Week 20 | Year 2

Weekly Scripture Reading

Torah: EXODUS 25-27
Prophets: Jeremiah 30
Historical Writings: 1 KINGS 2
New Testament: HEBREWS 10
Wisdom Writings: PSALMS 79-80
Non-Canonical: SIRACH 19

The following translation is from The Scriptures | ISR98 

EXODUS 25-27

25| 1 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,

2 “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, that they take up a contribution for Me. From everyone whose heart moves him you shall take up My contribution.

3 “And this is the contribution which you take up from them: gold, and silver, and bronze,

4 and blue and purple and scarlet material, and fine linen, and goats’ hair,

5 and rams’ skins dyed red, and fine leather, and acacia wood,

6 oil for the light, spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet incense,

7 shoham stones, and stones to be set in the shoulder garment and in the breastplate.

8 “And they shall make Me a Set-apart Place, and I shall dwell in their midst.

9 “According to all that I show you – the pattern of the Dwelling Place and the pattern of all its furnishings – make it exactly so.

10 “And they shall make an ark of acacia wood two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high.

11 “And you shall overlay it with clean gold, inside and outside you shall overlay it. And you shall make on it a moulding of gold all around.

12 “And you shall cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in its four corners, two rings on one side, and two rings on the other side.

13 “And you shall make poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold,

14 and shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark, to lift up the ark by them.

15 “The poles are in the rings of the ark, they are not taken from it.

16 “And into the ark you shall put the Witness which I give you.

17 “And you shall make a lid of atonement of clean gold, two and a half cubits long and a cubit and a half wide.

18 “And you shall make two keruḇim of gold, make them of beaten work, at the two ends of the lid of atonement.

19 “And make one keruḇ at one end, and the other keruḇ at the other end. Make the keruḇim from the lid of atonement, at its two ends.

20 “And the keruḇim shall be spreading out their wings above, covering the lid of atonement with their wings, with their faces toward each other, the faces of the keruḇim turned toward the lid of atonement.

21 “And you shall put the lid of atonement on top of the ark, and put into the ark the Witness which I give you.

22 “And I shall meet with you there, and from above the lid of atonement, from between the two keruḇim which are on the ark of the Witness, I shall speak to you all that which I command you concerning the children of Yisra’ĕl.

23 “And you shall make a table of acacia wood two cubits long, a cubit wide, and a cubit and a half high.

24 “And you shall overlay it with clean gold, and shall make a moulding of gold all around,

25 and shall make for it a rim of a handbreadth all around, and shall make a gold moulding for the rim all around.

26 “And you shall make for it four rings of gold, and put the rings on the four corners that are at its four legs.

27 “The rings are close to the rim, as holders for the poles to lift the table.

28 “And you shall make the poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold, and the table shall be lifted with them.

29 “And you shall make its dishes, and its ladles, and its jars, and its bowls for pouring. Make them of clean gold.

30 “And you shall put the showbread on the table before Me, continually.

31 “And you shall make a lampstand of clean gold – the lampstand is made of beaten work. Its base and its shaft, its cups, its ornamental knobs and blossoms are from it,

32 and six branches shall come out of its sides: three branches of the lampstand out of one side, and three branches of the lampstand out of the other side;

33 three cups made like almond flowers on one branch, with ornamental knob and blossom, and three cups made like almond flowers on the other branch, with ornamental knob and blossom – so for the six branches coming out of the lampstand.

34 “And on the lampstand itself are four cups made like almond flowers, with ornamental knob and blossom,

35 and a knob under the first two branches of the same, and a knob under the second two branches of the same, and a knob under the third two branches of the same, according to the six branches coming out of the lampstand.

36 “Their knobs and their branches are of the same – all of it one beaten work of clean gold.

37 “And you shall make seven lamps for it, and they shall mount its lamps so that they give light in front of it.

38 “And its snuffers and their trays are of clean gold.

39 “It is made of a talent of clean gold, with all these utensils.

40 “So see, and do according to the pattern which was shown to you on the mountain.

26| 1 “And make the Dwelling Place with ten curtains of fine woven linen and blue and purple and scarlet material. Make them, with keruḇim, the work of a skilled workman.

2 “The length of each curtain is twenty-eight cubits, and the width of each curtain four cubits, all the curtains having one measure.

3 “Five curtains are joined to each other, and five curtains are joined to each other.

4 “And you shall make loops of blue on the edge of the end curtain on one set, and do the same on the edge of the end curtain of the second set.

5 “Make fifty loops in the one curtain and make fifty loops on the edge of the end curtain of the second set, the loops being opposite to each other.

6 “And you shall make fifty hooks of gold, and shall join the curtains together with the hooks, and the Dwelling Place shall be one.

7 “And you shall make curtains of goats’ hair, for a tent over the Dwelling Place, make eleven curtains.

8 “The length of each curtain is thirty cubits, and the width of each curtain four cubits, one measure to the eleven curtains.

9 “And you shall join the five curtains by themselves, and the six curtains by themselves, and you shall double over the six curtains at the front of the Tent.

10 “And you shall make fifty loops on the edge of the curtain that is outermost in one set, and fifty loops on the edge of the curtain of the second set.

11 “And you shall make fifty bronze hooks, and put the hooks into the loops, and join the tent together, and it shall be one.

12 “And the overlapping part of the rest of the curtains of the Tent, the half curtain that remains, shall hang over the back of the Dwelling Place.

13 “And a cubit on one side and a cubit on the other side, of what remains of the length of the curtains of the Tent, is to hang over the sides of the Dwelling Place, on this side and on that side, to cover it.

14 “And you shall make a covering of ram skins dyed red for the Tent, and a covering of fine leather above that.

15 “And for the Dwelling Place you shall make the boards of acacia wood, standing up.

16 “Ten cubits is the length of a board, and a cubit and a half the width of each board,

17 two tenons in each board for binding one to another. Do the same for all the boards of the Dwelling Place.

18 “And you shall make the boards for the Dwelling Place, twenty boards for the south side,

19 and make forty sockets of silver under the twenty boards, two sockets under each of the boards for its two tenons.

20 “And for the second side of the Dwelling Place, on the north side, twenty boards,

21 and their forty sockets of silver, two sockets under each of the boards.

22 “And for the extreme parts of the Dwelling Place, westward, make six boards,

23 and make two boards for the two back corners of the Dwelling Place.

24 “And they are double beneath and similarly they are complete to the top, to the one ring. So it is for both of them, they are for the two corners.

25 “And they shall be eight boards, and their sockets of silver, sixteen sockets – two sockets under the one board, and two sockets under the other board.

26 “And you shall make bars of acacia wood, five for the boards on one side of the Dwelling Place,

27 and five bars for the boards on the other side of the Dwelling Place, and five bars for the boards of the side of the Dwelling Place, for the extreme parts westward,

28 with the middle bar in the midst of the boards, going through from end to end.

29 “And overlay the boards with gold, and make their rings of gold as holders for the bars, and overlay the bars with gold.

30 “And you shall raise up the Dwelling Place according to its pattern which you were shown on the mountain.

31 “And you shall make a veil of blue and purple and scarlet material, and fine woven linen, the work of a skilled workman, made with keruḇim.

32 “And you shall put it on the four columns of acacia wood overlaid with gold, their hooks of gold, upon four sockets of silver.

33 “And you shall hang the veil from the hooks, and shall bring the ark of the Witness there, behind the veil. And the veil shall make a separation for you between the Set-apart and the Most Set-apart Place.

34 “And you shall put the lid of atonement upon the ark of the Witness in the Most Set-apart Place.

35 “And you shall set the table outside the veil, and the lampstand opposite the table on the side of the Dwelling Place toward the south, and put the table on the north side.

36 “And you shall make a covering for the door of the Tent, of blue and purple and scarlet material, and fine woven linen, made by a weaver.

37 “And you shall make for the covering five columns of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold, their hooks of gold, and you shall cast five sockets of bronze for them.

27| 1 “And you shall make an altar of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits wide – the altar is square – and its height three cubits.

2 “And you shall make its horns on its four corners, its horns are of the same. And you shall overlay it with bronze.

3 “And you shall make its pots to receive its ashes, and its shovels and its basins and its forks and its fire holders. Make all its utensils of bronze.

4 “And you shall make a grating for it, a bronze network, and shall make on the network four bronze rings at its four corners,

5 and shall put it under the rim of the altar beneath, so that the network is halfway up the altar.

6 “And you shall make poles for the altar, poles of acacia wood, and shall overlay them with bronze.

7 “And the poles shall be put in the rings, and the poles shall be on the two sides of the altar for lifting it.

8 “Make it hollow with boards. As it was shown to you on the mountain, so they are to make it.

9 “And you shall make the courtyard of the Dwelling Place: for the south side screens for the courtyard made of fine woven linen, one hundred cubits long for one side,

10 and its twenty columns and their twenty sockets of bronze, the hooks of the columns and their bands of silver,

11 and so for the north side in length, screens one hundred cubits long, with its twenty columns and their twenty sockets of bronze, and the hooks of the columns and their bands of silver.

12 “And the width of the courtyard on the west side screens of fifty cubits, with their ten columns and their ten sockets.

13 “And the width of the courtyard on the east side fifty cubits.

14 “And the screens on one side of the gate fifteen cubits, with their three columns and their three sockets.

15 “And on the other side screens of fifteen cubits, with their three columns and their three sockets.

16 “And for the gate of the courtyard a covering twenty cubits long, of blue and purple and scarlet material, and fine woven linen, made by a weaver – four columns and four sockets.

17 “All the columns around the courtyard have bands of silver, their hooks silver and their sockets bronze.

18 “The length of the courtyard is one hundred cubits, and the width fifty by fifty, and the height five cubits, woven of fine linen thread, and its sockets of bronze.

19 “All the utensils of the Dwelling Place for all its service, all its pegs, and all the pegs of the courtyard, are bronze.

20 “And you, you are to command the children of Yisra’ĕl to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light, to cause the lamp to burn continually.

21 “In the Tent of Meeting, outside the veil which is before the Witness, Aharon and his sons are to tend it from evening until morning before יהוה – a law forever to their generations, from the children of Yisra’ĕl.


30| 1 The word that came to Yirmeyahu from יהוה, saying,

2 “Thus spoke יהוה Elohim of Yisra’ĕl, saying, ‘Write in a book for yourself all the words that I have spoken to you.

3 ‘For look, the days are coming,’ declares יהוה, ‘when I shall turn back the captivity of My people Yisra’ĕl and Yehuḏah,’ declares יהוה, ‘and I shall bring them back to the land that I gave to their fathers, and let them possess it.’ ”

4 And these are the words יהוה spoke concerning Yisra’ĕl and Yehuḏah.

5 “For this is what יהוה said, ‘We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.

6 ‘Ask now, and see if a man is giving birth. Why do I see every man with his hands on his loins like a woman in labour, and all faces turned pale?

7 ‘Oh! For great is that day, there is none like it. And it is the time of Ya‛aqoḇ’s distress, but he shall be saved out of it.

8 ‘And it shall be in that day,’ declares יהוה of hosts, ‘that I break his yoke from your neck, and tear off your bonds, and foreigners no more enslave them.

9 ‘And they shall serve יהוה their Elohim and Dawiḏ their sovereign, whom I raise up for them.

10 ‘And you, do not fear, O Ya‛aqoḇ My servant,’ declares יהוה, ‘nor be discouraged, O Yisra’ĕl. For look, I am saving you from afar, and your seed from the land of their captivity. And Ya‛aqoḇ shall return, and have rest and be at ease, with no one to trouble him.

11 ‘For I am with you,’ declares יהוה, ‘to save you. Though I make a complete end of all gentiles where I have scattered you, yet I do not make a complete end of you. But I shall reprove you in judgment, and by no means leave you unpunished.’

12 “For thus said יהוה, ‘Your breach is incurable, your wound is grievous.

13 ‘No one pleads your cause, to bind up. There are no healing medicines for you.

14 ‘All those loving you have forgotten you, they do not seek you. For I smote you as an enemy smites, with cruel chastisement, because your crookedness is great, your sins have increased.

15 ‘Why do you cry about your breach? Your pain is incurable. Because of your many crookednesses, because your sins have increased, I have done this to you.

16 ‘However, all those who devour you shall be devoured. And all your adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity. And those who exploit you shall be exploited, and all who prey upon you I shall make a prey.

17 ‘For I restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,’ declares יהוה, ‘for they have called you an outcast saying, “This is Tsiyon, no one is seeking her.” ’

18 “Thus said יהוה, ‘See, I turn back the captivity of Ya‛aqoḇ’s tents, and have compassion on his dwelling places. And the city shall be built upon its own mound, and the palace stand on its right place.

19 ‘And out of them shall arise thanksgiving and the voice of those who are laughing. And I shall increase them, and they shall not diminish. And I shall esteem them, and they shall not be small.

20 ‘And his children shall be as before, and his congregation shall be established before Me. And I shall punish all who oppress them.

21 ‘And his Prince shall be from him, and his Ruler shall come from among him. And I shall bring him near, and he shall approach Me, for who is this who pledged his heart to approach Me?’ declares יהוה.

22 ‘And you shall be My people, and I shall be your Elohim.’ ”

23 See, the storm of יהוה shall go forth in a rage, a whirling storm! It bursts upon the head of the wrong.

24 The burning displeasure of יהוה shall not turn back until He has done and established the purposes of His heart. In the latter days you shall understand it.


2| 1 And the days of Dawiḏ drew near to die, and he commanded Shelomoh his son, saying,

2 “I am going the way of all the earth. And you shall be strong, and be a man.

3 “And guard the Charge of יהוה your Elohim: to walk in His ways, to guard His laws, His commands, His right-rulings, and His witnesses, as it is written in the Torah of Mosheh, so that you do wisely all that you do and wherever you turn;

4 so that יהוה does establish His word which He spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons guard their way, to walk before Me in truth with all their heart and with all their being,’ saying, ‘there is not to cease a man of yours on the throne of Yisra’ĕl.’

5 “And also, you know what Yo’aḇ son of Tseruyah did to me, and what he did to the two commanders of the armies of Yisra’ĕl, to Aḇnĕr son of Nĕr and Amasa son of Yether, that he slew them, and shed the blood of battle in peace, and put the blood of battle on his belt that was around his waist, and on his sandals that were on his feet.

6 “So act according to your wisdom, and do not let his grey hair go down to the grave in peace.

7 “But show kindness to the sons of Barzillai the Gil‛aḏite, and let them be among those who eat at your table, for so they came to me when I fled from Aḇshalom your brother.

8 “And see, with you is Shim‛i son of Gĕra, the Binyamite from Baḥurim, who cursed me with a grievous cursing in the day when I went to Maḥanayim. But he came down to meet me at the Yardĕn, and I swore to him by יהוה, saying, ‘I shall not put you to death with the sword.’

9 “And now, do not leave him unpunished, for you are a wise man and know what you should do to him, and shall bring his grey hair down to the grave with blood.”

10 And Dawiḏ slept with his fathers, and was buried in the City of Dawiḏ.

11 And the days that Dawiḏ reigned over Yisra’ĕl was forty years. He reigned seven years in Ḥeḇron, and in Yerushalayim he reigned thirty-three years.

12 And Shelomoh sat on the throne of his father Dawiḏ. And his reign was firmly established.

13 And Aḏoniyahu son of Ḥaggith came to Bathsheḇa the mother of Shelomoh, and she said, “Do you come in peace?” And he said, “Peace.”

14 And he said, “I have a word for you,” and she said, “Speak.”

15 And he said, “You know that the reign was mine, and all Yisra’ĕl had set their faces toward me, that I should reign. But the reign has been turned around, and has become my brother’s, for it was his from יהוה.

16 “And now, I am making one request of you, do not refuse me.” And she said to him, “Say it.”

17 And he said, “Please speak to Sovereign Shelomoh – for he would not refuse you – to give me Aḇishag̅ the Shunammite as wife.”

18 And Bathsheḇa said, “Good, let me speak for you to the sovereign.”

19 And Bathsheḇa came to Sovereign Shelomoh, to speak to him for Aḏoniyahu. And the sovereign rose up to meet her and bowed down to her, and sat down on his throne and had a throne set for the sovereign’s mother. So she sat at his right hand.

20 And she said, “I am making one small request of you, do not refuse me.” And the sovereign said to her, “Ask it, my mother, for I do not refuse you.”

21 Then she said, “Let Aḇishag̅ the Shunammite be given to Aḏoniyahu your brother as wife.”

22 And Sovereign Shelomoh answered and said to his mother, “Now why do you ask Aḇishag̅ the Shunammite for Aḏoniyahu? Ask for him the reign also – for he is my older brother – for him, and for Eḇyathar the priest, and for Yo’aḇ son of Tseruyah.”

23 And Sovereign Shelomoh swore by יהוה, saying, “Elohim does so to me, and more also, if Aḏoniyahu has not spoken this word against his own life!

24 “And now, as יהוה lives, who established me and set me on the throne of Dawiḏ my father, and who has made me a house, as He promised, Aḏoniyahu shall be put to death today!”

25 And Sovereign Shelomoh sent by the hand of Benayahu son of Yehoyaḏa, and he fell upon him, and he died.

26 Then the sovereign said to Eḇyathar the priest, “Go to Anathoth, to your own fields, for you deserve death. But I do not put you to death at this time, because you did bear the ark of the Master יהוה before my father Dawiḏ, and because you were afflicted in all my father was afflicted in.”

27 So Shelomoh dismissed Eḇyathar from being priest to יהוה, to fill the word of יהוה which He spoke concerning the house of Ěli at Shiloh.

28 And news came to Yo’aḇ, for Yo’aḇ had turned aside after Aḏoniyah, though he did not turn aside after Aḇshalom. And Yo’aḇ fled to the Tent of יהוה, and took hold of the horns of the altar.

29 And the report came to Sovereign Shelomoh that Yo’aḇ had fled to the Tent of יהוה, and see, he is by the altar. Then Shelomoh sent Benayahu son of Yehoyaḏa, saying, “Go, fall on him.”

30 So Benayahu came to the Tent of יהוה and said to him, “Thus said the sovereign, ‘Come out!’ ” And he said, “No, for here I die.” And Benayahu brought back word to the sovereign, saying, “Thus said Yo’aḇ, and thus he answered me.”

31 And the sovereign said to him, “Do as he has said, and fall upon him. And you shall bury him, so that you take away from me and from the house of my father the blood which Yo’aḇ shed without cause.

32 “Thus יהוה shall return his blood on his head, because he had fallen on two men more righteous and better than he, and slew them with the sword, while my father Dawiḏ did not know it: Aḇnĕr son of Nĕr, commander of the army of Yisra’ĕl, and Amasa son of Yether, commander of the army of Yehuḏah.

33 “So shall their blood return upon the head of Yo’aḇ and upon the head of his seed forever. But upon Dawiḏ and his seed, upon his house and his throne, there is to be peace forever from יהוה.”

34 Then Benayahu son of Yehoyaḏa went up and fell upon him and put him to death. And he was buried in his own house in the wilderness.

35 And the sovereign put Benayahu son of Yehoyaḏa in his place over the army, and the sovereign put Tsaḏoq the priest in the place of Eḇyathar.

36 And the sovereign sent and called for Shim‛i, and said to him, “Build yourself a house in Yerushalayim and dwell there, and do not go out from there anywhere.

37 “And it shall be, on the day you go out and pass over the wadi Qiḏron, know for certain that you shall die – your blood is on your own head.”

38 And Shim‛i said to the sovereign, “The word is good. As my master the sovereign has said, so your servant does.” So Shim‛i dwelt in Yerushalayim many days.

39 And it came to be at the end of three years, that two slaves of Shim‛i fled to Aḵish son of Ma‛aḵah, sovereign of Gath. And they informed Shim‛i, saying, “See, your slaves are in Gath!”

40 And Shim‛i rose up, and saddled his donkey, and went to Aḵish at Gath to look for his slaves. And Shim‛i went and brought his slaves from Gath.

41 And Shelomoh was told that Shim‛i had gone from Yerushalayim to Gath and had come back.

42 So the sovereign sent and called for Shim‛i, and said to him, “Did I not make you swear by יהוה, and warn you, saying, ‘Know for certain that on the day you leave to go anywhere, you shall certainly die’? And you said to me, ‘The word I have heard is good.’

43 “And why have you not guarded the oath of יהוה and the command that I gave you?”

44 The sovereign also said to Shim‛i, “You shall know all the evil that your heart has known, that you did to my father Dawiḏ. And יהוה shall return your evil on your own head.

45 “But Sovereign Shelomoh is blessed, and the throne of Dawiḏ is established before יהוה forever.”

46 So the sovereign ordered Benayahu son of Yehoyaḏa, and he went out and fell on him, and he died. And the reign was established in the hand of Shelomoh.


10| 1 For the Torah, having a shadow of the good matters to come, and not the image itself of the matters, was never able to make perfect those who draw near with the same slaughter offerings which they offer continually year by year.

2 Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered? Because those who served, once cleansed, would have had no more consciousness of sins.

3 But in those offerings is a reminder of sins year by year.

4 For it is impossible for blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

5 Therefore, coming into the world, He says, “Slaughtering and meal offering You did not desire, but a body You have prepared for Me.

6 “In burnt offerings and offerings for sin You did not delight.a

7 “Then I said, ‘See, I come – in the roll of the book it has been written concerning Me – to do Your desire, O Elohim.’ ”

8 Saying above, “Slaughter and meal offering, and burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor delighted in,” which are offered according to the Torah,

9 then He said, “See, I come to do Your desire, O Elohim.” He takes away the first to establish the second.

10 By that desire we have been set apart through the offering of the body of יהושע Messiah once for all.

11 And indeed every priest stands day by day doing service, and repeatedly offering the same slaughter offerings which are never able to take away sins.

12 But He, having offered one slaughter offering for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of Elohim,

13 waiting from that time onward until His enemies are made a footstool for His feet.

14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are being set apart.

15 And the Set-apart Spirit also witnesses to us, for after having said before,

16 “This is the covenant that I shall make with them after those days, says יהוה, giving My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I shall write them,”a

17 and, “Their sins and their lawlessnesses I shall remember no more.”

18 Now where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer a slaughter offering for sin.

19 So, brothers, having boldness to enter into the Set-apart Place by the blood of יהושע,

20 by a new and living way which He instituted for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,

21 and having a High Priest over the House of Elohim,

22 let us draw near with a true heart in completeness of belief, having our hearts sprinkled from a wicked conscience and our bodies washed with clean water.

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our expectation without yielding, for He who promised is trustworthy.

24 And let us be concerned for one another in order to stir up love and good works,

25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging, and so much more as you see the Day coming near.

26 For if we sin purposely after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a slaughter offering for sins,

27 but some fearsome anticipation of judgment, and a fierce fire which is about to consume the opponents.

28 Anyone who has disregarded the Torah of Mosheh dies without compassion on the witness of two or three witnesses.

29 How much worse punishment do you think shall he deserve who has trampled the Son of Elohim underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was set apart as common, and insulted the Spirit of favour?

30 For we know Him who has said, “Vengeance is Mine, I shall repay, says יהוה.” And again, “יהוה shall judge His people.”

31 It is fearsome to fall into the hands of the living Elohim.

32 But remember the former days, when, after you were enlightened, you endured a great struggle with sufferings.

33 On the one hand you were exposed to reproaches and pressures, and on the other hand you became sharers with those who were so treated,

34 for you sympathised with me in my chains, and you accepted with joy the seizure of your possessions, knowing that you have a better and a lasting possession for yourselves in the heavens.

35 Do not, then, lose your boldness, which has great reward.

36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the desire of Elohim, you receive the promise:

37 “For yet a little while – He who is coming shall come and shall not delay.”

38 “But the righteous shall live by belief, but if anyone draws back, my being has no pleasure in him.”

39 But we are not of those who draw back to destruction, but of belief to the preservation of life.

Psalms 79-80

79| 1 O Elohim, the gentiles have come into Your inheritance; They have defiled Your set-apart Hĕḵal; They turned Yerushalayim into ruins.

2 They have given the dead bodies of Your servants As food for the birds of the heavens, The flesh of Your kind ones to the wild beast of the earth.

3 They have poured out their blood Like water all around Yerushalayim, With no one to bury them.

4 We have become a reproach to our neighbours, A scorn and a mockery to those who are around us.

5 How long, O יהוה, Would You be enraged forever? Would Your jealousy burn like fire?

6 Pour out Your wrath on the gentiles Who have not known You, And on reigns that have not called on Your Name.

7 For they have devoured Ya‛aqoḇ, And laid waste his pasture.

8 Do not remember against us The crookednesses of the fathers! Let Your compassion speedily meet us, For we have been greatly weakened.

9 Help us, O Elohim of our deliverance, For the sake of the esteem of Your Name. And deliver us, and cover over our sins, For Your Name’s sake!

10 Why should the gentiles say, “Where is their Elohim?” Let the vengeance of the outpoured blood of Your servants Be known among the gentiles, Before our eyes.

11 Let the groaning of the prisoner come before You. According to the greatness of Your arm Preserve those appointed to death.

12 And repay to our neighbours sevenfold Their reproach, into their bosom, With which they have reproached You, O יהוה.

13 And we, Your people and the sheep of Your pasture, We give thanks to You forever; From generation to generation we show forth Your praise.

80| 1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Yisra’ĕl, Who lead Yosĕph like a flock; Who dwell between the keruḇim, shine forth!

2 Before Ephrayim, Binyamin, and Menashsheh, Stir up Your might, And come and save us!

3 Cause us to turn back, O Elohim, And cause Your face to shine, That we might be saved!

4O יהוה Elohim of hosts, How long shall You be wroth Against the prayer of Your people?

5 You have caused them to eat the bread of tears, And have caused them to drink With tears, a third time.

6 You have made us a strife to our neighbours, And our enemies laugh among themselves.

7 Turn us back, O Elohim of hosts, And cause Your face to shine, That we might be saved!

8 You brought a vine out of Mitsrayim; You drove out the nations, and planted it.

9 You cleared a place for it, And caused it to take deep root, And it filled the land.

10 Hills were covered with its shadow, And the mighty cedars with its twigs.

11 She spread her branches to the Sea, And her shoots to the River.

12 Why have You broken down her hedges, So that every passer-by plucked her fruit?

13 The boar out of the forest ravages it, And the wild beast of the field devours it.

14 Return, we beg You, O Elohim of hosts; Look down from heaven, and see, And visit this vine,

15 And the stock which Your right hand has planted, And the Son whom You made strong for Yourself.

16 It is burned with fire, it is cut down; They perish at the rebuke of Your face.

17 Let Your hand be upon the One at Your right hand, Upon the Son of Aḏam whom You made strong for Yourself,

18 And we shall not backslide from You. Revive us, and let us call upon Your Name.

19 Turn us back, O יהוה Elohim of hosts, And cause Your face to shine, That we might be saved!

Sirach 19 (RH CHARLES)

19| 1 A LABOURING man that is given to drunkenness shall not be rich: and he that contemns small things shall fall by little and little.

2 ‘Wine and women will make men of understanding to fall away: and he that cleaves to harlots will become impudent.

3 ‘Moths and worms shall have him to heritage, and a bold man shall be taken away.

4 ‘He that is hasty to give credit is lightminded; and he that sins shall offend against his own soul.

5 ‘Whoso takes pleasure in wickedness shall be condemned: but he that resists pleasures crowns his life.

6 ‘He that can rule his tongue shall live without strife; and he that hates babbling shall have less evil.

7 ‘Rehearse not unto another that which is told unto you, and you shall fare never the worse.

8 ‘Whether it be to friend or foe, talk not of other men’s lives; and if you can without offence, reveal them not.

9 ‘For he heard and observed you, and when time comes he will hate you.

10 ‘If you have heard a word, let it die with you; and be bold, it will not burst you.

11 ‘A fool travails with a word, as a woman in labour of a child.

12 ‘As an arrow that sticks in a man’s thigh, so is a word within a fool’s belly.

13 ‘Admonish a friend, it may be he has not done it: and if he have done it, that he do it no more.

14 ‘Admonish your friend, it may be he has not said it: and if he have, that he speak it not again.

15 ‘Admonish a friend: for many times it is a slander, and believe not every tale.

16 ‘There is one that slips in his speech, but not from his heart; and who is he that has not offended with his tongue?

17 ‘Admonish your neighbour before you threaten him; and not being angry, give place to the Torah of EL ELYON.

18 ‘The fear of YAHUAH is the first step to be accepted of him, and wisdom obtains his love.

19 ‘The knowledge of the commandments of YAHUAH is the doctrine of life: and they that do things that please him shall receive the fruit of the tree of immortality.

20 ‘The fear of YAHUAH is all wisdom; and in all wisdom is the performance of the Torah, and the knowledge of his omnipotency.

21 ‘If a servant say to his master, I will not do as it pleases you; though afterward he do it, he angers him that nourishes him.

22 ‘The knowledge of wickedness is not wisdom, neither at any time the counsel of sinners prudence.

23 ‘There is a wickedness, and the same an abomination; and there is a fool wanting in wisdom.

24 ‘He that has small understanding, and fears ELOHIYM, is better than one that has much wisdom, and transgresses the Torah of EL ELYON.

25 ‘There is an exquisite subtilty, and the same is unjust; and there is one that turns aside to make judgment appear; and there is a wise man that justifies in judgment.

26 ‘There is a wicked man that hangs down his head sadly; but inwardly he is full of deceit,

27 ‘Casting down his countenance, and making as if he heard not: where he is not known, he will do you a mischief before you be aware.

28 ‘And if for want of power he be hindered from sinning, yet when he finds opportunity he will do evil.

29 ‘A man may be known by his look, and one that has understanding by his countenance, when you meet him.

30 ‘A man’s attire, and excessive laughter, and gait, show what he is.

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