“his loins were loosed,” – JESUSbible3/Daniel

5,1 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand.

5,2 Belshazzar, while he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king and his lords, his consorts and his concubines, might drink therein.

5,3 Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his lords, his consorts and his concubines, drank in them.

5,4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.

5,5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace; and the king saw the palm of the hand that wrote.

5,6 Then the king’s countenance was changed in him, and his thoughts affrighted him; and the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another.

5,7 The king cried aloud to bring in the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the astrologers. The king spoke and said to the wise men of Babylon:
‘Whosoever shall read this writing, and declare unto me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with purple, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall rule as one of three in the kingdom.’ {S}

5,8 Then came in all the king’s wise men:
but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation.

5,9 Then was king Belshazzar greatly affrighted, and his countenance was changed in him, and his lords were perplexed.

5,10 Now the queen by reason of the words of the king and his lords came into the banquet house; the queen spoke and said:
‘O king, live for ever! let not thy thoughts affright thee, nor let thy countenance be changed;

5,11 there is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; and the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father, made him master of the magicians, enchanters, Chaldeans, and astrologers;

5,12 forasmuch as a surpassing spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and declaring of riddles, and loosing of knots, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will declare the interpretation.’ {P}

5,13 Then was Daniel brought in before the king. The king spoke and said unto Daniel:
‘Art thou Daniel, who is of the children of the captivity of Judah, whom the king my father brought out of Judah?

5,14 I have heard of thee, that the spirit of the gods is in thee, and that light and understanding and surpassing wisdom is found in thee.

5,15 And now the wise men, the enchanters, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known unto me the interpretation thereof; but they could not declare the interpretation of the thing.

5,16 But I have heard of thee, that thou canst give interpretations, and loose knots; now if thou canst read the writing, and make known to me the interpretation thereof, thou shalt be clothed with purple, and have a chain of gold about thy neck, and shalt rule as one of three in the kingdom.’ {P}

5,17 Then Daniel answered and said before the king:
‘Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; nevertheless I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation.

5,18 O thou king, God Most High gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father the kingdom, and greatness, and glory, and majesty;

5,19 and because of the greatness that He gave him, all the peoples, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him: whom he would he slew, and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he raised up, and whom he would he put down.

5,20 But when his heart was lifted up, and his spirit was hardened that he dealt proudly, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and his glory was taken from him;

5,21 and he was driven from the sons of men, and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses; he was fed with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; until he knew that God Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and that He setteth up over it whomsoever He will.

5,22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thy heart, though thou knewest all this;

5,23 but hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of His house before thee, and thou and thy lords, thy consorts and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know; and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified;

5,24 then was the palm of the hand sent from before Him, and this writing was inscribed.

5,25 And this is the writing that was inscribed: MENE MENE, TEKEL UPHARSIN.

5,26 This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE, God hath numbered thy kingdom, and brought it to an end.

5,27 TEKEL, Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.

5,28 PERES, thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.’

5,29 Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with purple, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made proclamation concerning him, that he should rule as one of three in the kingdom. 5,30 In that night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was slain. {P}

note: You may recall from the Book of Esther that drunken orgies were common in Babylon culture. In one of these feasts the hand of the LORD appears and writes on the wall of Belshazzar’s palace.

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“betrayed to be crucified.” – #WhatWouldJesusTeach

To be betrayed is to be crucified. To be used, to be taken advantage of. To be useful to someone and then discarded as no longer useful.

GOD sums up the attitude of man to ward Himself, in Christ. When we no longer need GOD, when we feel free and in control, do we feel free
to discard Him?

Following the liberation from Egypt, in the wilderness, GOD’s own people said, "we will follow GOD now, but we will do it our way." They discarded GOD there.

Matthew 26:1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had concluded all these discourses, that he said to his disciples:

2 Ye know that after two days is the Passover; and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.

Matot-Massei i. Lone instance where man may overrule GOD

A man can overrule a vow to GOD made by his wife. GOD preserves authority of the man as patriarch.
Today is Jul. 31, 2016 | Month 5/26, 6155
Parshat Matot-Massei
1st Portion: (Numbers 30:2 – 31:12)
Numbers Chapter 30

2 Moses spoke to the heads of the tribes of the sons of Israel, saying:
This is the thing jehovah has commanded.
בוַיְדַבֵּ֤ר משֶׁה֙ אֶל־רָאשֵׁ֣י הַמַּטּ֔וֹת לִבְנֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל לֵאמֹ֑ר זֶ֣ה הַדָּבָ֔ר אֲשֶׁ֖ר צִוָּ֥ה יְהֹוָֽה:

3 If a man makes a vow to jehovah or makes an oath to prohibit himself, he shall not violate his word; according to whatever came out of his mouth, he shall do.
גאִישׁ֩ כִּֽי־יִדֹּ֨ר נֶ֜דֶר לַֽיהֹוָ֗ה אֽוֹ־הִשָּׁ֤בַע שְׁבֻעָה֙ לֶאְסֹ֤ר אִסָּר֙ עַל־נַפְשׁ֔וֹ לֹ֥א יַחֵ֖ל דְּבָר֑וֹ כְּכָל־הַיֹּצֵ֥א מִפִּ֖יו יַֽעֲשֶֽׂה:

4 If a woman makes a vow to jehovah, or imposes a prohibition [upon herself] while in her father’s house, in her youth,
דוְאִשָּׁ֕ה כִּֽי־תִדֹּ֥ר נֶ֖דֶר לַֽיהֹוָ֑ה וְאָֽסְרָ֥ה אִסָּ֛ר בְּבֵ֥ית אָבִ֖יהָ בִּנְעֻרֶֽיהָ:

5 if her father heard her vow or her prohibition which she has prohibited upon herself, yet her father remains silent, all her vows shall stand, and any prohibition that she has imposed upon herself shall stand.
הוְשָׁמַ֨ע אָבִ֜יהָ אֶת־נִדְרָ֗הּ וֶֽאֱסָרָהּ֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר אָֽסְרָ֣ה עַל־נַפְשָׁ֔הּ וְהֶֽחֱרִ֥ישׁ לָ֖הּ אָבִ֑יהָ וְקָ֨מוּ֙ כָּל־נְדָרֶ֔יהָ וְכָל־אִסָּ֛ר אֲשֶׁר־אָֽסְרָ֥ה עַל־נַפְשָׁ֖הּ יָקֽוּם:

6 But if her father hinders her on the day he hears it, all her vows and her prohibitions that she has imposed upon herself shall not stand. Jehovah will forgive her because her father hindered her.
ווְאִם־הֵנִ֨יא אָבִ֣יהָ אֹתָהּ֘ בְּי֣וֹם שָׁמְעוֹ֒ כָּל־נְדָרֶ֗יהָ וֶֽאֱסָרֶ֛יהָ אֲשֶׁר־אָֽסְרָ֥ה עַל־נַפְשָׁ֖הּ לֹ֣א יָק֑וּם וַֽיהֹוָה֙ יִסְלַח־לָ֔הּ כִּֽי־הֵנִ֥יא אָבִ֖יהָ אֹתָֽהּ:

7 But if she is [betrothed] to a man, with her vows upon her or by an utterance of her lips which she has imposed upon herself,
זוְאִם־הָי֤וֹ תִֽהְיֶה֙ לְאִ֔ישׁ וּנְדָרֶ֖יהָ עָלֶ֑יהָ א֚וֹ מִבְטָ֣א שְׂפָתֶ֔יהָ אֲשֶׁ֥ר אָֽסְרָ֖ה עַל־נַפְשָֽׁהּ:

8 and her husband hears it but remains silent on the day he hears it, her vows shall stand, and her prohibition which she has imposed upon herself shall stand.
חוְשָׁמַ֥ע אִישָׁ֛הּ בְּי֥וֹם שָׁמְע֖וֹ וְהֶֽחֱרִ֣ישׁ לָ֑הּ וְקָ֣מוּ נְדָרֶ֗יהָ וֶֽאֱסָרֶ֛הָ אֲשֶׁר־אָֽסְרָ֥ה עַל־נַפְשָׁ֖הּ יָקֻֽמוּ:

9 But if her husband hinders her on the day he heard it, he has revoked the vow she had taken upon herself and the utterance which she had imposed upon herself, and jehovah will forgive her.
טוְאִ֠ם בְּי֨וֹם שְׁמֹ֣עַ אִישָׁהּ֘ יָנִ֣יא אוֹתָהּ֒ וְהֵפֵ֗ר אֶת־נִדְרָהּ֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר עָלֶ֔יהָ וְאֵת֙ מִבְטָ֣א שְׂפָתֶ֔יהָ אֲשֶׁ֥ר אָֽסְרָ֖ה עַל־נַפְשָׁ֑הּ וַֽיהֹוָ֖ה יִסְלַח־לָֽהּ:

10 As for the vow of a widow or a divorced woman, whatever she prohibited upon herself will remain upon her.
יוְנֵ֥דֶר אַלְמָנָ֖ה וּגְרוּשָׁ֑ה כֹּ֛ל אֲשֶׁר־אָֽסְרָ֥ה עַל־נַפְשָׁ֖הּ יָק֥וּם עָלֶֽיהָ:

11 But if she vowed in her husband’s house, or imposed a prohibition upon herself with an oath.
יאוְאִם־בֵּ֥ית אִישָׁ֖הּ נָדָ֑רָה אוֹ־אָֽסְרָ֥ה אִסָּ֛ר עַל־נַפְשָׁ֖הּ בִּשְׁבֻעָֽה:

12 and her husband heard and remained silent, and did not hinder her, all her vows shall stand, and every prohibition she imposed upon herself shall stand.
יבוְשָׁמַ֤ע אִישָׁהּ֙ וְהֶֽחֱרִ֣שׁ לָ֔הּ לֹ֥א הֵנִ֖יא אֹתָ֑הּ וְקָ֨מוּ֙ כָּל־נְדָרֶ֔יהָ וְכָל־אִסָּ֛ר אֲשֶׁר־אָֽסְרָ֥ה עַל־נַפְשָׁ֖הּ יָקֽוּם:

13 If her husband revokes them on the day he hears them, anything issuing from her lips regarding her vows or self imposed prohibitions shall not stand; her husband has revoked them and jehovah shall forgive her.
יגוְאִם־הָפֵר֩ יָפֵ֨ר אֹתָ֥ם | אִישָׁהּ֘ בְּי֣וֹם שָׁמְעוֹ֒ כָּל־מוֹצָ֨א שְׂפָתֶ֧יהָ לִנְדָרֶ֛יהָ וּלְאִסַּ֥ר נַפְשָׁ֖הּ לֹ֣א יָק֑וּם אִישָׁ֣הּ הֲפֵרָ֔ם וַֽיהֹוָ֖ה יִסְלַח־לָֽהּ:

14 Any vow or any binding oath of self affliction, her husband can either uphold it or revoke it.
ידכָּל־נֵ֛דֶר וְכָל־שְׁבֻעַ֥ת אִסָּ֖ר לְעַנֹּ֣ת נָ֑פֶשׁ אִישָׁ֥הּ יְקִימֶ֖נּוּ וְאִישָׁ֥הּ יְפֵרֶֽנּוּ:

15 However, if her husband remained silent from day to day, he has upheld all the vows and prohibitions she has assumed; he has upheld them since he remained silent on the day he heard it.
טווְאִם־הַֽחֲרֵשׁ֩ יַֽחֲרִ֨ישׁ לָ֥הּ אִישָׁהּ֘ מִיּ֣וֹם אֶל־יוֹם֒ וְהֵקִים֙ אֶת־כָּל־נְדָרֶ֔יהָ א֥וֹ אֶת־כָּל־אֱסָרֶ֖יהָ אֲשֶׁ֣ר עָלֶ֑יהָ הֵקִ֣ים אֹתָ֔ם כִּי־הֶֽחֱרִ֥שׁ לָ֖הּ בְּי֥וֹם שָׁמְעֽוֹ:

16 If he revokes them after having heard [them], he shall bear her iniquity.
טזוְאִם־הָפֵ֥ר יָפֵ֛ר אֹתָ֖ם אַֽחֲרֵ֣י שָׁמְע֑וֹ וְנָשָׂ֖א אֶת־עֲו‍ֹנָֽהּ:

17 These are the statutes which jehovah commanded Moses concerning a man and his wife, a father and his daughter, in her youth, while in her father’s house.
יזאֵ֣לֶּה הַֽחֻקִּ֗ים אֲשֶׁ֨ר צִוָּ֤ה יְהֹוָה֙ אֶת־משֶׁ֔ה בֵּ֥ין אִ֖ישׁ לְאִשְׁתּ֑וֹ בֵּין־אָ֣ב לְבִתּ֔וֹ בִּנְעֻרֶ֖יהָ בֵּ֥ית אָבִֽיהָ:

Numbers Chapter 31

1 Jehovah spoke to Moses saying,
אוַיְדַבֵּ֥ר יְהֹוָ֖ה אֶל־משֶׁ֥ה לֵּאמֹֽר:

2 "Take revenge for the sons of Israel against the Midianites; afterwards you will be gathered to your people."
בנְקֹ֗ם נִקְמַת֙ בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל מֵאֵ֖ת הַמִּדְיָנִ֑ים אַחַ֖ר תֵּֽאָסֵ֥ף אֶל־עַמֶּֽיךָ:

3 So Moses spoke to the people, saying,
"Arm from among you men for the army, that they can be against Midian, and carry out the revenge of jehovah against Midian.
גוַיְדַבֵּ֤ר משֶׁה֙ אֶל־הָעָ֣ם לֵאמֹ֔ר הֵחָֽלְצ֧וּ מֵֽאִתְּכֶ֛ם אֲנָשִׁ֖ים לַצָּבָ֑א וְיִֽהְיוּ֙ עַל־מִדְיָ֔ן לָתֵ֥ת נִקְמַת־יְהֹוָ֖ה בְּמִדְיָֽן:

4 A thousand for each tribe, a thousand for each tribe, from all the tribes of Israel you shall send into the army."
דאֶ֚לֶף לַמַּטֶּ֔ה אֶ֖לֶף לַמַּטֶּ֑ה לְכֹל֙ מַטּ֣וֹת יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל תִּשְׁלְח֖וּ לַצָּבָֽא:

5 From the thousands of Israel one thousand was given over for each tribe, twelve thousand armed for battle.
הוַיִּמָּֽסְרוּ֙ מֵֽאַלְפֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל אֶ֖לֶף לַמַּטֶּ֑ה שְׁנֵֽים־עָשָׂ֥ר אֶ֖לֶף חֲלוּצֵ֥י צָבָֽא:

6 Moses sent them the thousand from each tribe to the army, them along with Phinehas the son of Eleazar the kohen to the army, with the sacred utensils and the trumpets for sounding in his possession.
ווַיִּשְׁלַ֨ח אֹתָ֥ם משֶׁ֛ה אֶ֥לֶף לַמַּטֶּ֖ה לַצָּבָ֑א אֹ֠תָ֠ם וְאֶת־פִּ֨ינְחָ֜ס בֶּן־אֶלְעָזָ֤ר הַכֹּהֵן֙ לַצָּבָ֔א וּכְלֵ֥י הַקֹּ֛דֶשׁ וַֽחֲצֹֽצְר֥וֹת הַתְּרוּעָ֖ה בְּיָדֽוֹ:

7 They mounted an attack against Midian, as jehovah had commanded Moses, and they killed every male.
זוַיִּצְבְּאוּ֙ עַל־מִדְיָ֔ן כַּֽאֲשֶׁ֛ר צִוָּ֥ה יְהֹוָ֖ה אֶת־משֶׁ֑ה וַיַּֽהַרְג֖וּ כָּל־זָכָֽר:

8 And they killed the Midianite kings upon their slain:
Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba, the five kings of Midian, and Balaam the son of Beor they slew with the sword.
חוְאֶת־מַלְכֵ֨י מִדְיָ֜ן הָֽרְג֣וּ עַל־חַלְלֵיהֶ֗ם אֶת־אֱוִ֤י וְאֶת־רֶ֨קֶם֙ וְאֶת־צ֤וּר וְאֶת־חוּר֙ וְאֶת־רֶ֔בַע חֲמֵ֖שֶׁת מַלְכֵ֣י מִדְיָ֑ן וְאֵת֙ בִּלְעָ֣ם בֶּן־בְּע֔וֹר הָֽרְג֖וּ בֶּחָֽרֶב:

9 The sons of Israel took the Midianite women and their small children captive, and they plundered all their beasts, livestock, and all their possessions.
טוַיִּשְׁבּ֧וּ בְנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֛ל אֶת־נְשֵׁ֥י מִדְיָ֖ן וְאֶת־טַפָּ֑ם וְאֵ֨ת כָּל־בְּהֶמְתָּ֧ם וְאֶת־כָּל־מִקְנֵהֶ֛ם וְאֶת־כָּל־חֵילָ֖ם בָּזָֽזוּ:

10 They set fire to all their residential cities and their castles.
יוְאֵ֤ת כָּל־עָֽרֵיהֶם֙ בְּמ֣וֹשְׁבֹתָ֔ם וְאֵ֖ת כָּל־טִֽירֹתָ֑ם שָֽׂרְפ֖וּ בָּאֵֽשׁ:

11 They took all the booty and all the plunder of man and beast.
יאוַיִּקְחוּ֙ אֶת־כָּל־הַשָּׁלָ֔ל וְאֵ֖ת כָּל־הַמַּלְק֑וֹחַ בָּֽאָדָ֖ם וּבַבְּהֵמָֽה:

12 They brought the captives, the plunder, and the booty to Moses and to Eleazar the kohen and to the entire community of Israel in the camp, in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho.
יבוַיָּבִ֡אוּ אֶל־משֶׁה֩ וְאֶל־אֶלְעָזָ֨ר הַכֹּהֵ֜ן וְאֶל־עֲדַ֣ת בְּנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל אֶת־הַשְּׁבִ֧י וְאֶת־הַמַּלְק֛וֹחַ וְאֶת־הַשָּׁלָ֖ל אֶל־הַמַּֽחֲנֶ֑ה אֶל־עַרְבֹ֣ת מוֹאָ֔ב אֲשֶׁ֖ר עַל־יַרְדֵּ֥ן יְרֵחֽוֹ:

The July 31 Bible

Part I Exodus

3,16 Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them:

The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, hath appeared unto me, saying:

I have surely remembered you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt.

3,17 And I have said:

I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Amorite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.

3,18 And they shall hearken to thy voice. And thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel, unto the king of Egypt, and ye shall say unto him:

The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, hath met with us. And now let us go, we pray thee, three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.

3,19 And I know that the king of Egypt will not give you leave to go, except by a mighty hand.

3,20 And I will put forth My hand, and smite Egypt with all My wonders which I will do in the midst thereof. And after that he will let you go.

3,21 And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians. And it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty;

3,22 but every woman shall ask of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment; and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians.’

4,1 And Moses answered and said:

‘But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice; for they will say:

The LORD hath not appeared unto thee.’

4,2 And the LORD said unto him:

‘What is that in thy hand?’

And he said:

‘A rod.’

4,3 And He said:

‘Cast it on the ground.’

And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.

4,4 And the LORD said unto Moses:

‘Put forth thy hand, and take it by the tail–

and he put forth his hand, and laid hold of it, and it became a rod in his hand–

4,5 that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.’

4,6 And the LORD said furthermore unto him:

‘Put now thy hand into thy bosom.’

And he put his hand into his bosom; and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous, as white as snow.

4,7 And He said:

‘Put thy hand back into thy bosom.–

And he put his hand back into his bosom; and when he took it out of his bosom, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh.–

4,8 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.

4,9 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe even these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land; and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.’

Part II Isaiah

48,2 For they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves upon the God of Israel, the LORD of hosts is His name. {S}

48,3 I have declared the former things from of old; yea, they went forth out of My mouth, and I announced them; suddenly I did them, and they came to pass.

48,4 Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass;

48,5 Therefore I have declared it to thee from of old; before it came to pass I announced it to thee; lest thou shouldest say:

‘Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them.’

48,6 Thou hast heard, see, all this; and ye, will ye not declare it? I have announced unto thee new things from this time, even hidden things, which thou hast not known.

48,7 They are created now, and not from of old, and before this day thou heardest them not; lest thou shouldest say:

‘Behold, I knew them.’

48,8 Yea, thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest not; yea, from of old thine ear was not opened; for I knew that thou wouldest deal very treacherously, and wast called a transgressor from the womb.

48,9 For My name’s sake will I defer Mine anger, and for My praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off.

48,10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not as silver; I have tried thee in the furnace of affliction.

48,11 For Mine own sake, for Mine own sake, will I do it; for how should it be profaned? And My glory will I not give to another. {P}

48,12 Hearken unto Me, O Jacob, and Israel My called:

I am He; I am the first, I also am the last.

48,13 Yea, My hand hath laid the foundation of the earth, and My right hand hath spread out the heavens; when I call unto them, they stand up together.

48,14 Assemble yourselves, all ye, and hear; which among them hath declared these things? He whom the LORD loveth shall perform His pleasure on Babylon, and show His arm on the Chaldeans.

48,15 I, even I, have spoken, yea, I have called him; I have brought him, and he shall make his way prosperous.

48,16 Come ye near unto Me, hear ye this:

From the beginning I have not spoken in secret; from the time that it was, there am I; and now the Lord GOD hath sent me, and His spirit. {P}

48,17 Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:

I am the LORD thy God, who teacheth thee for thy profit, who leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.

48,18 Oh that thou wouldest hearken to My commandments! then would thy peace be as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea;

48,19 Thy seed also would be as the sand, and the offspring of thy body like the grains thereof; his name would not be cut off nor destroyed from before Me. {S}

48,20 Go ye forth from Babylon, flee ye from the Chaldeans; with a voice of singing declare ye, tell this, utter it even to the end of the earth; say ye:

‘The LORD hath redeemed His servant Jacob.

48,21 And they thirsted not when He led them through the deserts; He caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them; He cleaved the rock also, and the waters gushed out.’

48,22 There is no peace, saith the LORD concerning the wicked. {P}

49,1 Listen, O isles, unto me, and hearken, ye peoples, from far:

the LORD hath called me from the womb, from the bowels of my mother hath He made mention of my name;

49,2 And He hath made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of His hand hath He hid me; and He hath made me a polished shaft, in His quiver hath He concealed me;

49,3 And He said unto me:

‘Thou art My servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.’

49,4 But I said:

‘I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought and vanity; yet surely my right is with the LORD, and my recompense with my God.’ {S}

Part III Job

33,24 Then He is gracious unto him, and saith:

‘Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom.’

33,25 His flesh is tenderer than a child’s; he returneth to the days of his youth;

33,26 He prayeth unto God, and He is favourable unto him; so that he seeth His face with joy; {N}

and He restoreth unto man his righteousness.

33,27 He cometh before men, and saith:

‘I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not.’

33,28 So He redeemeth his soul from going into the pit, and his life beholdeth the light.

33,29 Lo, all these things doth God work, twice, yea thrice, with a man,

33,30 To bring back his soul from the pit, that he may be enlightened with the light of the living.

33,31 Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me; hold thy peace, and I will speak.

33,32 If thou hast any thing to say, answer me; speak, for I desire to justify thee.

33,33 If not, hearken thou unto me; hold thy peace, and I will teach thee wisdom.

34,1 {S} Moreover Elihu answered and said:

34,2 Hear my words, ye wise men; and give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge.

34,3 For the ear trieth words, as the palate tasteth food.

34,4 Let us choose for us that which is right; let us know among ourselves what is good.

34,5 For Job hath said:

‘I am righteous, and God hath taken away my right;

34,6 Notwithstanding my right I am accounted a liar; my wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.’

34,7 What man is like Job, who drinketh up scorning like water?

34,8 Who goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh with wicked men.

34,9 For he hath said:

‘It profiteth a man nothing that he should be in accord with God.’

34,10 Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: {N}

Far be it from God, that He should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that He should commit iniquity.

34,11 For the work of a man will He requite unto him, and cause every man to find according to his ways.

Part IV The Proclamation of John the Herald – Chapter 7

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16 Jesus answered and said:

My doctrine is not from me, but from him that sent me.

17 He that wisheth to do his pleasure, will understand my doctrine, whether it is from God, or whether I speak from my own pleasure.

18 He that speaketh according to the pleasure of his own mind, seeketh glory for himself:

but he who seeketh the glory of him that sent him, is veracious, and evil is not in his heart.

19 Did not Moses give you the law? Yet no one of you observeth the law.

20 Why do ye seek to kill me?

The multitude answered and said:

Thou hast a demon:

who seeketh to kill thee?

21 Jesus replied, and said to them:

I have wrought one work, and ye all wonder.

22 Because Moses gave you circumcision, (not that it was from Moses, but it was from the fathers,) ye circumcise a child on the sabbath.

23 And if a child is circumcised on the sabbath day, that the law of Moses may not be violated, do ye murmur at me, because I have made a man entirely sound on the sabbath day ?

24 Judge not, with a respect for persons; but judge ye a righteous judgment.

25 And some from Jerusalem said:

Is not this he, whom they seek to kill?

The July 31 Bible: Part II Isaiah – “Peace like a river”

There is no peace without His Commandments (Matthew 28).

48,18 Oh that thou wouldest hearken to My commandments! then would thy peace be as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea;
48,19 Thy seed also would be as the sand, and the offspring of thy body like the grains thereof; his name would not be cut off nor destroyed from before Me. {S}

‘The tree grew, and was strong,’ – JESUSbible3/Daniel

4,1 I Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in my house, and flourishing in my palace.

4,2 I saw a dream which made me afraid; and imaginings upon my bed and the visions of my head affrighted me.

4,3 Therefore made I a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me, that they might make known unto me the interpretation of the dream.

4,4 Then came in the magicians, the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the astrologers; and I told the dream before them; but they did not make known unto me the interpretation thereof.

4,5 But at the last Daniel came in before me, whose name was Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and I told the dream before him:

4,6 O Belteshazzar, master of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in thee, and no secret causeth thee trouble, tell me the visions of my dream that I have seen, and the interpretation thereof.

4,7 Thus were the visions of my head upon my bed:
I saw, and behold a tree in the midst of the earth, and the height thereof was great.

4,8 The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth.

4,9 The leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was food for all; the beasts of the field had shadow under it, and the fowls of the heaven dwelt in the branches thereof, and all flesh was fed of it.

4,10 I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher and a holy one came down from heaven.

4,11 He cried aloud, and said thus:
Hew down the tree, and cut off its branches, shake off its leaves, and scatter its fruit; let the beasts get away from under it, and the fowls from its branches.

4,12 Nevertheless leave the stump of its roots in the earth, even in a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts in the grass of the earth;

4,13 Let his heart be changed from man’s, and let a beast’s heart be given unto him; and let seven times pass over him.

4,14 The matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the sentence by the word of the holy ones; to the intent that the living may know that the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will, and setteth up over it the lowest of men.

4,15 This dream I king Nebuchadnezzar have seen; and thou, O Belteshazzar, declare the interpretation, forasmuch as all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known unto me the interpretation; but thou art able, for the spirit of the holy gods is in thee.’

4,16 Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was appalled for a while, and his thoughts affrighted him. The king spoke and said:
‘Belteshazzar, let not the dream, or the interpretation, affright thee.’
Belteshazzar answered and said:
‘My lord, the dream be to them that hate thee, and the interpretation thereof to thine adversaries.

4,17 The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached unto the heaven, and the sight thereof to all the earth;

4,18 whose leaves were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was food for all; under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and upon whose branches the fowls of the heaven had their habitation;

4,19 it is thou, O king, that art grown and become strong; for thy greatness is grown, and reacheth unto heaven, and thy dominion to the end of the earth.

4,20 And whereas the king saw a watcher and a holy one coming down from heaven, and saying:
Hew down the tree, and destroy it; nevertheless leave the stump of the roots thereof in the earth, even in a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts of the field, till seven times pass over him–

4,21 this is the interpretation, O king, and it is the decree of the Most High, which is come upon my lord the king,

4,22 that thou shalt be driven from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and thou shalt be made to eat grass as oxen, and shalt be wet with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee; till thou know that the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will.

4,23 And whereas it was commanded to leave the stump of the roots of the tree, thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shalt have known that the heavens do rule.

4,24 Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by almsgiving, and thine iniquities by showing mercy to the poor; if there may be a lengthening of thy prosperity.’

4,25 All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar. {P}

4,26 At the end of twelve months he was walking upon the royal palace of Babylon.

4,27 The king spoke, and said:
‘Is not this great Babylon, which I have built for a royal dwelling-place, by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?’

4,28 While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven:
‘O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken:
the kingdom is departed from thee.

4,29 And thou shalt be driven from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field; thou shalt be made to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee; until thou know that the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will.’

4,30 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar; and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hair was grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws.

4,31 ‘And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the Most High, and I praised and honoured Him that liveth for ever; for His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom from generation to generation;

4,32 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; and He doeth according to His will in the host of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him:
What doest Thou?

4,33 At the same time mine understanding returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, my majesty and my splendour returned unto me; and my ministers and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and surpassing greatness was added unto me.

4,34 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven; for all His works are truth, and His ways justice; and those that walk in pride He is able to abase.’ {P}

photo: Saddam Hussein claimed to be reincarnation of Nebuchadnazzar found hiding like an animal in a ‘spider-hole’.