Writings:Job 25 “that is a maggot”

Job Chapter 25

1 {S} Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said:
2 Dominion and fear are with Him;
He maketh peace in His high places.
3 Is there any number of His armies?
And upon whom doth not His light arise?
4 How then can man be just with God?
Or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?
5 Behold, even the moon hath no brightness, and the stars are not pure in His sight;
6 How much less man, that is a worm! and the son of man, that is a maggot!

Writings:Job 22 “Can He judge through the dark cloud”

Job Chapter 22

1 {S} Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said:
2 Can a man be profitable unto God?
Or can he that is wise be profitable unto Him?
3 Is it any advantage to the Almighty, that thou art righteous?
Or is it gain to Him, that thou makest thy ways blameless?
4 Is it for thy fear of Him that He reproveth thee, that He entereth with thee into judgment?
5 Is not thy wickedness great?
And are not thine iniquities without end?
6 For thou hast taken pledges of thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
7 Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.
8 And as a mighty man, who hath the earth, and as a man of rank, who dwelleth in it,
9 Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
10 Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden dread affrighted thee,
11 Or darkness, that thou canst not see, and abundance of waters cover thee.
12 Is not God in the height of heaven?
And behold the topmost of the stars, how high they are!
13 And thou sayest:

‘What doth God know? Can He judge through the dark cloud?
14 Thick clouds are a covering to Him, that He seeth not;
and He walketh in the circuit of heaven.’

15 Wilt thou keep the old way which wicked men have trodden?
16 Who were snatched away before their time, whose foundation was poured out as a stream;
17 Who said unto God:

‘Depart from us’;

and what could the Almighty do unto them?
18 Yet He filled their houses with good things–

but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
19 The righteous saw it, and were glad, and the innocent laugh them to scorn:

20 ‘Surely their substance is cut off, and their abundance the fire hath consumed.’

21 Acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace; thereby shall thine increase be good.
22 Receive, I pray thee, instruction from His mouth, and lay up His words in thy heart.
23 If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up–if thou put away unrighteousness far from thy tents,
24 And lay thy treasure in the dust, and the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks;
25 And the Almighty be thy treasure, and precious silver unto thee;
26 Then surely shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.
27 Thou shalt make thy prayer unto Him, and He will hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows;
28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee, and light shall shine upon thy ways.
29 When they cast thee down, thou shalt say:

‘There is lifting up’;

for the humble person He saveth.
30 He delivereth him that is innocent, yea, thou shalt be delivered through the cleanness of thy hands.

Writings:Job 21 “after that I have spoken, mock on”

Job Chapter 21

1 {S} Then Job answered and said:
2 Hear diligently my speech;
and let this be your consolations.
3 Suffer me, that I may speak;
and after that I have spoken, mock on.
4 As for me, is my complaint to man?
Or why should I not be impatient?
5 Turn unto me, and be astonished, and lay your hand upon your mouth.
6 Even when I remember I am affrighted, and horror hath taketh hold on my flesh.
7 Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, wax mighty in power?
8 Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes.
9 Their houses are safe, without fear, neither is the rod of God upon them.
10 Their bull gendereth, and faileth not;
their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf.
11 They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.
12 They sing to the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the pipe.
13 They spend their days in prosperity, and peacefully they go down to the grave.
14 Yet they said unto God:

‘Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of Thy ways.
15 What is the Almighty, that we should serve Him? And what profit should we have, if we pray unto Him?’–

16 Lo, their prosperity is not in their hand;
the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
17 How oft is it that the lamp of the wicked is put out?
that their calamity cometh upon them? {N}
that He distributeth pains in His anger?
18 That they are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm stealeth away?

19 ‘God layeth up his iniquity for his children!’–

let Him recompense it unto himself, that he may know it.
20 Let his own eyes see his destruction, and let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
21 For what pleasure hath he in his house after him?
seeing the number of his months is determined.
22 Shall any teach God knowledge?
seeing it is He that judgeth those that are high.
23 One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet;
24 His pails are full of milk, and the marrow of his bones is moistened.
25 And another dieth in bitterness of soul, and hath never tasted of good.
26 They lie down alike in the dust, and the worm covereth them.
27 Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me.
28 For ye say:

‘Where is the house of the prince? And where is the tent wherein the wicked dwelt?’

29 Have ye not asked them that go by the way;
and will ye misdeem their tokens,
30 That the evil man is reserved to the day of calamity, that they are led forth to the day of wrath?
31 But who shall declare his way to his face?
And who shall repay him what he hath done?
32 For he is borne to the grave, and watch is kept over his tomb.
33 The clods of the valley are sweet unto him, and all men draw after him, as there were innumerable before him.
34 How then comfort ye me in vain?
And as for your answers, there remaineth only faithlessness?

Writings:Job 20 “my thoughts give answer to me”

Job Chapter 20

1 {S} Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said:
2 Therefore do my thoughts give answer to me, even by reason of mine agitation that is in me.
3 I have heard the reproof which putteth me to shame, but out of my understanding my spirit answereth me.
4 Knowest thou not this of old time, since man was placed upon earth,
5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the godless but for a moment?
6 Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds;
7 Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung;
they that have seen him shall say:

‘Where is he?’

8 He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found;
yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night.
9 The eye which saw him shall see him no more;
neither shall his place any more behold him.
10 His children shall appease the poor, and his hands shall restore his wealth.
11 His bones are full of his youth, but it shall lie down with him in the dust.
12 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue;
13 Though he spare it, and will not let it go, but keep it still within his mouth;
14 Yet his food in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him.
15 He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again;
God shall cast them out of his belly.
16 He shall suck the poison of asps;
the viper’s tongue shall slay him.
17 He shall not look upon the rivers, the flowing streams of honey and curd.
18 That which he laboured for shall he give back, and shall not swallow it down;
according to the substance that he hath gotten, he shall not rejoice.
19 For he hath oppressed and forsaken the poor;
he hath violently taken away a house, and he shall not build it up.
20 Because he knew no quietness within him, in his greed he suffered nought to escape,
21 There was nothing left that he devoured not–

therefore his prosperity shall not endure.

22 In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits;
the hand of every one that is in misery shall come upon him.
23 It shall be for the filling of his belly;
He shall cast the fierceness of His wrath upon him, and shall cause it to rain upon him into his flesh.
24 If he flee from the iron weapon, the bow of brass shall strike him through.
25 He draweth it forth, and it cometh out of his body;
yea, the glittering point cometh out of his gall;
terrors are upon him.
26 All darkness is laid up for his treasures; {N}
a fire not blown by man shall consume him;
it shall go ill with him that is left in his tent.
27 The heavens shall reveal his iniquity, and the earth shall rise up against him.
28 The increase of his house shall depart, his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.
29 This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God.

Writings:Job 19 “I am escaped with the skin of my teeth”

Job Chapter 19

1 {S} Then Job answered and said:
2 How long will ye vex my soul, and crush me with words?
3 These ten times have ye reproached me;
ye are not ashamed that ye deal harshly with me.
4 And be it indeed that I have erred, mine error remaineth with myself.
5 If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach;
6 Know now that God hath subverted my cause, and hath compassed me with His net.
7 Behold, I cry out:


but I am not heard;
I cry aloud, but there is no justice.
8 He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and hath set darkness in my paths.
9 He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head.
10 He hath broken me down on every side, and I am gone;
and my hope hath He plucked up like a tree.
11 He hath also kindled His wrath against me, and He counteth me unto Him as one of His adversaries.
12 His troops come on together, and cast up their way against me, and encamp round about my tent.
13 He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are wholly estranged from me.
14 My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me.
15 They that dwell in my house, and my maids, count me for a stranger;
I am become an alien in their sight.
16 I call unto my servant, and he giveth me no answer, though I entreat him with my mouth.
17 My breath is abhorred of my wife, and I am loathsome to the children of my tribe.
18 Even urchins despised me;
if I arise, they speak against me.
19 All my intimate friends abhor me;
and they whom I loved are turned against me.
20 My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.
21 Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me.
22 Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?
23 Oh that my words were now written!
Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
24 That with an iron pen and lead they were graven in the rock for ever!
25 But as for me, I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He will witness at the last upon the dust;
26 And when after my skin this is destroyed, then without my flesh shall I see God;
27 Whom I, even I, shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another’s.
My reins are consumed within me.
28 If ye say:

‘How we will persecute him!’

seeing that the root of the matter is found in me;
29 Be ye afraid of the sword;
for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment.

Writings:Job 18 “Thou that tearest thyself”

Job Chapter 18

1 {S} Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said:
2 How long will ye lay snares for words?
Consider, and afterwards we will speak.
3 Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed dull in your sight?
4 Thou that tearest thyself in thine anger, shall the earth be forsaken for thee?
Or shall the rock be removed out of its place?
5 Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine.
6 The light shall be dark in his tent, and his lamp over him shall be put out.
7 The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down.
8 For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walketh upon the toils.
9 A gin* shall take him by the heel, and a snare shall lay hold on him.

[*a ‘gin’ is a demon]

10 A noose is hid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in the way.
11 Terrors shall overwhelm him on every side, and shall entrap him at his feet.
12 His trouble shall be ravenous, and calamity shall be ready for his fall.
13 It shall devour the members of his body, yea, the first-born of death shall devour his members.
14 That wherein he trusteth shall be plucked out of his tent;
and he shall be brought to the king of terrors.
15 There shall dwell in his tent that which is none of his;
brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.
16 His roots shall dry up beneath, and above shall his branch wither.
17 His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name abroad.
18 He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world.
19 He shall have neither son nor son’s son among his people, nor any remaining in his dwellings.
20 They that come after shall be astonished at his day, as they that went before are affrighted.
21 Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this is the place of him that knoweth not God.

Writings:Job 16,17 “for the sake of flattery”

Job Chapter 16

1 {S} Then Job answered and said:
2 I have heard many such things;
sorry comforters are ye all.
3 Shall windy words have an end?
Or what provoketh thee that thou answerest?
4 I also could speak as ye do; {N}
if your soul were in my soul’s stead, I could join words together against you, {N}
and shake my head at you.
5 I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips would assuage your grief.
6 Though I speak, my pain is not assuaged;
and though I forbear, what am I eased?
7 But now He hath made me weary;
Thou hast made desolate all my company.
8 And Thou hast shrivelled me up, which is a witness against me;
and my leanness riseth up against me, it testifieth to my face.
9 He hath torn me in His wrath, and hated me;
He hath gnashed upon me with His teeth;
mine adversary sharpeneth his eyes upon me.
10 They have gaped upon me with their mouth;
they have smitten me upon the cheek scornfully;
they gather themselves together against me.
11 God delivereth me to the ungodly, and casteth me into the hands of the wicked.
12 I was at ease, and He broke me asunder;
yea, He hath taken me by the neck, and dashed me to pieces; {N}
He hath also set me up for His mark.
13 His archers compass me round about, He cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; {N}
He poureth out my gall upon the ground.
14 He breaketh me with breach upon breach;
He runneth upon me like a giant.
15 I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and have laid my horn in the dust.
16 My face is reddened with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death;
17 Although there is no violence in my hands, and my prayer is pure.
18 O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no resting-place.
19 Even now, behold, my Witness is in heaven, and He that testifieth of me is on high.
20 Mine inward thoughts are my intercessors, mine eye poureth out tears unto God;
21 That He would set aright a man contending with God, as a son of man setteth aright his neighbour!
22 For the years that are few are coming on, and I shall go the way whence I shall not return.

Job Chapter 17

1 My spirit is consumed, my days are extinct, the grave is ready for me.
2 Surely there are mockers with me, and mine eye abideth in their provocation.
3 Give now a pledge, be surety for me with Thyself;
who else is there that will strike hands with me?
4 For Thou hast hid their heart from understanding;
therefore shalt Thou not exalt them.
5 He that denounceth his friends for the sake of flattery, even the eyes of his children shall fail.
6 He hath made me also a byword of the people;
and I am become one in whose face they spit.
7 Mine eye also is dimmed by reason of vexation, and all my members are as a shadow.
8 Upright men are astonished at this, and the innocent stirreth up himself against the godless.
9 Yet the righteous holdeth on his way, and he that hath clean hands waxeth stronger and stronger.
10 But as for you all, do ye return, and come now;
and I shall not find a wise man among you.
11 My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart.
12 They change the night into day;
the light is short because of darkness.
13 If I look for the nether-world as my house;
if I have spread my couch in the darkness;
14 If I have said to corruption:

‘Thou art my father’,

to the worm:

‘Thou art my mother, and my sister’;

15 Where then is my hope?
And as for my hope, who shall see it?
16 They shall go down to the bars of the nether-world, when we are at rest together in the dust.

Writings:Job 15 “make answer with windy knowledge”

Job Chapter 15

1 {S} Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said:
2 Should a wise man make answer with windy knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?
3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk, or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?
4 Yea, thou doest away with fear, and impairest devotion before God.
5 For thine iniquity teacheth thy mouth, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.
6 Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I;
yea, thine own lips testify against thee.
7 Art thou the first man that was born?
Or wast thou brought forth before the hills?
8 Dost thou hearken in the council of God?
And dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself?
9 What knowest thou, that we know not?
What understandest thou, which is not in us?
10 With us are both the gray-headed and the very aged men, much older than thy father.
11 Are the consolations of God too small for thee, and the word that dealeth gently with thee?
12 Why doth thy heart carry thee away?
And why do thine eyes wink?
13 That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such words go out of thy mouth.
14 What is man, that he should be clean?
And he that is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?
15 Behold, He putteth no trust in His holy ones;
yea, the heavens are not clean in His sight.
16 How much less one that is abominable and impure, man who drinketh iniquity like water!
17 I will tell thee, hear thou me;
and that which I have seen I will declare–

18 Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hid it;
19 Unto whom alone the land was given, and no stranger passed among them.
20 The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, even the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor.
21 A sound of terrors is in his ears:
in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.
22 He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited for of the sword.
23 He wandereth abroad for bread:

‘Where is it?’

He knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand.
24 Distress and anguish overwhelm him;
they prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.
25 Because he hath stretched out his hand against God, and behaveth himself proudly against the Almighty;
26 He runneth upon him with a stiff neck, with the thick bosses of his bucklers.
27 Because he hath covered his face with his fatness, and made collops of fat on his loins;
28 And he hath dwelt in desolate cities, in houses which no man would inhabit, which were ready to become heaps.
29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall their produce bend to the earth.
30 He shall not depart out of darkness;
the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of His mouth shall he go away.
31 Let him not trust in vanity, deceiving himself;
for vanity shall be his recompense.
32 It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be leafy.
33 He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive.
34 For the company of the godless shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tents of bribery.
35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity, and their belly prepareth deceit.

Writings:Job 12-14 “Will ye contend for God”

Job Chapter 12

1 {S} Then Job answered and said:
2 No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.
3 But I have understanding as well as you;
I am not inferior to you;
yea, who knoweth not such things as these?
4 I am as one that is a laughing-stock to his neighbour, a man that called upon God, and He answered him;
the just, the innocent man is a laughing-stock,
5 A contemptible brand in the thought of him that is at ease, a thing ready for them whose foot slippeth.
6 The tents of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure, in whatsoever God bringeth into their hand.
7 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee;
and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee;
8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee;
and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee;
9 Who knoweth not among all these, that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?
10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.–

11 Doth not the ear try words, even as the palate tasteth its food?

12 Is wisdom with aged men, and understanding in length of days?–

13 With Him is wisdom and might; He hath counsel and understanding.

14 Behold, He breaketh down, and it cannot be built again;
He shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.
15 Behold, He withholdeth the waters, and they dry up;
also He sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.
16 With Him is strength and sound wisdom;
the deceived and the deceiver are His.
17 He leadeth counsellors away stripped, and judges maketh He fools.
18 He looseth the bond of kings, and bindeth their loins with a girdle.
19 He leadeth priests away stripped, and overthroweth the mighty.
20 He removeth the speech of men of trust, and taketh away the sense of the elders.
21 He poureth contempt upon princes, and looseth the belt of the strong.
22 He uncovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death.
23 He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them;
He enlargeth the nations, and leadeth them

Job Chapter 13

1 Lo, mine eye hath seen all this, mine ear hath heard and understood it.
2 What ye know, do I know also;
I am not inferior unto you.
3 Notwithstanding I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.
4 But ye are plasterers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value.
5 Oh that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it would be your wisdom.
6 Hear now my reasoning, and hearken to the pleadings of my lips.
7 Will ye speak unrighteously for God, and talk deceitfully for Him?
8 Will ye show Him favour?
Will ye contend for God?
9 Would it be good that He should search you out?
Or as one mocketh a man, will ye mock Him?
10 He will surely reprove you, if ye do secretly show favour.
11 Shall not His majesty terrify you, and His dread fall upon you?
12 Your memorials shall be like unto ashes, your eminences to eminences of clay.
13 Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will.
14 Wherefore? I will take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hand.
15 Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him;
but I will argue my ways before Him.
16 This also shall be my salvation, that a hypocrite cannot come before Him.
17 Hear diligently my speech, and let my declaration be in your ears.
18 Behold now, I have ordered my cause;
I know that I shall be justified.
19 Who is he that will contend with me?
For then would I hold my peace and die.
20 Only do not two things unto me, then will I not hide myself from Thee:
21 Withdraw Thy hand far from me;
and let not Thy terror make me afraid.
22 Then call Thou, and I will answer;
or let me speak, and answer Thou me.
23 How many are mine iniquities and sins?
Make me to know my transgression and my sin.
24 Wherefore hidest Thou Thy face, and holdest me for Thine enemy?
25 Wilt Thou harass a driven leaf?
And wilt Thou pursue the dry stubble?
26 That Thou shouldest write bitter things against me, and make me to inherit the iniquities of my youth.
27 Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and lookest narrowly unto all my paths; {N}
Thou drawest Thee a line about the soles of my feet;
28 Though I am like a wine-skin that consumeth, like a garment that is moth-eaten.

Job Chapter 14

1 Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.
2 He cometh forth like a flower, and withereth;
he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.
3 And dost Thou open Thine eyes upon such a one, and bringest me into judgment with Thee?
4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.
5 Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months is with Thee, and Thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;
6 Look away from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as a hireling, his day.
7 For there is hope of a tree, {N}
if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.
8 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;
9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and put forth boughs like a plant.
10 But man dieth, and lieth low;
yea, man perisheth, and where is he?
11 As the waters fail from the sea, and the river is drained dry;
12 So man lieth down and riseth not; {N}
till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be roused out of their sleep.
13 Oh that Thou wouldest hide me in the nether-world, that Thou wouldest keep me secret, until Thy wrath be past, {N}
that Thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!–

14 If a man die, may he live again? {N}

All the days of my service would I wait, till my relief should come–

15 Thou wouldest call, and I would answer Thee;
Thou wouldest have a desire to the work of Thy hands.
16 But now Thou numberest my steps, Thou dost not even wait for my sin;
17 My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and Thou heapest up mine iniquity.
18 And surely the mountain falling crumbleth away, and the rock is removed out of its place;
19 The waters wear the stones;
the overflowings thereof wash away the dust of the earth; {N}
so Thou destroyest the hope of man.
20 Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth;
Thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away.
21 His sons come to honour, and he knoweth it not;
and they are brought low, but he regardeth them not.
22 But his flesh grieveth for him, and his soul mourneth over him.

Writings:Job 11 “the drooping of the soul”

[apology: I am on the road and having connection problems, this is the reason for the lapse in readings.]

Job Chapter 11

1 {S} Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said:
2 Should not the multitude of words be answered?
And should a man full of talk be accounted right?
3 Thy boastings have made men hold their peace, and thou hast mocked, with none to make thee ashamed;
4 And thou hast said:

‘My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in Thine eyes.’

5 But oh that God would speak, and open His lips against thee;
6 And that He would tell thee the secrets of wisdom, that sound wisdom is manifold! {N}
Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth.
7 Canst thou find out the deep things of God?
Canst thou attain unto the purpose of the Almighty?
8 It is high as heaven;
what canst thou do?
Deeper than the nether-world;
what canst thou know?
9 The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.
10 If He pass by, and shut up, or gather in, then who can hinder Him?
11 For He knoweth base men;
and when He seeth iniquity, will He not then consider it?
12 But an empty man will get understanding, when a wild ass’s colt is born a man.
13 If thou set thy heart aright, and stretch out thy hands toward Him–

14 If iniquity be in thy hand, put it far away, and let not unrighteousness dwell in thy tents–

15 Surely then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot;
yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear;
16 For thou shalt forget thy misery;
thou shalt remember it as waters that are passed away;
17 And thy life shall be clearer than the noonday;
though there be darkness, it shall be as the morning.
18 And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope;
yea, thou shalt look about thee, and shalt take thy rest in safety.
19 Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid;
yea, many shall make suit unto thee.
20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall have no way to flee, and their hope shall be the drooping of the soul

Portion 35.iv “They shall bestow My Name upon the sons of Israel”

Numbers Chapter 5

11. The Eternal spoke to Moses, saying: יא. וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָֹה אֶל משֶׁה לֵּאמֹר:
12. Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them:
Should any man’s wife go astray and deal treacherously with him,
יב. דַּבֵּר אֶל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם אִישׁ אִישׁ כִּי תִשְׂטֶה אִשְׁתּוֹ וּמָעֲלָה בוֹ מָעַל:
13. and a man lie with her carnally, but it was hidden from her husband’s eyes, but she was secluded [with the suspected adulterer] and there was no witness against her, and she was not seized. יג. וְשָׁכַב אִישׁ אֹתָהּ שִׁכְבַת זֶרַע וְנֶעְלַם מֵעֵינֵי אִישָׁהּ וְנִסְתְּרָה וְהִיא נִטְמָאָה וְעֵד אֵין בָּהּ וְהִוא לֹא נִתְפָּשָׂה:
14. But a spirit of jealousy had come upon him and he became jealous of his wife, and she was defiled, or, a spirit of jealousy had come upon him and he was jealous of his wife, and she was not defiled. יד. וְעָבַר עָלָיו רוּחַ קִנְאָה וְקִנֵּא אֶת אִשְׁתּוֹ וְהִוא נִטְמָאָה אוֹ עָבַר עָלָיו רוּחַ קִנְאָה וְקִנֵּא אֶת אִשְׁתּוֹ וְהִיא לֹא נִטְמָאָה:
15. Then the man shall bring his wife to the kohen and bring her offering for her, one tenth of an ephah of barley flour. He shall neither pour oil over it nor put frankincense on it, for it is a meal offering of jealousies, a meal offering of remembrance, recalling iniquity. טו. וְהֵבִיא הָאִישׁ אֶת אִשְׁתּוֹ אֶל הַכֹּהֵן וְהֵבִיא אֶת קָרְבָּנָהּ עָלֶיהָ עֲשִׂירִת הָאֵיפָה קֶמַח שְׂעֹרִים לֹא יִצֹק עָלָיו שֶׁמֶן וְלֹא יִתֵּן עָלָיו לְבֹנָה כִּי מִנְחַת קְנָאֹת הוּא מִנְחַת זִכָּרוֹן מַזְכֶּרֶת עָוֹן:
16. The kohen shall bring her forth and present her before the Eternal. טז. וְהִקְרִיב אֹתָהּ הַכֹּהֵן וְהֶעֱמִדָהּ לִפְנֵי יְהוָֹה:
17. The kohen shall take holy water in an earthen vessel, and some earth from the Mishkan floor, the kohen shall take and put it into the water. יז. וְלָקַח הַכֹּהֵן מַיִם קְדשִׁים בִּכְלִי חָרֶשׂ וּמִן הֶעָפָר אֲשֶׁר יִהְיֶה בְּקַרְקַע הַמִּשְׁכָּן יִקַּח הַכֹּהֵן וְנָתַן אֶל הַמָּיִם:
18. Then the kohen shall stand the woman up before the Eternal and expose the [hair on the] head of the woman; he shall place into her hands the remembrance meal offering, which is a meal offering of jealousies, while the bitter curse bearing waters are in the kohen’s hand. יח. וְהֶעֱמִיד הַכֹּהֵן אֶת הָאִשָּׁה לִפְנֵי יְהוָֹה וּפָרַע אֶת רֹאשׁ הָאִשָּׁה וְנָתַן עַל כַּפֶּיהָ אֵת מִנְחַת הַזִּכָּרוֹן מִנְחַת קְנָאֹת הִוא וּבְיַד הַכֹּהֵן יִהְיוּ מֵי הַמָּרִים הַמְאָרְרִים:
19. The kohen shall then place her under oath, and say to the woman,

“If no man has lain with you and you have not gone astray to become defiled [to another] in place of your husband, then [you will] be absolved through these bitter waters which cause the curse.

יט. וְהִשְׁבִּיעַ אֹתָהּ הַכֹּהֵן וְאָמַר אֶל הָאִשָּׁה אִם לֹא שָׁכַב אִישׁ אֹתָךְ וְאִם לֹא שָׂטִית טֻמְאָה תַּחַת אִישֵׁךְ הִנָּקִי מִמֵּי הַמָּרִים הַמְאָרְרִים הָאֵלֶּה:
20. But as for you, if you have gone astray [to another] instead of your husband and have become defiled, and another man besides your husband has lain with you…” כ. וְאַתְּ כִּי שָׂטִית תַּחַת אִישֵׁךְ וְכִי נִטְמֵאת וַיִּתֵּן אִישׁ בָּךְ אֶת שְׁכָבְתּוֹ מִבַּלְעֲדֵי אִישֵׁךְ:
21. The kohen shall now adjure the woman with the oath of the curse, and the kohen shall say to the woman,

“May the Eternal make you for a curse and an oath among your people, when the Eternal causes your thigh to rupture and your belly to swell.

כא. וְהִשְׁבִּיעַ הַכֹּהֵן אֶת הָאִשָּׁה בִּשְׁבֻעַת הָאָלָה וְאָמַר הַכֹּהֵן לָאִשָּׁה יִתֵּן יְהוָֹה אוֹתָךְ לְאָלָה וְלִשְׁבֻעָה בְּתוֹךְ עַמֵּךְ בְּתֵת יְהוָֹה אֶת יְרֵכֵךְ נֹפֶלֶת וְאֶת בִּטְנֵךְ צָבָה:
22. For these curse bearing waters shall enter your innards, causing the belly to swell and the thigh to rupture,”

and the woman shall say,

“Amen, amen.”

כב. וּבָאוּ הַמַּיִם הַמְאָרְרִים הָאֵלֶּה בְּמֵעַיִךְ לַצְבּוֹת בֶּטֶן וְלַנְפִּל יָרֵךְ וְאָמְרָה הָאִשָּׁה אָמֵן | אָמֵן:
23. Then the kohen shall write these curses on a scroll and erase it in the bitter water. כג. וְכָתַב אֶת הָאָלֹת הָאֵלֶּה הַכֹּהֵן בַּסֵּפֶר וּמָחָה אֶל מֵי הַמָּרִים:
24. He shall then give the bitter, curse bearing waters to the woman to drink, and the curse bearing waters shall enter her to become bitter. כד. וְהִשְׁקָה אֶת הָאִשָּׁה אֶת מֵי הַמָּרִים הַמְאָרְרִים וּבָאוּ בָהּ הַמַּיִם הַמְאָרְרִים לְמָרִים:
25. The kohen shall take the meal offering of jealousies from the woman’s hand, wave the meal offering before the Lord, and bring it to the altar. כה. וְלָקַח הַכֹּהֵן מִיַּד הָאִשָּׁה אֵת מִנְחַת הַקְּנָאֹת וְהֵנִיף אֶת הַמִּנְחָה לִפְנֵי יְהוָֹה וְהִקְרִיב אֹתָהּ אֶל הַמִּזְבֵּחַ:
26. The kohen shall scoop out from the meal offering its reminder and burn it upon the altar, and then he shall give the woman the water to drink. כו. וְקָמַץ הַכֹּהֵן מִן הַמִּנְחָה אֶת אַזְכָּרָתָהּ וְהִקְטִיר הַמִּזְבֵּחָה וְאַחַר יַשְׁקֶה אֶת הָאִשָּׁה אֶת הַמָּיִם:
27. He shall make her drink the water, and it shall be that, if she had been defiled and was unfaithful to her husband, the curse bearing waters shall enter her to become bitter, and her belly will swell, and her thigh will rupture. The woman will be a curse among her people. כז. וְהִשְׁקָהּ אֶת הַמַּיִם וְהָיְתָה אִם נִטְמְאָה וַתִּמְעֹל מַעַל בְּאִישָׁהּ וּבָאוּ בָהּ הַמַּיִם הַמְאָרְרִים לְמָרִים וְצָבְתָה בִטְנָהּ וְנָפְלָה יְרֵכָהּ וְהָיְתָה הָאִשָּׁה לְאָלָה בְּקֶרֶב עַמָּהּ:
28. But if the woman had not become defiled and she is clean, she shall be exempted and bear seed. כח. וְאִם לֹא נִטְמְאָה הָאִשָּׁה וּטְהֹרָה הִוא וְנִקְּתָה וְנִזְרֳעָה זָרַע:
29. This is the law of jealousies when a woman goes astray to someone other than her husband and is defiled, כט. זֹאת תּוֹרַת הַקְּנָאֹת אֲשֶׁר תִּשְׂטֶה אִשָּׁה תַּחַת אִישָׁהּ וְנִטְמָאָה:
30. or if a spirit of jealousy comes over a man, and he is jealous of his wife, and he presents the woman before the Eternal, and the kohen shall do to her all of this law, ל. אוֹ אִישׁ אֲשֶׁר תַּעֲבֹר עָלָיו רוּחַ קִנְאָה וְקִנֵּא אֶת אִשְׁתּוֹ וְהֶעֱמִיד אֶת הָאִשָּׁה לִפְנֵי יְהוָֹה וְעָשָׂה לָהּ הַכֹּהֵן אֵת כָּל הַתּוֹרָה הַזֹּאת:
31. the man shall be absolved of iniquity, and the woman shall bear her iniquity. לא. וְנִקָּה הָאִישׁ מֵעָוֹן וְהָאִשָּׁה הַהִוא תִּשָּׂא אֶת עֲו‍ֹנָהּ:

Chapter 6

1. The Eternal spoke to Moses saying: א. וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָֹה אֶל משֶׁה לֵּאמֹר:
2. Speak to the children of Israel, and you shall say to them: A man or woman who sets himself apart by making a nazirite vow to abstain for the sake of the Lord. ב. דַּבֵּר אֶל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם אִישׁ אוֹ אִשָּׁה כִּי יַפְלִא לִנְדֹּר נֶדֶר נָזִיר לְהַזִּיר לַיהוָֹה:
3. He shall abstain from new wine and aged wine; he shall not drink [even] vinegar made from new wine or aged wine, nor shall he drink anything in which grapes have been steeped, and he shall eat neither fresh grapes nor dried ones. ג. מִיַּיִן וְשֵׁכָר יַזִּיר חֹמֶץ יַיִן וְחֹמֶץ שֵׁכָר לֹא יִשְׁתֶּה וְכָל מִשְׁרַת עֲנָבִים לֹא יִשְׁתֶּה וַעֲנָבִים לַחִים וִיבֵשִׁים לֹא יֹאכֵל:
4. For the entire duration of his abstinence, he shall not eat any product of the grape vine, from seeds to skins. ד. כֹּל יְמֵי נִזְרוֹ מִכֹּל אֲשֶׁר יֵעָשֶׂה מִגֶּפֶן הַיַּיִן מֵחַרְצַנִּים וְעַד זָג לֹא יֹאכֵל:
5. All the days of his vow of abstinence, no razor shall pass over his head; until the completion of the term that he abstains for the sake of the Lord, it shall be sacred, and he shall allow the growth of the hair of his head to grow wild. ה. כָּל יְמֵי נֶדֶר נִזְרוֹ תַּעַר לֹא יַעֲבֹר עַל רֹאשׁוֹ עַד מְלֹאת הַיָּמִם אֲשֶׁר יַזִּיר לַיהוָֹה קָדֹשׁ יִהְיֶה גַּדֵּל פֶּרַע שְׂעַר רֹאשׁוֹ:
6. All the days that he abstains for The Eternal, he shall not come into contact with the dead. ו. כָּל יְמֵי הַזִּירוֹ לַיהוָֹה עַל נֶפֶשׁ מֵת לֹא יָבֹא:
7. To his father, to his mother, to his brother, or to his sister, he shall not defile himself if they die, for the crown of his God is upon his head. ז. לְאָבִיו וּלְאִמּוֹ לְאָחִיו וּלְאַחֹתוֹ לֹא יִטַּמָּא לָהֶם בְּמֹתָם כִּי נֵזֶר אֱלֹהָיו עַל רֹאשׁוֹ:
8. For the entire duration of his abstinence, he is holy to the Eternal. ח. כֹּל יְמֵי נִזְרוֹ קָדשׁ הוּא לַיהוָֹה:
9. If someone in his presence dies unexpectedly or suddenly, and causes the nazirite head to become defiled, he shall shave off [the hair of] his head on the day of his purification; on the seventh day, he shall shave it off. ט. וְכִי יָמוּת מֵת עָלָיו בְּפֶתַע פִּתְאֹם וְטִמֵּא רֹאשׁ נִזְרוֹ וְגִלַּח רֹאשׁוֹ בְּיוֹם טָהֳרָתוֹ בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי יְגַלְּחֶנּוּ:
10. And on the eighth day, he shall bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons to the kohen, at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. י. וּבַיּוֹם הַשְּׁמִינִי יָבִא שְׁתֵּי תֹרִים אוֹ שְׁנֵי בְּנֵי יוֹנָה אֶל הַכֹּהֵן אֶל פֶּתַח אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד:
11. The kohen shall prepare one for a sin offering and one for a burnt offering and atone on his behalf for sinning by coming into contact with the dead, and he shall sanctify his head on that day. יא. וְעָשָׂה הַכֹּהֵן אֶחָד לְחַטָּאת וְאֶחָד לְעֹלָה וְכִפֶּר עָלָיו מֵאֲשֶׁר חָטָא עַל הַנָּפֶשׁ וְקִדַּשׁ אֶת רֹאשׁוֹ בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא:
12. He shall consecrate to the Eternal the period of his abstinence and bring a lamb in its first year as a guilt offering; the previous days shall be canceled because his naziriteship has been defiled. יב. וְהִזִּיר לַיהוָֹה אֶת יְמֵי נִזְרוֹ וְהֵבִיא כֶּבֶשׂ בֶּן שְׁנָתוֹ לְאָשָׁם וְהַיָּמִים הָרִאשֹׁנִים יִפְּלוּ כִּי טָמֵא נִזְרוֹ:
13. This is the law of the nazirite:
On the day his period of naziriteship is completed, he shall present himself at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.
יג. וְזֹאת תּוֹרַת הַנָּזִיר בְּיוֹם מְלֹאת יְמֵי נִזְרוֹ יָבִיא אֹתוֹ אֶל פֶּתַח אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד:
14. He shall bring his offering to the Eternal:
one unblemished lamb in its first year as a burnt offering, one unblemished ewe lamb in its first year as a sin offering, and one unblemished ram as a peace offering,
יד. וְהִקְרִיב אֶת קָרְבָּנוֹ לַיהוָֹה כֶּבֶשׂ בֶּן שְׁנָתוֹ תָמִים אֶחָד לְעֹלָה וְכַבְשָׂה אַחַת בַּת שְׁנָתָהּ תְּמִימָה לְחַטָּאת וְאַיִל אֶחָד תָּמִים לִשְׁלָמִים:
15. and a basket of unleavened cakes; loaves of fine flour mixed with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil, with their meal offerings and their libations. טו. וְסַל מַצּוֹת סֹלֶת חַלֹּת בְּלוּלֹת בַּשֶּׁמֶן וּרְקִיקֵי מַצּוֹת מְשֻׁחִים בַּשָּׁמֶן וּמִנְחָתָם וְנִסְכֵּיהֶם:
16. The kohen shall present it before the Eternal, and perform the service of his sin offering and his burnt offering. טז. וְהִקְרִיב הַכֹּהֵן לִפְנֵי יְהוָֹה וְעָשָׂה אֶת חַטָּאתוֹ וְאֶת עֹלָתוֹ:
17. He shall make the ram as a peace offering to the Lord, along with the basket of unleavened cakes, and the kohen shall perform the service of its meal offering with its libation. יז. וְאֶת הָאַיִל יַעֲשֶׂה זֶבַח שְׁלָמִים לַיהוָֹה עַל סַל הַמַּצּוֹת וְעָשָׂה הַכֹּהֵן אֶת מִנְחָתוֹ וְאֶת נִסְכּוֹ:
18. The nazirite shall shave the head of his naziriteship at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting, and he shall take the hair of the head of his naziriteship and place it upon the fire which is under the peace offering. יח. וְגִלַּח הַנָּזִיר פֶּתַח אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד אֶת רֹאשׁ נִזְרוֹ וְלָקַח אֶת שְׂעַר רֹאשׁ נִזְרוֹ וְנָתַן עַל הָאֵשׁ אֲשֶׁר תַּחַת זֶבַח הַשְּׁלָמִים:
19. The kohen shall then take the cooked foreleg of the ram, one unleavened loaf from the basket and one unleavened wafer, place [them] in the hands of the nazirite after he has shaven off his nazirite [head]. יט. וְלָקַח הַכֹּהֵן אֶת הַזְּרֹעַ בְּשֵׁלָה מִן הָאַיִל וְחַלַּת מַצָּה אַחַת מִן הַסַּל וּרְקִיק מַצָּה אֶחָד וְנָתַן עַל כַּפֵּי הַנָּזִיר אַחַר הִתְגַּלְּחוֹ אֶת נִזְרוֹ:
20. The kohen shall wave them as a waving before the Lord; it is consecrated to the kohen, along with the breast of the waving and the thigh of the uplifting. After this, the nazirite may drink wine. כ. וְהֵנִיף אוֹתָם הַכֹּהֵן | תְּנוּפָה לִפְנֵי יְהוָֹה קֹדֶשׁ הוּא לַכֹּהֵן עַל חֲזֵה הַתְּנוּפָה וְעַל שׁוֹק הַתְּרוּמָה וְאַחַר יִשְׁתֶּה הַנָּזִיר יָיִן:
21. This is the law of a nazirite who makes a vow:
his offering to the Eternal for his naziriteship is in addition to what is within his means. According to the vow that he vows, so shall he do, in addition to the law of his naziriteship.
כא. זֹאת תּוֹרַת הַנָּזִיר אֲשֶׁר יִדֹּר קָרְבָּנוֹ לַיהוָֹה עַל נִזְרוֹ מִלְּבַד אֲשֶׁר תַּשִּׂיג יָדוֹ כְּפִי נִדְרוֹ אֲשֶׁר יִדֹּר כֵּן יַעֲשֶׂה עַל תּוֹרַת נִזְרוֹ:
22. The Eternal spoke to Moses saying: כב. וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָֹה אֶל משֶׁה לֵּאמֹר:
23. Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying:
This is how you shall bless the children of Israel, saying to them:
כג. דַּבֵּר אֶל אַהֲרֹן וְאֶל בָּנָיו לֵאמֹר כֹּה תְבָרֲכוּ אֶת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אָמוֹר לָהֶם:
24. “May the Eternal bless you and watch over you. כד. יְבָרֶכְךָ יְהוָֹה וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ:
25. May the Eternal cause His countenance to shine to you and favor you. כה. יָאֵר יְהוָֹה | פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וִיחֻנֶּךָּ:
26. May the Eternal raise His countenance toward you and grant you peace.” כו. יִשָּׂא יְהוָֹה | פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם:
27. They shall bestow My Name upon the sons of Israel, so that I will bless them. כז. וְשָׂמוּ אֶת שְׁמִי עַל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וַאֲנִי אֲבָרֲכֵם:

Writings:Job 9,10 “Are not my days few”

Job Chapter 9

1 {S} Then Job answered and said:
2 Of a truth I know that it is so;
and how can man be just with God?
3 If one should desire to contend with Him, he could not answer Him one of a thousand.
4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength;
who hath hardened himself against Him, and prospered?
5 Who removeth the mountains, and they know it not, when He overturneth them in His anger.
6 Who shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.
7 Who commandeth the sun, and it riseth not;
and sealeth up the stars.
8 Who alone stretcheth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.
9 Who maketh the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.
10 Who doeth great things past finding out;
yea, marvellous things without number.
11 Lo, He goeth by me, and I see Him not.
He passeth on also, but I perceive Him not.
12 Behold, He snatcheth away, who can hinder Him?
Who will say unto Him:

‘What doest Thou?’

13 God will not withdraw His anger;
the helpers of Rahab did stoop under Him.
14 How much less shall I answer Him, and choose out my arguments with Him?
15 Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer;
I would make supplication to Him that contendeth with me.
16 If I had called, and He had answered me;
yet would I not believe that He would hearken unto my voice–

17 He that would break me with a tempest, and multiply my wounds without cause;

18 That would not suffer me to take my breath, but fill me with bitterness.
19 If it be a matter of strength, lo, He is mighty!
and if of justice, who will appoint me a time?
20 Though I be righteous, mine own mouth shall condemn me;
though I be innocent, He shall prove me perverse.
21 I am innocent–

I regard not myself, I despise my life.

22 It is all one–

therefore I say:
He destroyeth the innocent and the wicked.
23 If the scourge slay suddenly, He will mock at the calamity of the guiltless.
24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked;
he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; {N}
if it be not He, who then is it?
25 Now my days are swifter than a runner;
they flee away, they see no good.
26 They are passed away as the swift ships;
as the vulture that swoopeth on the prey.
27 If I say:

‘I will forget my complaint, I will put off my sad countenance, and be of good cheer’,

28 I am afraid of all my pains, I know that Thou wilt not hold me guiltless.
29 I shall be condemned;
why then do I labour in vain?
30 If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;
31 Yet wilt Thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me.
32 For He is not a man, as I am, that I should answer Him, that we should come together in judgment.
33 There is no arbiter betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both.
34 Let Him take His rod away from me, and let not His terror make me afraid;
35 Then would I speak, and not fear Him;
for I am not so with myself.

…Job Chapter 10
1 My soul is weary of my life;
I will give free course to my complaint;
I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
2 I will say unto God:
Do not condemn me;
make me know wherefore Thou contendest with me.
3 Is it good unto Thee that Thou shouldest oppress, that Thou shouldest despise the work of Thy hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?
4 Hast Thou eyes of flesh? or seest Thou as man seeth?
5 Are Thy days as the days of man, or Thy years as a man’s days,
6 That Thou inquirest after mine iniquity, and searchest after my sin,
7 Although Thou knowest that I shall not be condemned;
and there is none that can deliver out of Thy hand?
8 Thy hands have framed me and fashioned me together round about;
yet Thou dost destroy me!
9 Remember, I beseech Thee, that Thou hast fashioned me as clay;
and wilt Thou bring me into dust again?
10 Hast Thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?
11 Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews.
12 Thou hast granted me life and favour, and Thy providence hath preserved my spirit.
13 Yet these things Thou didst hide in Thy heart;
I know that this is with Thee;
14 If I sin, then Thou markest me, and Thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity.
15 If I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet shall I not lift up my head– {N}

being filled with ignominy and looking upon mine affliction.

16 And if it exalt itself, Thou huntest me as a lion;
and again Thou showest Thyself marvellous upon me.
17 Thou renewest Thy witnesses against me, and increasest Thine indignation upon me;
host succeeding host against me.
18 Wherefore then hast Thou brought me forth out of the womb?
Would that I had perished, and no eye had seen me!
19 I should have been as though I had not been;
I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.
20 Are not my days few? Cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little,
21 Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and of the shadow of death;
22 A land of thick darkness, as darkness itself;
a land of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.

Portion 35.iii “they shall confess the sin they committed”

Numbers Chapter 5

1. The ETERNAL spoke to Moses saying: א. וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָֹה אֶל משֶׁה לֵּאמֹר:
2. Command the sons of Israel to banish from the camp all those afflicted with tzara’ath or with a male discharge, and all those unclean through [contact with] the dead. ב. צַו אֶת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וִישַׁלְּחוּ מִן הַמַּחֲנֶה כָּל צָרוּעַ וְכָל זָב וְכֹל טָמֵא לָנָפֶשׁ:
3. Both male and female you shall banish; you shall send them outside the camp, and they not defile their camps, in which I dwell among them. ג. מִזָּכָר עַד נְקֵבָה תְּשַׁלֵּחוּ אֶל מִחוּץ לַמַּחֲנֶה תְּשַׁלְּחוּם וְלֹא יְטַמְּאוּ אֶת מַחֲנֵיהֶם אֲשֶׁר אֲנִי שֹׁכֵן בְּתוֹכָם:
4. The sons of Israel did so:
they sent them outside the camp; as the ETERNAL had spoken to Moses, so did the sons of Israel do.
ד. וַיַּעֲשׂוּ כֵן בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וַיְשַׁלְּחוּ אוֹתָם אֶל מִחוּץ לַמַּחֲנֶה כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר יְהוָֹה אֶל משֶׁה כֵּן עָשׂוּ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל:
5. The ETERNAL then spoke to Moses saying: ה. וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָֹה אֶל משֶׁה לֵּאמֹר:
6. Tell the sons of Israel:
When a man or woman commits any of the sins against man to act treacherously against God, and that person is [found] guilty,
ו. דַּבֵּר אֶל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אִישׁ אוֹ אִשָּׁה כִּי יַעֲשׂוּ מִכָּל חַטֹּאת הָאָדָם לִמְעֹל מַעַל בַּיהוָֹה וְאָשְׁמָה הַנֶּפֶשׁ הַהִוא:
7. they shall confess the sin they committed, and make restitution for the principal amount of his guilt, add its fifth to it, and give it to the one against whom he was guilty. ז. וְהִתְוַדּוּ אֶת חַטָּאתָם אֲשֶׁר עָשׂוּ וְהֵשִׁיב אֶת אֲשָׁמוֹ בְּרֹאשׁוֹ וַחֲמִישִׁתוֹ יֹסֵף עָלָיו וְנָתַן לַאֲשֶׁר אָשַׁם לוֹ:
8. But if the man has no kinsman to whom to make restitution, the debt which is restored to the ETERNAL, [is to be given] to the kohen. [This is] besides the atonement ram through which expiation is made for him. ח. וְאִם אֵין לָאִישׁ גֹּאֵל לְהָשִׁיב הָאָשָׁם אֵלָיו הָאָשָׁם הַמּוּשָׁב לַיהוָֹה לַכֹּהֵן מִלְּבַד אֵיל הַכִּפֻּרִים אֲשֶׁר יְכַפֶּר בּוֹ עָלָיו:
9. Every offering of all the sons of Israel’s holy things which is brought to the kohen, shall be his. ט. וְכָל תְּרוּמָה לְכָל קָדְשֵׁי בְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אֲשֶׁר יַקְרִיבוּ לַכֹּהֵן לוֹ יִהְיֶה:
10. Everyone’s holy things shall belong to him; whatever a man gives to the kohen shall be his. י. וְאִישׁ אֶת קֳדָשָׁיו לוֹ יִהְיוּ אִישׁ אֲשֶׁר יִתֵּן לַכֹּהֵן לוֹ יִהְיֶה:

Portion 35.i “This is the service”

Numbers 4,21 And the LORD spoke unto Moses saying:

22 ‘Take the sum of the sons of Gershon also, by their fathers’ houses, by their families; 23 from thirty
years old and upward until fifty years old shalt thou number them: all that enter in to wait upon the
service, to do service in the tent of meeting. 24 This is the service of the families of the Gershonites, in
serving and in bearing burdens:
25 they shall bear the curtains of the tabernacle, and the tent of meeting, its covering, and the covering of
sealskin that is above upon it, and the screen for the door of the tent of meeting; 26 and the hangings of
the court, and the screen for the door of the gate of the court, which is by the tabernacle and by the altar
round about, and their cords, and all the instruments of their service, and whatsoever there may be to do
with them, therein shall they serve. 27 At the commandment of Aaron and his sons shall be all the service of
the sons of the Gershonites, in all their burden, and in all their service; and ye shall appoint unto them in
charge all their burden. 28 This is the service of the families of the sons of the Gershonites in the tent of
meeting; and their charge shall be under the hand of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest.

Writings:Job 8 “For we are but of yesterday”

Job Chapter 8

1 {S} Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said:
2 How long wilt thou speak these things, seeing that the words of thy mouth are as a mighty wind?
3 Doth God pervert judgment?
Or doth the Almighty pervert justice?
4 If thy children sinned against Him, He delivered them into the hand of their transgression.
5 If thou wouldest seek earnestly unto God, and make thy supplication to the Almighty;
6 If thou wert pure and upright;
surely now He would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.
7 And though thy beginning was small, yet thy end should greatly increase.
8 For inquire, I pray thee, of the former generation, and apply thyself to that which their fathers have searched out–

9 For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow–

10 Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out of their heart?
11 Can the rush shoot up without mire?
Can the reed-grass grow without water?
12 Whilst it is yet in its greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb.
13 So are the paths of all that forget God;
and the hope of the godless man shall perish;
14 Whose confidence is gossamer, and whose trust is a spider’s web.
15 He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand;
he shall hold fast thereby, but it shall not endure.
16 He is green before the sun, and his shoots go forth over his garden.
17 His roots are wrapped about the heap, he beholdeth the place of stones.
18 If he be destroyed from his place, then it shall deny him:

‘I have not seen thee.’

19 Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth shall others spring.
20 Behold, God will not cast away an innocent man, neither will He uphold the evil-doers;
21 Till He fill thy mouth with laughter, and thy lips with shouting.
22 They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame;
and the tent of the wicked shall be no more.