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Vayeshev

Posted by Cepher Publishing Group on Thursday, December 3, 2020

December 5, 2020 - December 11, 2020

21 Teshiy`iy Chodesh (Kiclev) - 27 Teshiy`iy Chodesh (Kiclev)
 
PARSHAT: Bere'shiyth 37:1- 40:23

AND Ya`aqov dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Kena`an. 2 These are the generations of Ya`aqov. Yoceph, being seventeen years old, was feeding ־אתthe flock with his brethren; and the lad was with את the sons of Bilhah, and with ־אתthe sons of Zilpah, his father's women: and Yoceph brought את unto his father their evil report. 3 Now Yashar’el loved ־אתYoceph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colors. 4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

5 And Yoceph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. 6 And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: 7 For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf. 8 And his brethren said to him, Shall you indeed reign over us? or shall you indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.

9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. 10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to you to the earth? 11 And his brethren envied him; but his father observed ־אתthe saying.

12 And his brethren went to feed ־אתtheir father's flock in Shekem. 13 And Yashar’el said unto El־Yoceph, Do not your brethren feed the flock in Shekem? come, and I will send you unto them. And he said to him, Here am I. 14 And he said to him, Go, I pray you, see ־אתwhether it be well with your brethren, and ־אתwell with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the valley of Chevron, and he came to Shekem.

15 And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What do you seek? 16 And he said, I seek ־אתmy brethren: tell me, I pray you, where they feed their flocks. 17 And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Yoceph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan. 18 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him. 19 And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer comes. 20 Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast has devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams. 21 And Re’uven heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him. 22 And Re’uven said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.

23 And it came to pass, when Yoceph was come unto his brethren, that they stripped ־אתYoceph out of ־אתhis coat, his ־אתcoat of many colors that was on him; 24 And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it. 25 And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Yish­ma`e’liym came from Gil`ad with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Mitsrayim. 26 And Yahudah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay ־אתour brother, and conceal את his blood? 27 Come, and let us sell him to the Yish­ma`e’liym, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content. 28 Then there passed by Midyaniym merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up ־אתYoceph out of the pit, and sold ־אתYoceph to the Yishma`e’liym for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought ־אתYoceph into Mits­rayim.

29 And Re’uven returned unto the pit; and, behold, Yoceph was not in the pit; and he rent ־אתhis clothes. 30 And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go? 31 And they took Yoceph’s ־אתcoat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped ־אתthe coat in the blood; 32 And they sent the ־את coat of many colors, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be your son's coat or no. 33 And he knew it, and said, It is my son's coat; an evil beast has devoured him; Yoceph is without doubt rent in pieces. 34 And Ya`aqov rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days. 35 And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into She’ol unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him. 36 And the Midyaniym sold him into Mitsrayim unto Potiyphar, an officer of Phar`oh’s, and captain of the guard.

CHAPTER 38

AND it came to pass at that time, that Yahudah went down from his brethren, and turned in to a certain Adullamiy, whose name was Chiyrah. 2 And Yahudah saw there a daughter of a certain Kena`aniy, whose name was Shuach; and he took her, and went in unto her. 3 And she conceived, and bore a son; and he called ־אתhis name Er. 4 And she conceived again, and bore a son; and she called ־אתhis name Onan. 5 And she yet again conceived, and bore a son; and called ־אתhis name Shelach: and he was at Keziyv, when she bore him. 6 And Yahudah took a woman for Er his firstborn, whose name was Tamar. 7 And Er, Yahudah’s firstborn, was wicked in the sight of Yahuah; and Yahuah slew him. 8 And Yahudah said unto Onan, Go in unto your brother's woman, and marry her, and raise up seed to your brother. 9 And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's woman, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother. 10 And the thing which he did displeased Yahuah: wherefore he slew him also. 11 Then said Yahudah to Tamar his daughter in law, Remain a widow at your father's house, till Shelach my son be grown: for he said, Lest perchance he die also, as his brethren did. And Tamar went and dwelt in her father's house.

12 And in process of time the daughter of Shuach Yahudah’s woman died; and Yahudah was comforted, and went up unto his sheepshear­ers to Timnathah, he and his friend Chiyrah the Adullamiy. 13 And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold your father in law goes up to Timna to shear his sheep. 14 And she put her widow's garments off from her, and covered her with a veil, and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place, which is by the way to Timna; for she saw that Shelach was grown, and she was not given unto him to be his woman. 15 When Yahudah saw her, he thought her to be a harlot; because she had covered her face. 16 And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Go to, I pray you, let me come in unto you; (for he knew not that she was his daughter in law.) And she said, What will you give me, that you may come in unto me? 17 And he said, I will send you a kid from the flock. And she said, Will you give me a pledge, till you send it? 18 And he said, What pledge shall I give you? And she said, Your signet, and your bracelets, and your staff that is in your hand. And he gave it her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him. 19 And she arose, and went away, and laid by her veil from her, and put on the garments of her widowhood. 20 And Yahudah sent ־אתthe kid by the hand of his friend the Adullamiy, to receive his pledge from the woman's hand: but he found her not. 21 Then he asked ־אתthe men of that place, saying, Where is the harlot, that was openly by the way side? And they said, There was no harlot in this place. 22 And he returned to El־Yahudah, and said, I cannot find her; and also the men of the place said, that there was no harlot in this place. 23 And Yahudah said, Let her take it to her, lest we be shamed: behold, I sent this kid, and you have not found her.

24 And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Yahudah, saying, Tamar your daughter in law has played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Yahudah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt. 25 When she was brought forth, she sent to her father in law, saying, By the man, whose these are, am I with child: and she said, Discern, I pray you, whose are these, the signet, and bracelets, and staff. 26 And Yahudah acknowledged them, and said, She has been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelach my son. And he knew her again no more.

27 And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that, behold, twins were in her womb. 28 And it came to pass, when she travailed, that the one put out his hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first. 29 And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out: and she said, How have you broken forth? this breach be upon you: therefore his name was called Perets. 30 And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zerach.

CHAPTER 39

AND Yoceph was brought down to Mitsrayim; and Po­tiy­phar, an officer of Phar`oh, captain of the guard, a Mitsriy, bought him of the hands of the Yishma`e’liym, which had brought him down thither. 2 And Yahuah was with ־אתYoceph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his adoniy the Mitsriy. 3 And his adoniy saw that Yahuah was with him, and that Yahuah made all that he did to prosper in his hand. 4 And Yoceph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. 5 And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that Yahuah blessed ־אתthe Mitsriy's house for Yoceph’s sake; and the blessing of Yahuah was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field. 6 And he left all that he had in Yoceph’s hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Yoceph was a goodly person, and well favored.

7 And it came to pass after these things, that his adoniy's woman cast ־אתher eyes upon El־Yoceph; and she said, Lie with me. 8 But he refused, and said unto the woman of his adoniy, Behold, my adoniy knows not what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand; 9 There is none greater in this house than I; neither has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are ־אתhis woman: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against Elohiym? 10 And it came to pass, as she spoke to El־Yoceph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her. 11 And it came to pass about this time, that Yoceph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within. 12 And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out. 13 And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth, 14 That she called unto the men of her house, and spoke unto them, saying, See, he has brought in an Ivriy unto us to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice: 15 And it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled, and got him out. 16 And she laid up his garment by her, until his adoniy came home. 17 And she spoke unto him according to these words, saying, The Ivriy servant, which you have brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me: 18 And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out. 19 And it came to pass, when his adoniy heard ־אתthe words of his woman, which she spoke unto him, saying, After this manner did your servant to me; that his wrath was kindled. 20 And Yoceph’s adoniy took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.

21 But Yahuah was with ־אתYoceph, and showed him mercy, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. 22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Yoceph’s hand את all the prisoners that were in the prison; and ־אתwhatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it. 23 The keeper of the prison looked ־אתnot to anything that was under his hand; because Yahuah was with him, and that which he did, Yahuah made it to prosper.

CHAPTER 40

AND it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Mitsrayim and his baker had offended their adoniy the king of Mitsrayim. 2 And Phar`oh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers. 3 And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Yoceph was bound. 4 And the captain of the guard charged ־אתYoceph with them, and he served them: and they continued a season in ward.

5 And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Mitsrayim, which were bound in the prison. 6 And Yoceph came in unto them in the morning, and looked upon them, and, behold, they were sad. 7 And he asked ־אתPhar`oh’s officers that were with him in the ward of his adoniy’s house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly today? 8 And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Yoceph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to Elohiym? tell me them, I pray you. 9 And the chief butler told ־אתhis dream to Yoceph, and said to him, In my dream, behold, a vine was before me; 10 And in the vine were three branches: and it was as though it budded, and her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes: 11 And Phar`oh’s cup was in my hand: and I took ־אתthe grapes, and pressed them into Phar`oh’s cup, and I gave ־אתthe cup into Phar`oh’s hand. 12 And Yoceph said unto him, This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days: 13 Yet within three days shall Phar`oh lift up ־את your head, and restore you unto your place: and you shall deliver Phar`oh’s cup into his hand, after the former manner when you were his butler. 14 But think on me when it shall be well with you, and show kindness, I pray you, unto me, and make mention of me unto Phar`oh, and bring me out of this house: 15 For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Ivriym: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon. 16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto El־Yoceph, I also was in my dream, and, behold, I had three white baskets on my head: 17 And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of baked meats for Phar`oh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head. 18 And Yoceph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days: 19 Yet within three days shall Phar`oh lift up ־את your head from off you, and shall hang you on a tree; and the birds shall eat ־אתyour flesh from off you.

20 And it came to pass the third day, which was ־אתPhar`oh’s birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up ־אתthe head of the chief butler and ־אתof the chief baker among his servants. 21 And he restored ־אתthe chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Phar`oh’s hand: 22 But he hanged ־אתthe chief baker: as Yoceph had interpreted to them. 23 Yet did not the chief butler remember ־את Yoceph, but forgot him.

HAFTORAH: Amoc 2:6 - 3:8

Thus says Yahuah; For three transgressions of Yashar’el, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes; 7 That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and turn aside the way of the meek: and a man and his father will go in unto the same maid, to profane ־אתmy holy name: 8 And they lay themselves down upon clothes laid to pledge by every altar, and they drink the wine of the condemned in the house of their elohiym.

9 Yet destroyed I ־אתthe Em­oriy before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath. 10 Also I brought you up from the land of Mitsrayim, and led you forty years through the wilderness, to possess ־אתthe land of the Emoriy. 11 And I raised up of your sons for prophets, and of your young men for Naziyriym. Is it not even thus, O ye children of Yashar’el? says Yahuah. 12 But ye gave ־אתthe Naziyriym wine to drink; and commanded the prophets, saying, Prophesy not. 13 Behold, I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves. 14 Therefore the flight shall perish from the swift, and the strong shall not strengthen his force, neither shall the mighty deliver himself: 15 Neither shall he stand that handles the bow; and he that is swift of foot shall not deliver himself: neither shall he that rides the horse deliver himself. 16 And he that is courageous among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day, says Yahuah.

CHAPTER 3

HEAR ־אתthis word that Yahuah has spoken against you, O children of Yash­ar’el, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Mits­rayim, saying, 2 You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for את all your iniquities. 3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed? 4 Will a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing? 5 Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all? 6 Shall a shofar be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and Yahuah has not done it? 7 Surely Adonai Yahuah will do nothing, but he reveals his secret unto his servants the prophets. 8 The lion has roared, who will not fear? Adonai Yahuah has spoken, who can but prophesy?

BESORAH: Yochanon 2:13 - 4:42

And Yahuah’s Pecach,[1] which the Yahudiym observed, was at hand, and Yahusha went up to Yerushalayim, 14 And found in the Temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: 15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the Temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; 16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house a house of merchandise. 17 And his Talmidiym remembered that it was written,

The zeal of your house has eaten me up.[2]

18 Then answered the Yahudiym and said unto him, What sign show you unto us, seeing that you do these things? 19 Yahusha answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. 20 Then said the Yahudiym, Forty and six years was this Temple in building, and will you rear it up in three days? 21 But he spoke of the temple of his body. 22 When therefore he was risen from the dead, his Talmidiym remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the Scripture, and the word which Yahusha had said.

23 Now when he was in Yerusha­layim at the Pecach, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. 24 But Yahusha did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, 25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

CHAPTER 3

THERE was a man of the Parashiym, named Niqodiymon, a ruler of the Yahudiym: 2 The same came to Yahusha by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from Elohiym: for no man can do these miracles that you do, except Elohiym be with him. 3 Yahusha answered and said unto him, Amein, Amein, I say unto you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see ־אתthe Kingdom of Elohiym. 4 Niqodiymon said unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 5 Yahusha answered, Amein, I say unto you, Except a man be born of water and of the Ruach, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of Elohiym. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Ruach is ruach.[3] 7 Marvel not that I said unto you, Ye must be born again. 8 The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound thereof, but cannot tell whence it comes, and whither it goes: so is everyone that is born of the Ruach. 9 Niqodiymon answered and said unto him, How can these things be? 10 Yahusha answered and said unto him, Are you a master of Yashar’el, and know not these things? 11 Amein, Amein, I say unto you, We speak את that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? 13 And no man has ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of A’dam which is in heaven.

14 And as Mosheh lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of A’dam be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

16 For Elohiym so loved ־אתthe world, that he gave ־אתhis ־אתyachiyd,[4] that whosoever be­lieves in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For Elohiym sent not his ־אתyachiyd into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

18 He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the yachiyd of Elohiym. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in Elohiym. 22 After these things came Yahusha and his Talmidiym into the land of Yahud;[5] and there he tarried with them, and baptized.

23 And Yahuchanon also was baptizing in Ayin near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized. 24 For Yahuchanon was not yet cast into prison.

25 Then there arose a question between some of Yahuchanon's Talmidiym and the Yahudiym about purifying. 26 And they came unto Yahuchanon, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with you beyond the Yardan, to whom you bore witness, behold, the same baptizes, and all men come to him. 27 Yahuchanon answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. 28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not Ha’Mashiach, but that I am sent before him. 29 He that has the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease. 31 He that comes from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaks of the earth: he that comes from heaven is above all. 32 And what he has seen and heard, that he testifies; and no man receives his testimony. 33 He that has received his testimony has set to his seal that Elohiym is true. 34 For he whom Elohiym has sent speaks the words of Elohiym: for Elohiym gives not the Ruach by measure unto him. 35 The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into his hand. 36 He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of Elohiym abides on him.

CHAPTER 4

WHEN therefore Yahuah knew how the Parashiym had heard that Yahusha made and baptized more Talmidiym than Yahuchanon, 2 (Though Yahusha himself baptized not, but his Talmidiym,) 3 He left Yahud, and departed again into Galiyl. 4 And he must needs go through Shomeron. 5 Then came he to a city of Shomeron, which is called Shekar, near to the parcel of ground that Ya`aqov gave to his son Yoceph. 6 Now Ya`aqov's well was there. Yahusha therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. 7 There came a woman of Shomeron to draw water: Yahusha said unto her, Give me to drink. 8 (For his Tal­midiym were gone away unto the city to buy food.) 9 Then said the woman of Shomeron unto him, How is it that you, being a Yahudiy, ask drink of me, which am a woman of Shomeron? for the Yahudiym have no dealings with the Shomeroniym. 10 Yahusha answered and said unto her, If you knew the gift of Elohiym,[6] and who it is that says to you, Give me to drink; you would have asked of him, and he would have given you living water. 11 The woman said unto him, Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then have you that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Ya`aqov, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13 Yahusha answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinks of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 15 The woman said unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. 16 Yahusha said unto her, Go, call your man, and come hither. 17 The woman answered and said, I have no man. Yahusha said unto her, You have well said, I have no man: 18 For you have had five men; and he whom you now have is not your man: in that said you truly. 19 The woman said unto him, Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Yerushalayim is the place where men ought to worship. 21 Yahusha said unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour comes, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Yerushalayim, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for yeshu`ah is of the Yahudiym. 23 But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in ruach[7] and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him. 24 Elohiym is that Ruach: and they that worship him must worship him in ruach and in truth. 25 The woman said unto him, I know that Mashiach comes, which is called Messiah: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26 Yahusha said unto her, I that speak unto you am he.

27 And upon this came his Talmi­diym, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What do you seek? or, Why do you talk with her? 28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and said to the men, 29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this Ha’Mashiach? 30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.

31 In the mean while his Talmidiym prayed him, saying, Rabbi,[8] eat. 32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. 33 Therefore said the Talmi­diym one to another, Has any man brought him ought to eat? 34 Yahusha said unto them, My food is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. 35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then comes harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. 36 And he that reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit unto life eternal: that both he that sows and he that reaps may rejoice together. 37 And herein is that saying true,

One sows, and another reaps.[9]

38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labor: other men labored, and ye are entered into their labors.

39 And many of the Shomeroniym of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. 40 So when the Shomeroniym were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his own word; 42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of your saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed Ha’Mashiach, the Savior of the world.

CHANUKKAH READING: Makkabiym Ri'shon 4:36-59; Yochanon 10:22-23
Makkabiym Ri'shon 4:36-59

Then said Yahudah and his brethren, Behold, our enemies are discomfited: let us go up to cleanse and dedicate the sanctuary. 37 Upon this all the host assembled themselves together, and went up into Mount Tsiyon. 38 And 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; 39 They rent their clothes, and made great lamentation, and cast ashes upon their heads, 40 And fell down flat to the ground upon their faces, and blew an alarm with the shofars,[10] and cried toward heaven. 41 Then Yahudah appointed certain men to fight against those that were in the fortress, until he had cleansed the sanctuary. 42 So he chose priests of blameless conversation, such as had pleasure in the Torah: 43 Who cleansed the sanctuary, and bore out the defiled stones into an unclean place. 44 And when as they consulted what to do with the altar of ascending smoke offerings, which was profaned; 45 They 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, 46 And laid up the stones in the mountain of the Temple in a convenient place, until there should come a prophet to show what should be done with them. 47 Then they took whole stones according to the Torah, and built a new altar according to the former; 48 And made up the sanctuary, and the things that were within the Temple, and hallowed the courts. 49 They made also new holy vessels, and into the Temple they brought the menorah,[11] and the altar of ascending smoke offerings, and of incense, and the table. 50 And upon the altar they burned incense, and the lamps that were upon the menorah they lighted, that they might give light in the Temple. 51 Furthermore they set the loaves upon the table, and spread out the veils, and finished all the works which they had begun to make. 52 Now on the five and twentieth day of the ninth month, which is called the month Kiclev, in the hundred forty and eighth year, they rose up early in the morning, 53 And offered sacrifice according to the Torah upon the new altar of ascending smoke offerings, which they had made. 54 Look, 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. 55 Then all the people fell upon their faces, worshipping and praising the Elohiym of heaven, who had given them good success. 56 And so they kept the dedication of the altar eight days and offered ascending smoke offerings with gladness, and sacrificed the sacrifice of deliverance and praise. 57 They 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. 58 Thus was there very great gladness among the people, for that the reproach of the heathen was put away. 59 Moreover Yahudah and his brethren with the whole assembly of Yashar’el 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 Kiclev, with mirth and gladness.

Yochanon 10:22-23

And it was at Yerushalayim the Feast of Chanukkah,[12] and it was winter. 23 And Yahusha walked in the Temple in Shalomah's Porch.

 

[1] Passover.

[2] Tehilliym (Psalms) 69:9a.

[3] Wind; by resemblance breath, i.e. a sensible (or violent) exhalation.

[4] Beloved Son.

[5] The land or region of Judea.

[6] Ivriyt (Hebrew): Nethan’el.

[7] Wind; by resemblance breath, i.e. a sensible (or violent) exhalation.

[8] Teacher.

[9] Miykah (Micah) 6:15.

[10] Trumpets.

[11] A seven branched candlestick.

[12] Dedication; see Makkabiym Ri’shon (1 Maccabees) 4:36-59; Makkabiym Sheniy (2 Maccabees) 1:9, 18.

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