Weekly Cycle

Friday, July 12, 2013

The Gazelle, Elephant, Lion and Bear are saying (songs for past weeks that had been missed)

Week 36: The Gazelle is saying, 

His left hand would be under my head, 
And his right hand would embrace me.
And I shall sing of Your strength 
I shall rejoice of Your kindness in the morning

For You were a refuge to me, 
and a hiding place on the day of my oppression.
And You have given me the shield of Your salvation; 
And You have increased Your humility for me. 

He lifts the poor from the dust; 
From the dunghill, He raises the pauper, 
When the Lord will judge His people, 
And will reconsider His servants, 

To seat them with princes, 
And a seat of honor He causes them to inherit, 
When He sees that the power is increasing, 
And none is controlled or strengthened. 

And Moses said to them, 
Let no one leave over [any] of it until morning. 
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord's, 
And He placed the world upon them.

But [some] men did not obey Moses
And left over [some] of it until morning, 
I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem; 
Why should you awaken, 

And why should you arouse 
The love until it is desirous?
And it bred worms and became putrid, 
And Moses became angry with them.     

There your mother was in travail with you; 
There she that bore you was in travail."
She struck Sisera, pierced his head, 
And wounded and penetrated his temple.

Who is this coming up from the desert, 
Embracing her beloved? 
The covenant which He made with Abraham, 
And His oath to Isaac. 

Under the apple tree I aroused you; 
He established it for Jacob as a statute, 
For Israel as an everlasting Covenant, 
Stating, "To you I shall give the land of Canaan”

His seed will endure forever 
And his throne will be 
As the sun before Me
The portion of your inheritance

Week 37: The Elephant is saying, 

You have enlarged my step[s] beneath me 
And my ankles have not slipped
How great are your works, G-d 
Your thoughts are tremendously deep

Should a man give all the property 
Of his house for love
They would despise him
They gathered it morning by morning 

Each one according to his eating capacity 
And [when] the sun grew hot, it melted
Then He will say, "Where is their deity 
The rock in which they trusted?”

At her feet he sank, fell, lay; 
At her feet he sank (and) fell;
The feet of His pious ones He will guard, 
And the wicked shall be cut off in darkness 

For not by strength will man prevail.
For love is as strong as death, 
Zeal is as strong as the grave; 
Its coals are coals of fire of a great flame!

When they were few in number, hardly dwelling in it.
It came to pass on the sixth day that they gathered 
A double portion of bread, two omers for one, 
And all the princes of the community came and reported to Moses.

Many waters cannot quench the love, 
Nor can rivers flood it 
Like the moon, which is established forever, 
And it is a witness in the sky, eternally true. 

And they walked from nation to nation, 
From one kingdom to another people.
We have a little sister who has no breasts; 
What shall we do for our sister on the day she is spoken for?

Place me like a seal on your heart, 
Like a seal on your arm, 
He let no man oppress them, 
And He reproved kings on their account.

Week 38: The Lion is saying, 

He shall arouse zeal, He shall cry, 
Even roar, He shall prevail over His enemies.
I have pursued my enemies 
And have destroyed them; 

Those who strive with the Lord will be broken; 
Upon him will He thunder in Heaven; 
G-d shall go out as a mighty man, 
Never turning back until they were consumed. 

He called a famine upon the land; 
He broke every staff of bread.
Who ate the fat of their sacrifices 
And drank the wine of their libations? 

Through the window looked forth, 
The mother of Sisera [peered] through the window;
Let them arise and help you! 
Let them be your shelter! 

Where he sank, there he fell down dead.
The Lord will judge the ends of the earth. 
And He will grant strength to His King, 
And raise the horn of His anointed one.     

"Do not touch My anointed ones, 
And do not harm My prophets.”
But You abandoned and You rejected; 
You became wroth with Your anointed.   

He sent a man before them; 
Joseph was sold as a slave.
If she be a wall, 
We will build upon her a silver turret 

Solomon had a vineyard in Baal-Hamon 
He gave the vineyard to the keepers; 
So he said to them
That is what the Lord spoke 

Tomorrow is a rest day 
A holy Sabbath to the Lord 
Each one brought for the fruit thereof 
One thousand pieces of silver

Bake whatever you wish to bake 
And cook whatever you wish to cook
And if she be a door
We will enclose her with cedar boards

And all the rest leave over to keep until morning  
So they left it over until morning
As Moses had commanded 
Then I was in his eyes as one who finds peace

I am a wall
And my breasts are like towers
And it did not become putrid
And not a worm was in it

Week 39: The Bear is saying, 

You, who sit in the gardens 
The friends hearken to your voice; Let me hear.
Let the wilderness and its cities lift up their voice, 
The village that Kedar inhabits 

And Moses said, "Eat it today, 
For today is a Sabbath to the Lord; 
Today you will not find it in the field." 
Let the inhabitants of the rock sing, 
Let them shout from the peaks of the mountains. 

Flee, my beloved, and liken yourself to a gazelle 
Or to a fawn of the hinds on the spice mountains.
And Elkanah went to Ramah, to his house
Let them give glory to G-d and tell of His praise in the islands.

See now that it is I! I am the One, 
And there is no G-d like Me! 
My vineyard, which is mine, is before me; 
You, O Solomon, shall have the thousand, 

And those who watch its fruit, two hundred.
Six days you shall gather it, 
But on the seventh day, the Sabbath, 
On it there will be none. 

And the child was serving the Lord before Eli the priest.  
They afflicted his foot with fetters; 
His soul was placed in irons.
You abrogated the covenant of Your servant; 

Why is his chariot late in coming? 
Why tarry the strides of his chariots?
I cause death and grant life. 
I strike, but I heal, 

And no one can rescue from My Hand! 
And I have consumed them, 
And I have crushed them that they cannot rise; 
Yes, they are fallen under my feet. 

You profaned his crown to the ground.
Until His word came, the saying of the Lord purified him.
A king sent and released him, 
A ruler of peoples [sent] and loosed his bonds.

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