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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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