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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Week 48 (Book 7): The Scorpion Is Saying

The Scorpion Is Saying, 

Who is a man who will live and not see death?
Who will rescue his soul from the grasp of the grave forever?
He named the place Massah [testing] and Meribah [quarreling]
Because of the quarrel of the children of Israel

For there our captors asked us for words of song
And our tormentors [asked of us] mirth
"Sing for us of the song of Zion"
Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim

And because of their testing the Lord, saying
Is the Lord in our midst or not?
Because of the request which he had requested of the Lord
And they would go to his place

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat
We also wept when we remembered Zion
And may he reign from sea to sea
And from the river to the ends of the land

G-d is good to all, and His mercy is upon all of His handiwork
And the Lord spoke to Moses on that very day, saying
That the Lord sent a prophet to the children of Israel
And he said to them, "Thus says the Lord, G-d of Israel"

The G-d who takes vengeance for me
And brings down peoples under me
I brought you up from Egypt
And I brought you out of the house of bondage

And I saved you from the hand of Egypt
And from the hand of all your oppressors
And I drove them out from before you
And I have given you their land

May the righteous flourish in his days
And much peace until there is no moon
May it descend as rain upon cut vegetation
As raindrops that drip upon the earth

On willows in its midst we hung our harps
And Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, and he would say
"May the Lord grant you seed from this woman"
In order that they keep His statutes and observe His laws. Hallelujah.

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