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Weekly Scripture Reading

Prophets: ISAIAH 66
Historical Writings: 1 SAMUEL 18-19
New Testament: 1 PETER 3-5
Wisdom Writings: JOB 34
Non-Canonical: 2 BARUK 35-41

The following translation is from The Scriptures | ISR98


4 |1 “And now, O Yisra’ĕl, listen to the laws and the right-rulings which I am teaching you to do, so that you live, and shall go in and possess the land which יהוה Elohim of your fathers is giving you.

2 “Do not add to the Word which I command you, and do not take away from ita, so as to guard the commands of יהוה your Elohim which I am commanding you.

3 “Your eyes have seen what יהוה did at Ba‛al Pe‛or, for יהוה your Elohim has destroyed from your midst all the men who followed Ba‛al Pe‛or.

4 “But you who are clinging to יהוה your Elohim are alive today, every one of you.

5 “See, I have taught you laws and right-rulings, as יהוה my Elohim commanded me, to do thus in the land which you go to possess.

6 “And you shall guard and do them, for this is your wisdom and your understanding before the eyes of the peoples who hear all these laws, and they shall say, ‘Only a wise and understanding people is this great nation!’

7 “For what great nation is there which has Elohim so near to it, as יהוה our Elohim is to us, whenever we call on Him?

8 “And what great nation is there that has such laws and righteous right-rulings like all this Torah which I set before you this day?

9 “Only, guard yourself, and guard your life diligently, lest you forget the Words your eyes have seen, and lest they turn aside from your heart all the days of your life. And you shall make them known to your children and your grandchildren.

10 “The day when you stood before יהוה your Elohim in Ḥorĕḇ, יהוה said to me, ‘Assemble the people to Me and I make them hear My Words, so that they learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth and teach them to their children.’

11 “And you came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, and the mountain burned with fire to the heart of the heavens – darkness, cloud, and thick darkness.

12 “And יהוה spoke to you out of the midst of the fire. You heard a voice of words, but saw no form, you only heard a voice.

13 “And He made known to you His covenant which He commanded you to do, the Ten Words, and He wrote them on two tablets of stone.

14 “And יהוה commanded me at that time to teach you laws and right-rulings, for you to do them in the land which you pass over to possess.

15 “Therefore, diligently guard yourselves, for you saw no form when יהוה spoke to you at Ḥorĕḇ out of the midst of the fire,

16 lest you should do corruptly and shall make for yourselves a carved image in the form of any figure – the likeness of male or female,

17 the likeness of any beast that is on the earth or the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the heavens,

18 the likeness of any creature that creeps on the ground or the likeness of any fish that is in the water under the earth;

19 and lest you lift up your eyes to the heavens, and shall see the sun, and the moon, and the stars – all the host of the heavens – and you be drawn away into bowing down to them and serving them, which יהוה your Elohim has allotted to all the peoples under all the heavens.

20 “But יהוה has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, out of Mitsrayim, to be His people, an inheritance, as it is today.

21 “And יהוה was enraged with me because of your words, and swore that I would not pass over the Yardĕn, and that I would not enter the good land which יהוה your Elohim is giving you as an inheritance.

22 “For I am to die in this land, I am not passing over the Yardĕn, but you are passing over, and shall possess that good land.

23 “Guard yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of יהוה your Elohim which He made with you, and shall make for yourselves a carved image in the form of whatever יהוה your Elohim has forbidden you.

24 “For יהוה your Elohim is a consuming fire, a jealous Ěl.

25 “When you bring forth children and grandchildren, and shall grow old in the land, and shall do corruptly and make a carved image in the form of whatever, and shall do what is evil in the eyes of יהוה your Elohim to provoke Him,

26 “I shall call the heavens and earth to witness against you on that day, that you soon completely perish from the land which you pass over the Yardĕn to possess – you do not prolong your days in it but are completely destroyed.

27 “And יהוה shall scatter you among the peoples, and you shall be left few in number among the gentiles where יהוה drives you.

28 “And there you shall serve mighty ones, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell.

29 “But from there you shall seek יהוה your Elohim, and shall find, when you search for Him with all your hearta and with all your being.

30 “In your distress, when all these words shall come upon you in the latter days, then you shall return to יהוה your Elohim and shall obey His voice.

31 “For יהוה your Elohim is a compassionate Ěl, He does not forsake you, nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.

32 “For ask now of the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that Elohim created man on the earth, and ask from one end of the heavens to the other end of the heavens, whether there has been a Word as great as this, or has been heard like it.

33 “Has a people heard the voice of Elohim speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard, and live?

34 “Or has Elohim tried to go and take for Himself a nation from the midst of a nation by trials, and by signs, and by wonders, and by battle, and by a strong hand and an outstretched arm, and by great fearsome deeds, according to all that יהוה your Elohim did for you in Mitsrayim before your eyes?

35 “You have been shown it, to know that יהוה Himself is Elohim; there is no one beside Him.

36 “From the heavens He let you hear His voice, to instruct you, and on earth He showed you His great fire, and you heard His words out of the midst of the fire.

37 “And because He loved your fathers, therefore He chose their seed after them, and brought you out of Mitsrayim with His Presence, with His great power,

38 to drive out from before you nations greater and stronger than you, to bring you in, to give you their land as an inheritance, as it is today.

39 “And you shall know today, and shall recall to your heart that יהוה Himself is Elohim in the heavens above and on the earth beneath; there is none else.

40 “And you shall guard His laws and His commands which I command you today, so that it is well with you and with your children after you, and so that you prolong your days on the soil which יהוה your Elohim is giving you for all time.”

41 Then Mosheh separated three cities beyond the Yardĕn, toward the rising of the sun,

42 for him who killed someone to flee there, he who kills his neighbour unintentionally, without having hated him in time past, and might flee to one of these cities and live:

43 Betser in the wilderness in the level land for the Re’uḇĕnites, and Ramoth in Gil‛aḏ for the Gaḏites, and Golan in Bashan for the Menashshites.

44 And this is the Torah which Mosheh set before the children of Yisra’ĕl.

45 These are the witnesses, and the laws, and the right-rulings which Mosheh spoke to the children of Yisra’ĕl after they came out of Mitsrayim,

46 beyond the Yardĕn, in the valley opposite Bĕyth Pe‛or, in the land of Siḥon sovereign of the Amorites, who dwelt at Ḥeshbon, whom Mosheh and the children of Yisra’ĕl had smitten after they came out of Mitsrayim.

47 And they took possession of his land and the land of Og̅ sovereign of Bashan, two sovereigns of the Amorites, who were beyond the Yardĕn, toward the rising of the sun,

48 from Aro‛ĕr, which is on the bank of the wadi Arnon, even to Mount Siyon, which is Ḥermon,

49 and all the desert plain beyond the Yardĕn as far as the Sea of the Araḇah, below the slopes of Pisgah.

5 |1 And Mosheh called all Yisra’ĕl, and said to them, “Hear, O Yisra’ĕl, the laws and right-rulings which I speak in your hearing today. And you shall learn them, and guard to do them.

2 “יהוה our Elohim made a covenant with us in Ḥorĕḇ.

3 “יהוה did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, those who are here today, all of us who are alive.

4 “יהוה spoke with you face to face on the mountain from the midst of the fire.

5 “I stood between יהוה and you at that time, to declare to you the Word of יהוה – for you were afraid because of the fire, and you did not go up the mountain – saying:

6 ‘I am יהוה your Elohim who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim, out of the house of bondage.

7 ‘You have no other mighty ones against My face.

8 ‘You do not make for yourself a carved image, any likeness of which is in the heavens above, or which is in the earth beneath, or which is in the waters under the earth,

9 you do not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, יהוה your Elohim, am a jealous Ěl, visiting the crookedness of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,

10 but showing kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and guard My commands.

11 ‘You do not bring a the Name of יהוה your Elohim to naught, for יהוה does not leave him unpunished who brings His Name to naught.

12 ‘Guard the Sabbath day, to set it apart, as יהוה your Elohim commanded you.

13 ‘Six days you labour, and shall do all your work,

14 but the seventh day is a Sabbath of יהוה your Elohim. You do not do any work – you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates, so that your male servant and your female servant rest as you do.

15 ‘And you shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Mitsrayim, and that יהוה your Elohim brought you out from there by a strong hand and by an outstretched arm. Therefore יהוה your Elohim commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.

16 ‘Respect your father and your mother, as יהוה your Elohim has commanded you, so that your days are prolonged, and so that it is well with you on the soil which יהוה your Elohim is giving you.

17 ‘You do not murder.

18 ‘You do not commit adultery.

19 ‘You do not steal.

20 ‘You do not bear false witness against your neighbour.

21 ‘You do not covet your neighbour’s wife, nor do you desire your neighbour’s house, his field, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, his ox, nor his donkey, or whatever belongs to your neighbour.’

22 “These Words יהוה spoke to all your assembly, in the mountain from the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a loud voice, and He added no more. And He wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me.

23 “And it came to be, when you heard the voice from the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, that you came near to me, all the heads of your tribes and your elders,

24 and said, ‘See, יהוה our Elohim has shown us His esteem and His greatness, and we have heard His voice from the midst of the fire. Today we have seen that Elohim speaks with man – and he lives!

25 ‘And now why should we die? For this great fire is consuming us. If we hear the voice of יהוה our Elohim any more, then we shall die.

26‘For who is there of all flesh who has heard the voice of the living Elohim speaking from the midst of the fire, as we have, and does live?

27 ‘You go near and hear all that יהוה our Elohim says, and speak to us all that יהוה our Elohim says to you, and we shall hear and do it.’

28 “And יהוה heard the voice of your words when you spoke to me, and יהוה said to me, ‘I have heard the voice of the words of this people which they have spoken to you. They have done well in all that they have spoken.

29 ‘Oh, that they had such a heart in them, to fear Me and to guard all My commands always, so that it might be well with them and with their children forever!

30 ‘Go, say to them, “Return to your tents.”

31 ‘But you, stand here by Me, and let Me speak to you all the commands, and the laws, and the right-rulings which you are to teach them. And they shall do them in the land which I am giving them to possess.’

32 “And you shall guard to do as יהוה your Elohim has commanded you – do not turn aside, to the right or to the left.

33 “Walk in all the way which יהוה your Elohim has commanded you, so that you live and it be well with you. And you shall prolong your days in the land which you possess.

6 | 1 “And this is the command, the laws and right-rulings which יהוה your Elohim has commanded, to teach you to do in the land which you are passing over to possess,

2 so that you fear יהוה your Elohim, to guard all His laws and His commands which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days be prolonged.

3 “And you shall hear, O Yisra’ĕl, and shall guard to do, that it might be well with you, and that you increase greatly as יהוה Elohim of your fathers has spoken to you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.

4 “Hear, O Yisra’ĕl: יהוה our Elohim, יהוה is one!

5 “And you shall love יהוה your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your might.

6 “And these Words which I am commanding you today shall be in your heart,

7 and you shall impress them upon your children, and shall speak of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up,

8 and shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.

9 “And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

10 “And it shall be, when יהוה your Elohim brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Aḇraham, to Yitsḥaq, and to Ya‛aqoḇ, to give you great and good cities which you did not build,

11 and houses filled with all kinds of goods, which you did not fill, and wells dug which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant, and you shall eat and be satisfied –

12 be on guard, lest you forget יהוה who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim, from the house of bondage.

13 “Fear יהוה your Elohim and serve Him, and swear by His Name.

14 “Do not go after other mighty ones, the mighty ones of the peoples who are all around you,

15 for יהוה your Elohim is a jealous Ěl in your midst, lest the displeasure of יהוה your Elohim burn against you, then He shall destroy you from the face of the earth.

16 “Do not try יהוה your Elohim as you tried Him in Massah.

17 “Diligently guard the commands of יהוה your Elohim, and His witnesses, and His laws which He has commanded you.

18 “And you shall do what is right and good in the eyes of יהוה, that it might be well with you, and you shall go in and possess the good land of which יהוה swore to your fathers,

19 to drive out all your enemies from before you, as יהוה has spoken.

20 “When your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is the meaning of the witnesses, and the laws, and the right-rulings which יהוה our Elohim has commanded you?’

21 then you shall say to your son, ‘We were slaves of Pharaoh in Mitsrayim, and יהוה brought us out of Mitsrayim with a strong hand,

22 and יהוה sent signs and wonders, great and grievous, upon Mitsrayim, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes.

23 ‘And He brought us out from there, to bring us in, to give us the land of which He swore to our fathers.

24 ‘And יהוה commanded us to do all these laws, to fear יהוה our Elohim, for our good always, to keep us alive, as it is today.

25 ‘And it is righteousness for us when we guard to do all this command before יהוה our Elohim, as He has commanded us.’

Isaiah 66

66 | 1 Thus said יהוה, “The heavens are My throne, and the earth is My footstool. Where is this house that you build for Me? And where is this place of My rest?

2 “And all these My hand have made, and all these that exist,” declares יהוה. “Yet to such a one I look: on him who is poor and bruised of spirit, and who trembles at My Word.

3 “But whoever slaughters the bull slays a man; whoever slaughters the lamb breaks a dog’s neck; whoever brings a grain offering – pig’s blood; whoever burns incense blesses an idol. Indeed, they have chosen their own ways, and their being delights in their abominations.

4 “I shall also choose their punishments, and bring their fears on them. Because I called, but no one answered. I spoke and they did not hear, and they did evil before My eyes, and chose what was displeasing to Me.”

5 Hear the Word of יהוה, you who tremble at His Word, “Your brothers who hate you, who cast you out for My Name’s sake, said, ‘Let יהוה be esteemed, so that we see your joy.’ But they are put to shame.”

6 “A roaring sound from the city, a voice from the Hĕḵal, the voice of יהוה, repaying His enemies!

7 “Before she laboured, she gave birth; before a pain came to her, she was delivered of a male child.

8 “Who has heard the like of this? Who has seen the like of these? Is a land brought forth in one day? Is a nation born at once? For as soon as Tsiyon laboured, she gave birth to her children.

9 “Shall I bring to birth, and not give delivery?” says יהוה. “Shall I who give delivery restrain birth?” said your Elohim.

10 “Rejoice with Yerushalayim, and be glad with her, all you who love her; rejoice greatly with her, all you who mourn for her;

11 so that you feed, and shall be satisfied with the breast of her comforts, so that you drink deeply, and shall delight yourselves in her overflowing esteem.”

12 For thus said יהוה, “See, I am extending peace to her like a river, and the esteem of the gentiles like a flowing stream. And you shall feed; you shall be carried on the side, and be fondled on her knees.

13 “As one whom his mother comforts, so I comfort you. And in Yerushalayim you are comforted.”

14 “And you shall see, and your heart shall rejoice, and your bones flourish as tender grass. And the hand of יהוה shall be known to His servants, and His displeasure to His enemies.

15 “For look, יהוה comes with fire and with His chariots, like a whirlwind, to render His displeasure with burning, and His rebuke with flames of fire.

16 “For by fire and by His sword יהוה shall judge all flesh, and the slain of יהוה shall be many –

17 those who set themselves apart and cleanse themselves at the gardens after ‘One’ in the midst, eating flesh of pigsa and the abomination and the mouse, are snatched away, together,” declares יהוה.

18 “And I, because of their works and their imaginations, am coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My esteem.

19 “And I shall set a sign among them, and shall send some of those who escape to the nations – Tarshish and Pul and Luḏ, who draw the bow, and Tuḇal and Yawan, the coastlands afar off who have not heard My report nor seen My esteem. And they shall declare My esteem among the gentiles.

20 “And they shall bring all your brothers as an offering to יהוה out of all the gentiles, on horses and in chariots and in litters, on mules and on camels, to My set-apart mountain Yerushalayim,” declares יהוה, “as the children of Yisra’ĕl bring an offering in a clean vessel into the House of יהוה.

21 “And from them too I shall take for priests – for Lĕwites,” declares יהוה.

22 “For as the new heavens and the new earth that I make stand before Me,” declares יהוה, “so your seed and your name shall stand.

23 “And it shall be that from New Moon to New Moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before Me,” declares יהוה.

24 “And they shall go forth and look upon the corpses of the men who have transgressed against Mea. For their worm shall not die, and their fire not be quenched. And they shall be repulsive to all flesh!”

1 Samuel 18-19

18 |1 And it came to be, when he had ended speaking to Sha’ul, that the being of Yehonathan was knit to the being of Dawiḏ, and Yehonathan loved him as his own being.

2 And Sha’ul took him that day, and would not let him return to his father’s house any more.

3 And Yehonathan and Dawiḏ made a covenant, because he loved him as his own being.

4 And Yehonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to Dawiḏ, and his garments, even to his sword and his bow and his girdle.

5 And Dawiḏ went out wherever Sha’ul sent him. He acted wisely, and Sha’ul set him over the men of battle, and it was right in the eyes of all the people and also in the eyes of Sha’ul’s servants.

6 And it came to be, as they came in, as Dawiḏ was returning from smiting the Philistine, that the women came out from all the cities of Yisra’ĕl, singing and dancing, to meet Sha’ul the sovereign with tambourines, with joy, and with musical instruments.

7 And the women sang as they danced, and said, “Sha’ul smote his thousands, and Dawiḏ his ten thousands.”

8 And Sha’ul was very wroth, and this matter was evil in his eyes, and he said, “To Dawiḏ they have given ten thousands, and to me they have given thousands. So what more for him, except the reign?”

9 And from that day on Sha’ul eyed Dawiḏ.

10 And it came to be on the next day that an evil spirit from Elohim came upon Sha’ul, and he prophesied inside the house, while Dawiḏ was playing the lyre with his hand, as usual. And the spear was in the hand of Sha’ul.

11 Then Sha’ul hurled the spear, for he said, “Let me smite Dawiḏ, even to the wall.” But twice Dawiḏ withdrew from his presence.

12 And Sha’ul was afraid of Dawiḏ, because יהוה was with him, but from Sha’ul He had turned away.

13 Sha’ul therefore removed him from his presence, and made him his commander over a thousand. And he went out and came in before the people.

14 And Dawiḏ was acting wisely in all his ways, and יהוה was with him.

15 And Sha’ul saw that he was acting very wisely, and was afraid of him.

16 But all Yisra’ĕl and Yehuḏah loved Dawiḏ, as he went out and came in before them.

17 And Sha’ul said to Dawiḏ, “See my older daughter Mĕraḇ! I give her to you as a wife. Only be brave for me, and fight the battles of יהוה.” For Sha’ul thought, “Let not my hand be against him, but let the hand of the Philistines be against him.”

18 And Dawiḏ said to Sha’ul, “Who am I, and what is my life or my father’s clan in Yisra’ĕl, that I should be son-in-law to the sovereign?”

19 And it came to be at the time when Mĕraḇ, Sha’ul’s daughter, should have been given to Dawiḏ, that she was given to Aḏri’ĕl the Meḥolathite as a wife.

20 And Miḵal, Sha’ul’s daughter, loved Dawiḏ. And they told Sha’ul, and the matter was right in his eyes.

21 And Sha’ul said, “Let me give her to him and let her be a snare to him, and the hand of the Philistines be against him.” So Sha’ul said to Dawiḏ a second time, “Become my son-in-law today.”

22 And Sha’ul commanded his servants, “Speak to Dawiḏ gently, and say, ‘See, the sovereign has delighted in you, and all his servants have loved you. And now, be the sovereign’s son-in-law!’ ”

23 And the servants of Sha’ul spoke those words in the hearing of Dawiḏ. And Dawiḏ said, “Does it seem to you a small matter to be a sovereign’s son-in-law, seeing I am a poor man, and lightly esteemed?”

24 And the servants of Sha’ul told him, saying, “Dawiḏ has spoken according to these words.”

25 And Sha’ul said, “Say to Dawiḏ, ‘The sovereign has no delight in any payment for the bride but one hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to take vengeance on the sovereign’s enemies.’ ” But Sha’ul intended to have Dawiḏ fall by the hand of the Philistines.

26 And his servants declared these words to Dawiḏ, and it pleased Dawiḏ well to become the sovereign’s son-in-law. And the days had not expired,

27 and Dawiḏ arose and went, he and his men, and smote two hundred men of the Philistines. And Dawiḏ brought their foreskins, and they set them before the sovereign, to become the sovereign’s son-in-law. And Sha’ul gave him Miḵal his daughter as a wife.

28 And Sha’ul saw and knew that יהוה was with Dawiḏ, and Miḵal daughter of Sha’ul did love him.

29 So then Sha’ul was still more afraid of Dawiḏ. And Sha’ul came to be an enemy of Dawiḏ all the days.

30 And the princes of the Philistines went out to fight. And it came to be, whenever they went out, that Dawiḏ acted more wisely than all the servants of Sha’ul, so that his name came to be very precious.

19 | 1 And Sha’ul spoke to Yonathan his son and to all his servants, to put Dawiḏ to death. But Yehonathan, Sha’ul’s son, delighted much in Dawiḏ,

2 and Yehonathan declared to Dawiḏ, saying, “My father Sha’ul seeks to put you to death. And now, please be on your guard until morning, and dwell in secrecy, and hide.

3 “And I myself shall go out and stand beside my father in the field where you are, and speak with my father about you, and shall see, and shall let you know.”

4 And Yehonathan spoke well of Dawiḏ to Sha’ul his father, and said to him, “Let not the sovereign sin against his servant, against Dawiḏ, because he has not sinned against you, and because his works have been very good toward you.

5 “For he took his life in his hands and smote the Philistine, and יהוה wrought a great deliverance for all Yisra’ĕl. You saw it and rejoiced. Why then do you sin against innocent blood, to put Dawiḏ to death without cause?”

6 And Sha’ul listened to the voice of Yehonathan, and Sha’ul swore, “As יהוה lives, he does not die.”

7 Yehonathan then called Dawiḏ, and Yehonathan told him all these words. So Yehonathan brought Dawiḏ to Sha’ul, and he was in his presence as before.

8 And there was fighting again, and Dawiḏ went out and fought with the Philistines, and smote them, a great smiting, and they fled before him.

9 And an evil spirit from יהוה came upon Sha’ul as he sat in his house with his spear in his hand. And Dawiḏ was playing the lyre with his hand,

10 and Sha’ul sought to smite the spear through Dawiḏ, and into the wall, but he slipped away from the presence of Sha’ul, so he smote the spear into the wall. And Dawiḏ fled and escaped that night.

11 And Sha’ul sent messengers to Dawiḏ’s house to watch him and to put him to death in the morning. And Miḵal, Dawiḏ’s wife, informed him, saying, “If you do not save your life tonight, tomorrow you are put to death.”

12 So Miḵal let Dawiḏ down through a window, and he went and fled and escaped.

13 And Miḵal took the household idol and laid it in the bed, and put a cover of goats’ hair for his head, and covered it with a garment.

14 And when Sha’ul sent messengers to take Dawiḏ, she said, “He is sick.”

15 And Sha’ul sent the messengers back to see Dawiḏ, saying, “Bring him up to me in the bed to put him to death.”

16 And the messengers came in and saw the household idol in the bed, with a cover of goats’ hair for his head.

17 Sha’ul then said to Miḵal, “Why have you deceived me like this, and sent my enemy away, so that he escaped?” And Miḵal answered Sha’ul, “He said to me, ‘Let me go, why should I put you to death?’ ”

18 Now Dawiḏ fled and escaped, and went to Shemu’ĕl at Ramah, and told him all that Sha’ul had done to him. And he and Shemu’ĕl went and dwelt in Nawith.

19 And it was reported to Sha’ul, saying, “See, Dawiḏ is in Nawith in Ramah!”

20 And Sha’ul sent messengers to take Dawiḏ. And they saw the assembly of the prophets prophesying, and Shemu’ĕl standing as leader over them, and the Spirit of Elohim came upon the messengers of Sha’ul, and they also prophesied.

21 And when Sha’ul was told, he sent other messengers, and they prophesied likewise. So Sha’ul sent messengers again, the third time, and they prophesied also.

22 Then he himself went to Ramah, and came to the great well that is at Seḵu. And he asked, and said, “Where are Shemu’ĕl and Dawiḏ?” And one said, “There in Nawith in Ramah.”

23 So he went there to Nawith in Ramah. And the Spirit of Elohim was upon him too, and he went on and prophesied until he came to Nawith in Ramah.

24 And he also stripped off his garments and prophesied before Shemu’ĕl, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Therefore they say, “Is Sha’ul also among the prophets?”

1 PETER 3-5

3 | 1 In the same way, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that if any are disobedient to the Word, they, without a word, might be won by the behaviour of their wives,

2 having seen your blameless behaviour in fear.

3 Your adornment should not be outward – arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on dresses –

4 but the hidden Man of the heart, with the incorruptible ornament of a meek and peaceable spirit, which is of great value before Elohim.

5 For in this way, in former times, the set-apart women who trusted in Elohim also adorned themselves, being subject to their own husbands,

6 as Sarah obeyed Aḇraham, calling him master, of whom you became children, doing good, and not frightened by any fear.

7 In the same way, husbands, live understandingly together, giving respect to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the favour of life, so that your prayers are not hindered.

8 To sum up, let all of you be like-minded, sympathetic, loving as brothers, tenderhearted, humble-minded,

9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, in order to inherit a blessing.

10 For “He who wishes to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit,

11 let him turn away from evil and do good, let him seek peace and pursue it.

12 “Because the eyes of יהוה are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayers, but the face of יהוה is against those who do evil.”a

13 And who is the one doing evil to you, if you become imitators of the good?

14 But even if you suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed.a “And do not fear their threats, neither be troubled.”

15 But set apart יהוה Elohim in your hearts, and always be ready to give an answer to everyone asking you a reason concerning the expectation that is in you, with meekness and fear,

16 having a good conscience, so that when they speak against you as doers of evil, those who falsely accuse your good behaviour in Messiah, shall be ashamed.

17 For it is better, if it is the desire of Elohim, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

18 Because even Messiah once suffered for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to Elohim,a having been put to death indeed in flesh but made alive in the Spirit,

19 in which also He went and proclaimed unto the spirits in prison,

20 who were disobedient at one time when the patience of Elohim waited in the days of Noaḥ, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight beings, were saved through water,

21 which figure now also saves us: immersion – not a putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward Elohim – through the resurrection of יהושע Messiah,

22 who, having gone into heaven, is at the right hand of Elohim, messengers and authorities and powers having been subjected to Him.

4 |1 Therefore, since Messiah suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,a

2 so that he no longer lives the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but according to the desire of Elohim.

3 For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the desire of the gentiles, having walked in indecencies, lusts, drunkenness, orgies, wild parties, and abominable idolatries,

4 in which they are surprised that you do not run with them in the same flood of loose behaviour, blaspheming,

5 who shall give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.

6 For this reason the Good News was also brought to those who are dead, so that, whereas they are judged according to men in the flesh, they might live according to Elohim in the spirit.

7 But the end of all has drawn near. Therefore be sober-minded, and be attentive in the prayers.

8 And above all have fervent love for one another, because love covers a great number of sins.

9 Welcome one another without grumbling.

10 As each one has received a gift, serve one another, as good trustees of the manifold favour of Elohim.

11 If anyone speaks, let it be as the Words of Elohim. If anyone serves, let it be as with the strength which Elohim provides, so that Elohim might be praised in it all through יהושע Messiah, to whom belong the esteem and the rule forever and ever. Amĕn.

12 Beloved ones, do not be surprised at the fiery trial that is coming upon you, to try you, as though some unusual matter has befallen you,

13 but as you share Messiah’s sufferings,a rejoice, in order that you might rejoice exultingly at the revelation of His esteem.

14 If you are reproached for the Name of Messiah, you are blessed, because the Spirit of esteem and of Elohim rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is praised.

15 For do not let any of you suffer as a murderer, or thief, or doer of evil, or as a meddler.

16 But if one suffers being Messianic, let him not be ashamed, but let him esteem Elohim in this matter.

17 Because it is time for judgment to begin from the House of Elohim. And if firstly from us, what is the end of those who do not obey the Good News of Elohim?

18 And if the righteous one is scarcely saved, where shall the wicked and the sinner appear?

19 So then, those who suffer according to the desire of Elohim should commit their lives to a trustworthy Creator, in doing good.

5 |1 Therefore, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Messiah, and also a sharer of the esteem that is to be revealed, I appeal to the elders among you:

2 Shepherd the flock of Elohim which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but voluntarily, not out of greed for filthy gain, but eagerly,

3 neither as being masters over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.

4 And when the Chief Shepherda appears, you shall receive the never-fading crown of esteem.

5 In the same way, you younger ones, be subject to elders. And gird yourselves with humility toward one another, for “Elohim resists the proud, but gives favour to the humble.”

6 Humble yourselves, then, under the mighty hand of Elohim, so that He exalts you in due time,

7 casting all your worry upon Him, for He is concerned about you.

8 Be sober, watch, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

9 Resist him, firm in the belief, knowing that the same hardships are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

10 And the Elohim of all favour, who called you to His everlasting esteem by Messiah יהושע, after you have suffered a while, Himself perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

11 To Him be the esteem and the might forever and ever. Amĕn.

12 Through Sila the trustworthy brother, as I reckon, I have written to you briefly, encouraging and witnessing that this is the true favour of Elohim. In this stand fast.

13 She who is in Baḇel, chosen together with you, greets you, also my son, Mark.

14 Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Messiah יהושע. Amĕn.

Job 34

34 | 1 Then Elihu responded and said,

2 “Hear my words, you wise men; give ear to me, you who have knowledge.

3 For the ear tries words as the palate tastes food.

4 Let us choose what is right for us; let us know among us what is good.

5 For Iyoḇ has said, ‘I am righteous, but Ěl has taken away my right.

6 Would I lie concerning my right? My wound is incurable – without transgression.’

7 What man is like Iyoḇ, who drinks mocking like water,

8 who goes in company with the workers of wickedness, and walks with men of wrongness?

9 For he has said, ‘It does not profit a man that he takes delight in Elohim.’

10 Therefore, listen to me, you men of heart: far be it from Ěl to do wrong, and from the Almighty to commit unrighteousness.

11 For He repays man’s work to him, and makes man to find a reward according to his path.

12 The truth is, Ěl does not do wrong, and the Almighty does not twist right-ruling.

13 Who has assigned to Him the earth? And who has laid out all the world?

14 If He sets His heart on him, should He gather to Himself his spirit and his breath,

15 all flesh would expire together and man return to dust.

16 If you have understanding, hear this! Give ear to the sound of my words:

17 Should the one who hates right-ruling govern? Or would you declare a most righteous one wrong?

18 Who shall say to a sovereign: ‘Beliya‛al,’ to nobles: ‘Wrong one’? –

19 who is not partial to princes, nor regards the rich more than the poor? For they are all the work of His hands.

20 In a moment they die, in the middle of the night; the people are shaken and pass away; and the mighty are taken away without a hand.

21 For His eyes are on the ways of man, and He sees all his steps.

22 There is no darkness nor shadow of death where the workers of wickedness hide themselves.

23 For He sets a man no stated time to appear before Ěl in right-ruling.

24 He breaks in pieces the mighty, without inquiry, and puts others in their place.

25 Truly, He knows their works, and He shall overthrow in the night, and they are crushed.

26 As wrong ones He slaps them in the presence of onlookers,

27 because they turned from following Him, and they regarded not all His ways,

28 so as to cause the cry of the poor to come to Him; for He hears the cry of the afflicted.

29 And when He is silent, who would then condemn? And when He hides His face, who then sees Him, whether it is against a nation or a man alone?

30 So that a defiled one should not reign, lest the people be ensnared.

31 For has anyone said to Ěl, ‘I have taken away, I do not act corruptly.

32 ‘Teach me what I do not see. If I have done unrighteousness, I shall not do so again’?

33 Should He repay you because you have refused? For you choose, and not I, therefore speak what you know.

34 Let men of heart say to me, and a wise man who listens to me:

35 ‘Iyoḇ does not speak with knowledge, and his words are without wisdom.’

36 Would that Iyoḇ be tried to the end, since his answers are like those of wicked men!

37 For he adds rebellion to his sin – he claps his hands among us, and multiplies his words against Ěl.”

2 Baruk 35-41

35 | 1 AND I, Baruk, went to the holy place, and sat down upon the ruins and wept and said:

2 O that my eyes were springs, and my eyelids a fount of tears.

3 For how shall I lament for Tsiyon, and how shall I mourn for Yerushalayim?

4 Because in that place where I am now prostrate, of old the high priest offered holy sacrifices, And placed thereon an incense of fragrant odours.

5 But now our glorying has been made into dust, and the desire of our soul into sand.

36 | 1 AND when I had said these things I fell asleep there, and I saw a vision in the night.

2 And lo! a forest of trees planted on the plain, and lofty and rugged rocky mountains surrounded it, and that forest occupied much space.

3 And lo! over against it arose a vine, and from under it there went forth a fountain peacefully.

4 Now that fountain came to the forest and was stirred into great waves, and those waves submerged that forest, and suddenly they rooted out the greater part of that forest, and overthrew all the mountains which were round about it.

5 And the height of the forest began to be made low, and the top of the mountains was made low and that fountain prevailed greatly, so that it left nothing of that great forest save one cedar only.

6 Also when it had cast it down and had destroyed and rooted out the greater part of that forest, so that nothing was left of it, nor could its place be recognized, then that vine began to come with the fountain in peace and great tranquility, and it came to a place which was not far from that cedar, and they brought the cedar which had been cast down to it.

7 And I beheld and lo! that vine opened its mouth and spoke and said to that cedar: Are you not that cedar which was left of the forest of wickedness, and by whose means wickedness persisted, and was wrought all those years, and goodness never?

8 And you did keep conquering that which was not yours, and to that which was yours you did never show compassion, and you did keep extending your power over those who were far from you, and those who drew nigh you, you did hold fast in the toils of your wickedness, and you did uplift yourself always as one that could not be rooted out!

9 But now your time has sped and your hour is come.

10 Do also therefore depart O cedar, after the forest. which departed before you, and become dust with it.

11 And let your ashes be mingled together, and now recline in anguish and rest in torment till your last time come in which you will come again, and be tormented still more.

37 | 1 AND after these things I saw that cedar burning, and the vine growing, itself and all around it, and the plain full of unfading flowers. And I indeed awoke and arose.

38 | 1 AND I prayed and said: O YAHUAH, my ADONAI, you do always enlighten those who are led by understanding.

2 Your Torah is life, and your wisdom is right guidance.

3 Make known to me therefore the interpretation of this vision.

4 For you know that my soul has always walked in your Torah, and from my earliest days I departed not from your wisdom.

39 | 1 AND he answered and said unto me: Baruk, this is the interpretation of the vision which you have seen.

2 As you have seen the great forest which lofty and rugged mountains surrounded, this is the word.

3 Behold! the days come, and this kingdom will be destroyed which once destroyed Tsiyon, and it will be subjected to that which comes after it.

4 Moreover, that also again after a time will be destroyed, and another, a third, will arise, and that also will have dominion for its time, and will be destroyed.

5 And after these things a fourth kingdom will arise, whose power will be harsh and evil far beyond those which were before it, and it will rule many times as the forests on the plain, and it will hold fast for times, and will exalt itself more than the cedars of Lebanon.

6 And by it the Truth will be hidden, and all those who are polluted with iniquity will flee to it, as evil beasts flee and creep into the forest.

7 And it will come to pass when the time of its consummation that it should fall has approached, then the principate of my MASHIACH will be revealed, which is like the fountain and the vine, and when it is revealed it will root out the multitude of its host.

8 And as touching that which you have seen, the lofty cedar, which was left of that forest, and the fact, that the vine spoke those words with it which you did hear, this is the word.

40 | 1 The last leader of that time will be left alive, when the multitude of his hosts will be put to the sword, and he will be bound, and they will take him up to Mount Tsiyon, and MASHIACH will convict him of all his impieties, and will gather and set before him all the works of his hosts.

2 And afterwards he will put him to death, and protect the rest of my people which shall be found in the place which I have chosen.

3 And his principate will stand forever, until the world of corruption is at an end, and until the times aforesaid are fulfilled.

4 This is your vision, and this is its interpretation.

41 | 1 AND I answered and said: For whom and for how many shall these things be? or who will be worthy to live at that time?

2 For I will speak before you everything that I think, and I will ask of you regarding those things which I meditate.

3 For lo! I see many of your people who have withdrawn from your covenant, and cast from them the yoke of your Torah.

4 But others again I have seen who have forsaken their vanity, and fled for refuge beneath your wings.

5 What therefore will be to them? or how will the last time receive them?

6 Or perhaps the time of these will assuredly be weighed, and as the beam inclines will they be judged accordingly?

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