detoxing yourself

I have pasted a short article below you might enjoy reading:

Our bodies are surprisingly good at detoxification but these processes can
easily become overwhelmed due to the volume of toxins to which we’re exposed
from our air, water, food, pharmaceutical and over-the-counter drugs, and many
other sources.
These detoxification processes also rely on many critical nutrients (you’ll
discover which ones below) to function properly. Fortunately, there are many
easy things you can do to help your body eliminate harmful toxins. Here are 15
easy ways to detoxify today based on my book, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox
1. Eat pectin-rich organic apples. Pectin binds to toxins in the intestines to
escort them out of the body.
2. Drink a freshly-made veggie juice daily. This can be as easy as throwing a
couple of handfuls of leafy greens into a blender with some frozen berries and
3. Drink a large glass of purified water with the juice of one fresh lemon in
the morning. Lemons have over 20 proven anti-cancer compounds.
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4. Eat blueberries daily. They are rich in anthocyanins that reduce inflammation
in the body and brain, as well as help reduce allergies and excess weight.
5. Remember to breathe. Oxygen kills bacteria, viruses, and helps us to feel
more energized. Breathe deeply as much as possible.
6. Eat at least a half cup of organic legumes daily. If they cause you gas,
build up slowly and add a digestive enzyme with cellulase (breaks down the fiber
in beans). Fiber in beans helps keep the bowels eliminating properly.
7. Find the positive in every day. Smile and laugh. A positive attitude reduces
the number of stress chemicals in the body. And, as the adage says, “laughter is
the best medicine.”
8. Take turmeric daily (a teaspoon in a small glass of water), added to soups or
stews, or in capsule form. It contains the phytonutrient curcumin that is one of
the most powerful liver protectors and healers. The liver is largely responsible
for detoxification.
9. Eat more raw fruits and vegetables. They contain enzymes that aid digestion
and improve nutrient absorption. Many nutrients are needed for efficient
detoxification, including: beta carotene, folic acid, niacin, pantothenic acid,
riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin B12, pyridoxine, vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium,
copper, germanium, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, sulphur,
and zinc, among others.
10. Switch from chemical cleaning products to natural ones. Chemical cleaning
products contain toxins like formaldehyde, chlorine, petroleum products,
ammonia, perchloroethylene (“perc”), and many other harmful chemicals that
research links to cancer, skin conditions, asthma, and other serious health
conditions. Baking soda, vinegar, or orange oil work well. No chemical cleaner
removes stains as well as orange oil.
11. Eat at least three of the best detoxifying foods daily: broccoli, garlic,
spinach, cabbage, sprouts, blueberries, and ginger.
12. Drink plenty of pure water to help flush toxins from your body. Almost every
process in your body depends on proper hydration to function smoothly.
13. Help remove toxins in your intestines by using aloe vera juice (about a
quarter cup) or drinking a few cups of slippery elm bark, marshmallow root, or
rhubarb root tea (about one teaspoon of the dried herb per cup of water).
14. Take a probiotic supplement with live cultures on an empty stomach daily
(morning or evening works well). The beneficial bacteria kill harmful bacteria
and yeasts and help to heal the lining of the intestines.
15. Get at least 30 minutes of vigorous physical activity daily. Sweating is one
of the best ways of removing harmful toxins, including heavy metals, from the

Daily Bread

Numbers 30,2 And Moses spoke unto the heads of the tribes of the children of Israel, saying: This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded. 30,3 When a man voweth a vow unto the LORD, or sweareth an oath to bind his soul with a bond, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth. 30,4 Also when a woman voweth a vow unto the LORD, and bindeth herself by a bond, being in her father’s house, in her youth, 30,5 and her father heareth her vow, or her bond wherewith she hath bound her soul, and her father holdeth his peace at her, then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she hath bound her soul shall stand. 30,6 But if her father disallow her in the day that he heareth, none of her vows, or of her bonds wherewith she hath bound her soul, shall stand; and the LORD will forgive her, because her father disallowed her. 30,7 And if she be married to a husband, while her vows are upon her, or the clear utterance of her lips, wherewith she hath bound her soul; 30,8 and her husband hear it, whatsoever day it be that he heareth it, and hold his peace at her; then her vows shall stand, and her bonds wherewith she hath bound her soul shall stand. 30,9 But if her husband disallow her in the day that he heareth it, then he shall make void her vow which is upon her, and the clear utterance of her lips, wherewith she hath bound her soul; and the LORD will forgive her. 30,10 But the vow of a widow, or of her that is divorced, even every thing wherewith she hath bound her soul, shall stand against her. 30,11 And if a woman vowed in her husband’s house, or bound her soul by a bond with an oath, 30,12 and her husband heard it, and held his peace at her, and disallowed her not, then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she bound her soul shall stand. 30,13 But if her husband make them null and void in the day that he heareth them, then whatsoever proceeded out of her lips, whether it were her vows, or the bond of her soul, shall not stand: her husband hath made them void; and the LORD will forgive her. 30,14 Every vow, and every binding oath to afflict the soul, her husband may let it stand, or her husband may make it void. 30,15 But if her husband altogether hold his peace at her from day to day, then he causeth all her vows to stand, or all her bonds, which are upon her; he hath let them stand, because he held his peace at her in the day that he heard them. 30,16 But if he shall make them null and void after that he hath heard them, then he shall bear her iniquity. 30,17 These are the statutes, which the LORD commanded Moses, between a man and his wife, between a father and his daughter, being in her youth, in her father’s house. {P}
31,1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: 31,2 ‘Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites; afterward shalt thou be gathered unto thy people.’ 31,3 And Moses spoke unto the people, saying: ‘Arm ye men from among you for the war, that they may go against Midian, to execute the LORD’S vengeance on Midian. 31,4 Of every tribe a thousand, throughout all the tribes of Israel, shall ye send to the war.’ 31,5 So there were delivered, out of the thousands of Israel, a thousand of every tribe, twelve thousand armed for war. 31,6 And Moses sent them, a thousand of every tribe, to the war, them and Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, to the war, with the holy vessels and the trumpets for the alarm in his hand. 31,7 And they warred against Midian, as the LORD commanded Moses; and they slew every male. 31,8 And they slew the kings of Midian with the rest of their slain: Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, the five kings of Midian; Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword. 31,9 And the children of Israel took captive the women of Midian and their little ones; and all their cattle, and all their flocks, and all their goods, they took for a prey. 31,10 And all their cities in the places wherein they dwelt, and all their encampments, they burnt with fire. 31,11 And they took all the spoil, and all the prey, both of man and of beast. 31,12 And they brought the captives, and the prey, and the spoil, unto Moses, and unto Eleazar the priest, and unto the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the camp, unto the plains of Moab, which are by the Jordan at Jericho.

Writings:Ecclesiastes 8 “then I beheld all the work of God”

Ecclesiastes Chapter 8

1 Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? A man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face is changed. 2 I [counsel thee]:
keep the king’s command, and that in regard of the oath of God. 3 Be not hasty to go out of his presence; stand not in an evil thing; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him. 4 Forasmuch as the king’s word hath power; and who may say unto him:

‘What doest thou?’

5 Whoso keepeth the commandment shall know no evil thing; and a wise man’s heart discerneth time and judgment. 6 For to every matter there is a time and judgment; for the evil of man is great upon him. 7 For he knoweth not that which shall be; for even when it cometh to pass, who shall declare it unto him? 8 There is no man that hath power over the wind to retain the wind; neither hath he power over the day of death; and there is no discharge in war; neither shall wickedness deliver him that is given to it. 9 All this have I seen, even applied my heart thereto, whatever the work that is done under the sun; what time one man had power over another to his hurt. 10 And so I saw the wicked buried, and they entered into their rest; but they that had done right went away from the holy place, and were forgotten in the city; this also is vanity. 11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil; 12 because a sinner doeth evil a hundred times, and prolongeth his days–

though yet I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, that fear before Him; 13 but it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow, because he feareth not before God. 14 There is a vanity which is done upon the earth: that there are righteous men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked; again, there are wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous–

I said that this also is vanity. 15 So I commended mirth, that a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry, and that this should accompany him in his labour all the days of his life which God hath given him under the sun. 16 When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth–

for neither day nor night do men see sleep with their eyes–

17 then I beheld all the work of God, that man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun; because though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea further, though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.

Writings:Ecclesiastes 6,7 “yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof”

Ecclesiastes Chapter 6

1 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is heavy upon men:
2 a man to whom God giveth riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it; this is vanity, and it is an evil disease. 3 If a man beget a hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul have not enough of good, and moreover he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he; 4 for it cometh in vanity, and departeth in darkness, and the name thereof is covered with darkness; 5 moreover it hath not seen the sun nor known it; this hath gratification rather than the other; 6 yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, and enjoy no good; do not all go to one place? 7 All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled. 8 For what advantage hath the wise more than the fool? or the poor man that hath understanding, in walking before the living? 9 Better is the seeing of the eyes than the wandering of the desire; this also is vanity and a striving after wind. 10 Whatsoever cometh into being, the name thereof was given long ago, and it is foreknown what man is; neither can he contend with Him that is mightier than he. 11 Seeing there are many words that increase vanity, what is man the better? 12 For who knoweth what is good for man in his life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?

Ecclesiastes Chapter 7

1 A good name is better than precious oil; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth. 2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting; for that is the end of all men, and the living will lay it to his heart. 3 Vexation is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the countenance the heart may be gladdened. 4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. 5 It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools. 6 For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool; this also is vanity. 7 Surely oppression turneth a wise man into a fool; and a gift destroyeth the understanding. 8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof; and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. 9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry; for anger resteth in the bosom of fools. 10 Say not thou:

‘How was it that the former days were better than these?’

for it is not out of wisdom that thou inquirest concerning this. 11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance, yea, a profit to them that see the sun. 12 For wisdom is a defence, even as money is a defence; but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom preserveth the life of him that hath it. 13 Consider the work of God; for who can make that straight, which He hath made crooked? 14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider; God hath made even the one as well as the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him. 15 All things have I seen in the days of my vanity; there is a righteous man that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in his evil-doing. 16 Be not righteous overmuch; neither make thyself overwise; why shouldest thou destroy thyself? 17 Be not overmuch wicked, neither be thou foolish; why shouldest thou die before thy time? 18 It is good that thou shouldest take hold of the one; yea, also from the other withdraw not thy hand; for he that feareth God shall discharge himself of them all. 19 Wisdom is a stronghold to the wise man more than ten rulers that are in a city. 20 For there is not a righteous man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. 21 Also take not heed unto all words that are spoken, lest thou hear thy servant curse thee; 22 for oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others. 23 All this have I tried by wisdom; I said:

‘I will get wisdom’;

but it was far from me. 24 That which is is far off, and exceeding deep; who can find it out? 25 I turned about, and applied my heart to know and to search out, and to seek wisdom and the reason of things, and to know wickedness to be folly, and foolishness to be madness; 26 and I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands; whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her. 27 Behold, this have I found, saith Koheleth, adding one thing to another, to find out the account; 28 which yet my soul sought, but I found not; one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found. 29 Behold, this only have I found, that God made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

writings:ecclesiastes 5 “through the multitude of dreams and vanities there are also many words”

Ecclesiastes Chapter 5

1 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thy heart be hasty to utter a word before God; for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth; therefore let thy words be few. 2 For a dream cometh through a multitude of business; and a fool’s voice through a multitude of words. 3 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for He hath no pleasure in fools; pay that which thou vowest. 4 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. 5 Suffer not thy mouth to bring thy flesh into guilt, neither say thou before the messenger, that it was an error; wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thy hands? 6 For through the multitude of dreams and vanities there are also many words; but fear thou God. 7 If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and the violent perverting of justice and righteousness in the state, marvel not at the matter; for one higher than the high watcheth, and there are higher than they. 8 But the profit of a land every way is a king that maketh himself servant to the field. 9 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance, with increase; this also is vanity. 10 When goods increase, they are increased that eat them; and what advantage is there to the owner thereof, saving the beholding of them with his eyes? 11 Sweet is the sleep of a labouring man, whether he eat little or much; but the satiety of the rich will not suffer him to sleep. 12 There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept by the owner thereof to his hurt; 13 and those riches perish by evil adventure; and if he hath begotten a son, there is nothing in his hand. 14 As he came forth of his mother’s womb, naked shall he go back as he came, and shall take nothing for his labour, which he may carry away in his hand. 15 And this also is a grievous evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go; and what profit hath he that he laboureth for the wind? 16 All his days also he eateth in darkness, and he hath much vexation and sickness and wrath. 17 Behold that which I have seen: it is good, yea, it is comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy pleasure for all his labour, wherein he laboureth under the sun, all the days of his life which God hath given him; for this is his portion. 18 Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour–

this is the gift of God.

19 For let him remember the days of his life that they are not many; for God answereth him in the joy of his heart.

writings:Ecclesiastes 4 “labour and all excelling in work”

Ecclesiastes Chapter 4

1 But I returned and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun; and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power, but they had no comforter. 2 Wherefore I praised the dead that are already dead more than the living that are yet alive; 3 but better than they both is he that hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun. 4 Again, I considered all labour and all excelling in work, that it is a man’s rivalry with his neighbour. This also is vanity and a striving after wind. 5 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh. 6 Better is a handful of quietness, than both the hands full of labour and striving after wind. 7 Then I returned and saw vanity under the sun. 8 There is one that is alone, and he hath not a second; yea, he hath neither son nor brother; yet is there no end of all his labour, neither is his eye satisfied with riches:

‘for whom then do I labour, and bereave my soul of pleasure?’

This also is vanity, yea, it is a grievous business. 9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. 10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him that is alone when he falleth, and hath not another to lift him up. 11 Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth; but how can one be warm alone? 12 And if a man prevail against him that is alone, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken. 13 Better is a poor and wise child than an old and foolish king, who knoweth not how to receive admonition any more. 14 For out of prison he came forth to be king; although in his kingdom he was born poor. 15 I saw all the living that walk under the sun, that they were with the child, the second, that was to stand up in his stead. 16 There was no end of all the people, even of all them whom he did lead; yet they that come after shall not rejoice in him. Surely this also is vanity and a striving after wind. 17 Guard thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be ready to hearken: it is better than when fools give sacrifices; for they know not that they do evil.

Writings:Ecclesiastes 3 “What profit hath he that worketh”

Ecclesiastes Chapter 3

1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: {P}
2 {S} A time to be born, {S} and a time to die; {N}
{S} a time to plant, {S} and a time to pluck up that which is planted; {N}
3 {S} A time to kill, {S} and a time to heal; {N}
{S} a time to break down, {S} and a time to build up; {N}
4 {S} A time to weep, {S} and a time to laugh; {N}
{S} a time to mourn, {S} and a time to dance; {N}
5 {S} A time to cast away stones, {S} and a time to gather stones together; {N}
{S} a time to embrace, {S} and a time to refrain from embracing; {N}
6 {S} A time to seek, {S} and a time to lose; {N}
{S} a time to keep, {S} and a time to cast away; {N}
7 {S} A time to rend, {S} and a time to sew; {N}
{S} a time to keep silence, {S} and a time to speak; {N}
8 {S} A time to love, {S} and a time to hate; {N}
{S} a time for war, {S} and a time for peace. {N}
9 {S} What profit hath he that worketh in that he laboureth? 10 I have seen the task which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised therewith. 11 He hath made every thing beautiful in its time; also He hath set the world in their heart, yet so that man cannot find out the work that God hath done from the beginning even to the end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for them, than to rejoice, and to get pleasure so long as they live. 13 But also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy pleasure for all his labour, is the gift of God. 14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever; nothing can be added to it, nor any thing taken from it; and God hath so made it, that men should fear before Him. 15 That which is hath been long ago, and that which is to be hath already been; and God seeketh that which is pursued. 16 And moreover I saw under the sun, in the place of justice, that wickedness was there; and in the place of righteousness, that wickedness was there. 17 I said in my heart:

‘The righteous and the wicked God will judge; for there is a time there for every purpose and
for every work.’

18 I said in my heart:

‘It is because of the sons of men, that God may sift them, and that they may see that they
themselves are but as beasts.’

19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them; as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that man hath no pre-eminence above a beast; for all is vanity. 20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all return to dust. 21 Who knoweth the spirit of man whether it goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast whether it goeth downward to the earth? 22 Wherefore I perceived that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his works; for that is his portion; for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?

Portion 41.ii “These are those counted of the children of Israel”

Chapter 26

5. Reuben, Israel’s firstborn:

The descendants of Reuben were: the family of the Hanochites from Hanoch; the family of the Paluites from Palu,

ה. רְאוּבֵן בְּכוֹר יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּנֵי רְאוּבֵן חֲנוֹךְ מִשְׁפַּחַת הַחֲנֹכִי לְפַלּוּא מִשְׁפַּחַת הַפַּלֻּאִי:
6. the family of the Hezronites from Hezron, and the family of the Carmites from Carmi. ו. לְחֶצְרֹן מִשְׁפַּחַת הַחֶצְרוֹנִי לְכַרְמִי מִשְׁפַּחַת הַכַּרְמִי:
7. These were the families of the Reubenites, and they numbered forty three thousand, seven hundred and thirty. ז. אֵלֶּה מִשְׁפְּחֹת הָראוּבֵנִי וַיִּהְיוּ פְקֻדֵיהֶם שְׁלשָׁה וְאַרְבָּעִים אֶלֶף וּשְׁבַע מֵאוֹת וּשְׁלשִׁים:
8. The sons of Palu were Eliab. ח. וּבְנֵי פַלּוּא אֱלִיאָב:
9. The sons of Eliab were Nemuel, Dathan and Abiram they are Dathan and Abiram, the chosen of the congregation who incited against Moses and Aaron in the assembly of Korah, when they incited against the Lord. ט. וּבְנֵי אֱלִיאָב נְמוּאֵל וְדָתָן וַאֲבִירָם הוּא דָתָן וַאֲבִירָם קְרִיאֵי הָעֵדָה אֲשֶׁר הִצּוּ עַל משֶׁה וְעַל אַהֲרֹן בַּעֲדַת קֹרַח בְּהַצֹּתָם עַל יְהֹוָה:
10. And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them and Korah, when that assembly died, and when fire destroyed two hundred and fifty men, and they became a sign. י. וַתִּפְתַּח הָאָרֶץ אֶת פִּיהָ וַתִּבְלַע אֹתָם וְאֶת קֹרַח בְּמוֹת הָעֵדָה בַּאֲכֹל הָאֵשׁ אֵת חֲמִשִּׁים וּמָאתַיִם אִישׁ וַיִּהְיוּ לְנֵס:
11. Korah’s sons, however, did not die. יא. וּבְנֵי קֹרַח לֹא מֵתוּ:
12. The descendants of Simeon according to their families:

the family of the Nemuelites from Nemuel, the family of the Jaminites from Jamin, the family of the Jachinites from Jachin,

יב. בְּנֵי שִׁמְעוֹן לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָם לִנְמוּאֵל מִשְׁפַּחַת הַנְּמוּאֵלִי לְיָמִין מִשְׁפַּחַת הַיָּמִינִי לְיָכִין מִשְׁפַּחַת הַיָּכִינִי:
13. the family of the Zerahites from Zerah, the family of the Shaulites from Shaul. יג. לְזֶרַח מִשְׁפַּחַת הַזַּרְחִי לְשָׁאוּל מִשְׁפַּחַת הַשָּׁאוּלִי:
14. These were the families of the Simeonites twenty two thousand and two hundred. יד. אֵלֶּה מִשְׁפְּחֹת הַשִּׁמְעֹנִי שְׁנַיִם וְעֶשְׂרִים אֶלֶף וּמָאתָיִם:
15. The descendants of Gad according to their families:

the family of the Zefonites from Zefon, the family of the Haggites from Haggi, the family of the Shunites from Shuni,

טו. בְּנֵי גָד לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָם לִצְפוֹן מִשְׁפַּחַת הַצְּפוֹנִי לְחַגִּי מִשְׁפַּחַת הַחַגִּי לְשׁוּנִי מִשְׁפַּחַת הַשּׁוּנִי:
16. the family of the Oznites from Ozni, the family of the Erites from Eri, טז. לְאָזְנִי מִשְׁפַּחַת הָאָזְנִי לְעֵרִי מִשְׁפַּחַת הָעֵרִי:
17. the family of the Arodites from Arod, the family of the Arelites from Areli. יז. לַאֲרוֹד מִשְׁפַּחַת הָאֲרוֹדִי לְאַרְאֵלִי מִשְׁפַּחַת הָאַרְאֵלִי:
18. These were families of Gad according to those of them counted, forty thousand and five hundred. יח. אֵלֶּה מִשְׁפְּחֹת בְּנֵי גָד לִפְקֻדֵיהֶם אַרְבָּעִים אֶלֶף וַחֲמֵשׁ מֵאוֹת:
19. The sons of Judah were Er and Onan, but Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan. יט. בְּנֵי יְהוּדָה עֵר וְאוֹנָן וַיָּמָת עֵר וְאוֹנָן בְּאֶרֶץ כְּנָעַן:
20. The descendants of Judah according to their families:

the family of the Shelanites from Shelah, the family of the Perezites from Perez, the family of the Zerahites from Zerah.

כ. וַיִּהְיוּ בְנֵי יְהוּדָה לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָם לְשֵׁלָה מִשְׁפַּחַת הַשֵּׁלָנִי לְפֶרֶץ מִשְׁפַּחַת הַפַּרְצִי לְזֶרַח מִשְׁפַּחַת הַזַּרְחִי:
21. The descendants of Perez were: the family of the Hezronites from Hezron, the family of the Hamulites from Hamul. כא. וַיִּהְיוּ בְנֵי פֶרֶץ לְחֶצְרֹן מִשְׁפַּחַת הַחֶצְרֹנִי לְחָמוּל מִשְׁפַּחַת הֶחָמוּלִי:
22. These were the families of Judah according to those of them counted, seventy six thousand and five hundred. כב. אֵלֶּה מִשְׁפְּחֹת יְהוּדָה לִפְקֻדֵיהֶם שִׁשָּׁה וְשִׁבְעִים אֶלֶף וַחֲמֵשׁ מֵאוֹת:
23. The descendants of Issachar according to their families:

the family of the Tolaites from Tola, the family of the Punites from Puvah,

כג. בְּנֵי יִשָּׂשכָר לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָם תּוֹלָע מִשְׁפַּחַת הַתּוֹלָעִי לְפֻוָּה מִשְׁפַּחַת הַפּוּנִי:
24. the family of the Jashubites from Jashub, the family of the Shimronites from Shimron. כד. לְיָשׁוּב מִשְׁפַּחַת הַיָּשֻׁבִי לְשִׁמְרֹן מִשְׁפַּחַת הַשִּׁמְרֹנִי:
25. These were the families of Issachar according to those of them counted: sixty four thousand and three hundred. כה. אֵלֶּה מִשְׁפְּחֹת יִשָּׂשכָר לִפְקֻדֵיהֶם אַרְבָּעָה וְשִׁשִּׁים אֶלֶף וּשְׁלשׁ מֵאוֹת:
26. The descendants of Zebulun according to their families:

the family of the Sardites from Sered, the family of the Elonites from Elon, the family of the Jahleelites from Jahleel.

כו. בְּנֵי זְבוּלֻן לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָם לְסֶרֶד מִשְׁפַּחַת הַסַּרְדִּי לְאֵלוֹן מִשְׁפַּחַת הָאֵלֹנִי לְיַחְלְאֵל מִשְׁפַּחַת הַיַּחְלְאֵלִי:
27. These were the families of Zebulun according to those of them counted, sixty thousand and five hundred. כז. אֵלֶּה מִשְׁפְּחֹת הַזְּבוּלֹנִי לִפְקֻדֵיהֶם שִׁשִּׁים אֶלֶף וַחֲמֵשׁ מֵאוֹת:
28. The descendants of Joseph according to their families: Manasseh and Ephraim. כח. בְּנֵי יוֹסֵף לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָם מְנַשֶּׁה וְאֶפְרָיִם:
29. The descendants of Manasseh:

the family of the Machirites from Machir and Machir’s son was Gilead; the family of the Gileadites from Gilead.

כט. בְּנֵי מְנַשֶּׁה לְמָכִיר מִשְׁפַּחַת הַמָּכִירִי וּמָכִיר הוֹלִיד אֶת גִּלְעָד לְגִלְעָד מִשְׁפַּחַת הַגִּלְעָדִי:
30. These were the family of the descendants of Gilead: The family of the Iezerites from Iezer, the family of the Helekites from Helek, ל. אֵלֶּה בְּנֵי גִלְעָד אִיעֶזֶר מִשְׁפַּחַת הָאִיעֶזְרִי לְחֵלֶק מִשְׁפַּחַת הַחֶלְקִי:
31. the family of the Asrielites from Asriel, the family of the Shechemites from Shechem, לא. וְאַשְׂרִיאֵל מִשְׁפַּחַת הָאַשְׂרִאֵלִי וְשֶׁכֶם מִשְׁפַּחַת הַשִּׁכְמִי:
32. the family of the Shemidaites from Shemida, the family of the Hepherites from Hepher. לב. וּשְׁמִידָע מִשְׁפַּחַת הַשְּׁמִידָעִי וְחֵפֶר מִשְׁפַּחַת הַחֶפְרִי:
33. Now Zelophehad the son of Hepher had no sons, only daughters, and the names of Zelophehad’s daughters were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah and Tirzah. לג. וּצְלָפְחָד בֶּן חֵפֶר לֹא הָיוּ לוֹ בָּנִים כִּי אִם בָּנוֹת וְשֵׁם בְּנוֹת צְלָפְחָד מַחְלָה וְנֹעָה חָגְלָה מִלְכָּה וְתִרְצָה:
34. These were families of Manasseh, and those of them counted were fifty two thousand and seven hundred. לד. אֵלֶּה מִשְׁפְּחֹת מְנַשֶּׁה וּפְקֻדֵיהֶם שְׁנַיִם וַחֲמִשִּׁים אֶלֶף וּשְׁבַע מֵאוֹת:
35. These were the descendants of Ephraim according to their families:

the family of the Shuthalhites from Shuthelah, the family of the Bachrites from Becher, the family of the Tahanites from Tahan.

לה. אֵלֶּה בְנֵי אֶפְרַיִם לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָם לְשׁוּתֶלַח מִשְׁפַּחַת הַשֻּׁתַלְחִי לְבֶכֶר מִשְׁפַּחַת הַבַּכְרִי לְתַחַן מִשְׁפַּחַת הַתַּחֲנִי:
36. And these were the descendants of Shuthelah: the family of the Eranites from Eran. לו. וְאֵלֶּה בְּנֵי שׁוּתָלַח לְעֵרָן מִשְׁפַּחַת הָעֵרָנִי:
37. These were the families of the descendants of Ephraim according to those of them counted, thirty two thousand and five hundred; these were the descendants of Joseph according to their families. לז. אֵלֶּה מִשְׁפְּחֹת בְּנֵי אֶפְרַיִם לִפְקֻדֵיהֶם שְׁנַיִם וּשְׁלשִׁים אֶלֶף וַחֲמֵשׁ מֵאוֹת אֵלֶּה בְנֵי יוֹסֵף לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָם:
38. The descendants of Benjamin according to their families:

the family of the Belaites from Bela, the family of the Ashbelites from Ashbel, the family of the Ahiramites from Ahiram,

לח. בְּנֵי בִנְיָמִן לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָם לְבֶלַע מִשְׁפַּחַת הַבַּלְעִי לְאַשְׁבֵּל מִשְׁפַּחַת הָאַשְׁבֵּלִי לַאֲחִירָם מִשְׁפַּחַת הָאֲחִירָמִי:
39. the family of the Shuphamites from Shupham, the family of the Huphamites from Hupham. לט. לִשְׁפוּפָם מִשְׁפַּחַת הַשּׁוּפָמִי לְחוּפָם מִשְׁפַּחַת הַחוּפָמִי:
40. The sons of Bela were Ard and Naaman; the family of the Ardites [from Ard], the family of the Naamites from Naaman. מ. וַיִּהְיוּ בְנֵי בֶלַע אַרְדְּ וְנַעֲמָן מִשְׁפַּחַת הָאַרְדִּי לְנַעֲמָן מִשְׁפַּחַת הַנַּעֲמִי:
41. These were the descendants of Benjamin according to their families, and those of them counted were forty five thousand and six hundred. מא. אֵלֶּה בְנֵי בִנְיָמִן לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָם וּפְקֻדֵיהֶם חֲמִשָּׁה וְאַרְבָּעִים אֶלֶף וְשֵׁשׁ מֵאוֹת:
42. The descendants of Dan according to their families:

the family of the Shuhamites from Shuham. These were the families of Dan.

מב. אֵלֶּה בְנֵי דָן לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָם לְשׁוּחָם מִשְׁפַּחַת הַשּׁוּחָמִי אֵלֶּה מִשְׁפְּחֹת דָּן לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָם:
43. All the Shuhamite families according to those of them counted, were sixty four thousand and four hundred. מג. כָּל מִשְׁפְּחֹת הַשּׁוּחָמִי לִפְקֻדֵיהֶם אַרְבָּעָה וְשִׁשִּׁים אֶלֶף וְאַרְבַּע מֵאוֹת:
44. The descendants of Asher according to their families:

the family of Jimnah from Jimnah, the family of the Ishvites from Ishvi, the family of the Beriites from Beriah.

מד. בְּנֵי אָשֵׁר לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָם לְיִמְנָה מִשְׁפַּחַת הַיִּמְנָה לְיִשְׁוִי מִשְׁפַּחַת הַיִּשְׁוִי לִבְרִיעָה מִשְׁפַּחַת הַבְּרִיעִי:
45. The descendants of Beriah: the family of the Heberites from Heber, the family of the Malchielites from Malchiel. מה. לִבְנֵי בְרִיעָה לְחֵבֶר מִשְׁפַּחַת הַחֶבְרִי לְמַלְכִּיאֵל מִשְׁפַּחַת הַמַּלְכִּיאֵלִי:
46. The name of Asher’s daughter was Serah. מו. וְשֵׁם בַּת אָשֵׁר שָׂרַח:
47. These were the families of the descendants of Asher according to those of them counted, fifty three thousand and four hundred. מז. אֵלֶּה מִשְׁפְּחֹת בְּנֵי אָשֵׁר לִפְקֻדֵיהֶם שְׁלשָׁה וַחֲמִשִּׁים אֶלֶף וְאַרְבַּע מֵאוֹת:
48. The descendants of Naphtali according to their families:

the family of the Jahzeelites from Jahzeel, the family of the Gunites from Guni.

מח. בְּנֵי נַפְתָּלִי לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָם לְיַחְצְאֵל מִשְׁפַּחַת הַיַּחְצְאֵלִי לְגוּנִי מִשְׁפַּחַת הַגּוּנִי:
49. The Jezerites from Jezer, the family of the Shillemites from Shillem. מט. לְיֵצֶר מִשְׁפַּחַת הַיִּצְרִי לְשִׁלֵּם מִשְׁפַּחַת הַשִּׁלֵּמִי:
50. These were the families of Naphtali according to their families, and those of them counted were forty five thousand and four hundred. נ. אֵלֶּה מִשְׁפְּחֹת נַפְתָּלִי לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָם וּפְקֻדֵיהֶם חֲמִשָּׁה וְאַרְבָּעִים אֶלֶף וְאַרְבַּע מֵאוֹת:
51. These are those counted of the children of Israel: six hundred and one thousand and seven hundred and thirty. נא. אֵלֶּה פְּקוּדֵי בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל שֵׁשׁ מֵאוֹת אֶלֶף וָאָלֶף שְׁבַע מֵאוֹת וּשְׁלשִׁים:

Writings:Ecclesiastes 2 “For who will eat, or who will enjoy, if not I”

Ecclesiastes Chapter 2

1 I said in my heart:

‘Come now, I will try thee with mirth, and enjoy pleasure’;

and, behold, this also was vanity. 2 I said of laughter:

‘It is mad’;

and of mirth:

‘What doth it accomplish?’

3 I searched in my heart how to pamper my flesh with wine, and, my heart conducting itself with wisdom, how yet to lay hold on folly, till I might see which it was best for the sons of men that they should do under the heaven the few days of their life. 4 I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards; 5 I made me gardens and parks, and I planted trees in them of all kinds of fruit; 6 I made me pools of water, to water therefrom the wood springing up with trees; 7 I acquired men-servants and maid-servants, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of herds and flocks, above all that were before me in Jerusalem; 8 I gathered me also silver and gold, and treasure such as kings and the provinces have as their own; I got me men-singers and women-singers, and the delights of the sons of men, women very many. 9 So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem; also my wisdom stood me in stead. 10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them; I withheld not my heart from any joy, for my heart had joy of all my labour; and this was my portion from all my labour. 11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do; and, behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was no profit under the sun. 12 And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness and folly; for what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that which hath been already done. 13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness. 14 The wise man, his eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness. And I also perceived that one event happeneth to them all. 15 Then said I in my heart:

‘As it happeneth to the fool, so will it happen even to me; and why was I then more

Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity. 16 For of the wise man, even as of the fool, there is no remembrance for ever; seeing that in the days to come all will long ago have been forgotten. And how must the wise man die even as the fool! 17 So I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun was grievous unto me; for all is vanity and a striving after wind. 18 And I hated all my labour wherein I laboured under the sun, seeing that I must leave it unto the man that shall be after me. 19 And who knoweth whether he will be a wise man or a fool? yet will he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have shown myself wise under the sun. This also is vanity. 20 Therefore I turned about to cause my heart to despair concerning all the labour wherein I had laboured under the sun. 21 For there is a man whose labour is with wisdom, and with knowledge, and with skill; yet to a man that hath not laboured therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil. 22 For what hath a man of all his labour, and of the striving of his heart, wherein he laboureth under the sun? 23 For all his days are pains, and his occupation vexation; yea, even in the night his heart taketh not rest. This also is vanity. 24 There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and make his soul enjoy pleasure for his labour. This also I saw, that it is from the hand of God. 25 For who will eat, or who will enjoy, if not I? 26 For to the man that is good in His sight He giveth wisdom, and knowledge, and joy; but to the sinner He giveth the task, to gather and to heap up, that he may leave to him that is good in the sight of God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.

Writings:Ecclesiastes 1

Ecclesiastes Chapter 1

1 The words of Koheleth, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

2 Vanity of vanities, saith Koheleth; vanity of vanities, all is vanity. 3 What profit hath man of all his labour wherein he laboureth under the sun? 4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh; and the earth abideth for ever. 5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he ariseth. 6 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it turneth about continually in its circuit, and the wind returneth again to its circuits. 7 All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full; unto the place whither the rivers go, thither they go again. 8 All things toil to weariness; man cannot utter it, the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. 9 That which hath been is that which shall be, and that which hath been done is that which shall be done; and there is nothing new under the sun. 10 Is there a thing whereof it is said:

‘See, this is new’?–

it hath been already, in the ages which were before us. 11 There is no remembrance of them of former times; neither shall there be any remembrance of them of latter times that are to come, among those that shall come after. {P}

12 I Koheleth have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven; it is a sore task that God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised therewith. 14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind. 15 That which is crooked cannot be made straight; and that which is wanting cannot be numbered. 16 I spoke with my own heart, saying:

‘Lo, I have gotten great wisdom, more also than all that were before me over Jerusalem’;

yea, my heart hath had great experience of wisdom and knowledge. 17 And I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly–

I perceived that this also was a striving after wind.

18 For in much wisdom is much vexation; and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

Writings:Lamentations 4,5 :and we shall be turned”

Lamentations Chapter 4

1 How is the gold become dim! How is the most fine gold changed! The hallowed stones are poured out at the head of every street.
{S} 2 The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!
{S} 3 Even the jackals draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones; the daughter of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness.
{S} 4 The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst; the young children ask bread, and none breaketh it unto them.
{S} 5 They that did feed on dainties are desolate in the streets; they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.
{S} 6 For the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands fell upon her.
{S} 7 Her princes were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk, they were more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing was as of sapphire;
{S} 8 Their visage is blacker than coal; they are not known in the streets; their skin is shrivelled upon their bones; it is withered, it is become like a stick.
{S} 9 They that are slain with the sword are better than they that are slain with hunger; for these pine away, stricken through, for want of the fruits of the field.
{S} 10 The hands of women full of compassion have sodden their own children; they were their food in the destruction of the daughter of my people.
{S} 11 The LORD hath accomplished His fury, He hath poured out His fierce anger; and He hath kindled a fire in Zion, which hath devoured the foundations thereof.
{S} 12 The kings of the earth believed not, neither all the inhabitants of the world, that the adversary and the enemy would enter into the gates of Jerusalem.
{S} 13 It is because of the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her.
{S} 14 They wander as blind men in the streets, they are polluted with blood, so that men cannot touch their garments.

{S} 15 ‘Depart ye! unclean!’

men cried unto them,

‘Depart, depart, touch not’;

yea, they fled away and wandered; men said among the nations:

‘They shall no more sojourn here.’

{S} 16 The anger of the LORD hath divided them; He will no more regard them; they respected not the persons of the priests, they were not gracious unto the elders.
{S} 17 As for us, our eyes do yet fail for our vain help; in our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save.
{S} 18 They hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our broad places; our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come.
{S} 19 Our pursuers were swifter than the eagles of the heaven; they chased us upon the mountains, they lay in wait for us in the wilderness. {S} 20 The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the LORD, was taken in their pits; of whom we said:

‘Under his shadow we shall live among the nations.’

{S} 21 Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, that dwellest in the land of Uz: the cup shall pass over unto thee also; thou shalt be drunken, and shalt make thyself naked.
{S} 22 The punishment of thine iniquity is accomplished, O daughter of Zion, He will no more carry thee away into captivity; He will punish thine iniquity, O daughter of Edom, He will uncover thy sins. {P}

Lamentations Chapter 5

1 Remember, O LORD, what is come upon us; behold, and see our reproach. 2 Our inheritance is turned unto strangers, our houses unto aliens. 3 We are become orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows. 4 We have drunk our water for money; our wood cometh to us for price. 5 To our very necks we are pursued; we labour, and have no rest. 6 We have given the hand to Egypt, and to Assyria, to have bread enough; 7 Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities. 8 Servants rule over us; there is none to deliver us out of their hand. 9 We get our bread with the peril of our lives because of the sword of the wilderness. 10 Our skin is hot like an oven because of the burning heat of famine. 11 They have ravished the women in Zion, the maidens in the cities of Judah. 12 Princes are hanged up by their hand; the faces of elders are not honoured. 13 The young men have borne the mill, and the children have stumbled under the wood. 14 The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their music. 15 The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning. 16 The crown is fallen from our head; woe unto us! for we have sinned. 17 For this our heart is faint, for these things our eyes are dim; 18 For the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it. {P}

19 Thou, O LORD, art enthroned for ever, Thy throne is from generation to generation. 20 Wherefore dost Thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time? 21 Turn Thou us unto Thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old. 22 Thou canst not have utterly rejected us, and be exceeding wroth against us! {P}

Portion 40.v ‘What hath God wrought!’

Numbers Chapter 23

14 And he took him into the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars, and offered up a bullock and a ram on every altar. 15 And he said unto Balak:

‘Stand here by thy burnt-offering, while I go toward a meeting yonder.’

16 And the LORD met Balaam, and put a word in his mouth, and said:

‘Return unto Balak, and thus shalt thou speak.’

17 And he came to him, and, lo, he stood by his burnt-offering, and the princes of Moab with him. And Balak said unto him:

‘What hath the LORD spoken?’

18 And he took up his parable, and said:
Arise, Balak, and hear; give ear unto me, thou son of Zippor:
19 God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent: when He hath said, will He not do it? or when He hath spoken, will He not make it good? 20 Behold, I am bidden to bless; and when He hath blessed, I cannot call it back. 21 None hath beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath one seen perverseness in Israel; the LORD his God is with him, and the shouting for the King is among them. 22 God who brought them forth out of Egypt is for them like the lofty horns of the wild-ox. 23 For there is no enchantment with Jacob, neither is there any divination with Israel; now is it said of Jacob and of Israel:

‘What hath God wrought!’

24 Behold a people that riseth up as a lioness, and as a lion doth he lift himself up; he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain. 25 And Balak said unto Balaam:

‘Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all.’

26 But Balaam answered and said unto Balak:

‘Told not I thee, saying:
All that the LORD speaketh, that I must do?’

Writings:Lamentations 3 “great is Thy faithfulness”

Lamentations Chapter 3

1 I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of His wrath. 2 He hath led me and caused me to walk in darkness and not in light. 3 Surely against me He turneth His hand again and again all the day.
{S} 4 My flesh and my skin hath He worn out; He hath broken my bones. 5 He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall and travail. 6 He hath made me to dwell in dark places, as those that have been long dead.
{S} 7 He hath hedged me about, that I cannot go forth; He hath made my chain heavy. 8 Yea, when I cry and call for help, He shutteth out my prayer. 9 He hath enclosed my ways with hewn stone, He hath made my paths crooked.
{S} 10 He is unto me as a bear lying in wait, as a lion in secret places. 11 He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces; He hath made me desolate. 12 He hath bent His bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.
{S} 13 He hath caused the arrows of His quiver to enter into my reins. 14 I am become a derision to all my people, and their song all the day. 15 He hath filled me with bitterness, He hath sated me with wormwood.
{S} 16 He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, He hath made me to wallow in ashes. 17 And my soul is removed far off from peace, I forgot prosperity. 18 And I said:

‘My strength is perished, and mine expectation from the LORD.’

{S} 19 Remember mine affliction and mine anguish, the wormwood and the gall. 20 My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is bowed down within me. 21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
{S} 22 Surely the LORD’S mercies are not consumed, surely His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness.

24 ‘The LORD is my portion’,

saith my soul;

‘Therefore will I hope in Him.’

{S} 25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him. 26 It is good that a man should quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. 27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.
{S} 28 Let him sit alone and keep silence, because He hath laid it upon him. 29 Let him put his mouth in the dust, if so be there may be hope. 30 Let him give his cheek to him that smiteth him, let him be filled full with reproach.
{S} 31 For the Lord will not cast off for ever. 32 For though He cause grief, yet will He have compassion according to the multitude of His mercies. 33 For He doth not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men.
{S} 34 To crush under foot all the prisoners of the earth, 35 To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the Most High, 36 To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord approveth not.
{S} 37 Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not? 38 Out of the mouth of the Most High proceedeth not evil and good? 39 Wherefore doth a living man complain, a strong man because of his sins?
{S} 40 Let us search and try our ways, and return to the LORD. 41 Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens. 42 We have transgressed and have rebelled; Thou hast not pardoned.
{S} 43 Thou hast covered with anger and pursued us; Thou hast slain unsparingly. 44 Thou hast covered Thyself with a cloud, so that no prayer can pass through. 45 Thou hast made us as the offscouring and refuse in the midst of the peoples.
{S} 46 All our enemies have opened their mouth wide against us. 47 Terror and the pit are come upon us, desolation and destruction. 48 Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water, for the breach of the daughter of my people.
{S} 49 Mine eye is poured out, and ceaseth not, without any intermission, 50 Till the LORD look forth, and behold from heaven. 51 Mine eye affected my soul, because of all the daughters of my city.
{S} 52 They have chased me sore like a bird, that are mine enemies without cause. 53 They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and have cast stones upon me. 54 Waters flowed over my head; I said:

‘I am cut off.’

{S} 55 I called upon Thy name, O LORD, Out of the lowest dungeon. 56 Thou heardest my voice; hide not Thine ear at my sighing, at my cry. 57 Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon Thee; Thou saidst:

‘Fear not.’

{S} 58 O Lord, Thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; Thou hast redeemed my life. 59 O LORD, Thou hast seen my wrong; judge Thou my cause. 60 Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their devices against me.
{S} 61 Thou hast heard their taunt, O LORD, and all their devices against me; 62 The lips of those that rose up against me, and their muttering against me all the day. 63 Behold Thou their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their song.
{S} 64 Thou wilt render unto them a recompense, O LORD, according to the work of their hands. 65 Thou wilt give them hardness of heart, Thy curse unto them. 66 Thou wilt pursue them in anger, and destroy them from under the heavens of the LORD. {P}

Portion 40.iv “Must I not take heed to speak that”

Numbers Chapter 22

39 And Balaam went with Balak, and they came unto Kiriath-huzoth. 40 And Balak sacrificed oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him. 41 And it came to pass in the morning that Balak took Balaam, and brought him up into Bamoth-baal, and he saw from thence the utmost part of the people.

Numbers Chapter 23

1 And Balaam said unto Balak:

‘Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams.’

2 And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered on every altar a bullock and a ram. 3 And Balaam said unto Balak:

‘Stand by thy burnt-offering, and I will go; peradventure the LORD will come to meet me;
and whatsoever He showeth me I will tell thee.’

And he went to a bare height. 4 And God met Balaam; and he said unto Him:

‘I have prepared the seven altars, and I have offered up a bullock and a ram on every

5 And the LORD put a word in Balaam’s mouth, and said:

‘Return unto Balak, and thus thou shalt speak.’

6 And he returned unto him, and, lo, he stood by his burnt-offering, he, and all the princes of Moab. 7 And he took up his parable, and said:
From Aram Balak bringeth me, the king of Moab from the mountains of the East:

‘Come, curse me Jacob, and come, execrate Israel.’

8 How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? And how shall I execrate, whom the LORD hath not execrated? 9 For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, it is a people that shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations. 10 Who hath counted the dust of Jacob, or numbered the stock of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let mine end be like his! 11 And Balak said unto Balaam:

‘What hast thou done unto me? I took thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast
blessed them altogether.’

12 And he answered and said:

‘Must I not take heed to speak that which the LORD putteth in my mouth?’

Writings:Lamentations 2 “as in the day of a solemn assembly”

Lamentations Chapter 2

1 How hath the Lord covered with a cloud the daughter of Zion in His anger!
He hath cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel, and hath not remembered His footstool in the day of His anger.

{S} 2 The Lord hath swallowed up unsparingly all the habitations of Jacob; He hath thrown down in His wrath the strongholds of the daughter of Judah; He hath brought them down to the ground; He hath profaned the kingdom and the princes thereof.
{S} 3 He hath cut off in fierce anger all the horn of Israel; He hath drawn back His right hand from before the enemy; and He hath burned in Jacob like a flaming fire, which devoureth round about.
{S} 4 He hath bent His bow like an enemy, standing with His right hand as an adversary, and hath slain all that were pleasant to the eye; in the tent of the daughter of Zion He hath poured out His fury like fire.
{S} 5 The Lord is become as an enemy, He hath swallowed up Israel; He hath swallowed up all her palaces, He hath destroyed his strongholds; and He hath multiplied in the daughter of Judah mourning and moaning.
{S} 6 And He hath stripped His tabernacle, as if it were a garden, He hath destroyed His place of assembly; the LORD hath caused to be forgotten in Zion appointed season and sabbath, and hath rejected in the indignation of His anger the king and the priest.
{S} 7 The Lord hath cast off His altar, He hath abhorred His sanctuary, He hath given up into the hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces; they have made a noise in the house of the LORD, as in the day of a solemn assembly.
{S} 8 The LORD hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion; He hath stretched out the line, He hath not withdrawn His hand from destroying; but He hath made the rampart and wall to mourn, they languish together.
{S} 9 Her gates are sunk into the ground; He hath destroyed and broken her bars; her king and her princes are among the nations, instruction is no more; yea, her prophets find no vision from the LORD.
{S} 10 They sit upon the ground, and keep silence, the elders of the daughter of Zion; they have cast up dust upon their heads, they have girded themselves with sackcloth; the virgins of Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground.
{S} 11 Mine eyes do fail with tears, mine inwards burn, my liver is poured upon the earth, for the breach of the daughter of my people; because the young children and the sucklings swoon in the broad places of the city.
{S} 12 They say to their mothers:

‘Where is corn and wine?’

when they swoon as the wounded in the broad places of the city, when their soul is poured out into their mothers’ bosom.
{S} 13 What shall I take to witness for thee? What shall I liken to thee, O daughter of Jerusalem? What shall I equal to thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of Zion? For thy breach is great like the sea; who can heal thee?
{S} 14 Thy prophets have seen visions for thee of vanity and delusion; and they have not uncovered thine iniquity, to bring back thy captivity; but have prophesied for thee burdens of vanity and seduction.
{S} 15 All that pass by clap their hands at thee; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem:

‘Is this the city that men called the perfection of beauty, the joy of the whole

{S} 16 All thine enemies have opened their mouth wide against thee; they hiss and gnash the teeth; they say:

‘We have swallowed her up; certainly this is the day that we looked for; we have found, we
have seen it.’

{S} 17 The LORD hath done that which He devised; He hath performed His word that He commanded in the days of old; He hath thrown down unsparingly; and He hath caused the enemy to rejoice over thee, He hath exalted the horn of thine adversaries.

{S} 18 Their heart cried unto the Lord:

‘O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down like a river day and night; give
thyself no respite; let not the apple of thine eye cease.
{S} 19 Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the watches; pour out thy heart like
water before the face of the Lord; lift up thy hands toward Him for the life of thy young
children, that faint for hunger at the head of every street.’

{S} 20 ‘See, O LORD, and consider, to whom Thou hast done thus! Shall the women eat their
fruit, the children that are dandled in the hands? Shall the priest and the prophet be
slain in the sanctuary of the Lord?
{S} 21 The youth and the old man lie on the ground in the streets; my virgins and my young
men are fallen by the sword; Thou hast slain them in the day of Thine anger; Thou hast
slaughtered unsparingly.
{S} 22 Thou hast called, as in the day of a solemn assembly, my terrors on every side, and
there was none in the day of the LORD’S anger that escaped or remained; those that I have
dandled and brought up hath mine enemy consumed.’ {P}