
13 And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tried by Satan, and was with the wild beasts. And the messengers attended Him.
14 And after Yoḥanan was delivered up, יהושע came to Galil, proclaiming the Good News of the reign of Elohim,
15 and saying, “The time has been filled, and the reign of Elohim has come near. Repent, and believe in the Good News.”
16 And walking by the Sea of Galil, He saw Shim‛on, and Andri his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishers.
17 And יהושע said to them, “Come, follow Me, and I shall make you become fishers of men.”
18 And immediately they left their nets and followed Him.
19 And having gone on a little from there, He saw Ya‛aqoḇ the son of Zaḇdai, and Yoḥanan his brother, and they were in the boat mending their nets.
20 And immediately He called them, and leaving their father Zaḇdai in the boat with the hired servants, they went after Him.
21 And they went into Kephar Naḥum, and immediately on the Sabbath He went into the congregation and taught.
22 And they were astonished at His teaching, for He was teaching them as possessing authority, and not as the scribes.
23 And there was a man in their congregation with an unclean spirit, and he cried out,
24 saying, “Ha! What have we to do with You, יהושע of Natsareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are: the Set-apart One of Elohim!”
25 And יהושע rebuked him, saying, “Be silenced, and come out of him!”
26 And throwing him into convulsions, the unclean spirit called out with a loud voice, and came out of him.
27 And they were all so amazed, as to reason among themselves, saying, “What is this, a fresh teaching? With authority He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him!”
28 And news about Him immediately spread into all the country around Galil.
29 And coming out of the congregation, they went straight to the house of Shim‛on and Andri, with Ya‛aqoḇ and Yoḥanan.
30 And the mother-in-law of Shim‛on lay sick with inflammation, and immediately they spoke to Him about her.
31 And having come, He took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the inflammation left her, and she served them.
32 And when evening came, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed.
33 And the entire city had gathered at the door.
34 And He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons, and was not allowing the demons to speak, because they knew Him.
35 And having risen very early in the morning, while still dark, He went out, and went away to a lonely place, and there He prayed.
36 And Shim‛on and those who were with Him searched for Him,
37 and when they found Him, they said to Him, “All are seeking You.”
3 8And He said to them, “Let us go into the neighbouring towns, so that I proclaim there also, because for this I have come forth.”
39 And He was proclaiming in their congregations, in all Galil, and casting out demons.
40 And a leper came to Him, calling upon Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You desire, You are able to make me clean.”
41 And יהושע, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I desire it. Be cleansed.”
42 And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed.
43 And having strictly warned him, He immediately sent him away,
44 and said to him, “See, say none at all to anyone, but go show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Mosheh ordered, as a witness to them.”
45 But he went out and began to publish it so much, and to spread the word, that יהושע was no longer able to openly enter the city, but was outside in lonely places. Yet they came to Him from all directions.
44| 1 O Elohim, we have heard with our ears, Our fathers have related to us, The work You did in their days, In the days of old.
2 You drove out the nations with Your hand, But them You planted. You afflicted peoples, and sent them out.
3 For not by their own sword did they possess the land, Neither did their own arm save them; But it was Your right hand and Your arm, And the light of Your face, Because You delighted in them.
4 You Yourself are my Sovereign, O Elohim; Command deliverances for Ya‛aqoḇ.
5 Through You we push our enemies; Through Your Name we tread down those who rise up against us.
6 For I do not trust in my bow, And my sword does not save me.
7 For You have saved us from our enemies, And have put to shame those who hated us.
8 In Elohim we shall boast all day long, And praise Your Name forever. Selah.
9 Yet You have rejected us and put us to shame, And You do not go with our armies.
10 You make us turn back from the adversary, And those who hate us have plundered us.
11 You do give us as sheep to be eaten, And You have scattered us among the gentiles.
12 You sell Your people for no value, And have set no high price on them.
13 You make us a reproach to our neighbours, A scorn and a mockery to those round about us.
14 You make us a proverb among the nations, A shaking of the head among the peoples.
15 My reproach is always before me, And the shame of my face has covered me,
16 Because of the voice of the slanderer and blasphemer, Because of the enemy and avenger.
17 All this has come upon us; But we have not forgotten You, Neither have we been false to Your covenant.
18 Our heart has not turned back, Neither has our step swerved from Your way,
19 Yet You have crushed us in the place of jackals, And covered us with the shadow of death.
20 If we have forgotten the Name of our Elohim, Or stretched out our hands to a foreign mighty one,
21 Would Elohim not search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.
22 But for Your sake we are killed all day long; Reckoned as sheep for the slaughter.
23 Awake! Why do You sleep, O יהוה? Arise! Do not reject us forever.
24 Why do You hide Your face, Ignoring our affliction and our oppression?
25 For our being is bowed down to the dust; Our body cleaves to the earth.
26 Arise, be our help, And redeem us for Your kindness’ sake.
2 Baruk 68-73 (RH CHARLES)
68| 1 ‘And the bright twelfth waters which you have seen: this is the word.
2For after these things time will come when your people shall fall into distress, so that they shall all run the risk of perishing together.
3 Nevertheless, they will be saved, and their enemies will fall in their presence.
4 And they will have in (due) time much joy.
5 And at that time after a little interval Zion will again be rebuilt, and its offerings will again be restored, and the priests will return to their ministry, and also the Gentiles will come to glorify it.
6 Nevertheless, not fully as in the beginning.
7 But it will come to pass after these things that there will be the fall of many nations. 8 These are the bright waters which you have seen.
69| 1 ‘For the last waters which you have seen which were darker than all that were before them, those which were after the twelfth number, which were collected together, belong to the whole world.
2 For the Most High made division from the beginning, because He alone knows what will befall.
3 For as to the enormities and the impieties which should be wrought before Him, He foresaw six kinds of them.
4 And of the good works of the righteous which should be accomplished before Him, He foresaw six kinds of them, beyond those which He should work at the consummation of the age.
5 On his account there were not black waters with black, nor bright with bright; for it is the consummation.
70| 1 ‘Hear therefore the interpretation of the last black waters which are to come [after the black]: this the word.
2 Behold! the days come, and it shall be when the time of the age has ripened, And the harvest of its evil and good seeds has come, That the Mighty One will bring upon the earth and its inhabitants and upon its rulers Perturbation of spirit and stupor of heart.
3 And they shall hate one another, And provoke one another to fight, And the mean shall rule over the honorable, And those of low degree shall be extolled above the famous.
4 And the many shall be delivered into the hands of the few, And those who were nothing shall rule over the strong, And the poor shall have abundance beyond the rich, And the impious shall exalt themselves above the heroic.
5 And the wise shall be silent, And the foolish shall speak, Neither shall the thought of men be then confirmed, Nor the counsel of the mighty, Nor shall the hope of those who hope be confirmed.
6 And when those things which were predicted have come to pass, Then shall confusion fall upon all men, And some of them shall fall in battle, And some of them shall perish in anguish,
7 And some of them shall be destroyed by their own. Then the Most High peoples whom He has prepared before, And they shall come and make war with the leaders that shall then be left.
8 And it shall come to pass that whoever gets safe out of the war shall die in the earthquake, And whoever gets safe out of the earthquake shall be burned by the fire, And whoever gets safe out of the fire shall be destroyed by famine.
9 [And it shall come to pass that whoever of the victors and the vanquished gets safe out of and escapes all these things aforesaid will be delivered into the hands of My servant Messiah.] 10 For all the earth shall devour its inhabitants.
71| 1 ‘And the holy land shall have mercy on its own, And it shall protect its inhabitants at that time.
2 This is the vision which you have seen, and this is the interpretation.
3 For I have come to tell you these things, because your prayer has been heard with the Most High.
72| 1 ‘Hear now also regarding the bright lightning which is to come at the consummation after these black (waters): this is the word.
2 After the signs have come, of which you were told before, when the nations become turbulent, and the time of My Messiah is come, he shall both summon all the nations, and some of them he shall spare, and some of them he shall slay.
3 These things therefore shall come upon the nations which are to be spared by Him.
4 Every nation, which knows not Israel and has not trodden down the seed of Jacob, shall indeed be spared.
5 And this because some out of every nation shall be subjected to your people.
6 But all those who have ruled over you, or have known you, shall be given up to the sword.
73| 1 ‘And it shall come to pass, when He has brought low everything that is in the world, And has sat down in peace for the age on the throne of His kingdom, That joy shall then be revealed, And rest shall appear.
2 And then healing shall descend in dew, And disease shall withdraw, And anxiety and anguish and lamentation pass from amongst men, And gladness proceed through the whole earth.
3 And no one shall again die untimely, Nor shall any adversity suddenly befall.
4 And judgments, and abusive talk, and contentions, and revenges, And blood, and passions, and envy, and hatred, And whatsoever things are like these shall go into condemnation when they are removed.
5 For it is these very things which have filled this world with evils, And on account of these the life of man has been greatly troubled.
6 And wild beasts shall come from the forest and minister unto men And asps and dragons shall come forth from their holes to submit themselves to a little child.
7 And women shall no longer then have pain when they bear, Nor shall they suffer torment when they yield the fruit of the womb.
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