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}

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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}