Dave Sim's blogandmail #69 (November 19th, 2006)
Sunday, November 19
Since I'll be (God willing) reading this today at 1 pm at the Registry Theatre, I thought I'd just run it in its entirety: one of my favourite parts of the Torah, The Fifth Book of Moshe, chapter 33 which recalls Jacob's instruction to his sons at the conclusion of The First Book of Moshe:
And this the blessing wherewith Moshe, the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death. And he said, The YHWH came from Sinai, and rose vp from Seir vnto them, hee shined foorth from mount Paran, and hee came with ten thousands of Saints: from his Right hand a fire of law for them. Yea hee loued the people; all his Saints in thy hand: and they sate downe at thy feete; euery one shall receiue of thy wordes. Moshe commaunded vs a Law, euen the inheritance of the Congregation of Iacob. And hee was King in Iesurun, when the heads of the people, the Tribes of Israel were gathered together.
Let Reuben liue, and not die, and let his men be few.
And this of Iudah: and he said, Heare, YHWH, the voice of Iudah, and bring him vnto his people: let his hands bee sufficient for him, and bee thou an helpe to him from his enemies.
And of Leui hee said, Thy Thummim and thy Vrim with thy holy one, whom thou diddest prooue at Massah, & whom thou didst striue at the waters of Meribah; Who said vnto his father & to his mother, I haue not seene him, neither did hee acknowledge his brethren; nor knew his owne children: for they have obserued thy word, and kept thy Couenant. They shal teach Iacob thy iudgments, and Israel thy Lawe: they shall put incense at thy nose and whole burnt sacrifice upon thine Altar. Blesse, YHWH, his substance, and accept the worke of his handes, smite thorow the loines of them that rise against him, and of them that hate him, that they rise not againe.
Of Beniamin he said, The beloued of the YHWH shall dwell in safetie by him, shall couer him all the day long, and he shall dwell betweene his shoulders.
And of Ioseph he said, Bless of the YHWH be his land, for the precious things of heauen, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath; and for the precious fruits by the sunne, and for the precious things thrust forth by the Moones, and for the chiefe things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the lasting hils, and for the precious things of the earth, and fulnesse thereof, and for the good will of him that dwelt in the bush: let come vpon the head of Ioseph, and vpon the top of the head of him separated from his brethren. His glory the firstling of his bullocke, & his hornes the hornes of Vnicornes: with them he shall push the people together, to the ends of the earth: and they the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they the thousands of Manasseh.
And of Zebulun he said, Reioyce, Zebulun, in thy going out; and Issachar, in thy tents.
They shall call the people vnto the mountaine, there they shall offer sacrifices of righteousnesse: for they shall sucke of the abundance of the seas, and of treasures hid in the sand.
And of Gad he said, Blessed he that enlargeth Gad: he dwelleth as a lyon, and teareth the arme with the crowne of the head. And he prouided the first part for himselfe, because there, a portion of the lawgiuer was he sieled, and hee came the heads of the people, he executed the iustice of the YHWH, and his iudgments with Israel.
And of Dan he said, Dan a Lyons whelpe: hee shall leape from Bashan.
And of Naphtali he said, O Naphtali, satisfied with fauour, and full with the blessing of the YHWH: possesse thou the West and the South.
And of Asher hee said, Let Asher be blessed with children, Let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oile. Thy shooes shall bee yron and brasse, and as thy dayes, so thy strength.
There is none like vnto the God of Iesurun, rideth vpon the heauen in thy helpe, and in his excellencie on the skie. The eternal God, refuge, and vnderneath are the euerlasting armes: and he shall thrust out the enemie from before thee, and shall say, Destroy.
Israel then shall dwell in safetie alone: the fountaine of Iacob vpon a land of corne and wine, also his heavens shall drop down deaw.
Happy thou, O Israel: Who is like vnto thee, O people! Saved by the YHWH, the shield of thy helpe, and who is the sword of thine excellencie: and thine enemies shal be found liars vnto thee, and thou shalt tread vpon their high places.
The Balance of the Winter Program of
Scripture at the Registry Theatre
Joshua 1-24 (January 7, 2007)
Judges 1-21 (January 21, 2007)
First Samuel 1-25 (January 28, 2007)
All 1 pm Start Times
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