Parsha VII.iv

GENESIS
30,14 And Reuben went in the days
of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes* in the field, and brought them unto his
mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah: ‘Give me, I pray thee, of thy son’s
mandrakes.’ 30,15 And she said unto her: ‘Is it a small matter that thou hast
taken away my husband? and wouldest thou take away my son’s mandrakes also?’ And
Rachel said: ‘Therefore he shall lie with thee to-night for thy son’s
mandrakes.’ 30,16 And Jacob came from the field in the evening, and Leah went
out to meet him, and said: ‘Thou must come in unto me; for I have surely hired
thee with my son’s mandrakes.’ And he lay with her that night. 30,17 And God
hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived, and bore Jacob a fifth son. 30,18 And
Leah said: ‘God hath given me my hire, because I gave my handmaid to my husband.
And she called his name Issachar. 30,19 And Leah conceived again, and bore a
sixth son to Jacob. 30,20 And Leah said: ‘God hath endowed me with a good dowry;
now will my husband dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons.’ And she
called his name Zebulun. 30,21 And afterwards she bore a daughter, and called
her name Dinah. 30,22 And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and
opened her womb. 30,23 And she conceived, and bore a son, and said: ‘God hath
taken away my reproach.’ 30,24 And she called his name Joseph, saying: ‘The LORD
add to me another son.’ 30,25 And it came to pass, when Rachel had borne Joseph,
that Jacob said unto Laban: ‘Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place,
and to my country. 30,26 Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served
thee, and let me go; for thou knowest my service wherewith I have served thee.’
30,27 And Laban said unto him: ‘If now I have found favour in thine eyes–I have
observed the signs, and the LORD hath blessed me for thy sake.’
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* used as a fertility drug

The Prophets: Judges 21 “One tribe lacking in Israel”

[last Judge, Next: 1 Samuel]

Judges Chapter 21

1 Now the men of Israel had sworn in Mizpah, saying: ‘There shall not any of us give his daughter unto Benjamin to wife.’ 2 And the people came to Beth-el, and sat there till even before God, and lifted up their voices, and wept sore. 3 And they said: ‘O LORD, the God of Israel, why is this come to pass in Israel, that there should be to-day one tribe lacking in Israel?’ 4 And it came to pass on the morrow that the people rose early, and built there an altar, and offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings. {P}
5 And the children of Israel said: ‘Who is there among all the tribes of Israel that came not up in the assembly unto the LORD?’ For they had made a great oath concerning him that came not up unto the LORD to Mizpah, saying: ‘He shall surely be put to death.’ 6 And the children of Israel repented them for Benjamin their brother, and said: ‘There is one tribe cut off from Israel this day. 7 How shall we do for wives for them that remain, seeing we have sworn by the LORD that we will not give them of our daughters to wives?’ 8 And they said: ‘What one is there of the tribes of Israel that came not up unto the LORD to Mizpah?’ And, behold, there came none to the camp from Jabesh-gilead to the assembly. 9 For when the people were numbered, behold, there were none of the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead there. 10 And the congregation sent thither twelve thousand men of the valiantest, and commanded them, saying: ‘Go and smite the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead with the edge of the sword, with the women and the little ones. 11 And this is the thing that ye shall do: ye shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman that hath lain by man.’ 12 And they found among the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead four hundred young virgins, that had not known man by lying with him; and they brought them unto the camp to Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan. {P}
13 And the whole congregation sent and spoke to the children of Benjamin that were in the rock of Rimmon, and proclaimed peace unto them. 14 And Benjamin returned at that time; and they gave them the women whom they had saved alive of the women of Jabesh-gilead; and yet so they sufficed them not. 15 And the people repented them for Benjamin, because that the LORD had made a breach in the tribes of Israel. 16 Then the elders of the congregation said: ‘How shall we do for wives for them that remain, seeing the women are destroyed out of Benjamin?’ 17 And they said: ‘They that are escaped must be as an inheritance for Benjamin, that a tribe be not blotted out from Israel. 18 Howbeit we may not give them wives of our daughters.’ For the children of Israel had sworn, saying: ‘Cursed be he that giveth a wife to Benjamin.’ {S} 19 And they said: ‘Behold, there is the feast of the LORD from year to year in Shiloh, which is on the north of Beth-el, on the east side of the highway that goeth up from Beth-el to Shechem, and on the south of Lebonah.’ 20 And they commanded the children of Benjamin, saying: ‘Go and lie in wait in the vineyards; 21 and see, and, behold, if the daughters of Shiloh come out to dance in the dances, then come ye out of the vineyards, and catch you every man his wife of the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin. 22 And it shall be, when their fathers or their brethren come to strive with us, that we will say unto them: Grant them graciously unto us; because we took not for each man of them his wife in battle; neither did ye give them unto them, that ye should now be guilty.’ {S} 23 And the children of Benjamin did so, and took them wives, according to their number, of them that danced, whom they carried off; and they went and returned unto their inheritance, and built the cities, and dwelt in them. 24 And the children of Israel departed thence at that time, every man to his tribe and to his family, and they went out from thence every man to his inheritance. {P}
25 In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did that which was right in his own eyes. {P}

Parsha VII.iii “They seemed unto him but a few days”

GENESIS
29,18 And Jacob loved
Rachel; and he said: ‘I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger
daughter.’ 29,19 And Laban said: ‘It is better that I give her to thee, than
that I should give her to another man; abide with me.’ 29,20 And Jacob served
seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he
had to her. 29,21 And Jacob said unto Laban: ‘Give me my wife, for my days are
filled, that I may go in unto her.’ 29,22 And Laban gathered together all the
men of the place, and made a feast. 29,23 And it came to pass in the evening,
that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her.
29,24 And Laban gave Zilpah his handmaid unto his daughter Leah for a handmaid.
29,25 And it came to pass in the morning that, behold, it was Leah; and he said
to Laban: ‘What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for
Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?’ 29,26 And Laban said: ‘It is not
so done in our place, to give the younger before the first-born. 29,27 Fulfil
the week of this one, and we will give thee the other also for the service which
thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.’ 29,28 And Jacob did so, and
fulfilled her week; and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife. 29,29 And Laban
gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her handmaid. 29,30 And he
went in also unto Rachel, and he loved Rachel more than Leah, and served with
him yet seven other years. 29,31 And the LORD saw that Leah was hated, and he
opened her womb; but Rachel was barren. 29,32 And Leah conceived, and bore a
son, and she called his name Reuben; for she said: ‘Because the LORD hath looked
upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me.’ 29,33 And she conceived
again, and bore a son; and said: ‘Because the LORD hath heard that I am hated,
He hath therefore given me this son also.’ And she called his name Simeon. 29,34
And she conceived again, and bore a son; and said: ‘Now this time will my
husband be joined unto me, because I have borne him three sons.’ Therefore was
his name called Levi. 29,35 And she conceived again, and bore a son; and she
said: ‘This time will I praise the LORD.’ Therefore she called his name Judah;
and she left off bearing. 30,1 And when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no
children, Rachel envied her sister; and she said unto Jacob: ‘Give me children,
or else I die.’ 30,2 And Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachel; and he said:
‘Am I in God’s stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?’ 30,3
And she said: ‘Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; that she may bear upon my
knees, and I also may be builded up through her.’ 30,4 And she gave him Bilhah
her handmaid to wife; and Jacob went in unto her. 30,5 And Bilhah conceived, and
bore Jacob a son. 30,6 And Rachel said: ‘God hath judged me, and hath also heard
my voice, and hath given me a son.’ Therefore called she his name Dan. 30,7 And
Bilhah Rachel’s handmaid conceived again, and bore Jacob a second son. 30,8 And
Rachel said: ‘With mighty wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and have
prevailed.’ And she called his name Naphtali. 30,9 When Leah saw that she had
left off bearing, she took Zilpah her handmaid, and gave her to Jacob to wife.
30,10 And Zilpah Leah’s handmaid bore Jacob a son. 30,11 And Leah said: ‘Fortune
is come!’ And she called his name Gad. 30,12 And Zilpah Leah’s handmaid bore
Jacob a second son. 30,13 And Leah said: ‘Happy am I! for the daughters will
call me happy.’ And she called his name Asher.

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I remember the first summer we were apart. I dreaded it coming. I t was like the end of the world. And it seemed to last an eternity. Time suspended. Time irrelevant.

The Prophets: Judges 20

Judges Chapter 20

1 Then all the children of Israel went out, and the congregation was assembled as one man, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, with the land of Gilead, unto the LORD at Mizpah. 2 And the chiefs of all the people, even of all the tribes of Israel, presented themselves in the assembly of the people of God, four hundred thousand footmen that drew sword.– {P}

3 Now the children of Benjamin heard that the children of Israel were gone up to Mizpah.–And the children of Israel said: ‘Tell us, how was this wickedness brought to pass?’ 4 And the Levite, the husband of the woman that was murdered, answered and said: ‘I came into Gibeah that belongeth to Benjamin, I and my concubine, to lodge. 5 And the men of Gibeah rose against me, and beset the house round about upon me by night; me they thought to have slain, and my concubine they forced, and she is dead. 6 And I took my concubine, and cut her in pieces, and sent her throughout all the country of the inheritance of Israel; for they have committed lewdness and wantonness in Israel. 7 Behold, ye are all here, children of Israel, give here your advice and council.’ 8 And all the people arose as one man, saying: ‘We will not any of us go to his tent, neither will we any of us turn unto his house. 9 But now this is the thing which we will do to Gibeah: we will go up against it by lot; 10 and we will take ten men of a hundred throughout all the tribes of Israel, and a hundred of a thousand, and a thousand out of ten thousand, to fetch victuals for the people, that they may do, when they come to Gibeah of Benjamin, according to all the wantonness that they have wrought in Israel.’ 11 So all the men of Israel were gathered against the city, knit together as one man. {P}

12 And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying: ‘What wickedness is this that is come to pass among you? 13 Now therefore deliver up the men, the base fellows that are in Gibeah, that we may put them to death, and put away evil from Israel.’ But the children of Benjamin would not hearken to the voice of their brethren the children of Israel. 14 And the children of Benjamin gathered themselves together out of their cities unto Gibeah, to go out to battle against the children of Israel. 15 And the children of Benjamin numbered on that day out of the cities twenty and six thousand men that drew sword, besides the inhabitants of Gibeah, who numbered seven hundred chosen men. 16 All this people, even seven hundred chosen men, were left-handed; every one could sling stones at a hair-breadth, and not miss. {P}

17 And the men of Israel, beside Benjamin, numbered four hundred thousand men that drew sword; all these were men of war. 18 And the children of Israel arose, and went up to Beth-el, and asked counsel of God; and they said: ‘Who shall go up for us first to battle against the children of Benjamin?’ And the LORD said: ‘Judah first.’ 19 And the children of Israel rose up in the morning, and encamped against Gibeah. 20 And the men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin; and the men of Israel set the battle in array against them at Gibeah. 21 And the children of Benjamin came forth out of Gibeah, and destroyed down to the ground of the Israelites on that day twenty and two thousand men. 22 And the people, the men of Israel, encouraged themselves, and set the battle again in array in the place where they set themselves in array the first day. 23 And the children of Israel went up and wept before the LORD until even; and they asked of the LORD, saying: ‘Shall I again draw nigh to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother?’ And the LORD said: ‘Go up against him.’ {P}

24 And the children of Israel came near against the children of Benjamin the second day. 25 And Benjamin went forth against them out of Gibeah the second day, and destroyed down to the ground of the children of Israel again eighteen thousand men; all these drew the sword. 26 Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, went up, and came unto Beth-el, and wept, and sat there before the LORD, and fasted that day until even; and they offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings before the LORD. 27 And the children of Israel asked of the LORD–for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days, 28 and Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, stood before it in those days–saying: ‘Shall I yet again go out to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother, or shall I cease?’ And the LORD said: ‘Go up; for to-morrow I will deliver him into thy hand.’ 29 And Israel set liers-in-wait against Gibeah round about. {P}

30 And the children of Israel went up against the children of Benjamin on the third day, and set themselves in array against Gibeah, as at other times. 31 And the children of Benjamin went out against the people, and were drawn away from the city; and they began to smite and kill of the people, as at other times, in the field, in the highways, of which one goeth up to Beth-el, and the other to Gibeah, about thirty men of Israel. 32 And the children of Benjamin said: ‘They are smitten down before us, as at the first.’ But the children of Israel said: ‘Let us flee, and draw them away from the city unto the highways.’ 33 And all the men of Israel rose up out of their place, and set themselves in array at Baal-tamar; and the liers-in-wait of Israel broke forth out of their place, even out of Maareh-geba. 34 And there came over against Gibeah ten thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and the battle was sore; but they knew not that evil was close upon them. {P}

35 And the LORD smote Benjamin before Israel; and the children of Israel destroyed of Benjamin that day twenty and five thousand and a hundred men; all these drew the sword. 36 So the children of Benjamin saw that they were smitten. And the men of Israel gave place to Benjamin, because they trusted unto the liers-in-wait whom they had set against Gibeah.– 37 And the liers-in-wait hastened, and rushed upon Gibeah; and the liers-in-wait drew forth, and smote all the city with the edge of the sword. 38 Now there was an appointed sign between the men of Israel and the liers-in-wait, that they should make a great beacon of smoke* rise up out of the city.– 39 And the men of Israel turned in the battle, and Benjamin began to smite and kill of the men of Israel about thirty persons; for they said: ‘Surely they are smitten down before us, as in the first battle.’ 40 But when the beacon began to arise up out of the city in a pillar of smoke, the Benjamites looked behind them, and, behold, the whole of the city went up in smoke to heaven. 41 And the men of Israel turned, and the men of Benjamin were amazed; for they saw that evil was come upon them. 42 Therefore they turned their backs before the men of Israel unto the way of the wilderness; but the battle followed hard after them; and they that came out of the city destroyed them in the midst of the men of Israel. 43 They inclosed the Benjamites round about, and chased them, and overtook them at their resting-place, as far as over against Gibeah toward the sunrising. 44 And there fell of Benjamin eighteen thousand men; all these were men of valour. 45 And they turned and fled toward the wilderness unto the rock of Rimmon; and they gleaned of them in the highways five thousand men; and followed hard after them unto Gidom, and smote of them two thousand men. 46 So that all who fell that day of Benjamin were twenty and five thousand men that drew the sword; all these were men of valour. 47 But six hundred men turned and fled toward the wilderness unto the rock of Rimmon, and abode in the rock of Rimmon four months. 48 And the men of Israel turned back upon the children of Benjamin, and smote them with the edge of the sword, both the entire city, and the cattle, and all that they found; moreover all the cities which they found they set on fire. {P}
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* interesting about this allusion – smoke rising is a reference to the Apocalypse.

Parsha VII.ii “Leah’s eyes were weak”

GENESIS
29,1 Then Jacob went on his journey,
and came to the land of the children of the east. 29,2 And he looked, and behold
a well in the field, and, lo, three flocks of sheep lying there by it.–For out
of that well they watered the flocks. And the stone upon the well’s mouth was
great. 29,3 And thither were all the flocks gathered; and they rolled the stone
from the well’s mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone back upon the
well’s mouth in its place.– 29,4 And Jacob said unto them: ‘My brethren, whence
are ye?’ And they said: ‘Of Haran are we.’ 29,5 And he said unto them: ‘Know ye
Laban the son of Nahor?’ And they said: ‘We know him.’ 29,6 And he said unto
them: ‘Is it well with him?’ And they said: ‘It is well; and, behold, Rachel his
daughter cometh with the sheep.’ 29,7 And he said: ‘Lo, it is yet high day,
neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together; water ye the
sheep, and go and feed them.’ 29,8 And they said: ‘We cannot, until all the
flocks be gathered together, and they roll the stone from the well’s mouth; then
we water the sheep.’ 29,9 While he was yet speaking with them, Rachel came with
her father’s sheep; for she tended them. 29,10 And it came to pass, when Jacob
saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban
his mother’s brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well’s
mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother. 29,11 And Jacob
kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept. 29,12 And Jacob told Rachel
that he was her father’s brother, and that he was Rebekah’s son; and she ran and
told her father. 29,13 And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of
Jacob his sister’s son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed
him, and brought him to his house. And he told Laban all these things. 29,14 And
Laban said to him: ‘Surely thou art my bone and my flesh.’ And he abode with him
the space of a month. 29,15 And Laban said unto Jacob: ‘Because thou art my
brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what shall thy
wages be?’ 29,16 Now Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah,
and the name of the younger was Rachel. 29,17 And Leah’s eyes were weak; but
Rachel was of beautiful form and fair to look upon.

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“Weak eyes” means a timid spirit.

The Prophets: Judges 19 “That we may know him”

Judges Chapter 19

1 And it came to pass in those days, when there was no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite sojourning on the farther side of the hill-country of Ephraim, who took to him a concubine out of Beth-lehem in Judah. 2 And his concubine played the harlot against him, and went away from him unto her father’s house to Beth-lehem in Judah, and was there the space of four months. 3 And her husband arose, and went after her, to speak kindly unto her, to bring her back, having his servant with him, and a couple of asses; and she brought him into her father’s house; and when the father of the damsel saw him, he rejoiced to meet him. 4 And his father-in-law, the damsel’s father, retained him; and he abode with him three days; so they did eat and drink, and lodged there. 5 And it came to pass on the fourth day, that they arose early in the morning, and he rose up to depart; and the damsel’s father said unto his son-in-law: ‘Stay thy heart with a morsel of bread, and afterward ye shall go your way.’ 6 So they sat down, and did eat and drink, both of them together; and the damsel’s father said unto the man: ‘Be content, I pray thee, and tarry all night, and let thy heart be merry.’ 7 And the man rose up to depart; but his father-in-law urged him, and he lodged there again. 8 And he arose early in the morning on the fifth day to depart; and the damsel’s father said: ‘Stay thy heart, I pray thee, and tarry ye until the day declineth’; and they did eat, both of them. 9 And when the man rose up to depart, he, and his concubine, and his servant, his father-in-law, the damsel’s father, said unto him: ‘Behold, now the day draweth toward evening; tarry, I pray you, all night; behold, the day groweth to an end; lodge here, that thy heart may be merry; and to-morrow get you early on your way, that thou mayest go home.’ 10 But the man would not tarry that night, but he rose up and departed, and came over against Jebus–the same is Jerusalem; and there were with him a couple of asses saddled; his concubine also was with him. 11 When they were by Jebus–the day was far spent–the servant said unto his master: ‘Come, I pray thee, and let us turn aside into this city of the Jebusites, and lodge in it.’ 12 And his master said unto him: ‘We will not turn aside into the city of a foreigner, that is not of the children of Israel; but we will pass over to Gibeah.’ 13 And he said unto his servant: ‘Come and let us draw near to one of these places; and we will lodge in Gibeah, or in Ramah.’ 14 So they passed on and went their way; and the sun went down upon them near to Gibeah, which belongeth to Benjamin. 15 And they turned aside thither, to go in to lodge in Gibeah; and he went in, and sat him down in the broad place of the city; for there was no man that took them into his house to lodge. 16 And, behold, there came an old man from his work out of the field at even; now the man was of the hill-country of Ephraim, and he sojourned in Gibeah; but the men of the place were Benjamites. 17 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the wayfaring man in the broad place of the city; and the old man said: ‘Whither goest thou? and whence comest thou?’ 18 And he said unto him: ‘We are passing from Beth-lehem in Judah unto the farther side of the hill-country of Ephraim; from thence am I, and I went to Beth-lehem in Judah, and I am now going to the house of the LORD; and there is no man that taketh me into his house. 19 Yet there is both straw and provender for our asses; and there is bread and wine also for me, and for thy handmaid, and for the young man that is with thy servants; there is no want of any thing.’ 20 And the old man said: ‘Peace be unto thee; howsoever let all thy wants lie upon me; only lodge not in the broad place.’ 21 So he brought him into his house, and gave the asses fodder; and they washed their feet, and did eat and drink. 22 As they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain base fellows, beset the house round about, beating at the door; and they spoke to the master of the house, the old man, saying: ‘Bring forth the man that came into thy house, that we may know him.’ 23 And the man, the master of the house, went out unto them, and said unto them: ‘Nay, my brethren, I pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that this man is come into my house, do not this wanton deed. 24 Behold, here is my daughter a virgin, and his concubine; I will bring them out now, and humble ye them, and do with them what seemeth good unto you; but unto this man do not so wanton a thing.’ 25 But the men would not hearken to him; so the man laid hold on his concubine, and brought her forth unto them; and they knew her, and abused her all the night until the morning; and when the day began to spring, they let her go. 26 Then came the woman in the dawning of the day, and fell down at the door of the man’s house where her lord was, till it was light. 27 And her lord rose up in the morning, and opened the doors of the house, and went out to go his way; and, behold, the woman his concubine was fallen down at the door of the house, with her hands upon the threshold. 28 And he said unto her. ‘Up, and let us be going’; but none answered; then he took her up upon the ass; and the man rose up, and got him unto his place. 29 And when he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and divided her, limb by limb, into twelve pieces, and sent her throughout all the borders of Israel. 30 And it was so, that all that saw it said: ‘Such a thing hath not happened nor been seen from the day that the children of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt unto this day; consider it, take counsel, and speak.’ {P}

Parsha VII.i “And behold a ladder set up on the earth”

GENESIS
28,10 And Jacob went
out from Beer-sheba, and went toward Haran. 28,11 And he lighted upon the place,
and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took one of the
stones of the place, and put it under his head, and lay down in that place to
sleep. 28,12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the
top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of God ascending and
descending on it. 28,13 And, behold, the LORD stood beside him, and said: ‘I am
the LORD, the God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac. The land whereon
thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed. 28,14 And thy seed shall be
as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the
east, and to the north, and to the south. And in thee and in thy seed shall all
the families of the earth be blessed. 28,15 And, behold, I am with thee, and
will keep thee whithersoever thou goest, and will bring thee back into this
land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to
thee of.’ 28,16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said: ‘Surely the LORD
is in this place; and I knew it not.’ 28,17 And he was afraid, and said: ‘How
full of awe is this place! this is none other than the house of God, and this is
the gate of heaven.’ 28,18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the
stone that he had put under his head, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil
upon the top of it. 28,19 And he called the name of that place Beth-el, but the
name of the city was Luz at the first. 28,20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying: ‘If
God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me
bread to eat, and raiment to put on, 28,21 so that I come back to my father’s
house in peace, then shall the LORD be my God, 28,22 and this stone, which I
have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house; and of all that Thou shalt give
me I will surely give the tenth unto Thee.’

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What evidence demonstrates my connection to God?

The Prophets: Judges 18 “A people quiet and secure”

Judges Chapter 18

1 In those days there was no king in Israel; and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought them an inheritance to dwell in; for unto that day there had nothing been allotted unto them among the tribes of Israel for an inheritance. {P}
2 And the children of Dan sent of their family five men from their whole number, men of valour, from Zorah, and from Eshtaol, to spy out the land, and to search it; and they said unto them: ‘Go, search the land’; and they came to the hill-country of Ephraim, unto the house of Micah, and lodged there. 3 When they were by the house of Micah, they knew the voice of the young man the Levite; and they turned aside thither, and said unto him: ‘Who brought thee hither? and what doest thou in this place? and what hast thou here?’ 4 And he said unto them: ‘Thus and thus hath Micah dealt with me, and he hath hired me, and I am become his priest.’ 5 And they said unto him: ‘Ask counsel, we pray thee, of God, that we may know whether our way which we are going shall be prosperous.’ 6 And the priest said unto them: ‘Go in peace; before the LORD is your way wherein ye go.’ {P}
7 Then the five men departed, and came to Laish, and saw the people that were therein, how they dwelt in security, after the manner of the Zidonians, quiet and secure; for there was none in the land, possessing authority, that might put them to shame in any thing, and they were far from the Zidonians, and had no dealings with any man. 8 And they came unto their brethren to Zorah and Eshtaol; and their brethren said unto them: ‘What say ye?’ 9 And they said: ‘Arise, and let us go up against them; for we have seen the land, and, behold, it is very good; and are ye still? be not slothful to go and to enter in to possess the land. 10 When ye go, ye shall come unto a people secure, and the land is large; for God hath given it into your hand; a place where there is no want; it hath every thing that is in the earth.’ 11 And there set forth from thence of the family of the Danites, out of Zorah and out of Eshtaol, six hundred men girt with weapons of war. 12 And they went up, and encamped in Kiriath-jearim, in Judah; wherefore that place was called Mahaneh-dan unto this day; behold, it is behind Kiriath-jearim. 13 And they passed thence unto the hill-country of Ephraim, and came unto the house of Micah. 14 Then answered the five men that went to spy out the country of Laish, and said unto their brethren: ‘Do ye know that there is in these houses an ephod, and teraphim, and a graven image, and a molten image? now therefore consider what ye have to do.’ 15 And they turned aside thither, and came to the house of the young man the Levite, even unto the house of Micah, and asked him of his welfare. 16 And the six hundred men girt with their weapons of war, who were of the children of Dan, stood by the entrance of the gate. 17 And the five men that went to spy out the land went up, and came in thither, and took the graven image, and the ephod, and the teraphim, and the molten image; and the priest stood by the entrance of the gate with the six hundred men girt with weapons of war. 18 And when these went into Micah’s house, and fetched the graven image of the ephod, and the teraphim, and the molten image, the priest said unto them: ‘What do ye?’ 19 And they said unto him: ‘Hold thy peace, lay thy hand upon thy mouth, and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest; is it better for thee to be priest unto the house of one man, or to be priest unto a tribe and a family in Israel?’ 20 And the priest’s heart was glad, and he took the ephod, and the teraphim, and the graven image, and went in the midst of the people. 21 So they turned and departed, and put the little ones and the cattle and the goods before them. 22 When they were a good way from the house of Micah, the men that were in the houses near to Micah’s house were gathered together, and overtook the children of Dan. 23 And they cried unto the children of Dan. And they turned their faces, and said unto Micah: ‘What aileth thee, that thou comest with such a company?’ 24 And he said: ‘Ye have taken away my god which I made, and the priest, and are gone away, and what have I more? and how then say ye unto me: What aileth thee?’ 25 And the children of Dan said unto him: ‘Let not thy voice be heard among us, lest angry fellows fall upon you, and thou lose thy life, with the lives of thy household.’ 26 And the children of Dan went their way; and when Micah saw that they were too strong for him, he turned and went back unto his house. 27 And they took that which Micah had made, and the priest whom he had, and came unto Laish, unto a people quiet and secure, and smote them with the edge of the sword; and they burnt the city with fire. 28 And there was no deliverer, because it was far from Zidon, and they had no dealings with any man; and it was in the valley that lieth by Beth-rehob. And they built the city, and dwelt therein. 29 And they called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their father, who was born unto Israel; howbeit the name of the city was Laish at the first. 30 And the children of Dan set up for themselves the graven image; and Jonathan, the son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh, he and his sons were priests to the tribe of the Danites until the day of the captivity of the land. 31 So they set them up Micah’s graven image which he made, all the time that the house of God was in Shiloh. {P}

Parsha VI.vi,vii: “Blessed be every one that blesseth thee”

GENESIS 27,28 So God give thee of the dew of heaven, and of
the fat places of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine. 27,29 Let peoples
serve thee, and nations bow down to thee. Be lord over thy brethren, and let thy
mother’s sons bow down to thee. Cursed be every one that curseth thee, and
blessed be every one that blesseth thee. 27,30 And it came to pass, as soon as
Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from
the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his
hunting. 27,31 And he also made savoury food, and brought it unto his father;
and he said unto his father: ‘Let my father arise, and eat of his son’s venison,
that thy soul may bless me.’ 27,32 And Isaac his father said unto him: ‘Who art
thou?’ And he said: ‘I am thy son, thy first-born, Esau.’ 27,33 And Isaac
trembled very exceedingly, and said: ‘Who then is he that hath taken venison,
and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed
him? yea, and he shall be blessed.’ 27,34 When Esau heard the words of his
father, he cried with an exceeding great and bitter cry, and said unto his
father: ‘Bless me, even me also, O my father.’ 27,35 And he said: ‘Thy brother
came with guile, and hath taken away thy blessing.’ 27,36 And he said: ‘Is not
he rightly named Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two times: he took away
my birthright; and, behold, now he hath taken away my blessing.’ And he said:
‘Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me?’ 27,37 And Isaac answered and said
unto Esau: ‘Behold, I have made him thy lord, and all his brethren have I given
to him for servants; and with corn and wine have I sustained him; and what then
shall I do for thee, my son?’ 27,38 And Esau said unto his father: ‘Hast thou
but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father.’ And Esau
lifted up his voice, and wept. 27,39 And Isaac his father answered and said unto
him: Behold, of the fat places of the earth shall be thy dwelling, and of the
dew of heaven from above; 27,40 And by thy sword shalt thou live, and thou shalt
serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt break loose, that
thou shalt shake his yoke from off thy neck. 27,41 And Esau hated Jacob because
of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him. And Esau said in his heart:
‘Let the days of mourning for my father be at hand; then will I slay my brother
Jacob.’ 27,42 And the words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah; and she
sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him: ‘Behold, thy brother
Esau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, purposing to kill thee. 27,43 Now
therefore, my son, hearken to my voice; and arise, flee thou to Laban my brother
to Haran; 27,44 and tarry with him a few days, until thy brother’s fury turn
away; 27,45 until thy brother’s anger turn away from thee, and he forget that
which thou hast done to him; then I will send, and fetch thee from thence; why
should I be bereaved of you both in one day?’ 27,46 And Rebekah said to Isaac:
‘I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth. If Jacob take a wife of
the daughters of Heth, such as these, of the daughters of the land, what good
shall my life do me?’ 28,1 And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged
him, and said unto him: ‘Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.
28,2 Arise, go to Paddan-aram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother’s father; and
take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother’s brother.
28,3 And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee,
that thou mayest be a congregation of peoples; 28,4 and give thee the blessing
of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the
land of thy sojournings, which God gave unto Abraham.’ 28,5 And Isaac sent away
Jacob; and he went to Paddan-aram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Aramean, the
brother of Rebekah, Jacob’s and Esau’s mother. 28,6 Now Esau saw that Isaac had
blessed Jacob and sent him away to Paddan-aram, to take him a wife from thence;
and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying: ‘Thou shalt not take a
wife of the daughters of Canaan’; 28,7 and that Jacob hearkened to his father
and his mother, and was gone to Paddan-aram; 28,8 and Esau saw that the
daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father; 28,9 so Esau went unto
Ishmael, and took unto the wives that he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael
Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebaioth, to be his wife. {S}

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Curses and blessings are forever.

The Prophets: (11-26-11) Judges 17 “I have a Levite as my priest”

Judges Chapter 17

1 Now there was a man of the hill-country of Ephraim, whose name was Micah. 2 And he said unto his mother: ‘The eleven hundred pieces of silver that were taken from thee, about which thou didst utter a curse, and didst also speak it in mine ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it.’ And his mother said: ‘Blessed be my son of the LORD.’ 3 And he restored the eleven hundred pieces of silver to his mother, and his mother said: ‘I verily dedicate the silver unto the LORD from my hand for my son, to make a graven image and a molten image; now therefore I will restore it unto thee.’ 4 And when he restored the money unto his mother, his mother took two hundred pieces of silver, and gave them to the founder, who made thereof a graven image and a molten image; and it was in the house of Micah. 5 And the man Micah had a house of God, and he made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest. 6 In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did that which was right in his own eyes. {P}
7 And there was a young man out of Beth-lehem in Judah–in the family of Judah–who was a Levite, and he sojourned there. 8 And the man departed out of the city, out of Beth-lehem in Judah, to sojourn where he could find a place; and he came to the hill-country of Ephraim to the house of Micah, as he journeyed. 9 And Micah said unto him: ‘Whence comest thou?’ And he said unto him: ‘I am a Levite of Beth-lehem in Judah, and I go to sojourn where I may find a place.’ 10 And Micah said unto him: ‘Dwell with me, and be unto me a father and a priest, and I will give thee ten pieces of silver by the year, and a suit of apparel, and thy victuals.’ So the Levite went in. 11 And the Levite was content to dwell with the man; and the young man was unto him as one of his sons. 12 And Micah consecrated the Levite, and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah. 13 Then said Micah: ‘Now know I that the LORD will do me good, seeing I have a Levite as my priest.’ {P}

The Prophets: Judges 16 “And Samson lay till midnight, and arose (BLACK FRIDAY)”

Judges Chapter 16

1 And Samson went to Gaza, and saw there a harlot, and went in unto her. 2 [And it was told] the Gazites, saying: ‘Samson is come hither.’ And they compassed him in, and lay in wait for him all night in the gate of the city, and were quiet all the night, saying: ‘Let be till morning light, then we will kill him.’ 3 And Samson lay till midnight, and arose at midnight, and laid hold of the doors of the gate of the city, and the two posts, and plucked them up, bar and all, and put them upon his shoulders, and carried them up to the top of the mountain that is before Hebron. {P}
4 And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. 5 And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said unto her: ‘Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lieth, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him; and we will give thee every one of us eleven hundred pieces of silver.’ 6 And Delilah said to Samson: ‘Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee.’ 7 And Samson said unto her: ‘If they bind me with seven fresh bowstrings that were never dried, then shall I become weak, and be as any other man.’ 8 Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven fresh bowstrings which had not been dried, and she bound him with them. 9 Now she had liers-in-wait abiding in the inner chamber. And she said unto him: ‘The Philistines are upon thee, Samson.’ And he broke the bowstrings as a string of tow is broken when it toucheth the fire. So his strength was not known. 10 And Delilah said unto Samson: ‘Behold, thou hast mocked me, and told me lies; now tell me, I pray thee, wherewith thou mightest be bound.’ 11 And he said unto her: ‘If they only bind me with new ropes wherewith no work hath been done, then shall I become weak, and be as any other man.’ 12 So Delilah took new ropes, and bound him therewith, and said unto him: ‘The Philistines are upon thee, Samson.’ And the liers-in-wait were abiding in the inner chamber. And he broke them from off his arms like a thread. 13 And Delilah said unto Samson: ‘Hitherto thou hast mocked me, and told me lies; tell me wherewith thou mightest be bound.’ And he said unto her: ‘If thou weavest the seven locks of my head with the web.’ 14 And she fastened it with the pin, and said unto him: ‘The Philistines are upon thee, Samson.’ And he awoke out of his sleep, and plucked away the pin of the beam, and the web. 15 And she said unto him: ‘How canst thou say: I love thee, when thy heart is not with me? thou hast mocked me these three times, and hast not told me wherein thy great strength lieth.’ 16 And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, that his soul was vexed unto death. 17 And he told her all his heart, and said unto her: ‘There hath not come a razor upon my head; for I have been a Nazirite unto God from my mother’s womb; if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.’ 18 And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying: ‘Come up this once, for he hath told me all his heart.’ Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought the money in their hand. 19 And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and had the seven locks of his head shaven off; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him. 20 And she said: ‘The Philistines are upon thee, Samson.’ And he awoke out of his sleep, and said: ‘I will go out as at other times, and shake myself.’ But he knew not that the LORD was departed from him. 21 And the Philistines laid hold on him, and put out his eyes; and they brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison-house. 22 Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaven. {P}
23 And the lords of the Philistines gathered them together to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice; for they said: ‘Our god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand.’ 24 And when the people saw him, they praised their god; for they said: ‘Our god hath delivered into our hand our enemy, and the destroyer of our country, who hath slain many of us.’ 25 And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they said: ‘Call for Samson, that he may make us sport.’ And they called for Samson out of the prison-house; and he made sport before them; and they set him between the pillars. 26 And Samson said unto the lad that held him by the hand: ‘Suffer me that I may feel the pillars whereupon the house resteth, that I may lean upon them.’ 27 Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the Philistines were there; and there were upon the roof about three thousand men and women, that beheld while Samson made sport. 28 And Samson called unto the LORD, and said: ‘O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray Thee, and strengthen me, I pray Thee, only this once, O God, that I may be this once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.’ 29 And Samson took fast hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house rested, and leaned upon them, the one with his right hand, and the other with his left. 30 And Samson said: ‘Let me die with the Philistines.’ And he bent with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead that he slew at his death were more than they that he slew in his life. 31 Then his brethren and all the house of his father came down, and took him, and brought him up, and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the burying-place of Manoah his father. And he judged Israel twenty years. {P}

Parsha VI.v “He made them a feast, and they did eat and drink”

GENESIS
26,30 And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink.
26,31 And they rose up betimes in the
morning, and swore one to another; and Isaac sent them away, and they departed
from him in peace. 26,32 And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac’s servants
came, and told him concerning the well which they had digged, and said unto him:
‘We have found water.’ 26,33 And he called it Shibah. Therefore the name of the
city is Beer-sheba unto this day. {S}
26,34 And when Esau was forty years old,
he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the
daughter of Elon the Hittite. 26,35 And they were a bitterness of spirit unto
Isaac and to Rebekah. {S}
27,1 And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and
his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his elder son, and
said unto him: ‘My son’; and he said unto him: ‘Here am I.’ 27,2 And he said:
‘Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death. 27,3 Now therefore take,
I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and
take me venison; 27,4 and make me savoury food, such as I love, and bring it to
me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.’ 27,5 And Rebekah
heard when Isaac spoke to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for
venison, and to bring it. 27,6 And Rebekah spoke unto Jacob her son, saying:
‘Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying: 27,7 Bring me
venison, and make me savoury food, that I may eat, and bless thee before the
LORD before my death. 27,8 Now therefore, my son, hearken to my voice according
to that which I command thee. 27,9 Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence
two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury food for thy father,
such as he loveth; 27,10 and thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat,
so that he may bless thee before his death.’ 27,11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his
mother: ‘Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man. 27,12 My
father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a mocker; and I
shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing.’ 27,13 And his mother said unto
him: ‘Upon me be thy curse, my son; only hearken to my voice, and go fetch me
them.’ 27,14 And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother; and his
mother made savoury food, such as his father loved. 27,15 And Rebekah took the
choicest garments of Esau her elder son, which were with her in the house, and
put them upon Jacob her younger son. 27,16 And she put the skins of the kids of
the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck. 27,17 And she gave
the savoury food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son
Jacob. 27,18 And he came unto his father, and said: ‘My father’; and he said:
‘Here am I; who art thou, my son?’ 27,19 And Jacob said unto his father: ‘I am
Esau thy first-born; I have done according as thou badest me. Arise, I pray
thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me.’ 27,20 And Isaac
said unto his son: ‘How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son?’ And
he said: ‘Because the LORD thy God sent me good speed.’ 27,21 And Isaac said
unto Jacob: ‘Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou
be my very son Esau or not.’ 27,22 And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father;
and he felt him, and said: ‘The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are
the hands of Esau.’ 27,23 And he discerned him not, because his hands were
hairy, as his brother Esau’s hands; so he blessed him. 27,24 And he said: ‘Art
thou my very son Esau?’ And he said: ‘I am.’ 27,25 And he said: ‘Bring it near
to me, and I will eat of my son’s venison, that my soul may bless thee.’ And he
brought it near to him, and he did eat; and he brought him wine, and he drank.
27,26 And his father Isaac said unto him: ‘Come near now, and kiss me, my son.’
27,27 And he came near, and kissed him. And he smelled the smell of his raiment,
and blessed him, and said: See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field
which the LORD hath blessed.

The Prophets: Judges 15 “In the time of wheat harvest”

Judges Chapter 15

1 But it came to pass after a while, in the time of wheat harvest, that Samson visited his wife with a kid; and he said: ‘I will go in to my wife into the chamber.’ But her father would not suffer him to go in. 2 And her father said: ‘I verily thought that thou hadst utterly hated her; therefore I gave her to thy companion; is not her younger sister fairer than she? take her, I pray thee, instead of her.’ 3 And Samson said unto them: ‘This time shall I be quits with the Philistines, when I do them a mischief.’ 4 And Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took torches, and turned tail to tail, and put a torch in the midst between every two tails. 5 And when he had set the torches on fire, he let them go into the standing corn of the Philistines, and burnt up both the shocks and the standing corn, and also the oliveyards. 6 Then the Philistines said: ‘Who hath done this?’ And they said: ‘Samson, the son-in-law of the Timnite, because he hath taken his wife, and given her to his companion.’ And the Philistines came up, and burnt her and her father with fire. 7 And Samson said unto them: ‘If ye do after this manner, surely I will be avenged of you, and after that I will cease.’ 8 And he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter; and he went down and dwelt in the cleft of the rock of Etam. {P}
9 Then the Philistines went up, and pitched in Judah, and spread themselves against Lehi. 10 And the men of Judah said: ‘Why are ye come up against us?’ And they said: ‘To bind Samson are we come up, to do to him as he hath done to us.’ 11 Then three thousand men of Judah went down to the cleft of the rock of Etam, and said to Samson: ‘Knowest thou not that the Philistines are rulers over us? what then is this that thou hast done unto us?’ And he said unto them: ‘As they did unto me, so have I done unto them.’ 12 And they said unto him: ‘We are come down to bind thee, that we may deliver thee into the hand of the Philistines.’ And Samson said unto them: ‘Swear unto me, that ye will not fall upon me yourselves.’ 13 And they spoke unto him, saying: ‘No; but we will bind thee fast, and deliver thee into their hand; but surely we will not kill thee.’ And they bound him with two new ropes, and brought him up from the rock. 14 When he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted as they met him; and the spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and the ropes that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands dropped from off his hands. 15 And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and smote a thousand men therewith. 16 And Samson said: With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jawbone of an ass have I smitten a thousand men. 17 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand; and that place was called Ramath-lehi. 18 And he was sore athirst, and called on the LORD, and said: ‘Thou hast given this great deliverance by the hand of Thy servant; and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?’ 19 But God cleaved the hollow place that is in Lehi, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came back, and he revived; wherefore the name thereof was called En-hakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day. 20 And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years. {P}

Parsha VI.iv “Thou art now the blessed of the LORD”

GENESIS
26,23 And he went up from thence to Beer-sheba. 26,24 And the LORD
appeared unto him the same night, and said: ‘I am the God of Abraham thy father.
Fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for My
servant Abraham’s sake.’ 26,25 And he builded an altar there, and called upon
the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants
digged a well. 26,26 Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath his
friend, and Phicol the captain of his host. 26,27 And Isaac said unto them:
‘Wherefore are ye come unto me, seeing ye hate me, and have sent me away from
you?’ 26,28 And they said: ‘We saw plainly that the LORD was with thee; and we
said: Let there now be an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let us
make a covenant with thee; 26,29 that thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not
touched thee, and as we have done unto thee nothing but good, and have sent thee
away in peace; thou art now the blessed of the LORD.’
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He is eternal and He blesses you with an eternal blessing.
You are blessed, and others can’t help but notice.

The Prophets: Judges 14 “But his father and his mother knew not”

Judges Chapter 14

1 And Samson went down to Timnah, and saw a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines. 2 And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said: ‘I have seen a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines; now therefore get her for me to wife.’ 3 Then his father and his mother said unto him: ‘Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines?’ And Samson said unto his father: ‘Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.’ 4 But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD; for he sought an occasion against the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines had rule over Israel. 5 Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnah, and came to the vineyards of Timnah; and, behold, a young lion roared against him. 6 And the spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he rent him as one would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand; but he told not his father or his mother what he had done. 7 And he went down, and talked with the woman; and she pleased Samson well. 8 And after a while he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion; and, behold, there was a swarm of bees in the body of the lion, and honey. 9 And he scraped it out into his hands, and went on, eating as he went, and he came to his father and mother, and gave unto them, and they did eat; but he told them not that he had scraped the honey out of the body of the lion. 10 And his father went down unto the woman; and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do. 11 And it came to pass, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him. 12 And Samson said unto them: ‘Let me now put forth a riddle unto you; if ye can declare it me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty changes of raiment; 13 but if ye cannot declare it me, then shall ye give me thirty linen garments and thirty changes of raiment.’ And they said unto him: ‘Put forth thy riddle, that we may hear it.’ 14 And he said unto them: Out of the eater came forth food, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days declare the riddle. 15 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they said unto Samson’s wife: ‘Entice thy husband, that he may declare unto us the riddle, lest we burn thee and thy father’s house with fire; have ye called us hither to impoverish us?’ 16 And Samson’s wife wept before him, and said: ‘Thou dost but hate me, and lovest me not; thou hast put forth a riddle unto the children of my people, and wilt thou not tell it me?’ And he said unto her: ‘Behold, I have not told it my father nor my mother, and shall I tell thee?’ 17 And she wept before him the seven days, while their feast lasted; and it came to pass on the seventh day, that he told her, because she pressed him sore; and she told the riddle to the children of her people. 18 And the men of the city said unto him on the seventh day before the sun went down: What is sweeter than honey? and what is stronger than a lion? And he said unto them: If ye had not plowed with my heifer, ye had not found out my riddle. 19 And the spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and smote thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave the changes of raiment unto them that declared the riddle. And his anger was kindled, and he went up to his father’s house. 20 But Samson’s wife was given to his companion, whom he had had for his friend. {P}
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Parents don’t always know. God does.