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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Week 18: The Grasshopper is Saying (Book 7)

 The Grasshopper is saying 


I lift my eyes up to the mountains, 

Where shall my help come from?

For our protectors turn to the Lord, 

And our king to the Holy One of Israel.


You shall look from the peak of Amanah, 

From the peak of Senir and Hermon, 

From the lions' dens, from mountains of leopards.

[Because of] his might, I wait for You, for G-d is my stronghold. 


The G-d of my kindness will anticipate my [need]; 

G-d will show me [the downfall] of my watchful foes. 

With the arm of Your greatness may they become as still as a stone, 

Until Your people cross over, O Lord,


He delivered me from my mighty enemy; 

From them that hated me; for they were too powerful for me. 

But You, Lord, You laugh at them; 

You mock all nations. 


You forgot the [Mighty] Rock Who bore you; 

You forgot the G-d Who delivered you. 

Out of Ephraim, whose root was against Amalek; 

After you (will be) Benjamin with your abaters;


You have captivated my heart, my sister, [my] bride; 

You have captivated my heart with one of your eyes, 

With one link of your necklaces.

And she said: May your bondswoman find favor in your eyes; 


You are all fair, my beloved, and there is no blemish in you.

With me from Lebanon, my bride, with me from Lebanon shall you come; 

And the woman went on her way and ate, 

And her face was not (sad) anymore.  

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Week 19: The Locust is Saying (Book 7)

The Locust is saying, 

At the sight of their accursed state and deterioration, [people] will recount. 
Consume them in wrath, consume them and they will be no more; 
And the Lord saw this and became angry, 
Provoked by His sons and daughters. 

Do not kill them, lest my nation forget; 
Drive them about with Your might and impoverish them, 
Until this nation that You have acquired crosses over. 
You shall bring them and plant them on the mount of Your heritage,

And they will know that G-d rules in Jacob, to the ends of the earth, Selah. 
And they arose early in the morning, and prostrated themselves before the Lord: 
And they returned and came to their house, to Ramah, 
I will praise Your Name; for You have done wondrous things; 


They confronted me on the day of my calamity;  
But the Lord was a support to me.
O our Shield, my Master, [for] the sin of their mouth, 
The word of their lips;  let them be trapped by their arrogance. 

Out of Machir came down officers, 
And out of Zebulun they that handle the pen of the scribe.
And Elkanah knew Hannah, his wife, and the Lord remembered her.    
Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.

Then You spoke in a vision to Your pious ones and said: 
How fair is your love, my sister, [my] bride; 
How much better is your love than wine, 
and the fragrance of your oils than all spices! 

I have granted aid to [David] the mighty one; 
Your lips drip flowing honey, O bride; 
Honey and milk are under your tongue, 
O G-d, You are my Lord; I will exalt You, 

I have exalted the one chosen from among the people.
And the fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon. 
A locked up garden is my sister, [my] bride; 
A locked up spring, a sealed fountain.

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