Portion 32/33.iii “And if thy brother be waxen poor”

Leviticus Chapter 25
29 And if a man sell a dwelling-house in a walled city, then he may redeem it within a whole year after it is sold; for a full year shall he have the right of redemption. 30 And if it be not redeemed within the space of a full year, then the house that is in the walled city shall be made sure in perpetuity to him that bought it, throughout his generations; it shall not go out in the jubilee. 31 But the houses of the villages which have no wall round about them shall be reckoned with the fields of the country; they may be redeemed, and they shall go out in the jubilee. 32 But as for the cities of the Levites, the houses of the cities of their possession, the Levites shall have a perpetual right of redemption. 33 And if a man purchase of the Levites, then the house that was sold in the city of his possession, shall go out in the jubilee; for the houses of the cities of the Levites are their possession among the children of Israel. 34 But the fields of the open land about their cities may not be sold; for that is their perpetual possession.
{S} 35 And if thy brother be waxen poor,* and his means fail with thee; then thou shalt uphold him:
as a stranger and a settler shall he live with thee.
36 Take thou no interest of him or increase; but fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee. 37 Thou shalt not give him thy money upon interest, nor give him thy victuals for increase. 38 I am the LORD your God, who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan, to be your God. {S}

Prophets Reading 49: 1 Samuel 4 “The glory is departed from Israel”

1 Samuel Chapter 4

1 And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle, and pitched beside Eben-ezer; and the Philistines pitched in Aphek. 2 And the Philistines put themselves in array against Israel; and when the battle was spread, Israel was smitten before the Philistines; and they slew of the army in the field about four thousand men. 3 And when the people were come into the camp, the elders of Israel said:

‘Wherefore hath the LORD smitten us to-day before the Philistines?
Let us fetch the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of Shiloh
unto us, that He may come among us, and save us out of the hand of
our enemies.’

4 So the people sent to Shiloh, and they brought from thence the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, who sitteth upon the cherubim; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God. 5 And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang. 6 And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said:

‘What meaneth the noise of this great shout in the camp of the
Hebrews?’

And they knew that the ark of the LORD was come into the camp. 7 And the Philistines were afraid, for they said:

‘God is come into the camp.’

And they said:

‘Woe unto us! for there was not such a thing yesterday and the day
before. 8 Woe unto us! who shall deliver us out of the hand of
these mighty gods? these are the gods that smote the Egyptians
with all manner of plagues and in the wilderness. 9 Be strong, and
quit yourselves like men, O ye Philistines, that ye be not
servants unto the Hebrews, as they have been to you; quit
yourselves like men, and fight.’

10 And the Philistines fought, and Israel was smitten, and they fled every man to his tent; and there was a very great slaughter; for there fell of Israel thirty thousand footmen. 11 And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain. 12 And there ran a man of Benjamin out of the army, and came to Shiloh the same day with his clothes rent, and with earth upon his head. 13 And when he came, lo, Eli sat upon his seat by the wayside watching; for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when the man came into the city, and told it, all the city cried out. 14 And when Eli heard the noise of the crying, he said:

‘What meaneth the noise of this tumult?’

And the man made haste, and came and told Eli. 15 Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were set, that he could not see. 16 And the man said unto Eli:

‘I am he that came out of the army, and I fled to-day out of the
army.’

And he said:

‘How went the matter, my son?’

17 And he that brought the tidings answered and said:

‘Israel is fled before the Philistines, and there hath been also a
great slaughter among the people, and thy two sons also, Hophni
and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God is taken.’ {P}

18 And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God, that he fell from off his seat backward by the side of the gate, and his neck broke, and he died; for he was an old man, and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years. 19 And his daughter-in-law, Phinehas’ wife, was with child, near to be delivered; and when she heard the tidings that the ark of God was taken, and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, she bowed herself and brought forth; for her pains came suddenly upon her. 20 And about the time of her death the women that stood by her said unto her:

‘Fear not; for thou hast brought forth a son.’

But she answered not, neither did she regard it. 21 And she named the child Ichabod, saying:

‘The glory is departed from Israel’;

because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father-in-law and her husband. 22 And she said:

‘The glory is departed from Israel; for the ark of God is
taken.’ {P}

Writings Reading 49:Psalms 49 “For too costly is the redemption of their soul”

Psalms Chapter 49

1 For the Leader; a Psalm of the sons of Korah.
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2 Hear this, all ye peoples;
give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world,
3 Both low and high, rich and poor together.
4 My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.
5 I will incline mine ear to a parable;
I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
6 Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my supplanters compasseth me about,
7 Of them that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches?
8 No man can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him–

9 For too costly is the redemption of their soul, and must be let alone for ever–

10 That he should still live alway, that he should not see the pit.
11 For he seeth that wise men die, the fool and the brutish together perish, {N}
and leave their wealth to others.
12 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling-places to all generations; {N}
they call their lands after their own names.
13 But man abideth not in honour;
he is like the beasts that perish.
14 This is the way of them that are foolish, and of those who after them approve their sayings.

Selah

15 Like sheep they are appointed for the nether-world;
death shall be their shepherd; {N}
and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning;
and their form shall be for the nether-world to wear away, that there be no habitation for it.
16 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the nether-world; for He shall receive me. Selah
17 Be not thou afraid when one waxeth rich, when the wealth of his house is increased;
18 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away;
his wealth shall not descend after him.
19 Though while he lived he blessed his soul:

‘Men will praise thee, when thou shalt do well to thyself’;

20 It shall go to the generation of his fathers;
they shall never see the light.
21 Man that is in honour understandeth not;
he is like the beasts that perish. {P}

Witnesses Reading 49:Luke 5 “But they pour new wine into new bottles”

XIV. 5:1

AND it was while the assembly gathered upon him to hear the word of Aloha, he stood upon the bank of the sea of Genesar; and he saw two vessels standing by the sea-side, and the fishermen who had gone up from them, and were washing their nets. And one of them was of Shemun Kipha; and Jeshu ascended, sat in it, and directed that they should take * it a little from the land into the waters; and he sat, and taught the multitudes from the vessel. And when he was silent from his discourses, he said to Shemun, Lead into the deep, and cast forth your nets for a draught. Shemun answered and said to him, Rabi, the whole night we have laboured and nothing have we taken; but at thy word I throw the net. And when they had this done, they enclosed great multitudes of fishes, and their net brake. And they signed to their companions, who were in another vessel, to come and help them. And when they had come, they filled those two vessels, so that they were nigh to be swallowed up. But when Shemun Kipha saw, he fell before the feet of Jeshu and said to him, I pray from thee, my Lord, remove thee from me, for I am a man a sinner. For amazement had seized him, and all who were with him, on account of the draught of fishes which they had taken. Even so also Jacub and Juchanon, sons of Zabdai, who were partners of Shemun. But Jeshu said, Fear not, from henceforth the sons of men shalt thou catch unto life. And they brought the vessels to land, and forsook every thing, and went after him.

XV. 5:12

AND when Jeshu was in one of the cities, there came a certain man who was wholly filled with leprosy; he saw Jeshu, and fell upon his face, and prayed of him, and said to him, My Lord, if thou art willing, thou canst make me clean. And Jeshu extended his hand, touched him, and said to him, I am willing; be clean. And in an instant his leprosy went from him. And he commanded him, Tell no man, but go show thyself to the priests, and offer the oblation for thy cleansing, as Musha ordained for their testimony. And the fame concerning him went forth the more, and much people were gathered together to hear him and to be healed from their diseases. And he passed away into the desert, and prayed.
And it was on one of the days, while Jeshu was teaching, (certain) Pharishee and doctors of the law were sitting. And they had come from all the villages of Galila and of Jehud, and from Urishlem: and the power of the Lord was (there) to heal them. And some brought on a couch a certain man a paralytic; and they sought to enter, that they might set him before him. And when they found not how to bring him in because of the multitude of people, they ascended to the house-top, and sent him with his couch from the roof into the midst before Jeshu. And when Jeshu saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, Man, forgiven to thee are thy sins. And the Sophree and Pharishee began to reason and to say, Who is this who speaketh blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but Aloha only ? But Jeshu knew their reasoning, and said to them, What reason you in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, Forgiven to thee are thy sins; or to say, Arise, walk? But that you may know that authority hath the Son of man in the earth to forgive sins,-he saith to the paralytic,-To thee I say, Arise, take up thy couch, and go to thine house. And immediately he arose before them, and took up his couch, and went to his house, glorifying Aloha. And amazement held every man; and they glorified Aloha, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen today wonders.
After these things Jeshu went forth, and saw a tribute-taker, whose name was Levi, sitting at the house of tribute. And he said to him, Come after me:
and he left every thing, and arose, and went after him. And Levi made in his house a great feast; # and there was a large company of tribute-takers, and of others that reclined with them. And the Sophree and Pharishee murmured, saying to his disciples, Why with tribute-takers and sinners eat you and drink ? Jeshu answered and said to them, The whole do not require the physician, but they who are grievously ill. I am not come to call the just, but the sinners, to repentance. But they say to him, Why do the disciples of Juchanon constantly † fast, and pray also as the Pharishee, but thine eat and drink ? But he said to them, How can you make the sons of the chamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them ? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken up ‡ from them:
then shall they fast in those days.
He spake to them a parable:
No man cutteth a piece from a new material,§ and fasteneth it upon an old garment; lest he rend the new, without completing the old with the piece that is new. And no man poureth new wine into old bottles; ¶ lest the new wine burst forth, and the wine be shed, and the bottles perish. But they pour new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved. And no man, drinking old wine, immediately asketh new:
for he saith, The old is softer.

* Or, lead it. # A great reception. † Or, faithfully. ‡ Or, exalted. § Garment. ¶ Or, bags.

Portion 32/33.ii “And if a man does not have a redeemer”

Chapter 25 Leviticus

19. And the land will then yield its fruit and you will eat to satiety, and live upon it securely. יט. וְנָתְנָה הָאָרֶץ פִּרְיָהּ וַאֲכַלְתֶּם לָשׂבַע וִישַׁבְתֶּם לָבֶטַח עָלֶיהָ:
20. And if you should say,

“What will we eat in the seventh year? We will not sow, and we will not gather in our produce!”

כ. וְכִי תֹאמְרוּ מַה נֹּאכַל בַּשָּׁנָה הַשְּׁבִיעִת הֵן לֹא נִזְרָע וְלֹא נֶאֱסֹף אֶת תְּבוּאָתֵנוּ:
21. [Know then, that] I will command My blessing for you in the sixth year, and it will yield produce for three years. כא. וְצִוִּיתִי אֶת בִּרְכָתִי לָכֶם בַּשָּׁנָה הַשִּׁשִּׁית וְעָשָׂת אֶת הַתְּבוּאָה לִשְׁלשׁ הַשָּׁנִים:
22. And you will sow in the eighth year, while [still] eating from the old crops until the ninth year; until the arrival of its crop, you will eat the old [crop]. כב. וּזְרַעְתֶּם אֵת הַשָּׁנָה הַשְּׁמִינִת וַאֲכַלְתֶּם מִן הַתְּבוּאָה יָשָׁן עַד | הַשָּׁנָה הַתְּשִׁיעִת עַד בּוֹא תְּבוּאָתָהּ תֹּאכְלוּ יָשָׁן:
23. The land shall not be sold permanently, for the land belongs to Me, for you are strangers and [temporary] residents with Me. כג. וְהָאָרֶץ לֹא תִמָּכֵר לִצְמִתֻת כִּי לִי הָאָרֶץ כִּי גֵרִים וְתוֹשָׁבִים אַתֶּם עִמָּדִי:
24. Therefore, throughout the land of your possession, you shall give redemption for the land. כד. וּבְכֹל אֶרֶץ אֲחֻזַּתְכֶם גְּאֻלָּה תִּתְּנוּ לָאָרֶץ:
25. If your brother becomes destitute and sells some of his inherited property, his redeemer who is related to him shall come forth and redeem his brother’s sale. כה. כִּי יָמוּךְ אָחִיךָ וּמָכַר מֵאֲחֻזָּתוֹ וּבָא גֹאֲלוֹ הַקָּרֹב אֵלָיו וְגָאַל אֵת מִמְכַּר אָחִיו:
26. And if a man does not have a redeemer, but he gains enough means to afford its redemption, כו. וְאִישׁ כִּי לֹא יִהְיֶה לּוֹ גֹּאֵל וְהִשִּׂיגָה יָדוֹ וּמָצָא כְּדֵי גְאֻלָּתוֹ:
27. he shall calculate the years for which the land has been sold, and return the remainder to the man to whom he sold it, and [then] he may return to his inheritance. כז. וְחִשַּׁב אֶת שְׁנֵי מִמְכָּרוֹ וְהֵשִׁיב אֶת הָעֹדֵף לָאִישׁ אֲשֶׁר מָכַר לוֹ וְשָׁב לַאֲחֻזָּתוֹ:
28. But if he cannot afford enough to repay him, his sale shall remain in the possession of the one who has purchased it, until the Jubilee year. And then, in the Jubilee year, it shall go out and revert to his inheritance. כח. וְאִם לֹא מָצְאָה יָדוֹ דֵּי הָשִׁיב לוֹ וְהָיָה מִמְכָּרוֹ בְּיַד הַקֹּנֶה אֹתוֹ עַד שְׁנַת הַיּוֹבֵל וְיָצָא בַּיֹּבֵל וְשָׁב לַאֲחֻזָּתוֹ:

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Witnesses:Reading 48: Luke 4 “the Spirit led him into the desert”

XI. 4:1

BUT Jeshu, being full of the Spirit of Holiness, returned from the Jurdan, and the Spirit led him into the desert, to be tempted forty days by the accuser.* And he ate nothing in those days; and when they were fulfilled, afterwards he hungered. And the accuser said to him, If thou art the Son of Aloha, tell this stone to become bread. Jeshu answered and said to him, It is written, It is not by bread alone that the son of man liveth, but by every word of Aloha. And Satana carried him up into a high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the earth in a little time. And the accuser * said to him, To thee will I give all this power and the glory of it, which to me is delivered; and to whomsoever that I will, I give it unto him. If therefore thou wilt worship before me, thine shall be all. But Jeshu answered and said to him, It is written, That the Lord thy Aloha thou shalt worship, and him only shalt thou serve. And he caused him to be at Urishlem, and to stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, If thou art the Son of Aloha, throw thyself from hence beneath:
for it is written, His angels he shall charge concerning thee to keep thee, and upon their arms to bear thee up, that thou strike not thy foot against a stone.
But Jeshu answered and said to him, It is spoken, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy Aloha. And when the accuser had accomplished all his temptations, he removed from him for a time.

* Akelkartsa.

XII. 4:14

AND Jeshu returned in the power of the Spirit into Galila, and there went forth a report concerning him in all the region about them, and he taught in their assemblies, and was glorified of every one. And he came to Natsrath where he had grown up; and he went out, as his custom was, into the synagogue on the day of shabath, and he stood up to read. And there was given to him the book of Eshaia the prophet, and Jeshu opened the book and found the place where it is written,
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
Because he hath anointed me to evangelize to the poor,
And hath sent me to heal the contrite in heart,
To proclaim to the captives release,
And to the blind, vision,
And to assure the contrite by remission,
And to proclaim the year of acceptance of the Lord.
And he rolled the book, and gave it to the minister, and went and sat down; but the eyes of all them in the synagogue beheld him. And he began to say to them, Today is fulfilled this scripture which is in your ears. And all witnessed him and wondered at the words of grace which proceeded from his mouth. And they said, Is not this the son of Jauseph ? Jeshu said to them, You will perhaps say to me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself; and all that we have heard that you have done in Kapher-nachum do also here in your own city. But he said, I tell you assuredly, There is no prophet who is received in his (own) city. For I say to you the truth, that many widows were in the house of Isroel in the days of Elia the prophet, when the heavens were shut up for three years and six months, and great famine was in all the land; and to none of them was Elia sent, but to Sarephath of Tsaidon, unto a woman a widow:
and many lepers were in the house of Israel, in the days of Elisha the prophet, and not one of them was cleansed only Namon the Aramian. And when they heard these things, they who were in the synagogue were all of them filled with anger, and they arose, forced him without from the city, and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built to throw him from the rock:
but he passed through them and went.

XIII. 4:31

AND he went down to Kapher-nachum, a city of Galila, and instructed them on the shabath. And they were astonished at his doctrine, for with power was his word. And there was in the synagogue a man who had the spirit of an unclean devil, and he cried with a high voice, and said, Leave me, what to us and to thee, Jeshu Natsroia? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of Aloha. And Jeshu rebuked him, and said, Close thy mouth, and come forth from him. And the devil cast him down in the midst, and came forth from him, and hurt him not any thing. And wonder seized on every man, and they spake with each other and said, What thing is this ? for with authority and with power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they go forth. And there went out the fame concerning him into all the region which surrounded them.
And when Jeshu had gone forth from the synagogue, he entered into the house of Shemun; and the mother-in-law of Shemun was afflicted with a great fever, and they besought him on behalf of her; and he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her, and she rose up at once and ministered to them. But at the setting of the sun all they who had diseased ones, who were diseased with various diseases, brought them to him, and he upon every one of them laid his hand, and healed them. And he cast forth also devils from many, (they) crying out, and saying, Thou art the Meshicha, the Son of Aloha. And he rebuked them, and suffered them not to speak, for they knew that he was the Meshicha. And at the dawn of day he departed, and went to a desert place; and the people sought him, and came to him, and held him, that he should not go from them: but Jeshu said to them, To other cities also must I go to announce the kingdom of Aloha, for concerning this I have been sent. And he preached in the synagogues of Galila.

Writings:Reading 48, Psalms 48 “He will guide us eternally”

Psalms Chapter 48

1 A Song; a Psalm of the sons of Korah.
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2 Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised, in the city of our God, His holy mountain,
3 Fair in situation, the joy of the whole earth; {N}
even mount Zion, the uttermost parts of the north, the city of the great King.
4 God in her palaces hath made Himself known for a stronghold.
5 For, lo, the kings assembled themselves, they came onward together.
6 They saw, straightway they were amazed;
they were affrighted, they hasted away.
7 Trembling took hold of them there, pangs, as of a woman in travail.
8 With the east wind Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish.
9 As we have heard, so have we seen {N}
in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God– {N}

God establish it for ever.

Selah

10 We have thought on Thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of Thy temple.
11 As is Thy name, O God, so is Thy praise unto the ends of the earth; {N}
Thy right hand is full of righteousness.
12 Let mount Zion be glad, let the daughters of Judah rejoice, because of Thy judgments.
13 Walk about Zion, and go round about her;
count the towers thereof.
14 Mark ye well her ramparts, traverse her palaces;
that ye may tell it to the generation following.
15 For such is God, our God, for ever and ever;
He will guide us eternally. {P}

Prophets Reading 48: 1 Samuel 3 “if thou be called, that thou shalt say:”

1 Samuel Chapter 3

1 And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no frequent vision.
{S} 2 And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place–

now his eyes had begun to wax dim, that he could not see–

3 and the lamp of God was not yet gone out, and Samuel was laid down to sleep in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, {P}

4 that the LORD called Samuel; and he said:

‘Here am I.’

5 And he ran unto Eli, and said:

‘Here am I; for thou didst call me.’

And he said:

‘I called not; lie down again.’

And he went and lay down.
{S} 6 And the LORD called yet again Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said:

‘Here am I; for thou didst call me.’

And he answered:

‘I called not, my son; lie down again.’

7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him. 8 And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said:

‘Here am I; for thou didst call me.’

And Eli perceived that the LORD was calling the child. 9 Therefore Eli said unto Samuel:

‘Go, lie down; and it shall be, if thou be called, that thou shalt say:
Speak, LORD; for Thy servant heareth.’

So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times:

‘Samuel, Samuel.’

Then Samuel said:

‘Speak; for Thy servant heareth.’ {P}

11 And the LORD said to Samuel:

‘Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall
tingle. 12 In that day I will perform against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from
the beginning even unto the end. 13 For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever, for
the iniquity, in that he knew that his sons did bring a curse upon themselves, and he rebuked them
not. 14 And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall
not be expiated with sacrifice nor offering for ever.’

15 And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel feared to tell Eli the vision. 16 Then Eli called Samuel, and said:

‘Samuel, my son.’

And he said:

‘Here am I.’

17 And he said:

‘What is the thing that He hath spoken unto thee? I pray thee, hide it not from me, God do so to
thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me of all the things that He spoke unto thee.’

18 And Samuel told him all the words, and hid nothing from him. And he said:

‘It is the LORD; let Him do what seemeth Him good.’ {P}

19 And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground. 20 And all Israel from Dan even to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the LORD.

{S} 21 And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh; for the LORD revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD. {P}

Portion 32.i “all the increase thereof be for food”

Leviticus Chapter 25

1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses in mount Sinai, saying:
2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them:
When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto the LORD. 3 Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the produce thereof. 4 But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a sabbath unto the LORD; thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard. 5 That which groweth of itself of thy harvest thou shalt not reap, and the grapes of thy undressed vine thou shalt not gather; it shall be a year of solemn rest for the land. 6 And the sabbath-produce of the land shall be for food for you:
for thee, and for thy servant and for thy maid, and for thy hired servant and for the settler by thy side that sojourn with thee; 7 and for thy cattle, and for the beasts that are in thy land, shall all the increase thereof be for food.
{S} 8 And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and there shall be unto thee the days of seven sabbaths of years, even forty and nine years. 9 Then shalt thou make proclamation with the blast of the horn on the tenth day of the seventh month; in the day of atonement shall ye make proclamation with the horn throughout all your land. 10 And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof; it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family. 11 A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be unto you; ye shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of the undressed vines. 12 For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy unto you; ye shall eat the increase thereof out of the field. 13 In this year of jubilee ye shall return every man unto his possession. 14 And if thou sell aught unto thy neighbour, or buy of thy neighbour’s hand, ye shall not wrong one another. 15 According to the number of years after the jubilee thou shalt buy of thy neighbour, and according unto the number of years of the crops he shall sell unto thee. 16 According to the multitude of the years thou shalt increase the price thereof, and according to the fewness of the years thou shalt diminish the price of it; for the number of crops doth he sell unto thee. 17 And ye shall not wrong one another; but thou shalt fear thy God; for I am the LORD your God. 18 Wherefore ye shall do My statutes, and keep Mine ordinances and do them; and ye shall dwell in the land in safety.

Witnesses Reading 46: Luke 2 “the Redeemer, who is the ALOHA the Meshicha”

V. 2:1

NOW it was in those days that there went forth a mandate from Augustus Caesar to enrol the people of his dominion. This enrolment was first made under the government of Qurinos in Suria. And every man went to be enrolled in his city. And Jauseph also went up from Natsrath of Galila, unto Jehud, to the city of David, which is called Beth-lechem, because he was of the house and of the family of David, with Mariam his espoused while with child, there to be enrolled. And it was that while they were there, the days were fulfilled that she should give birth:
and she brought forth her son, the first-born, and wrapped him in bandages, and laid him in the manger; because there was no place for them where they stayed.
But there were shepherds in the country who were staying there, and keeping watch by night over their flocks. And, behold, the angel of Aloha came to them, and the glory of the Lord shone upon them; and they feared with great fear. And the angel said to them, Fear not; for, behold, I announce to you great joy, which shall be to all people:
for there is born for you to-day the Redeemer, who is ALOHA the Meshicha, in the city of David.
And this is to you the sign, You shall find the infant wrapped in bandages, and laid in a manger. And instantly there were seen with the angel many hosts of the heavens, glorifying Aloha, and saying, Glory to Aloha in the heights, and upon earth peace and good hope for the sons of men. And when the angels were gone from them into heaven, the shepherds spake one with another, and said, Let us go unto Beth-lechem, and see the thing which the Lord hath made known to us. And they came with speed, and found Mariam, and Jauseph, and the infant who was laid in the manger; and when they saw, they showed the word which had been spoken to them concerning the child. And all who heard wondered at those (things) which were told them by the shepherds. But Mariam kept all these words, and compared them in her heart. And those shepherds returned, glorifying and praising Aloha for all that they had seen and heard as they had been spoken to them.

VI. 2:21

AND when the eight days completed to circumcise the child, his name was called Jeshu, for he was so called by the angel before he was conceived in the womb And when were completed, the days of their purification according to the law of Musha, they carried him up to Urishlem, to present him* before the Lord: (as it is written in the law of the Lord, That every male [who] openeth the matrix the holy to the Lord shall be called 🙂 and to offer the sacrifice as it is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtle-doves, or two of the young of pigeons. But there was a certain man in Urishlem, whose name was Shemun; and this man was just and righteous, and he had waited for the consolation of Isroel, and the Spirit of Holiness was upon him. And it was said to him from the Spirit of Holiness, that he should not see death, until he had seen the Meshicha of the Lord. Behold, this man came in the Spirit to the temple, and when his parents † brought in Jeshu the child, to do for him as it is commanded in the law, he took him upon his arms and blessed Aloha, and said,
Now dismiss thy servant, my Lord, according to thy word, in peace;
For lo, mine eyes have seen thy grace,
Which thou hast prepared in the face of all the nations;
A light for the revelation of the peoples,
And the glory of thy people Isroel.
But Jauseph and his mother wondered at these words which were spoken concerning him. And Shemun blessed them, and said to Mariam his mother, Behold, this child is set for the ruin and uprising of many in Isroel, for the sign of contention. And through thine own soul shall pass a spear, that may be revealed the reasonings of the hearts of many.

* Literally, that they might make him stand before, &c. So also the Latin Vulgate.
† Fathers.

VII. 2:36

NOW Chana,* the prophetess, (was) the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher; she was aged also in her days, and seven years with her husband had lived from her virginity. And she was a widow as of years eighty and four, and she removed not from the temple, and with fasting and with prayer she worshipped † in the day and in the night. And she also arose in that hour and confessed ‡ the Lord, and discoursed concerning him with all who were expecting the redemption of Urishlem.
And when they had fulfilled every thing according to the law of the Lord, they returned unto Galila, to Natsrath their city. But the child grew, and was strengthened in spirit, and was filled with wisdom; and the grace of Aloha was upon him. And his relatives § every year went unto Urishlem at the feast of Petscha.

* Or, ‘Hana. † Or, served, ‡ Or, praised. § Or, his men.

VIII. 2:42

AND when he was a son of twelve years, they went up, as they were used, to the festival. And when the days (were) fulfilled, they returned. But Jeshu, the child, remained in Urishlem, and Jauseph and his mother knew not. For they thought that he was with the sons of the company; and when they had gone the journey of one day, they sought him with the men and with any who knew him. And they found him not: and they returned again to Urishlem, and sought him. And after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors,* hearing them and questioning them. And all of them were astonished, as they heard him, at his wisdom and at his answers. And when they saw him, they wondered; and his mother said to him, My son, why hast thou done with us thus? for, behold, I and thy father with great anxiety have sought thee. He saith to them, Why have you sought me (elsewhere) ? Knew you not that (in) the house of my Father it behoveth me to be ? But they did not comprehend the word that he spake to them. And he went down with them, and came to Natsrath, and was subject to them. But his mother kept all these words in her heart. But Jeshu increased in his stature, and in his wisdom, and in favour with Aloha and men.

* Malphonee.

Writings Reading 46:Psalms 46 “Let be, and know that I am God”

Psalms Chapter 46

1 For the Leader; [a Psalm] of the sons of Korah; upon Alamoth. A Song.
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2 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
3 Therefore will we not fear, though the earth do change, and though the mountains be moved into the heart of the seas;
4 Though the waters thereof roar and foam, though the mountains shake at the swelling thereof.

Selah

5 There is a river, the streams whereof make glad the city of God, the holiest dwelling-place of the Most High.
6 God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, at the approach of morning.
7 Nations were in tumult, kingdoms were moved;
He uttered His voice, the earth melted.
8 The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our high tower.

Selah

9 Come, behold the works of the LORD, who hath made desolations in the earth.
10 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; {N}
He breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder;
He burneth the chariots in the fire.

11 ‘Let be, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’

12 The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our high tower.

Selah {P}

Prophets Reading 46: 1 Samuel 1 “better to thee than ten sons”

1 Samuel Chapter 1

commentary: What the heart wants; what the soul wants; what the mind wants. Is there happy medium?

Portion 31.vi,vii “the appointed seasons of the LORD”

Leviticus Chapter 23
33 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying:
34 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying:
On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD. 35 On the first day shall be a holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of servile work. 36 Seven days ye shall bring an offering made by fire unto the LORD; on the eighth day shall be a holy convocation unto you; and ye shall bring an offering made by fire unto the LORD; it is a day of solemn assembly; ye shall do no manner of servile work. 37 These are the appointed seasons of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to bring an offering made by fire unto the LORD, a burnt-offering, and a meal-offering, a sacrifice, and drink-offerings, each on its own day; 38 beside the sabbaths of the LORD, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill-offerings, which ye give unto the LORD. 39 Howbeit on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruits of the land, ye shall keep the feast of the LORD seven days; on the first day shall be a solemn rest, and on the eighth day shall be a solemn rest. 40 And ye shall take you on the first day the fruit of goodly trees, branches of palm-trees, and boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook, and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days. 41 And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year; it is a statute for ever in your generations; ye shall keep it in the seventh month. 42 Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are home-born in Israel shall dwell in booths; 43 that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt:
I am the LORD your God.
44 And Moses declared unto the children of Israel the appointed seasons of the LORD. {P}
Leviticus Chapter 24
1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying:

2 ‘Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee pure olive oil beaten for the light,
to cause a lamp to burn continually. 3 Without the veil of the testimony, in the tent of meeting,
shall Aaron order it from evening to morning before the LORD continually; it shall be a statute for
ever throughout your generations. 4 He shall order the lamps upon the pure candlestick before the
LORD continually. {P}

5 And thou shalt take fine flour, and bake twelve cakes thereof: two tenth parts of an ephah shall
be in one cake. 6 And thou shalt set them in two rows, six in a row, upon the pure table before the
LORD. 7 And thou shalt put pure frankincense with each row, that it may be to the bread for a
memorial-part, even an offering made by fire unto the LORD. 8 Every sabbath day he shall set it in
order before the LORD continually; it is from the children of Israel, an everlasting covenant. 9
And it shall be for Aaron and his sons; and they shall eat it in a holy place; for it is most holy
unto him of the offerings of the LORD made by fire, a perpetual due.’

{S} 10 And the son of an Israelitish woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the children of Israel; and the son of the Israelitish woman and a man of Israel strove together in the camp. 11 And the son of the Israelitish woman blasphemed the Name, and cursed; and they brought him unto Moses. And his mother’s name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan. 12 And they put him in ward, that it might be declared unto them at the mouth of the LORD. {P}

13 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying:

14 ‘Bring forth him that hath cursed without the camp; and let all that heard him lay their hands
upon his head, and let all the congregation stone him. 15 And thou shalt speak unto the children of
Israel, saying:
Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin. 16 And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he
shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall certainly stone him; as well the stranger,
as the home-born, when he blasphemeth the Name, shall be put to death. 17 And he that smiteth any
man mortally shall surely be put to death. 18 And he that smiteth a beast mortally shall make it
good:
life for life.
19 And if a man maim his neighbour; as he hath done, so shall it be done to him:
20 breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; as he hath maimed a man, so shall it be
rendered unto him. 21 And he that killeth a beast shall make it good; and he that killeth a man
shall be put to death. 22 Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for the
home-born; for I am the LORD your God.’

23 And Moses spoke to the children of Israel, and they brought forth him that had cursed out of the camp, and stoned him with stones. And the children of Israel did as the LORD commanded Moses. {P}

WitnessesReading45:Luke 1 “to record histories of those transactions”

THE HOLY GOSPEL, THE PREACHING OF LUKOS THE EVANGELIST: WHICH HE SPAKE AND DECLARED IN GREEK IN ALEXANDRIA THE GREAT.

I. 1:1

BECAUSE many have willed to record histories of those transactions of which we are persuaded, according to that which they have delivered to us, (they) who from the first were eye-witnesses and ministers of his doctrine; it appeared also to me, that having been intimately near to them all, I should record every thing in its order for thee, illustrious Theophile, that thou mayest know the truth of those doctrines in which thou hast been instructed.
THERE was in the days of Herodes, king of the Jihudoyee, a certain priest whose name was Zakaria, of the service of the house of Abia, and his wife (was) of the daughters of Aharun; her name was Elishaba. And they were both just before Aloha, and walked in all his commandments, and in the righteousness of the Lord, without blame. But they had no son because Elishaba was barren, and both had become many in their days.
But it was while he was acting-as-priest in the order of his ministry before Aloha, according to the custom of the priesthood he came to set on incense, and entered into the temple of the Lord. And all the congregation of the people were praying without at the time of incense. And there appeared to him, to Zakaria, the angel of the Lord, standing on the right hand of the altar of incense. And Zakaria trembled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. And the angel said to him, Fear not, Zakaria, for thy prayer is heard, and thy wife Elishaba shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name Juchanon.* And to thee shall be joy and exultation, and many shall rejoice in his birth: for he shall be great before the Lord, and wine and strong liquor † shall he not drink, and with the Spirit of Holiness shall he be filled, from the womb of his mother. And many of the sons of Isroel shall he convert to the Lord their Aloha. And he shall go before him in the spirit and the power of Elia the prophet, to turn the hearts of the fathers unto the children, and those who believe not to the knowledge of the righteous, and to prepare for the Lord a perfect people.
And Zakaria said to the angel, How shall I know this ? for I am old, and my wife many in her days. And the angel answered and said to him, I am Gabriel, I stand before Aloha, and I have been sent to speak with thee and to announce to thee these things. From henceforth thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be able to speak, till the day when these things shall be done, because thou hast not believed these words, which shall be fulfilled in their time.
But the people were standing, and expecting Zakaria. and were wondering at his delay in the temple. But when Zakaria had come forth, he could not speak to them; and he made them understand that he had seen a vision in the temple, and signing he signed to them, and remained dumb. And when the days of his service were fulfilled, he came to his house.
And it was after those days Elishaba his wife conceived, and she secluded herself five months. And she said, These things hath the Lord done for me in the days of my desolation, to take away my reproach from among the children of men.

* Pronounced, Yu’hanan. † Shak’ra.

II. 1:26

BUT in the sixth month Gabriel the angel was sent from before Aloha to Galila, to a city whose name (is) Natsrath, unto a Virgin espoused to a man whose name was Jauseph, of the house of David, and the name of the Virgin was Mariam. And the angel entered to her, and said to her, Peace to thee, full of grace ! our Lord is with thee, thou blessed among women ! But she, when she saw, was troubled at his words, and reasoned what this salutation was. And the angel said to her, Fear not, Mariam, for thou hast found favour with Aloha. For, behold, thou shalt conceive, and shalt bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jeshu. He will be great, and the Son of the Most High * shall he be called, and Aloha the Lord shall give unto him the throne of David his father. And he shall reign over the house of Jakub for ever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end. And Mariam said to the angel, How shall this be, because a man is not known to me? The angel answered and said to her, The Spirit of Holiness shall come, and the Power of the Most High * shall shadow over thee; on account of this He who (shall be) born from thee is the Holy, and the Son of Aloha shall be called. And behold, Elishaba thy kinswoman, she also beareth a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month to her,-to her who is called the barren. For nothing is difficult to Aloha. And Mariam said, Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord, be it unto me as thou hast said. And the angel went from her.

* Eloia.

III. 1:39

AND Mariam arose in those days, and went with haste to the mountain to a city of Jehud; and she entered into the house of Zakaria, and saluted* Elishaba. And it was that when Elishaba heard the salutation of Mariam, the infant leaped in her womb. And she was filled with the Spirit of Holiness; and she cried with a loud voice, and said unto Mariam,
Blessed art thou among women,
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb !
Whence unto me is this,
That the mother of my Lord should come to me ?
For, lo, as fell the voice of thy salutation on my ears,
For great Joy leaped the infant in my womb.
And happy is she who hath believed,
For there is a fulfilment of those things which have
been spoken to her from the Lord.
And Mariam said:
My soul doth magnify the Lord,
And my spirit rejoiceth in Aloha my Saviour,
Who hath looked upon the lowliness of his handmaid:
For, behold, from now all generations shall give blessedness
to me.
Because he hath done for me great things, he who is mighty,
And holy is his name.
And his grace is for ages and generations
Upon those who fear him.
He hath wrought victory with his arm;
He hath scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He hath overturned the mighty from their thrones,
And hath exalted the humble.
The hungry he hath satisfied with good things,
And the rich he hath sent away empty.
He hath helped Isroel his servant,
And hath remembered his mercy;
As he spake with our fathers,
With Abraham and with his seed for ever.
And Mariam stayed with Elishaba three months, and returned to her house.

* Or, inquired for the peace of.

IV. 1:57

BUT to Elishaba had come the time that she should give birth, and she gave birth to a son. And her neighbours and the sons of her family heard that Aloha had magnified his grace upon her; and they rejoiced with her. And it was the eighth day, and they came to circumcise the child; and they called him by the name of his father, Zakaria. And his mother answered and said to them, Not so; but he shall be called Juchanon. And they said to her, No man in thy kindred is called by this name. And they signed to his father (to show) how he willed they should call him. And he requested a tablet, and wrote, and said, Juchanan is his name. And every man wondered. And immediately his mouth and his tongue were opened, and he spake, and blessed Aloha. And there was fear upon all around them; and in all the hill country of Jehud were these things spoken. And all who heard reasoned in their hearts, and said, What is this child to be ? And the hand of the Lord was with him. And Zakaria his father was filled with the Spirit of Holiness, and he prophesied, and said:
Blessed be the Lord, the Aloha of Israel;
For he hath visited his people, and wrought
for him redemption,
And hath raised up for us the horn of redemption
In the house of David his servant;
As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets,
Who have been from of old,
That we should be delivered from our adversaries,
And from the hand of all who hate us;
To perform his grace with our fathers,
And to remember his holy covenant;
The oath which he sware to Abraham our father,-
That to us he would grant
That, being delivered from the hand of our adversaries,
Without fear we might serve before him
All our days in righteousness.
And thou, child, the Prophet of the Most High
Shalt thou be called;
For thou shalt go before the face of the Lord,
And thou shalt prepare his way;
To give the knowledge of salvation to his people
In the forgiveness of their sins,
Through the compassions of the grace of our Aloha;
Whereby the morn-splendour shall visit us from on high,
To illumine those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death.
And to direct our feet into the way of peace.
And the child grew, and was strong in the spirit, and was in the desert till the day of his manifestation unto Isroel.

ProphetsReading 45:Judges 21 “catch you every man his wife”

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}