Writings:Psalms 34,35 ” Say unto my soul: ‘I AM thy salvation.’ “

Psalms Chapter 34

1 [A Psalm] of David; when he changed his demeanour before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he departed.

2 I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
3 My soul shall glory in the LORD; the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
4 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together.
5 I sought the LORD, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.
6 They looked unto Him, and were radiant; and their faces shall never be abashed.
7 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard, and saved him out of all his troubles.
8 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them.
9 O consider and see that the LORD is good; happy is the man that taketh refuge in Him.
10 O fear the LORD, ye His holy ones; for there is no want to them that fear Him.
11 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger; but they that seek the LORD want not any good thing.
12 Come, ye children, hearken unto me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
13 Who is the man that desireth life, and loveth days, that he may see good therein?
14 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
15 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
16 The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry.
17 The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
18 They cried, and the LORD heard, and delivered them out of all their troubles.
19 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart, and saveth such as are of a contrite spirit.
20 Many are the ills of the righteous, but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
21 He keepeth all his bones; not one of them is broken.
22 Evil shall kill the wicked; and they that hate the righteous shall be held guilty.
23 The LORD redeemeth the soul of His servants; and none of them that take refuge in Him shall be desolate. {P}

Psalms Chapter 35

1 A Psalm of David.

Strive, O LORD, with them that strive with me; fight against them that fight against me.
2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and rise up to my help.
3 Draw out also the spear, and the battle-axe, against them that pursue me; say unto my soul:
‘I am thy salvation.’
4 Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion that seek after my soul; let them be turned back and be abashed that devise my hurt.
5 Let them be as chaff before the wind, the angel of the LORD thrusting them.
6 Let their way be dark and slippery, the angel of the LORD pursuing them.
7 For without cause have they hid for me the pit, even their net, without cause have they digged for my soul.
8 Let destruction come upon him unawares; {N}
and let his net that he hath hid catch himself; with destruction let him fall therein.
9 And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD; it shall rejoice in His salvation.
10 All my bones shall say:
‘LORD, who is like unto Thee, {N}
who deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?’
11 Unrighteous witnesses rise up; they ask me of things that I know not.
12 They repay me evil for good; bereavement is come to my soul.
13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth, I afflicted my soul with fasting; {N}
and my prayer, may it return into mine own bosom.
14 I went about as though it had been my friend or my brother; I bowed down mournful, as one that mourneth for his mother.
15 But when I halt they rejoice, and gather themselves together; {N}
the abjects gather themselves together against me, and those whom I know not; {N}
they tear me, and cease not;
16 With the profanest mockeries of backbiting they gnash at me with their teeth.
17 Lord, how long wilt Thou look on? {N}
Rescue my soul from their destructions, mine only one from the lions.
18 I will give Thee thanks in the great congregation; I will praise Thee among a numerous people.
19 Let not them that are wrongfully mine enemies rejoice over me; neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.
20 For they speak not peace; but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.
21 Yea, they open their mouth wide against me; they say:
‘Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it.’
22 Thou hast seen, O LORD; keep not silence; O Lord, be not far from me.
23 Rouse Thee, and awake to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my Lord.
24 Judge me, O LORD my God, according to Thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me.
25 Let them not say in their heart:
‘Aha, we have our desire’;
let them not say:
‘We have swallowed him up.’
26 Let them be ashamed and abashed together that rejoice at my hurt; {N}
let them be clothed with shame and confusion that magnify themselves against me.
27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that delight in my righteousness; {N}
yea, let them say continually:
‘Magnified be the LORD, who delighteth in the peace of His servant.’
28 And my tongue shall speak of Thy righteousness, and of Thy praise all the day. {P}

Portion 8.vi,vii

Genesis 35,14 And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where He spoke with him, a pillar of stone, and he poured out a drink-offering thereon, and poured oil thereon. 35,15 And Jacob called the name of the place where God spoke with him, Beth-el. 35,16 And they journeyed from Beth-el; and there was still some way to come to Ephrath; and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour. 35,17 And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the mid-wife said unto her:
‘Fear not; for this also is a son for thee.’
35,18 And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing–

for she died–

that she called his name Ben-oni; but his father called him Benjamin. 35,19 And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath–

the same is Beth-lehem.

35,20 And Jacob set up a pillar upon her grave; the same is the pillar of Rachel’s grave unto this day. 35,21 And Israel journeyed, and spread his tent beyond Migdal-eder. 35,22 And it came to pass, while Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine; and Israel heard of it.

{P} Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:
35,23 the sons of Leah:
Reuben, Jacob’s first-born, and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun; 35,24 the sons of Rachel:
Joseph and Benjamin;
35,25 and the sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s handmaid:
Dan and Naphtali;
35,26 and the sons of Zilpah, Leah’s handmaid:
Gad and Asher.
These are the sons of Jacob, that were born to him in Paddan-aram. 35,27 And Jacob came unto Isaac his father to Mamre, to Kiriatharba–

the same is Hebron–

where Abraham and Isaac sojourned. 35,28 And the days of Isaac were a hundred and fourscore years. 35,29 And Isaac expired, and died, and was gathered unto his people, old and full of days; and Esau and Jacob his sons buried him. {P}

36,1 Now these are the generations of Esau–

the same is Edom.

36,2 Esau took his wives of the daughters of Canaan; Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Oholibamah the daughter of Anah, the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite, 36,3 and Basemath Ishmael’s daughter, sister of Nebaioth. 36,4 And Adah bore to Esau Eliphaz; and Basemath bore Reuel; 36,5 and Oholibamah bore Jeush, and Jalam, and Korah. These are the sons of Esau, that were born unto him in the land of Canaan. 36,6 And Esau took his wives, and his sons, and his daughters, and all the souls of his house, and his cattle, and all his beasts, and all his possessions, which he had gathered in the land of Canaan; and went into a land away from his brother Jacob. 36,7 For their substance was too great for them to dwell together; and the land of their sojournings could not bear them because of their cattle. 36,8 And Esau dwelt in the mountain-land of Seir–

Esau is Edom.

36,9 And these are the generations of Esau the father of a the Edomites in the mountain-land of Seir.
36,10 These are the names of Esau’s sons:
Eliphaz the son of Adah the wife of Esau, Reuel the son of Basemath the wife of Esau. 36,11 And the sons of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho, and Gatam, and Kenaz. 36,12 And Timna was concubine to Eliphaz Esau’s son; and she bore to Eliphaz Amalek. These are the sons of Adah Esau’s wife.
36,13 And these are the sons of Reuel: Nahath, and Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah. These were the sons of Basemath Esau’s wife. 36,14 And these were the sons of Oholibamah the daughter of Anah, the daughter of Zibeon, Esau’s wife; and she bore to Esau Jeush, and Jalam, and Korah.
36,15 These are the chiefs of the sons of Esau:
the sons of Eliphaz the first-born of Esau:
the chief of Teman, the chief of Omar, the chief of Zepho, the chief of Kenaz, 36,16 the chief of Korah, the chief of Gatam, the chief of Amalek. These are the chiefs that came of Eliphaz in the land of Edom. These are the sons of Adah.
36,17 And these are the sons of Reuel Esau’s son:
the chief of Nahath, the chief of Zerah, the chief of Shammah, the chief of Mizzah. These are the chiefs that came of Reuel in the land of Edom. These are the sons of Basemath Esau’s wife.
36,18 And these are the sons of Oholibamah Esau’s wife:
the chief of Jeush, the chief of Jalam, the chief of Korah. These are the chiefs that came of Oholibamah the daughter of Anah, Esau’s wife. 36,19 These are the sons of Esau, and these are their chiefs; the same is Edom.
{S} 36,20 These are the sons of Seir the Horite, the inhabitants of the land:
Lotan and Shobal and Zibeon and Anah, 36,21 and Dishon and Ezer and Dishan. These are the chiefs that came of the Horites, the children of Seir in the land of Edom. 36,22 And the children of Lotan were Hori and Hemam; and Lotan’s sister was Timna.
36,23 And these are the children of Shobal:
Alvan and Manahath and Ebal, Shepho and Onam.
36,24 And these are the children of Zibeon:
Aiah and Anah–

this is Anah who found the hot springs in the wilderness, as he fed the asses of Zibeon his father.

36,25 And these are the children of Anah:
Dishon and Oholibamah the daughter of Anah.
36,26 And these are the children of Dishon:
Hemdan and Eshban and Ithran and Cheran.
36,27 These are the children of Ezer:
Bilhan and Zaavan and Akan.
36,28 These are the children of Dishan:
Uz and Aran.
36,29 These are the chiefs that came of the Horites:
the chief of Lotan, the chief of Shobal, the chief of Zibeon, the chief of Anah, 36,30 the chief of Dishon, the chief of Ezer, the chief of Dishan. These are the chiefs that came of the Horites, according to their chiefs in the land of Seir. {P}

36,31 And these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom, before there reigned any king over the children of Israel. 36,32 And Bela the son of Beor reigned in Edom; and the name of his city was Dinhabah. 36,33 And Bela died, and Jobab the son of Zerah of Bozrah reigned in his stead. 36,34 And Jobab died, and Husham of the land of the Temanites reigned in his stead. 36,35 And Husham died, and Hadad the son of Bedad, who smote Midian in the field of Moab, reigned in his stead; and the name of his city was Avith. 36,36 And Hadad died, and Samlah of Masrekah reigned in his stead. 36,37 And Samlah died, and Shaul of Rehoboth by the River reigned in his stead. 36,38 And Shaul died, and Baal-hanan the son of Achbor reigned in his stead. 36,39 And Baal-hanan the son of Achbor died, and Hadar reigned in his stead; and the name of the city was Pau; and his wife’s name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the daughter of Me-zahab. 36,40 And these are the names of the chiefs that came of Esau, according to their families, after their places, by their names: the chief of Timna, the chief of Alvah, the chief of Jetheth; 36,41 the chief of Oholibamah, the chief of Elah, the chief of Pinon; 36,42 the chief of Kenaz, the chief of Teman, the chief of Mibzar; 36,43 the chief of Magdiel, the chief of Iram. These are the chiefs of Edom, according to their habitations in the land of their possession. This is Esau the father of the Edomites. {P}

Writings:Psalms 33 “Our soul hath waited for the LORD”

Psalms Chapter 33

1 Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous, praise is comely for the upright.
2 Give thanks unto the LORD with harp, sing praises unto Him with the psaltery of ten strings.
3 Sing unto Him a new song; play skilfully amid shouts of joy.
4 For the word of the LORD is upright; and all His work is done in faithfulness.
5 He loveth righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the lovingkindness of the LORD.
6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.
7 He gathereth the waters of the sea together as a heap; He layeth up the deeps in storehouses.
8 Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
9 For He spoke, and it was; He commanded, and it stood.
10 The LORD bringeth the counsel of the nations to nought; He maketh the thoughts of the peoples to be of no effect.
11 The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of His heart to all generations.
12 Happy is the nation whose God is the LORD; the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance.
13 The LORD looketh from heaven; He beholdeth all the sons of men;
14 From the place of His habitation He looketh intently upon all the inhabitants of the earth;
15 He that fashioneth the hearts of them all, that considereth all their doings.
16 A king is not saved by the multitude of a host; a mighty man is not delivered by great strength.
17 A horse is a vain thing for safety; neither doth it afford escape by its great strength.
18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is toward them that fear Him, toward them that wait for His mercy;
19 To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
20 Our soul hath waited for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.
21 For in Him doth our heart rejoice, because we have trusted in His holy name.
22 Let Thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we have waited for Thee. {P}

Portion 8.v “Kings shall come out of thy loins”

Genesis Chapter 34

1 And Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.

2 And Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the land, saw her; and he took her, and lay with her, and humbled her. 3 And his soul did cleave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spoke comfortingly unto the damsel. 4 And Shechem spoke unto his father Hamor, saying:
‘Get me this damsel to wife.’
5 Now Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter; and his sons were with his cattle in the field; and Jacob held his peace until they came. 6 And Hamor the father of Shechem went out unto Jacob to speak with him. 7 And the sons of Jacob came in from the field when they heard it; and the men were grieved, and they were very wroth, because he had wrought a vile deed in Israel in lying with Jacob’s daughter; which thing ought not to be done. 8 And Hamor spoke with them, saying
‘The soul of my son Shechem longeth for your daughter. I pray you give her unto him to wife. 9 And make ye marriages with us; give your daughters unto us, and take our daughters unto you. 10 And ye shall dwell with us; and the land shall be before you; dwell and trade ye therein, and get you possessions therein.’
11 And Shechem said unto her father and unto her brethren:
‘Let me find favour in your eyes, and what ye shall say unto me I will give. 12 Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give according as ye shall say unto me; but give me the damsel to wife.’
13 And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father with guile, and spoke, because he had defiled Dinah their sister, 14 and said unto them:
‘We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one that is uncircumcised; for that were a reproach unto us. 15 Only on this condition will we consent unto you: if ye will be as we are, that every male of you be circumcised; 16 then will we give our daughters unto you, and we will take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people. 17 But if ye will not hearken unto us, to be circumcised; then will we take our daughter, and we will be gone.’
18 And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor’s son. 19 And the young man deferred not to do the thing, because he had delight in Jacob’s daughter. And he was honoured above all the house of his father. 20 And Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate of their city, and spoke with the men of their city, saying:
21 ‘These men are peaceable with us; therefore let them dwell in the land, and trade therein; for, behold, the land is large enough for them; let us take their daughters to us for wives, and let us give them our daughters. 22 Only on this condition will the men consent unto us to dwell with us, to become one people, if every male among us be circumcised, as they are circumcised. 23 Shall not their cattle and their substance and all their beasts be ours? only let us consent unto them, and they will dwell with us.’
24 And unto Hamor and unto Shechem his son hearkened all that went out of the gate of his city; and every male was circumcised, all that went out of the gate of his city. 25 And it came to pass on the third day, when they were in pain, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city unawares, and slew all the males. 26 And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem’s house, and went forth. 27 The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city, because they had defiled their sister. 28 They took their flocks and their herds and their asses, and that which was in the city and that which was in the field; 29 and all their wealth, and all their little ones and their wives, took they captive and spoiled, even all that was in the house. 30 And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi:
‘Ye have troubled me, to make me odious unto the inhabitants of the land, even unto the Canaanites and the Perizzites; and, I being few in number, they will gather themselves together against me and smite me; and I shall be destroyed, I and my house.’
31 And they said:
‘Should one deal with our sister as with a harlot?’ {P}

Genesis Chapter 35

1 And God said unto Jacob:
‘Arise, go up to Beth-el, and dwell there; and make there an altar unto God, who appeared unto thee when thou didst flee from the face of Esau thy brother.’
2 Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him:
‘Put away the strange gods that are among you, and purify yourselves, and change your garments; 3 and let us arise, and go up to Beth-el; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.’
4 And they gave unto Jacob all the foreign gods which were in their hand, and the rings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the terebinth which was by Shechem. 5 And they journeyed; and a terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob. 6 So Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan–

the same is Beth-el–

he and all the people that were with him. 7 And he built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el, because there God was revealed unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother. 8 And Deborah Rebekah’s nurse died, and she was buried below Beth-el under the oak; and the name of it was called Allon-bacuth. {P}

9 And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came from Paddan-aram, and blessed him. 10 And God said unto him:
‘Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name’;
and He called his name Israel. 11 And God said unto him:
‘I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins;

unspoken prayer request.

Writings:Psalms 32 “Thou art my hiding-place; Thou wilt preserve me”

Psalms Chapter 32

1 [A Psalm] of David. Maschil.

Happy is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is pardoned.
2 Happy is the man unto whom the LORD counteth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
3 When I kept silence, my bones wore away through my groaning all the day long.
4 For day and night Thy hand was heavy upon me; {N}
my sap was turned as in the droughts of summer. Selah
5 I acknowledged my sin unto Thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid; {N}
I said:
‘I will make confession concerning my transgressions unto the LORD’– {N}

and Thou, Thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.


6 For this let every one that is godly pray unto Thee in a time when Thou mayest be found; {N}
surely, when the great waters overflow, they will not reach unto him.
7 Thou art my hiding-place; Thou wilt preserve me from the adversary; {N}
with songs of deliverance Thou wilt compass me about. Selah
8 ‘I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go; I will give counsel, Mine eye being upon thee.’
9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding; {N}
whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, that they come not near unto thee.
10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked; but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy compasseth him about.
11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous; and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart. {P}

Portion 8.(iii),i “Let that which thou hast be thine”

Genesis 32,31 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel:
‘for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.’
32,32 And the sun rose upon him as he passed over Peniel, and he limped upon his thigh. 32,33 Therefore the children of Israel eat not the sinew of the thigh-vein which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day; because he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh, even in the sinew of the thigh-vein. 33,1 And Jacob lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids. 33,2 And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost. 33,3 And he himself passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. 33,4 And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him; and they wept. 33,5 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said:
‘Who are these with thee?’
And he said:
‘The children whom God hath graciously given thy servant.’

33,6 Then the handmaids came near, they and their children, and they bowed down.

33,7 And Leah also and her children came near, and bowed down; and after came Joseph near and Rachel, and they bowed down. 33,8 And he said:
‘What meanest thou by all this camp which I met?’
And he said:
‘To find favour in the sight of my lord.’
33,9 And Esau said:
‘I have enough; my brother, let that which thou hast be thine.’
33,10 And Jacob said:
‘Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found favour in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand; forasmuch as I have seen thy face, as one seeth the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me. 33,11 Take, I pray thee, my gift that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough.’
And he urged him, and he took it. 33,12 And he said:
‘Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before thee.’
33,13 And he said unto him:
‘My lord knoweth that the children are tender, and that the flocks and herds giving suck are a care to me; and if they overdrive them one day, all the flocks will die. 33,14 Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant; and I will journey on gently, according to the pace of the cattle that are before me and according to the pace of the children, until I come unto my lord unto Seir.’
33,15 And Esau said:
‘Let me now leave with thee some of the folk that are with me.’
And he said:
‘What needeth it? let me find favour in the sight of my lord.’
33,16 So Esau returned that day on his way unto Seir. 33,17 And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him a house, and made booths for his cattle. Therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.
{S} 33,18 And Jacob came in peace to the city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Paddan-aram; and encamped before the city. 33,19 And he bought the parcel of ground, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem’s father, for a hundred pieces of money. 33,20 And he erected there an altar, and called it El-elohe-Israel.

Portion 8.iii “Esau ran to meet him”

GENESIS 32,31 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel:

‘for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.’
32,32 And the sun rose upon him as he passed over Peniel, and he limped upon his thigh. 32,33 Therefore the children of Israel eat not the sinew of the thigh-vein which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day; because he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh, even in the sinew of the thigh-vein. 33,1 And Jacob lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids. 33,2 And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost. 33,3 And he himself passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. 33,4 And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him; and they wept. 33,5 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said:
‘Who are these with thee?’
And he said:
‘The children whom God hath graciously given thy servant.’

WritingsPsalmS 31 “Into Thy hand I commit my spirit”

Psalms Chapter 31

1 For the Leader. A Psalm of David.

2 In thee, O LORD, have I taken refuge; let me never be ashamed; deliver me in Thy righteousness.
3 Incline Thine ear unto me, deliver me speedily; {N}
be Thou to me a rock of refuge, even a fortress of defence, to save me.
4 For Thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for Thy name’s sake lead me and guide me.
5 Bring me forth out of the net that they have hidden for me; for Thou art my stronghold.
6 Into Thy hand I commit my spirit; Thou hast redeemed me, O LORD, Thou God of truth.
7 I hate them that regard lying vanities; but I trust in the LORD.
8 I will be glad and rejoice in Thy lovingkindness; {N}
for Thou hast seen mine affliction, Thou hast taken cognizance of the troubles of my soul,
9 And Thou hast not given me over into the hand of the enemy; Thou hast set my feet in a broad place.
10 Be gracious unto me, O LORD, for I am in distress; {N}
mine eye wasteth away with vexation, yea, my soul and my body.
11 For my life is spent in sorrow, and my years in sighing; {N}
my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are wasted away.
12 Because of all mine adversaries I am become a reproach, yea, unto my neighbours exceedingly, and a dread to mine acquaintance; {N}
they that see me without flee from me.
13 I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind; I am like a useless vessel.
14 For I have heard the whispering of many, terror on every side; {N}
while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.
15 But as for me, I have trusted in Thee, O LORD; I have said:
‘Thou art my God.’
16 My times are in Thy hand; deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.
17 Make Thy face to shine upon Thy servant; save me in Thy lovingkindness.
18 O LORD, let me not be ashamed, for I have called upon Thee; let the wicked be ashamed, let them be put to silence in the nether-world.
19 Let the lying lips be dumb, which speak arrogantly against the righteous, with pride and contempt.
20 Oh how abundant is Thy goodness, which Thou hast laid up for them that fear Thee; {N}
which Thou hast wrought for them that take their refuge in Thee, in the sight of the sons of men!
21 Thou hidest them in the covert of Thy presence from the plottings of man; {N}
Thou concealest them in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
22 Blessed be the LORD; for He hath shown me His wondrous lovingkindness in an entrenched city.
23 As for me, I said in my haste:
‘I am cut off from before Thine eyes’; {N}
nevertheless Thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto Thee.
24 O love the LORD, all ye His godly ones; {N}
the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully repayeth him that acteth haughtily.
25 Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all ye that wait for the LORD. {P}

Writings:Psalms 30 “Thou didst turn for me my mourning into dancing”

Psalms Chapter 30

1 A Psalm; a Song at the Dedication of the House; of David.

2 I will extol thee, O LORD, for Thou hast raised me up, and hast not suffered mine enemies to rejoice over me.
3 O LORD my God, I cried unto Thee, and Thou didst heal me;
4 O LORD, Thou broughtest up my soul from the nether-world; Thou didst keep me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
5 Sing praise unto the LORD, O ye His godly ones, and give thanks to His holy name.
6 For His anger is but for a moment, His favour is for a life-time; {N}
weeping may tarry for the night, but joy cometh in the morning.
7 Now I had said in my security:
‘I shall never be moved.’
8 Thou hadst established, O LORD, in Thy favour my mountain as a stronghold– {N}

Thou didst hide Thy face; I was affrighted.

9 Unto Thee, O LORD, did I call, and unto the LORD I made supplication:
10 ‘What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? {N}
Shall the dust praise Thee? shall it declare Thy truth?
11 Hear, O LORD, and be gracious unto me; LORD, be Thou my helper.’
12 Thou didst turn for me my mourning into dancing; Thou didst loose my sackcloth, and gird me with gladness;
13 So that my glory may sing praise to Thee, and not be silent; {N}
O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto Thee for ever. {P}

Portion 8.ii ” ‘I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.’ “

Genesis 32,14 And he lodged there that night; and took of that which he had with him a present for Esau his brother: 32,15 two hundred she-goats and twenty he-goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams, 32,16 thirty milch camels and their colts, forty kine and ten bulls, twenty she-asses and ten foals. 32,17 And he delivered them into the hand of his servants, every drove by itself; and said unto his servants: ‘Pass over before me, and put a space betwixt drove and drove.’
32,18 And he commanded the foremost, saying:
‘When Esau my brother meeteth thee, and asketh thee, saying:
Whose art thou? and whither goest thou? and whose are these before thee? 32,19 then thou shalt say:
They are thy servant Jacob’s; it is a present sent unto my lord, even unto Esau; and, behold, he also is behind us.’
32,20 And he commanded also the second, and the third, and all that followed the droves, saying:
‘In this manner shall ye speak unto Esau, when ye find him; 32,21 and ye shall say: Moreover, behold, thy servant Jacob is behind us.’
For he said:
‘I will appease him with the present that goeth before me, and afterward I will see his face; peradventure he will accept me.’
32,22 So the present passed over before him; and he himself lodged that night in the camp. 32,23 And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two handmaids, and his eleven children, and passed over the ford of the Jabbok. 32,24 And he took them, and sent them over the stream, and sent over that which he had. 32,25 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. 32,26 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was strained, as he wrestled with him. 32,27 And he said:
‘Let me go, for the day breaketh.’
And he said:
‘I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.’
32,28 And he said unto him:
‘What is thy name?’
And he said:
32,29 And he said:
‘Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel; for thou hast striven with God and with men, and hast prevailed.’
32,30 And Jacob asked him, and said:
‘Tell me, I pray thee, thy name.’
And he said:
‘Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name?’
And he blessed him there.

Writings:Psalms 29 “The voice of the LORD is upon the waters’

Psalms Chapter 29

1 A Psalm of David.

Ascribe unto the LORD, O ye sons of might, ascribe unto the LORD glory and strength.
2 Ascribe unto the LORD the glory due unto His name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
3 The voice of the LORD is upon the waters; {N}
the God of glory thundereth, even the LORD upon many waters.
4 The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
5 The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild-ox.
7 The voice of the LORD heweth out flames of fire.
8 The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and strippeth the forests bare; {N}
and in His temple all say:
10 The LORD sat enthroned at the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth as King for ever.
11 The LORD will give strength unto His people; the LORD will bless his people with peace. {P}

Portion 8.i “Thus shall ye say unto my lord Esau”

Genesis 32,4 And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, the field of Edom.

32,5 And he commanded them, saying:
‘Thus shall ye say unto my lord Esau:
Thus saith thy servant Jacob:
I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed until now. 32,6 And I have oxen, and asses and flocks, and men-servants and maid-servants; and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find favour in thy sight.’
32,7 And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying:
‘We came to thy brother Esau, and moreover he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him.’
32,8 Then Jacob was greatly afraid and was distressed. And he divided the people that was with him, and the flocks, and the herds, and the camels, into two camps. 32,9 And he said:
‘If Esau come to the one camp, and smite it, then the camp which is left shall escape.’ 32,10 And Jacob said:
‘O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, O LORD, who saidst unto me:
Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will do thee good; 32,11 I am not worthy of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which Thou hast shown unto Thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two camps. 32,12 Deliver me, I pray Thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, lest he come and smite me, the mother with the children. 32,13 And Thou saidst:
I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.’

Writings:Psalms 27,28 “The LORD is my strength and my shield”

Psalms Chapter 27

1 [A Psalm] of David.

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? {N}
The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When evil-doers came upon me to eat up my flesh, {N}
even mine adversaries and my foes, they stumbled and fell.
3 Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; {N}
though war should rise up against me, even then will I be confident.
4 One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: {N}
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, {N}
to behold the graciousness of the LORD, and to visit early in His temple.
5 For He concealeth me in His pavilion in the day of evil; {N}
He hideth me in the covert of His tent; He lifteth me up upon a rock.
6 And now shall my head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me; and I will offer in His tabernacle sacrifices with trumpet-sound; {N}
I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.
7 Hear, O LORD, when I call with my voice, and be gracious unto me, and answer me.
8 In Thy behalf my heart hath said:
‘Seek ye My face’;
Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
9 Hide not Thy face from me; put not Thy servant away in anger; {N}
Thou hast been my help; cast me not off, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
10 For though my father and my mother have forsaken me, the LORD will take me up.
11 Teach me Thy way, O LORD; and lead me in an even path, because of them that lie in wait for me.
12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine adversaries; for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out violence.
13 If I had not believed to look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living!–
14 Wait on the LORD; be strong, and let thy heart take courage; yea, wait thou for the LORD. {P}

Psalms Chapter 28

1 [A Psalm] of David.

Unto thee, O LORD, do I call; my Rock, be not Thou deaf unto me; {N}
lest, if Thou be silent unto me, I become like them that go down into the pit.
2 Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto Thee, {N}
when I lift up my hands toward Thy holy Sanctuary.
3 Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity; {N}
who speak peace with their neighbours, but evil is in their hearts.
4 Give them according to their deeds, and according to the evil of their endeavours; {N}
give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert.
5 Because they give no heed to the works of the LORD, nor to the operation of His hands; {N}
He will break them down and not build them up.
6 Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my supplications.
7 The LORD is my strength and my shield, in Him hath my heart trusted, and I am helped; {N}
therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth, and with my song will I praise Him.
8 The LORD is a strength unto them; and He is a stronghold of salvation to His anointed.
9 Save Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance; {N}
and tend them, and carry them for ever. {P}

Portion 7.vi,vii “Jacob swore by the Fear of his father Isaac”

Genesis 31,17 Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon the camels;

31,18 and he carried away all his cattle, and all his substance which he had gathered, the cattle of his getting, which he had gathered in Paddan-aram, to go to Isaac his father unto the land of Canaan. 31,19 Now Laban was gone to shear his sheep. And Rachel stole the teraphim that were her father’s. 31,20 And Jacob outwitted Laban the Aramean, in that he told him not that he fled. 31,21 So he fled with all that he had; and he rose up, and passed over the River, and set his face toward the mountain of Gilead. 31,22 And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob was fled. 31,23 And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days’ journey; and he overtook him in the mountain of Gilead. 31,24 And God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream of the night, and said unto him:
‘Take heed to thyself that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.’
31,25 And Laban came up with Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mountain; and Laban with his brethren pitched in the mountain of Gilead. 31,26 And Laban said to Jacob:
‘What hast thou done, that thou hast outwitted me, and carried away my daughters as though captives of the sword? 31,27 Wherefore didst thou flee secretly, and outwit me; and didst not tell me, that I might have sent thee away with mirth and with songs, with tabret and with harp; 31,28 and didst not suffer me to kiss my sons and my daughters? now hast thou done foolishly. 31,29 It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt; but the God of your father spoke unto me yesternight, saying:
Take heed to thyself that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.
31,30 And now that thou art surely gone, because thou sore longest after thy father’s house, wherefore hast thou stolen my gods?’
31,31 And Jacob answered and said to Laban:
‘Because I was afraid; for I said: Lest thou shouldest take thy daughters from me by force. 31,32 With whomsoever thou findest thy gods, he shall not live; before our brethren discern thou what is thine with me, and take it to thee.’–

For Jacob knew not that Rachel had stolen them.–

31,33 And Laban went into Jacob’s tent, and into Leah’s tent, and into the tent of the two maid-servants; but he found them not. And he went out of Leah’s tent, and entered into Rachel’s tent. 31,34 Now Rachel had taken the teraphim, and put them in the saddle of the camel, and sat upon them. And Laban felt about all the tent, but found them not. 31,35 And she said to her father:
‘Let not my lord be angry that I cannot rise up before thee; for the manner of women is upon me.’
And he searched, but found not the teraphim. 31,36 And Jacob was wroth, and strove with Laban. And Jacob answered and said to Laban:
‘What is my trespass? what is my sin, that thou hast hotly pursued after me? 31,37 Whereas thou hast felt about all my stuff, what hast thou found of all thy household stuff? Set it here before my brethren and thy brethren, that they may judge betwixt us two. 31,38 These twenty years have I been with thee; thy ewes and thy she-goats have not cast their young, and the rams of thy flocks have I not eaten. 31,39 That which was torn of beasts I brought not unto thee; I bore the loss of it; of my hand didst thou require it, whether stolen by day or stolen by night. 31,40 Thus I was: in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep fled from mine eyes. 31,41 These twenty years have I been in thy house: I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy flock; and thou hast changed my wages ten times. 31,42 Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the Fear of Isaac, had been on my side, surely now hadst thou sent me away empty. God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and gave judgment yesternight.’

31,43 And Laban answered and said unto Jacob:
‘The daughters are my daughters, and the children are my children, and the flocks are my flocks, and all that thou seest is mine; and what can I do this day for these my daughters, or for their children whom they have borne? 31,44 And now come, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be for a witness between me and thee.’
31,45 And Jacob took a stone, and set it up for a pillar. 31,46 And Jacob said unto his brethren:
‘Gather stones’;
and they took stones, and made a heap. And they did eat there by the heap. 31,47 And Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha; but Jacob called it Galeed. 31,48 And Laban said:
‘This heap is witness between me and thee this day.’
Therefore was the name of it called Galeed; 31,49 and Mizpah, for he said:
‘The LORD watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another. 31,50 If thou shalt afflict my daughters, and if thou shalt take wives beside my daughters, no man being with us; see, God is witness betwixt me and thee.’
31,51 And Laban said to Jacob:
‘Behold this heap, and behold the pillar, which I have set up betwixt me and thee. 31,52 This heap be witness, and the pillar be witness, that I will not pass over this heap to thee, and that thou shalt not pass over this heap and this pillar unto me, for harm. 31,53 The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge betwixt us.’
And Jacob swore by the Fear of his father Isaac. 31,54 And Jacob offered a sacrifice in the mountain, and called his brethren to eat bread; and they did eat bread, and tarried all night in the mountain. 32,1 And early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them. And Laban departed, and returned unto his place. 32,2 And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him. 32,3 And Jacob said when he saw them:
‘This is God’s camp.’
And he called the name of that place Mahanaim. {P}

Writings:Psalms 26 “Test my reins and heart”

Psalms Chapter 26

1 [A Psalm] of David.

Judge me, O LORD, for I have walked in mine integrity, {N}
and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering.
2 Examine me, O LORD, and try me; test my *reins and my heart*.
3 For Thy mercy is before mine eyes; and I have walked in Thy truth.
4 I have not sat with men of falsehood; neither will I go in with dissemblers.
5 I hate the gathering of evil doers, and will not sit with the wicked.
6 I will wash my hands in innocency; so will I compass Thine altar, O LORD,
7 That I may make the voice of thanksgiving to be heard, and tell of all Thy wondrous works.
8 LORD, I love the habitation of Thy house, and the place where Thy glory dwelleth.
9 Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with men of blood;
10 In whose hands is craftiness, and their right hand is full of bribes.
11 But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity; redeem me, and be gracious unto me.
12 My foot standeth in an even place; in the congregations will I bless the LORD. {P}

*_* Literally reins = Heb. colon [kidneys] and heart, the gut is the deepest seat of feelings, emotions; heart = mind, i.e. intellect. The whole man consists of both. They both come from the spirit (our God part).