COMPILATIONS OF YAHUAH’S SONGS (15)
SONG OF MOSHEH
Deḇarim (Deuteronomy) 32:1-43
1 “Give ear, O heavens, and let me speak; And hear, O earth, The words of my mouth.
2 “Let my instruction fall as rain, My speech drop down as dew, As fine rain on the tender plants, And as showers on the grass.
3 “For I proclaim the Name of Yahuah, Ascribe greatness to our Elohim.
4 “The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are right-ruling, An Ěl of truth and... see more without unrighteousness, Righteous and straight is He.
5 “A twisted and crooked generation has corrupted itself, They’re blemished, they are not His children.
6 “Do you do this to Yahuah, O foolish and unwise people? Is He not your Father, who bought you, Who created you and established you?
7 Remember the days of old, Consider the years of many generations. Ask your father and let him show you, Your elders, and let them say to you.”
8 “When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance When He separated the sons of Aḏam, He set the boundaries of the peoples According to the number of the children of Yashra’al.
9 “For the portion of Yahuah is His people, Yah‛aqoḇ His allotted inheritance.
10 He found him in a wilderness, And in a wasted, howling desert. He encompassed him, He made him understand, He watched over him as the apple of His eye.
11 “As an eagle stirs up its nest, Flutters over its young, Spreading out its wings, taking them up, Bearing them on its wings.
12 “Yahuah alone led him, And there was no strange mighty one with him.
13 “He made him ride in the heights of the earth, And he ate the fruit of the fields, And He made him to draw honey from the rock, And oil from the flinty rock,
14 “Curds from the cattle, And milk of the flock, With fat of lambs, And rams of the breed of Bashan, And goats, with the choicest wheat; And you drank wine, the blood of the grapes.
15 “But Yashurun grew fat and kicked; You grew fat, you grew thick, You are covered with fat; So he forsook Aloah who made him, And scorned the Rock of his deliverance.
16 “They moved Him to jealousy with foreign matters, With abominations they provoked Him.
17 “They slaughtered to demons – not Aloah – Mighty ones they did not know, New ones who came lately, Which your fathers did not fear.
18 “You neglected the Rock who brought you forth, And forgot the Ěl who fathered you.
19 “And Yahuah saw, and despised, Because of the provocation of His sons and His daughters.
20 “And He said, ‘Let Me hide My face from them, Let Me see what their end is, For they are a perverse generation, Children in whom there is no trusting.
21 They made Me jealous by what is not Ěl, They provoked Me with their worthless matters. But I make them jealous by those who are no people, I provoke them with a foolish nation.
22 For a fire was kindled in My wrath And burns to the bottom of She’ol, And consumes the earth and its increase, And sets on fire the foundations of mountains.
23 “I gather evils upon them, I use up My arrows upon them –
24 “Wasted by scarcity of food, And consumed by heat and bitter destruction, And the teeth of beasts I send upon them, With the poison of serpents of the dust.
25 “The sword bereaves from the outside, And fear from within, Both young man and maiden, Nursing child with the man of grey hairs.
26 I said, ‘I should blow them away, I should make the remembrance of them To cease from among men,”
27 If I did not fear the enemy’s taunt, Lest their adversaries misunderstand, Lest they say, “Our hand is high, And Yahuah has not done all this.” ’
28 “For they are a nation lost to counsel, And there is no understanding in them.
29 If they were wise, They would understand this, They would consider their latter end!”
30 “How would one chase a thousand, And two put ten thousand to flight, Unless their Rock had sold them, And Yahuah had given them up?
31 “For their rock is not like our Rock – Even our enemies are judges.
32 “Their vine is of the vine of Seḏom and of the fields of Amorah; Their grapes are grapes of gall, Their clusters are bitter.
33 “Their wine is the poison of serpents, And the fierce venom of cobras.
34 Is it not stored up with Me, Sealed up among My treasures?
35 Vengeance is Mine, and repayment, At the time their foot slips; For near is the day of their calamity, And the matters prepared are hastening to them.’
36 “For Yahuah rightly rules His people And has compassion on His servants, When He sees that their power is gone, And there is no one remaining, Shut up or at large.
37 And He shall say, ‘Where are their mighty ones, The rock in whom they sought refuge?”
38 Who ate the fat of their slaughterings, And drank the wine of their drink offering? Let them arise and help you, Let it be a hiding-place for you!
39 See now that I, I am He, And there is no Elohim besides Me. I put to death and I make alive. I have wounded, and I heal. And from My hand no one delivers!
40 For I lift My hand to the heavens, And shall say: As I live forever,
41 If I have sharpened My flashing sword, And My hand takes hold on judgment, I shall return vengeance to My enemies, And repay those who hate Me.
42 I make My arrows drunk with blood, And My sword devours flesh, With the blood of the slain and the captives, From the long-haired enemy chiefs.’
43 O nations, acclaim His people! For He avenges the blood of His servants, And returns vengeance to His adversaries, And shall pardon His land, His people.
SONG OF MOSHEH & Miryam
Shemoth (Exodus) 15:1-21
1 Then Mosheh and the children of Yisra’ĕl sang this song to יהוה, and spoke, saying, “I sing to יהוה, for He is highly exalted! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea!
2 Yah is my strength and song, and He has become my deliverance. He is my Ěl, and I praise Him – Elohim of my father, and I exalt Him.
3 “יהוה is a man of battle, יהוה is His Name.
4 “He has cast Pharaoh’s chariots and his army into the sea, and his chosen officers are drowned in the Sea of Reeds.
5 “The depths covered them, they went down to the bottom like a stone.
6 “Your right hand, O יהוה, has become great in power. Your right hand, O יהוה, has crushed the enemy.
7 “And in the greatness of Your excellence You pulled down those who rose up against You. You sent forth Your wrath, it consumed them like stubble.
8 “And with the wind of Your nostrils the waters were heaped up, the floods stood like a wall, the depths became stiff in the heart of the sea.
9 “The enemy said, ‘I pursue, I overtake, I divide the spoil, my being is satisfied on them. I draw out my sword, my hand destroys them.’
10 “You did blow with Your wind, the sea covered them, they sank like lead in the mighty waters.
11 “Who is like You, O יהוה, among the mighty ones? Who is like You, great in set-apartness, awesome in praises, working wonders?
12 “You stretched out Your right hand, the earth swallowed them.
13 “In Your loving-commitment You led the people whom You have redeemed, in Your strength You guided them to Your set-apart dwelling.
14 “Peoples heard, they trembled, anguish gripped the inhabitants of Philistia.
15 “Then the chiefs of Eḏom were troubled, the mighty men of Mo’aḇ, trembling grips them, all the inhabitants of Kena‛an melted.
16 “Fear and dread fell on them, by the greatness of Your arm they are as silent as a stone, until Your people pass over, O יהוה, until the people, whom You have bought, pass over.
17 “You bring them in and plant them in the mountain of Your inheritance, in the place, O יהוה, which You have made for Your own dwelling, the set-apart place, O יהוה, which Your hands have prepared.
18 “יהוה reigns forever and ever.”
19 For the horses of Pharaoh went with his chariots and his horsemen into the sea, and יהוה brought back the waters of the sea upon them. And the children of Yisra’ĕl went on dry ground in the midst of the sea.
20 And Miryam the prophetess, the sister of Aharon, took the timbrel in her hand. And all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.
21 And Miryam answered them, “Sing to יהוה, for He is highly exalted! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea!”
SONG OF Deḇorah and Baraq
Shophetim (Judges) 5
1 And on that day Deḇorah and Baraq son of Aḇino‛am sang, saying,
2 “For leaders leading in Yisra’ĕl, for the people volunteering, bless יהוה!
3 “Hear, O sovereigns! Give ear, O princes! I, I do sing to יהוה; I sing praise to יהוה Elohim of Yisra’ĕl.
4 “יהוה, when You went out from Sĕ‛ir, when You stepped from the field of Eḏom, the earth shook and the heavens poured, the clouds also poured water.
5 “The mountains flowed at the presence of יהוה, this Sinai, at the presence of יהוה Elohim of Yisra’ĕl.
6 “In the days of Shamgar, the son of Anath, in the days of Ya‛ĕl, the highways were deserted, and the travellers went in crooked ways.
7 “Leadership ceased, it ceased in Yisra’ĕl, until I, Deḇorah, arose – a mother in Yisra’ĕl arose.
8 “They chose new mighty ones, then fighting was in the gates! Neither a shield nor spear was seen among forty thousand in Yisra’ĕl.
9 “My heart is towards the inscribers of Yisra’ĕl, the volunteers among the people. Bless יהוה!
10 “You who ride on white donkeys, you who sit on rich carpets, and you who walk along the way, declare it!
11 “By the voice of shouters, between the places of drawing water, there they recount the righteous acts of יהוה, the righteous acts of His leadership in Yisra’ĕl; then the people of יהוה shall go down to the gates.
12 “Wake up, wake up, Deḇorah! Wake up, wake up, sing a song! Arise, Baraq, and lead your captives away, O son of Aḇino‛am!
13 “Then He set the remnant to rule the nobles; יהוה came down for me against the mighty ones.
14 “Out of Ephrayim their root is against Amalĕq. After you, Binyamin, with your peoples, out of Maḵir inscribers came down, and out of Zeḇulun those who handle the scribe’s reed.
15 “And the heads of Yissasḵar were with Deḇorah. And as Yissasḵar, so was Baraq sent into the valley under his command. Among the divisions of Re’uḇĕn there were great searchings of heart.
16 “Why did you remain among the sheepfolds, to hear the bleatings of the flocks? The divisions of Re’uḇĕn have great searchings of heart.
17 “Gil‛aḏ remained beyond the Yardĕn, and why did Dan remain on ships? Ashĕr continued at the seashore, and remained by its landing places.
18 “Zeḇulun is a people who risked their lives to the point of death, Naphtali also, on the heights of the field.
19 “Sovereigns came, they fought, then the sovereigns of Kena‛an fought in Ta‛anaḵ, by the waters of Meḡiddo; they took no spoils of silver.
20 “From the heavens they fought; the stars from their courses fought against Sisera.
21 “The wadi of Qishon swept them away, that age-old wadi, the wadi of Qishon. O my being, you have trampled in strength!
22 “Then stamped hoofs of horses, with the galloping, galloping of his steeds.
23 Curse Mĕroz,’ said a messenger of יהוה, ‘curse, curse its inhabitants, because they did not come to the help of יהוה, to the help of יהוה among the mighty.’
24 “Blessed above women is Ya‛ĕl, the wife of Ḥeḇer the Qĕynite – above women in tents she is blessed.
25 “He asked for water, she gave milk; she brought out curdled milk in a bowl for nobles.
26 “She stretched her hand to the tent peg, and her right hand to the workmen’s hammer. Then she pounded Sisera, she smashed his head, she pierced and struck through the side of his head.
27 “Between her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay still; between her feet he bowed, he fell; where he bowed, there he fell – destroyed.
28 “Through the window the mother of Sisera looked, and cried out through the lattice, ‘Why does his chariot delay to come? Why have the steps of his chariots tarried?’
29 “The wise ones of her princesses answered her, indeed, she answered herself,
30 Do they not find and divide the spoil: a girl or two for each man; a spoil of dyed work for Sisera, a spoil of dyed work embroidered, dyed work richly embroidered for the necks of the looter?’
31 “So do all Your enemies perish, O יהוה! But let those who love Him be like the sun rising in its might!” And the land had rest forty years.
SONG OF Dawiḏ
Shemu’ĕl Bĕt (2 Samuel) 22
1 Then Dawiḏ spoke to יהוה the words of this song, on the day when יהוה had delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Sha’ul.
2 And he said, “יהוה is my rock and my stronghold and my deliverer.
3 “My Elohim is my rock, I take refuge in Him, My shield and the horn of my deliverance, My high tower and my refuge. My Saviour, You save me from violence.
4 “I call on יהוה, the One to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies.
5 “For the waves of death surrounded me, Floods of Beliya‛al made me afraid,
6 “The cords of She’ol were all around me; The snares of death were before me.
7 “In my distress I called upon יהוה, And to my Elohim I cried. And from His Hĕḵal He heard my voice, And my cry was in His ears.
8 “And the earth shook and trembled, The foundations of the heavens were troubled, Because He was wroth.
9 “Smoke went up from His nostrils, And devouring fire from His mouth; Coals were kindled by it.
10 “And He bowed the heavens and came down, And thick darkness was under His feet.
11 “And He rode upon a keruḇ, and flew, And was seen upon the wings of the wind.
12 “And He put darkness around Him as booths, Darkness of waters, thick clouds.
13 “From the brightness before Him Coals of fire were kindled.
14 “יהוה thundered from the heavens, And the Most High sent forth His voice.
15 “And He sent out arrows and scattered them, Lightning, and confused them.
16 “And the channels of the sea were seen, The foundations of the world were uncovered At the rebuke of יהוה, At the blast of the breath of His nostrils.
17 “He sent from above, He took me, He drew me out of many waters.
18 “He delivered me from my strong enemy, From those hating me, For they were stronger than I.
19 “They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But יהוה was my support.
20 “And He brought me out into a large place, He delivered me for He delighted in me.
21 “יהוה rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He repaid me.
22 “For I have guarded the ways of יהוה, And have not acted wrongly against my Elohim.
23 “For all His right-rulings are before me; As for His laws, I do not turn from them.
24 “And I am perfect before Him, And I guard myself from my crookedness.
25 “And יהוה repays me according to my righteousness, According to my cleanness before His eyes.
26 “With the lovingly-commited ones You show Yourself lovingly-commited, With the perfect one You show Yourself perfect,
27 “With the clean You show Yourself clean, And with the crooked You show Yourself twisted.
28 “For You save the humble people, But Your eyes are on the haughty to bring them low.
29 “For You are my lamp, O יהוה, And יהוה makes my darkness light.
30 “For with You I run against a band, With my Elohim I leap over a wall.
31 “The Ěl – His way is perfect; The Word of יהוה is proven; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
32 “For who is Ěl, besides יהוה? And who is a rock, besides our Elohim?
33 "Ěl is my mighty stronghold, And He makes my way perfect,
34 “Making my feet like the feet of deer, And sets me on my high places,
35 “Teaching my hands for battle, So that my arms bend a bow of bronze.
36 “And You give me the shield of Your deliverance, And Your lowliness makes me great.
37 “You enlarge my step under me, So that my feet shall not slip.
38 “I pursue my enemies and destroy them, And I do not turn back till they are destroyed.
39 “And I destroy them and crush them, So that they do not rise, And fall under my feet.
40 “And You gird me with strength for battle, You cause my adversaries to bow under me.
41 “And You make my enemies turn their backs, Those hating me, and I cut them off.
42 “They look but there is no saviour, Unto יהוה, but He shall not answer them.
43 “And I beat them as dust of the earth, I beat them small as dirt in the streets – I spread them out.
44“And You deliver me from the strivings of my people, You safeguard me as the head of the nations; A people I have not known serve me.
45 “Sons of the foreigner submit to me, As soon as they hear they obey me.
46 “Sons of the foreigner fade away, And gird themselves from their strongholds.
47 “יהוה lives! And blessed is my Rock! And exalted is my Elohim, The Rock of my deliverance,
48 "Ěl who avenges me, And bringing peoples down under me,
49 “And bringing me out from my enemies; You raise me up above those rising up against me; You deliver me from a man of violence.
50 “Therefore I give thanks to You, O יהוה, among nations, And I sing praise to Your Name.
51 “A tower of deliverance is He to His sovereign, And showing loving-commitment to His anointed, To Dawiḏ and his seed, forever.”
SONG OF DAWID
Yeshayah (Isaiah) 26
1 In that day this song is sung in the land of Yahuḏah, “We have a strong city – He sets up deliverance, walls and ramparts.
2 “Open the gates, let the righteous nation which guards the truth enter in.
3 “The one steadfast of mind You guard in perfect peace, for he trusts in You.
4 “Trust in יהוה forever, for in Yah, יהוה, is a rock of ages.
5 “For He shall bring down those who dwell on high. He lays the exalted city low, He lays it low to the earth, He brings it down to the dust.
6 “A foot tramples it down – feet of the poor, footsteps of the needy.”
7 The path of the righteous is uprightness; O upright One, You weigh the course of the righteous.
8 Also, in the path of Your right-rulings, O יהוה, we have waited for You; the longing of our being is for Your Name and for the remembrance of You.
9 My being longs for You in the night, also, my spirit within me seeks You earnestly. For when Your right-rulings are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world shall learn righteousness.
10 The wrong finds favour, yet he shall not learn righteousness; in the land of straightforwardness he acts perversely, and does not see the excellency of יהוה.
11 O יהוה, Your hand is high, they do not see. They see the ardour of the people and are ashamed; also, let the fire for Your adversaries consume them.
12 O יהוה, You establish peace for us, for You have also done all our works in us.
13 O יהוה our Elohim, other masters besides You have had rule over us; only in You do we make mention of Your Name.
14 The dead do not live; the departed spirits do not rise. Therefore You have visited and destroyed them, and made all their remembrance to perish.
15 You shall increase the nation, O יהוה, You shall increase the nation; You are esteemed; You shall expand all the borders of the land.
16 O יהוה, in distress they shall visit You, they shall pour out a prayer when Your disciplining is upon them.
17 As a woman with child and about to give birth writhes and cries out in her pain, so shall we be before Your face, O יהוה.
18 We have conceived, we writhed in pain; we have given birth to wind. We have not accomplished deliverance in the earth, nor have the inhabitants of the world fallen.
19 Let Your dead live, together with my dead body, let them arise. Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust; for Your dew is a dew of light, and let the earth give birth to the departed spirits.
20 Go, my people, enter your rooms, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself, as it were, for a little while, until the displeasure is past.
21 For look, יהוה is coming out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their crookedness. And the earth shall disclose her blood, and no longer cover her killed ones.
SONG OF DAWID
Yeshayah (Isaiah) 27
1 In that day יהוה with His severe sword, great and strong, punishes Liwiathan the fleeing serpent, Liwiathan that twisted serpent. And He shall kill the monster that is in the sea.
2 In that day sing to her, “A vineyard of red wine!
3 “I, יהוה, do guard it, I water it every moment; lest any hurt it, I guard it night and day.
4 “Wrath is not in Me. Who would set thorn bushes and weeds against Me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together.
5 “Or let him take hold of My strength and make peace with Me. Let him make peace with Me!”
6 Those who come He causes to take root in Yah‛aqoḇ, Yashra’al shall blossom and bud. And they shall fill the face of the world with fruit.
7 Has He smitten him as he struck the ones who were striking him? Or as a killer – was he killed as he was killing?
8 In measure, by sending her away, You contended with her. He shall take away by His rough wind in the day of the east wind.
9 Therefore by this the crookedness of Yah‛aqoḇ is covered. And this is all the fruit of taking away his sin: when he makes all the stones of the slaughter-place like chalkstones that are beaten to dust – Ashĕrim and sun-pillars rise no more.
10 For the city of defence is lonely, a home forsaken and left like a wilderness – there the calf feeds, and there it lies down, and shall consume its branches.
11 When its twigs are dry, they are broken off, women come and set them on fire. For it is a people of no understanding, therefore He who made them has no compassion on them, and He who formed them shows them no favour.
12 And in that day it shall be that יהוה threshes, from the channel of the River to the wadi of Mitsrayim. And you shall be gathered one by one, O children of Yashra’al.
13 And in that day it shall be that a great shophar is blown, and those who were perishing in the land of Ashshur and the outcasts in the land of Mitsrayim shall come, and shall worship יהוה on the set-apart mountain, in Yahrushalayim.
SONG OF DAWID
Tehillim (Psalms) 18
1 I love You, O יהוה, My strength.
2 יהוה is my rock and my stronghold and my deliverer; My Ěl is my rock, I take refuge in Him; My shield and the horn of my deliverance, my high tower.
3 I call upon יהוה, the One to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies.
4 The cords of death surrounded me, And the floods of Beliya‛al made me afraid.
5 The cords of She’ol were all around me; The snares of death were before me.
6 In my distress I called upon יהוה, And to my Elohim I cried; He heard my voice from His Hĕḵal, And my cry went before Him, into His ears.
7 And the earth shook and trembled; Even the foundations of the mountains were troubled And they shook, because He was wroth.
8 Smoke went up from His nostrils, And consuming fire from His mouth; Coals were kindled by it.
9 And He bowed the heavens and came down, And thick darkness was under His feet.
10 And He rode upon a keruḇ, and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness His covering; Around Him His booth, Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.
12 From the brightness before Him, His thick clouds passed, hail and coals of fire.
13 And יהוה thundered in the heavens, And the Most High sent forth His voice, Hail and coals of fire.
14 And He sent out His arrows a
nd scattered them, And much lightning, and confused them.
15 And the channels of waters were seen, And the foundations of the world were uncovered At Your rebuke, O יהוה, At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.
16 He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.
17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, And from those hating me, For they were stronger than I.
18 They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But יהוה was my support.
19 And He brought me out into a large place; He delivered me for He delighted in me.
20 יהוה rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He repaid me.
21 For I have guarded the ways of יהוה, And have not acted wrongly against my Elohim.
22 For all His right-rulings are before me, And I did not turn from His laws.
23 And I am perfect before Him, And I guard myself from my crookedness.
24 And יהוה repays me according to my righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands before His eyes.
25 With the lovingly-committed You show Yourself lovingly-committed; With the perfect one You show Yourself perfect;
26 With the clean You show Yourself clean; And with the crooked You show Yourself twisted.
27 For You save the afflicted people, But bring down those whose eyes are haughty.
28 For You Yourself light my lamp; יהוה my Elohim makes my darkness light.
29 For with You I run against a band, And with my Elohim I leap over a wall.
30 The Ěl – His way is perfect; The Word of יהוה is proven; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
31 For who is Eloah, besides יהוה? And who is a rock, except our Elohim?
32 It is Ěl who girds me with strength, And makes my way perfect,
33 Making my feet like the feet of deer, And sets me on my high places,
34 Teaching my hands for battle, So that my arms shall bend a bow of bronze.
35 And You give me the shield of Your deliverance; And Your right hand supports me, And Your lowliness makes me great.
36 You enlarge my step under me; And my feet shall not slip.
37 I pursue my enemies and overtake them; And do not turn back till they are destroyed.
38 I crush them, and they are unable to rise; They fall under my feet.
39 And You gird me with strength for battle; Cause my adversaries to bow under me.
40 And You have made my enemies turn their backs, As for those hating me, I cut them off.
41 They cry – but no one is there to save, To יהוה – but He answers them not.
42 And I beat them as dust before the wind; I empty them out like dirt in the streets.
43 You deliver me from the strivings of the people, You set me at the head of the nations; A people I have not known serve me.
44 As soon as they hear of me they obey me; The foreigners submit to me.
45 The foreigners fade away, And come frightened from their strongholds.
46 יהוה lives! And blessed is my Rock! And exalted is the Elohim of my deliverance,
47 The Ěl who avenges me, And He humbles the peoples under me;
48 My deliverer from my enemies. You lift me up above those who rise against me; You deliver me from a man of violence.
49 Therefore I give thanks to You, O יהוה, among nations, And I sing praise to Your Name,
50 Making great the deliverance of His sovereign, And showing loving-commitment to His anointed, To Dawiḏ and his seed, forever.
Tehillim (Psalms) 57
1Show me favour, O Elohim, show me favour! For in You my being is taking refuge; And in the shadow of Your wings I take refuge, Until destruction passes by.
2I cry out to the Most High Elohim, To Ěl who is perfecting all matters for me.
3He sends from the heavens and saves me; He reproaches the one who would swallow me up. Selah. Elohim sends forth His loving-commitment and His truth.
4My being is in the midst of lions; I lie among those who breathe fire, Whose teeth are spears and arrows, And their tongue is a sharp sword.
5Be exalted, O Elohim, above the heavens; Let Your esteem be above all the earth.
6They have prepared a net for my footsteps; My being was bowed down; They have dug a pit before me; They fell into the midst of it! Selah.
7My heart is firm, O Elohim, My heart is firm; I sing and praise.
8Awake, my esteem! Awake, harp and lyre! I awake the dawn.
9I praise You among the peoples, O יהוה; I sing to You among the nations.
10For Your loving-commitment is great up to the heavens, And Your truth unto the clouds.
11Be exalted above the heavens, O Elohim; Let Your esteem be above all the earth.
SONG OF SOL
Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) 39
1 But he that giveth his mind to the law of Yah, and is occupied in the meditation thereof, will seek out the wisdom of all the ancient, and be occupied in prophecies. 2 He will keep the sayings of the renowned men: and where subtle parables are, he will be there also. 3 He will seek out the secrets of grave sentences, and be conversant in dark parables. 4 He shall serve among great men, and appear before princes: he will travel through strange countries; for he hath tried the good and the evil among men. 5 He will give his heart to resort early to Yah that made him, and will pray before Yah, and will open his mouth in prayer, and make supplication for his sins. 6 When the great Yah will, he shall be filled with the Ruach of understanding: he shall pour out wise sentences, and give thanks unto Yah in his prayer. 7 He shall direct his counsel and knowledge, and in his secrets shall he meditate. 8 He shall shew forth that which he hath learned, and shall esteem in the law of the covenant of Yah. 9 Many shall commend His understanding; and so long as the world endureth, it shall not be blotted out; His memorial shall not depart away, and His name shall live from generation to generation. 10 Nations shall shew forth His wisdom, and the congregation shall declare His praise. 11 If he die, he shall leave a greater name than a thousand: and if he live, he shall increase it. 12 Yet have I more to say, which I have thought upon; for I am filled as the moon at the full. 13 Hearken unto me, ye holy children, and bud forth as a rose growing by the brook of the field: 14 And give ye a sweet savor as frankincense, and flourish as a lily, send forth a smell, and sing a song of praise, bless Yah in all His works. 15 Magnify His name, and shew forth His praise with the songs of your lips, and with harps, and in praising Him ye shall say after this manner: 16 All the works of the Yah are exceeding good, and whatsoever He commandeth shall be accomplished in due season. 17 And none may say, What is this? wherefore is that? for at time convenient they shall all be sought out: at His commandment the waters stood as an heap, and at the words of His mouth the receptacles of waters. 18 At His commandment is done whatsoever pleaseth Him; and none can hinder, when He will save. 19 The works of all flesh are before Him, and nothing can be hid from His eyes. 20 He seeth from everlasting to everlasting; and there is nothing wonderful before him. 21 A man need not to say, What is this? Wherefore is that? for He hath made all things for their uses. 22 His blessing covered the dry land as a river, and watered it as a flood. 23 As He hath turned the waters into saltiness: so shall the heathen inherit His wrath. 24 As His ways are plain unto the set apart; so are they stumbling blocks unto the wicked. 25 For the good are good things created from the beginning: so evil things for sinners. 26 The principal things for the whole use of man's life are water, fire, iron, and salt, flour of wheat, honey, milk, and the blood of the grape, and oil, and clothing. 27 All these things are for good to the Yahly: so to the sinners they are turned into evil. 28 There be ruachs that are created for vengeance, which in their fury lay on sore strokes; in the time of destruction they pour out their force, and appease the wrath of him that made them. 29 Fire, and hail, and famine, and death, all these were created for vengeance; 30 Teeth of wild beasts, and scorpions, serpents, and the sword punishing the wicked to destruction. 31 They shall rejoice in His commandment, and they shall be ready upon earth, when need is; and when their time is come, they shall not transgress His word. 32 Therefore from the beginning I was resolved, and thought upon these things, and have left them in writing. 33 All the works of Yah are good: and He will give every needful thing in due season. 34 So that a man cannot say, this is worse than that: for in time they shall all be well approved. 35 And therefore praise Ye Yah with the whole heart and mouth, and bless the name of Yah.
Song of yahudah
Diḇre haYamim Bĕt (2 Chronicles) 29
1ḤizqiYahu began to reign when he was twenty-five years old, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Yahrushalayim. And his mother’s name was AḇiYah the daughter of ZeḵarYahu.
2And he did what was right in the eyes of יהוה, according to all that his father Dawiḏ did.
3In the first year of his reign, in the first new moon, he opened the doors of the House of יהוה and repaired them,
4and brought in the priests and the Lĕwites, and gathered them in the open place to the east.
5And he said to them, “Listen to me, O Lĕwites! Now set yourselves apart, set apart the House of יהוה Elohim of your fathers, and remove the uncleanness from the set-apart place.
6“For our fathers have trespassed and have done evil in the eyes of יהוה our Elohim, and have forsaken Him, and have turned their faces away from the Dwelling Place of יהוה, and have given their backs.
7“And they have shut the doors of the porch, and put out the lamps, and they have not burned incense or offered ascending offerings in the set-apart place to the Elohim of Yashra’al.
8“Therefore the wrath of יהוה fell upon Yahuḏah and Yahrushalayim, and He has given them up for a trembling, for an astonishment, and for a hissing, as you see with your eyes.
9“And see, because of this our fathers have fallen by the sword. And our sons, and our daughters, and our wives are in captivity for this.
10“Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with יהוה Elohim of Yashra’al, so that the heat of His wrath turns away from us.
11“My sons, do not be slack, for יהוה has chosen you to stand before Him, to serve Him, and to be attendants for Him and burn incense.”
12And the Lĕwites rose up: Maḥath son of Amasai and Yo’ĕl son of AzarYahu, of the sons of the Qehathites; and of the sons of Merari, Qish son of Aḇdi and AzarYahu son of Yahallel’ĕl; and of the Gĕreshonites, Yo’Aḥ son of ZimmAh and Ěḏen son of Yo’Aḥ;
13and of the sons of Elitsaphan, Shimri and Ye‛i’ĕl; and of the sons of Asaph, ZeḵarYahu and MattanYahu;
14 and of the sons of Hĕman, Yaḥi’ĕl and Shim‛i; and of the sons of Yeḏuthun, ShemaYah and Uzzi’ĕl.
15 And they gathered their brothers, and set themselves apart, and went according to the command of the sovereign, at the words of יהוה, to cleanse the House of יהוה.
16 And the priests came into the inner part of the House of יהוה to cleanse it, and brought out all the uncleanness they found in the Haykal of יהוה to the courtyard of the House of יהוה. Then the Lĕwites received it to take it outside to the wadi Qiḏron.
17 And they began to set apart on the first day of the first new moon, and on the eighth day of the new moon they came to the porch of יהוה. And they set apart the House of יהוה in eight days, and on the sixteenth day of the first new moon they had finished.
18 Then they came in to Sovereign ḤizqiYahu and said, “We have cleansed all the House of יהוה, and the slaughter-place of ascending offerings with all its utensils, and the table of the showbread with all its utensils.
19 “And all the utensils which Sovereign Aḥaz in his reign had pushed aside, when he trespassed, we have prepared and set apart. And see, they are before the slaughter-place of יהוה.”
20 And Sovereign ḤizqiYahu rose up early, and gathered the heads of the city, and went up to the House of יהוה.
21 And they brought seven bulls, and seven rams, and seven lambs, and seven male goats for a sin offering for the reign, for the set-apart place, and for Yahuḏah. And he said to the priests, the sons of Aharon, to offer them on the slaughter-place of יהוה.
22 So they slew the bulls, and the priests received the blood and sprinkled it on the slaughter-place. And they slew the rams and sprinkled the blood on the slaughter-place. And they slew the lambs and sprinkled the blood on the slaughter-place.
23 And they brought out the male goats of the sin offering before the sovereign and the assembly, and they laid their hands on them,
24 and the priests slew them, and with their blood made a sin offering on the slaughter-place, to make an atonement for all Yashra’al, for the sovereign said that the ascending offering and the sin offering is for all Yashra’al.
25 And he appointed the Lĕwites in the House of יהוה with cymbals, with harps, and with lyres, according to the command of Dawiḏ, and of Gaḏ, seer of the sovereign, and of Nathan the prophet, for the command was by the hand of יהוה, by the hand of His prophets.
26 And the Lĕwites stood with the instruments of Dawiḏ, and the priests with the trumpets.
27 And ḤizqiYahu gave the order to offer the ascending offering on the slaughter-place. And when the ascending offering began, the singing unto יהוה began, with the trumpets and with the instruments of Dawiḏ sovereign of Yashra’al.
28 And all the assembly were bowing, and the singers singing, and the trumpeters blowing – all this until the ascending offering was completed.
29 And at the completion of the offering, the sovereign and all who were present with him bowed and worshipped.
30 And Sovereign ḤizqiYahu and the rulers ordered the Lĕwites to sing praise to יהוה with the words of Dawiḏ and of Asaph the seer. And they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshipped.
31 And ḤizqiYahu responded and said, “Now that you have ordained yourselves to יהוה, come near, and bring slaughterings and thank offerings into the House of יהוה.” And the assembly brought in slaughterings and thank offerings, and all those whose hearts were so moved brought ascending offerings.
32 And the number of the ascending offerings which the assembly brought was seventy bulls, one hundred rams, two hundred lambs – all these for an ascending offering to יהוה.
33 And the set-apart gifts were six hundred bulls and three thousand sheep.
34 Only, the priests were too few, and were unable to skin all the ascending offerings, so their brothers the Lĕwites helped them until the work was completed and until the other priests had set themselves apart, for the Lĕwites were more upright of heart to set themselves apart, than the priests.
35 And there were also many ascending offerings, with the fat of the peace offerings and with the drink offerings for every ascending offering. Thus the service of the House of יהוה was re-established.
36 And ḤizqiYahu and all the people rejoiced that Elohim had prepared the people, because the matter came about so suddenly.
SONG OF YAHUDIT
YAHUDIT (JUDITH) 16
1 Break into song for Yahuah, to the tambourine, sing in honour of Yah, to the cymbal, let psalm and canticle mingle for Him, extol His name, invoke it!
2 For Yahuah is an Elohim who breaks battle-lines; He has pitched his camp in the middle of His people to deliver me from the hands of my oppressors.
3 Assyria came down from the mountains of the north, came with tens of thousands of his army. Their multitude blocked the ravines, their horses covered the hills.
4 He threatened to burn up my country, destroy my young men with the sword, dash my sucklings to the ground, make prey of my little ones, carry off my maidens;
5 but the Yah Almighty has thwarted them by a woman's hand.
6 For their hero did not fall at the young men's hands, it was not the sons of Titans struck him down, no proud giants made that attack, but Yahudit, the daughter of Merari, who disarmed him with the beauty of her face.
7 She laid aside her widow's dress to raise up those who were oppressed in Yashra’al; she anointed her face with perfume,
8 bound her hair under a turban, put on a linen gown to seduce him.
9 Her sandal ravished his eye, her beauty took his soul prisoner and the scimitar cut through his neck!
10 The Persians trembled at her boldness, the Medes were daunted by her daring.
11 These were struck with fear when my lowly ones raised the war cry, these were seized with terror when my weak ones shouted, and when they raised their voices these gave ground.
12 The children of mere girls ran them through, pierced them like the offspring of deserters. They perished in the battle of Yah!
13 I shall sing a new song to my Elohim. Yah, You are great, You are esteemous, wonderfully strong, unconquerable.
14 May Your whole creation serve You! For You spoke and things came into being, You sent Your breath and they were put together, and no one can resist Your voice.
15 Should mountains be tossed from their foundations to mingle with the waves, should rocks melt like wax before Your face, to those who fear You, You would still be merciful.
16 A little thing indeed is a sweetly smelling sacrifice, still less the fat burned for You in burnt offering; but whoever fears the Yahuah is great for ever.
17 Woe to the nations who rise against My people! Yahuah Almighty will punish them on judgement day. He will send fire and worms in their flesh and they will weep with pain for evermore.
18 When they reached Yahrusaliym they fell on their faces before Yah and, once the people had been purified, they presented their burnt offerings, voluntary offerings and gifts.
19 All Holofernes' property given her by the people, and the canopy she herself had stripped from his bed, Yahudit vowed to Yah as a dedicated offering.
20 For three months the people gave themselves up to rejoicings in front of the Temple in Yahrusaliym, where Yahudit stayed with them.
21 When this was over, everyone returned home. Yahudit went back to Bethulia and lived on her property; as long as she lived, she enjoyed a great reputation throughout the country.
22 She had many suitors, but all her days, from the time her husband Manasseh died and was gathered to his people, she never gave herself to another man.
23 Her fame spread more and more, the older she grew in her husband's house; she lived to the age of one hundred and five. She emancipated her maid, then died in Bethulia and was buried in the cave where Manasseh her husband lay.
24 The House of Yashra’al mourned her for seven days. Before her death she had distributed her property among her own relations and those of her husband Manasseh.
25 Never again during the lifetime of Yahudit, nor indeed for a long time after her death, did anyone trouble the Yashra’alites.
SONG OF MACCABEES
1 MACCABEES 4
1Then took Gorgias five thousand footmen, and a thousand of the best horsemen, and removed out of the camp by night;
2To the end he might rush in upon the camp of the Yahudiyms, and smite them suddenly. And the men of the fortress were his guides.
3Now when Yahudah heard thereof he himself removed, and the valiant men with him, that he might smite the king's army which was at Emmaus,
4While as yet the forces were dispersed from the camp.
5In the mean season came Gorgias by night into the camp of Judas: and when he found no man there, he sought them in the mountains: for said he, These fellows flee from us
6But as soon as it was day, Yahudah shewed himself in the plain with three thousand men, who nevertheless had neither armour nor swords to their minds.
7And they saw the camp of the heathen, that it was strong and well harnessed, and compassed round about with horsemen; and these were expert of war.
8Then said Yahudah to the men that were with him, Fear ye not their multitude, neither be ye afraid of their assault.
9Remember how our fathers were delivered in the Red sea, when Pharaoh pursued them with an army.
10Now therefore let us cry unto heaven, if peradventure Yahuah will have mercy upon us, and remember the covenant of our fathers, and destroy this host before our face this day:
11That so all the heathen may know that there is one who delivereth and saveth Yashra’al.
12Then the strangers lifted up their eyes, and saw them coming over against them.
13Wherefore they went out of the camp to battle; but they that were with Judas sounded their trumpets.
14So they joined battle, and the heathen being discomfited fled into the plain.
15Howbeit all the hindmost of them were slain with the sword: for they pursued them unto Gazera, and unto the plains of Idumea, and Azotus, and Jamnia, so that there were slain of them upon a three thousand men.
16This done, Yahudah returned again with his host from pursuing them,
17And said to the people, Be not greedy of the spoil inasmuch as there is a battle before us,
18And Gorgias and his host are here by us in the mountain: but stand ye now against our enemies, and overcome them, and after this ye may boldly take the spoils.
19As Yahudah was yet speaking these words, there appeared a part of them looking out of the mountain:
20Who when they perceived that the Jews had put their host to flight and were burning the tents; for the smoke that was seen declared what was done:
21When therefore they perceived these things, they were sore afraid, and seeing also the host of Yahudah in the plain ready to fight,
22They fled every one into the land of strangers.
23Then Yahudah returned to spoil the tents, where they got much gold, and silver, and blue silk, and purple of the sea, and great riches.
24After this they went home, and sung a song of thanksgiving, and praised Yahuah in heaven: because it is good, because his mercy endureth forever.
25Thus Yashra’al had a great deliverance that day.
26Now all the strangers that had escaped came and told Lysias what had happened:
27Who, when he heard thereof, was confounded and discouraged, because neither such things as he would were done unto Yashra’al, nor such things as the king commanded him were come to pass.
28The next year therefore following Lysias gathered together threescore thousand choice men of foot, and five thousand horsemen, that he might subdue them.
29So they came into Idumea, and pitched their tents at Bethsura, and Judas met them with ten thousand men.
30And when he saw that mighty army, he prayed and said, Blessed art thou, O Saviour of Israel, who didst quell the violence of the mighty man by the hand of thy servant David, and gavest the host of strangers into the hands of Jonathan the son of Saul, and his armourbearer;
31Shut up this army in the hand of thy people Israel, and let them be confounded in their power and horsemen:
32Make them to be of no courage, and cause the boldness of their strength to fall away, and let them quake at their destruction:
33Cast them down with the sword of them that love thee, and let all those that know thy name praise thee with thanksgiving.
34So they joined battle; and there were slain of the host of Lysias about five thousand men, even before them were they slain.
35Now when Lysias saw his army put to flight, and the manliness of Judas' soldiers, and how they were ready either to live or die valiantly, he went into Antiochia, and gathered together a company of strangers, and having made his army greater than it was, he purposed to come again into Yahudah.
36Then said Yahudah and his brethren, Behold, our enemies are discomfited: let us go up to cleanse and dedicate the sanctuary.
37Upon this all the host assembled themselves together, and went up into mount Sion.
38And when they saw the sanctuary desolate, and the altar profaned, and the gates burned up, and shrubs growing in the courts as in a forest, or in one of the mountains, yea, and the priests' chambers pulled down;
39They rent their clothes, and made great lamentation, and cast ashes upon their heads,
40And fell down flat to the ground upon their faces, and blew an alarm with the trumpets, and cried toward heaven.
41Then Yahudah appointed certain men to fight against those that were in the fortress, until he had cleansed the sanctuary.
42So he chose priests of blameless conversation, such as had pleasure in the law:
43Who cleansed the sanctuary, and bare out the defiled stones into an unclean place.
44And when as they consulted what to do with the altar of burnt offerings, which was profaned;
45They thought it best to pull it down, lest it should be a reproach to them, because the heathen had defiled it: wherefore they pulled it down,
46And laid up the stones in the mountain of the temple in a convenient place, until there should come a prophet to shew what should be done with them.
47Then they took whole stones according to the law, and built a new altar according to the former;
48And made up the sanctuary, and the things that were within the temple, and hallowed the courts.
49They made also new holy vessels, and into the temple they brought the candlestick, and the altar of burnt offerings, and of incense, and the table.
50And upon the altar they burned incense, and the lamps that were upon the candlestick they lighted, that they might give light in the temple.
51Furthermore they set the loaves upon the table, and spread out the veils, and finished all the works which they had begun to make.
52Now on the five and twentieth day of the ninth month, which is called the month Casleu, in the hundred forty and eighth year, they rose up betimes in the morning,
53And offered sacrifice according to the law upon the new altar of burnt offerings, which they had made.
54Look, at what time and what day the heathen had profaned it, even in that was it dedicated with songs, and citherns, and harps, and cymbals.
55Then all the people fell upon their faces, worshipping and praising the Elohim of heaven, who had given them good success.
56And so they kept the dedication of the altar eight days and offered burnt offerings with gladness, and sacrificed the sacrifice of deliverance and praise.
57They decked also the forefront of the temple with crowns of gold, and with shields; and the gates and the chambers they renewed, and hanged doors upon them.
58Thus was there very great gladness among the people, for that the reproach of the heathen was put away.
59Moreover Yahudah and his brethren with the whole congregation of Israel ordained, that the days of the dedication of the altar should be kept in their season from year to year by the space of eight days, from the five and twentieth day of the month Casleu, with mirth and gladness.
60At that time also they builded up the mount Sion with high walls and strong towers round about, lest the Gentiles should come and tread it down as they had done before.
61And they set there a garrison to keep it, and fortified Bethsura to preserve it; that the people might have a defence against Idumea.
SONG OF MACCABEES
1 MACCABEES 13
1Now when Simon heard that Tryphon had gathered together a great host to invade the land of Yahudah, and destroy it,
2And saw that the people was in great trembling and fear, he went up to Yahrushalayim, and gathered the people together,
3And gave them exhortation, saying, Ye yourselves know what great things I, and my brethren, and my father's house, have done for the laws and the sanctuary, the battles also and troubles which we have seen.
4By reason whereof all my brethren are slain for Israel's sake, and I am left alone.
5Now therefore be it far from me, that I should spare mine own life in any time of trouble: for I am no better than my brethren.
6Doubtless I will avenge my nation, and the sanctuary, and our wives, and our children: for all the heathen are gathered to destroy us of very malice.
7Now as soon as the people heard these words, their spirit revived.
8And they answered with a loud voice, saying, Thou shalt be our leader instead of Judas and Jonathan thy brother.
9Fight thou our battles, and whatsoever, thou commandest us, that will we do.
10So then he gathered together all the men of war, and made haste to finish the walls of Yahrushalayim, and he fortified it round about.
11Also he sent Jonathan the son of Absolom, and with him a great power, to Joppa: who casting out them that were therein remained there in it.
12So Tryphon removed from Ptolemaus with a great power to invade the land of Judea, and Jonathan was with him in ward.
13But Simon pitched his tents at Adida, over against the plain.
14Now when Tryphon knew that Simon was risen up instead of his brother Jonathan, and meant to join battle with him, he sent messengers unto him, saying,
15Whereas we have Jonathan thy brother in hold, it is for money that he is owing unto the king's treasure, concerning the business that was committed unto him.
16Wherefore now send an hundred talents of silver, and two of his sons for hostages, that when he is at liberty he may not revolt from us, and we will let him go.
17Hereupon Simon, albeit he perceived that they spake deceitfully unto him yet sent he the money and the children, lest peradventure he should procure to himself great hatred of the people:
18Who might have said, Because I sent him not the money and the children, therefore is Jonathan dead.
19So he sent them the children and the hundred talents: howbeit Tryphon dissembled neither would he let Jonathan go.
20And after this came Tryphon to invade the land, and destroy it, going round about by the way that leadeth unto Adora: but Simon and his host marched against him in every place, wheresoever he went.
21Now they that were in the tower sent messengers unto Tryphon, to the end that he should hasten his coming unto them by the wilderness, and send them victuals.
22Wherefore Tryphon made ready all his horsemen to come that night: but there fell a very great snow, by reason whereof he came not. So he departed, and came into the country of Galaad.
23And when he came near to Bascama he slew Jonathan, who was buried there.
24Afterward Tryphon returned and went into his own land.
25Then sent Simon, and took the bones of Jonathan his brother, and buried them in Modin, the city of his fathers.
26And all Israel made great lamentation for him, and bewailed him many days.
27Simon also built a monument upon the sepulchre of his father and his brethren, and raised it aloft to the sight, with hewn stone behind and before.
28Moreover he set up seven pyramids, one against another, for his father, and his mother, and his four brethren.
29And in these he made cunning devices, about the which he set great pillars, and upon the pillars he made all their armour for a perpetual memory, and by the armour ships carved, that they might be seen of all that sail on the sea.
30This is the sepulchre which he made at Modin, and it standeth yet unto this day.
31Now Tryphon dealt deceitfully with the young king Antiochus, and slew him.
32And he reigned in his stead, and crowned himself king of Asia, and brought a great calamity upon the land.
33Then Simon built up the strong holds in Judea, and fenced them about with high towers, and great walls, and gates, and bars, and laid up victuals therein.
34Moreover Simon chose men, and sent to king Demetrius, to the end he should give the land an immunity, because all that Tryphon did was to spoil.
35Unto whom king Demetrius answered and wrote after this manner:
36King Demetrius unto Simon the high priest, and friend of kings, as also unto the elders and nation of the Jews, sendeth greeting:
37The golden crown, and the scarlet robe, which ye sent unto us, we have received: and we are ready to make a stedfast peace with you, yea, and to write unto our officers, to confirm the immunities which we have granted.
38And whatsoever covenants we have made with you shall stand; and the strong holds, which ye have builded, shall be your own.
39As for any oversight or fault committed unto this day, we forgive it, and the crown tax also, which ye owe us: and if there were any other tribute paid in Jerusalem, it shall no more be paid.
40And look who are meet among you to be in our court, let then be enrolled, and let there be peace betwixt us.
41Thus the yoke of the heathen was taken away from Israel in the hundred and seventieth year.
42Then the people of Israel began to write in their instruments and contracts, In the first year of Simon the high priest, the governor and leader of the Jews.
43In those days Simon camped against Gaza and besieged it round about; he made also an engine of war, and set it by the city, and battered a certain tower, and took it.
44And they that were in the engine leaped into the city; whereupon there was a great uproar in the city:
45Insomuch as the people of the city rent their clothes, and climbed upon the walls with their wives and children, and cried with a loud voice, beseeching Simon to grant them peace.
46And they said, Deal not with us according to our wickedness, but according to thy mercy.
47So Simon was appeased toward them, and fought no more against them, but put them out of the city, and cleansed the houses wherein the idols were, and so entered into it with songs and thanksgiving.
48Yea, he put all uncleanness out of it, and placed such men there as would keep the law, and made it stronger than it was before, and built therein a dwellingplace for himself.
49They also of the tower in Jerusalem were kept so strait, that they could neither come forth, nor go into the country, nor buy, nor sell: wherefore they were in great distress for want of victuals, and a great number of them perished through famine.
50Then cried they to Simon, beseeching him to be at one with them: which thing he granted them; and when he had put them out from thence, he cleansed the tower from pollutions:
51And entered into it the three and twentieth day of the second month in the hundred seventy and first year, with thanksgiving, and branches of palm trees, and with harps, and cymbals, and with viols, and hymns, and songs: because there was destroyed a great enemy out of Israel.
52He ordained also that that day should be kept every year with gladness. Moreover the hill of the temple that was by the tower he made stronger than it was, and there he dwelt himself with his company.
53And when Simon saw that John his son was a valiant man, he made him captain of all the hosts; and he dwelt in Gazera.
SONG OF THE 24 ELDERS
Ḥazon (Revelation) 5
1 And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, having been sealed with seven seals.
2 And I saw a strong messenger proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loosen its seals?”
3 And no one in the heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.
4 And I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it.
5 And one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. See, the Lion of the tribe of Yahuḏah, the Root of Dawiḏ, overcame to open the scroll and to loosen its seven seals.”
6 And I looked and saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders a Lamb standing, as having been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of Elohim sent out into all the earth.
7 And He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him sitting on the throne.
8 And when He took the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of the set-apart ones.
9 And they sang a renewed song, saying, “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals, because You were slain, and have redeemed us to Elohim by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
10 and made us sovereigns and priests to our Elohim, and we shall reign upon the earth.”
11 And I looked, and I heard the voice of many messengers around the throne, and the living creatures, and the elders. And the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands,
12 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb having been slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and respect and esteem and blessing!”
13 And every creature which is in the heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying, “To Him sitting on the throne, and to the Lamb, be the blessing and the respect and the esteem and the might, forever and ever!”
14 And the four living creatures said, “So Be It!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and bowed before Him who lives forever and ever.
SONG OF THE OVERCOMERS
Ḥazon (Revelation) 15
1 And I saw another sign in the heaven, great and marvellous: seven messengers having the seven last plagues, for the wrath of Elohim was ended in them.
2 And I saw like a sea of glass mixed with