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Vetsot Ha'Bracha

Posted by Cepher Publishing Group on Thursday, September 2, 2021

September 4, 2021 - September 10, 2021

28 Shiyshiy Chodesh (Elul) - 4 Eythaniym (Tishrei)
 
PARSHAT: Devariym (Deuteronomy) 33:1 - 34:12

And this is the blessing, where­with Mosheh the man of Elohiym blessed the children of Yashar’el before his death. 2 And he said, Yahuah came from Ciynai, and rose up from Se`iyr unto them; he shined forth from Mount Pa’ran, and he came with ten thousands of qodeshiym:[1] from his right hand went a fiery law for them. 3 Yea, he loved the people; all his qodeshiym are in your hand: and they sat down at your feet; everyone shall receive of your words. 4 Mosheh com­manded us a Torah, even the inheritance of the assembly of Ya`aqov. 5 And he was king in Yasharun, when the heads of the people and the tribes of Yashar’el were gathered together.

6 Let Re’uven live, and not die; and let not his men be few.

7 And this is the blessing of Yahudah: and he said: Hear, Yahuah, the voice of Yahudah, and bring him unto his people: let his hands be sufficient for him; and be you a help to him from his enemies.

8 And of Leviy he said: Let your Tummiym and your Uriym be with your cha­ciyd,[2] whom you did prove at Maccah, and with whom you did strive at the waters of Meriyvah; 9 Who said unto his father and to his mother, I have not seen him; neither did he acknowledge his brethren, nor knew his own children: for they have guarded your word and kept your covenant. 10 They shall teach Ya`aqov your judgments, and Yashar’el your Torah: they shall put incense before you, and whole ascending smoke sacrifice upon your altar. 11 Bless, Yahuah, his substance, and accept the work of his hands: smite through the loins of them that rise against him, and of them that hate him, that they rise not again.

12 And of Binyamiyn he said: The beloved of Yahuah shall dwell in safety by him; and Yahuah shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders.

13 And of Yoceph he said: Blessed of Yahuah be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that couches beneath, 14 And for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun, and for the precious things put forth by the moon, 15 And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the lasting hills, 16 And for the precious things of the earth and fulness thereof, and for the good will of him that dwelt in the thorn bush: let the blessing come upon the head of Yoceph, and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren. 17 His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of the reym:[3] with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephrayim, and they are the thousands of Menashsheh.

18 And of Zevulun he said, Rejoice, Zevulun, in your going out; and Yisshakar, in your tents. 19 They shall call the people unto the mountain; there they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness: for they shall suck of the abundance of the seas, and of treasures hid in the sand.

20 And of Gad he said: Blessed be he that enlarges Gad: he dwells as a lion and tears the arm with the crown of the head. 21 And he provided the first part for himself, because there, in a portion of the Torah giver, was he seated; and he came with the heads of the people, he executed the justice of Yahuah, and his judgments with Yashar’el.

22 And of Dan he said: Dan is a lion's whelp: he shall leap from Bashan.

23 And of Naphtaliy he said, O Naphtaliy, satisfied with favor, and full with the blessing of Yahuah: possess you the west and the south.

24 And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil. 25 Your shoes shall be iron and brass; and as your days, so shall your strength be.

26 There is none like unto the El of Yasharun, who rides upon the heavens in your help, and in his excellency on the sky. 27 The eternal Elohai is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before you; and shall say: Destroy them.

28 Yashar’el then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Ya`aqov shall be upon a land of grain and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew. 29 Happy are you, O Yashar’el: who is like unto you, O people saved by Yahuah, the shield of your help, and who is the sword of your excellency! and your enemies shall be found liars unto you; and you shall tread upon their high places.

CHAPTER 34

And Mosheh went up from the plains of Mo’av unto the mountain of Nevu, to the top of Picgah, that is over against Yeriycho. And Yahuah showed him all the land of Gil`ad, unto Dan, 2 And את all Naphtaliy, and the land of Ephrayim, and Menashsheh, and all the land of Yahudah, unto the utmost sea, 3 And the Negev, and the circle of the valley of Yeriycho, the city of palm trees, unto Tso`ar. 4 And Yahuah said unto him: This is the land which I swore seven oaths unto Avraham, unto Yitschaq, and unto Ya`aqov, saying: I will give it unto your seed: I have caused you to see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over thither.

5 So Mosheh the servant of Yahuah died there in the land of Mo’av, according to the Word of Yahuah. 6 And he buried him in a valley in the land of Mo’av, over against Beyt Pe`or: but no man knows of his sepulcher unto this day.

7 And Mosheh was a hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.

8 And the children of Yashar’el wept for Mosheh in the plains of Mo’av thirty days: so the days of weeping and mourning for Mosheh were ended.

9 And Yahusha the son of Nun was full of the Ruach Chokmah;[4] for Mosheh had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Yashar’el hearkened unto him and did as Yahuah commanded Mosheh.

10 And there arose not a prophet since in Yashar’el like unto Mosheh, whom Yahuah knew face to face, 11 In all the signs and the wonders, which Yahuah sent him to do in the land of Mitsrayim to Phar`oh, and to all his servants, and to all his land, 12 And in all that mighty hand, and in all the great terror which Mosheh showed in the sight of all Yashar’el.

HAFTORAH: Yahusha (Joshua) 1:1-18

Now after the death of Mosheh the servant of Yahuah it came to pass, that Yahuah spoke unto El־Yahusha the son of Nun, Mosheh’s minister, saying: 2 Mosheh my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Yardan, you, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Yashar’el. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Mosheh. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Perath, all the land of the Chittiym, and unto the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast. 5 There shall not any man be able to stand before you all the days of your life: as I was with Mosheh, so I will be with you: I will not fail you, nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shall you divide for an inheritance the land, which I swore seven oaths unto their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may guard to do according to all the Torah, which Mosheh my servant commanded you: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper whithersoever you go. 8 This Cepher of the Torah shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may guard to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success. 9 Have not I commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be dismayed: for Yahuah Elohayka is with you whithersoever you go.

10 Then Yahusha com­manded the officers of the people, saying: 11 Pass through the host, and command the people, saying: Prepare you victuals; for within three days ye shall pass over this Yardan, to go in to possess the land, which Yahuah Elohaykem gives you to possess it.

12 And to the Re’uveniym, and to the Gadiym, and to half the tribe of Menashsheh, spoke Yahusha, saying: 13 Remember the word which Mosheh the servant of Yahuah commanded you, saying: Yahuah Elohay­kem has given you rest, and has given you this land. 14 Your women, your little ones, and your cattle, shall remain in the land which Mosheh gave you on this side of the Yardan; but ye shall pass before your brethren armed, all the mighty men of valor, and help them; 15 Until Yahuah have given your brethren rest, as he has given you, and they also have possessed the land which Yahuah Elohaykem gives them: then ye shall return unto the land of your possession, and enjoy it, which Mosheh Yahuah’s servant gave you on this side of the Yardan toward the sunrising.

16 And they answered Yahu­sha, saying: All that you command us we will do, and whithersoever you send us, we will go. 17 According as we hearkened unto Mosheh in all things, so will we hearken unto you: only Yahuah Elohayka be with you, as he was with Mosheh. 18 Whosoever he be that rebels against your command­ment and will not hearken unto your words in all that you command him, he shall be put to death: only be strong and of a good courage.

BESORAH: Ma'asiym (Acts) 27:1 - 28:31

And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Pa’al and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus' band. 2 And entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we launched, meaning to sail by the coasts of Asia; one Aristarchus, a Makedonian of Tasloniqiy, being with us. 3 And the next day we touched at Tsiydon. And Julius courteously entreated Pa’al and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself. 4 And when we had launched from thence, we sailed under Cyprus, because the winds were contrary. 5 And when we had sailed over the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia. 6 And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing into Italy; and he put us therein. 7 And when we had sailed slowly many days, and scarce were come over against Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sailed under Crete, over against Salmone; 8 And, hardly passing it, came unto a place which is called, The fair havens; nigh whereunto was the city of Lasea. 9 Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast of Yom Kippuriym[5] was now already past, Pa’al admonished them, 10 And said unto them: Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives. 11 Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Pa’al.

12 And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain to Phoenicia, and there to winter, which is a haven of Crete, and lies toward the south west and north west. 13 And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete. 14 But not long after, there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon. 15 And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive. 16 And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat: 17 Which when they had taken up, they used helps, undergirding the ship; and, fearing lest they should fall into the quicksand, strake sail, and את so were driven. 18 And we, being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day they lightened the ship; 19 And the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship. 20 And when neither sun, nor moon, nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.

21 But after long abstinence Pa’al stood forth in the midst of them, and said: Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. 22 And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship. 23 For there stood by me this night the angel of Elohiym, whose I am, and whom I serve, 24 Saying, Fear not, Pa’al; you must be brought before Qeycar: and, lo, Elohiym has given you all of them that sail with you. 25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe Elohiym, that it shall be even as it was told to me. 26 Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island. 27 But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up and down in Adria, about midnight the shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country; 28 And sounded and found it twenty fathoms: and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it fifteen fathoms. 29 Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day. 30 And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under color as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship, 31 Pa’al said to the centurion and to the soldiers: Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved. 32 Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat and let her fall off. 33 And while the day was coming on, Pa’al besought them all to take food, saying: This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing. 34 Wherefore I pray you to take some food: for this is for your health: for there shall not a hair fall from the head of any of you. 35 And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to Elohiym in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat. 36 Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some food. 37 And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls. 38 And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, and cast out the wheat into the sea. 39 And when it was day, they knew not the land: but they discovered a certain creek with a shore, into the which they were minded, if it were possible, to thrust in the ship. 40 And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed themselves unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoisted up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore. 41 And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained immoveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves. 42 And the soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim out, and escape. 43 But the centurion, willing to save Pa’al, kept them from their purpose; and commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land: 44 And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.

CHAPTER 28

And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita. 2 And the barbarous people showed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us everyone, because of the present rain, and because of the cold. 3 And when Pa’al had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand. 4 And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves: No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffers not to live. 5 And he shook off the beast into the fire and felt no harm. 6 Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was an elohiym. 7 In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of the island, whose name was Publius, who received us, and lodged us three days courteously. 8 And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Pa’al entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him. 9 So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the island, came, and were healed: 10 Who also honored us with many honors; and when we departed, they laded us with such things as were necessary.

11 And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux. 12 And landing at Syracuse, we tarried there three days. 13 And from thence we fetched a compass and came to Rhegium: and after one day the south wind blew, and we came the next day to Puteoli: 14 Where we found brethren and were desired to tarry with them seven days: and so we went toward Rome. 15 And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii forum, and, The three taverns: whom when Pa’al saw, he thanked Elohiym, and took courage. 16 And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Pa’al was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him.

17 And it came to pass, that after three days Pa’al called the chief of the Yahudiym together: and when they were come together, he said unto them: Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Yerushalayim into the hands of the Romaiym. 18 Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me. 19 But when the Yahudiym spoke against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Qeycar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of. 20 For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because that for the Hope of Yashar’el I am bound with this chain. 21 And they said unto him: We neither received letters out of Yahud[6] concerning you, neither any of the brethren that came showed or spoke any harm of you. 22 But we desire to hear of you what you think: for as concerning this sect, we know that everywhere it is spoken against.

23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the Kingdom of Elohiym, persuading them con­cerning Yahusha, both out of the Law of Mosheh, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. 25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Pa’al had spoken one word: Well spoke the Ruach Ha’Qodesh by Yesha`yahu the prophet unto our fathers, 26 Saying,

Go unto this people, and say: Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: 27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should turn back, and I should heal them.[7]

28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the yeshu`ah[8] of Elohiym is sent unto the other nations, and that they will hear it. 29 And when he had said these words, the Yahudiym departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.

30 And Pa’al dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received את all that came in unto him, 31 Preaching the Kingdom of Elohiym, and teaching those things which concern the Adonai Yahusha Ha’Mashiach, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

 

[1] Saints. Those who are set apart.

[2] Merciful; saints.

[3] Wild bulls or unicorns.

[4] Spirit of Wisdom.

[5] The Day of Atonement or Atonements.

[6] The land or region of Judea.

[7] Yesha`yahu (Isaiah) 6:9-10.

[8] Salvation.

  • I am the א (Aleph) and the ת (Tav), the beginning and the ending, says Yahuah Elohiym, which is, and which was, and which is to come, Yahuah Tseva’oth.
    CHIZAYON (Revelation) 1:8
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  • For they shall behold the world which is now invisible to them and they shall behold the time which is now hidden from them: And time shall no longer age them.  
    BARUK SHENIY (2 Baruk) 51: 8-9
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  • Be ready to the reward of the Kingdom, for the everlasting light shall shine upon you forevermore.
    EZRA REVIY`IY (4 Ezra / 2 Esdras) 2:35
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  • Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; את eth-A blessing, if ye obey the command­ments of Yahuah Elohaykem, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of Yahuah Elohaykem, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other elohiym, which ye have not known. 
    DEVARIYM (Deuteronomy) 11:26-28
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  • For in six days Yahuah made את eth-the heavens and את eth-the earth, את eth-the sea, and את eth-all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore Yahuah blessed את eth-the day of Shabbath, and hallowed it.
    SHEMOTH (Exodus) 20:11
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  • In the beginning Elohiym created את eth the heavens and את eth the earth.
    BERE’SHIYTH (Genesis) 1:1
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  • How are you fallen from heaven, O Heylel, son of the howling morning! how are you cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations!
    YESHA`YAHU (Isaiah) 14:12
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  • Behold, the days come, says Yahuah, that I will cut a Renewed Covenant with the את eth-house of Yashar'el, and with the את eth-house of Yahudah. 
    YIRMEYAHU (Jeremiah) 31:31
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  • In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with את eth Elohiym, and Elohiym was the Word.
    BESORAH YOCHANON (Gospel of John) 1:1
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  • For Yah so loved את eth-the world, that he gave את eth-his את eth-yachiyd, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
    BESORAH YOCHANON (Gospel of John) 3:16
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  • He that has my commandments, and guards them, he it is that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. 
    BESORAH YOCHANON (Gospel of John) 14:21
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  • These are the feasts of Yahuah, even holy assemblies, which ye shall proclaim in their appointed times.
    VAYIQRA (Leviticus) 23:4
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  • And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name Yahusha: for he shall save his people from their sins.
    BESORAH MATTITHYAHU (Gospel of Matthew) 1:21
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  • Give us this day our daily את eth-bread. And forgive us our transgressions, as we forgive those who trans­gress against us. 
    BESORAH MATTITHYAHU (Gospel of Matthew) 6:11-12
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  • Yahuah bless you, and guard you: Yahuah make his face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you: Yahuah lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. 
    BEMIDBAR (Numbers) 6:24-26
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  • That at the name of Yahusha every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Yahuah is Yahusha Ha'Mashiach, to the glory of Yah the Father.
    PHILIPPIYM (Philippians) 2:10-11
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  • YAHUAH is my Shep­herd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures: he leads me beside the still waters. 
    TEHILLIYM (Psalm) 23:1-2
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  • He that dwells in the secret place of El Elyon shall abide under the shadow of El Shaddai. I will say of Yahuah, He is my refuge and my fortress: my Elohiym; in him will I trust. 
    TEHILLIYM (Psalm) 91:1-2
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  • Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding calculate the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is χξς .
    CHIZAYON (Revelation) 13:18
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  • For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of Yah, which is in Yahusha Ha'Mashiach our Adonai.
    ROMAIYM (Romans) 8:38-39
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  • Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
     QORINTIYM RI’SHON (I Corinthians) 13:13
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  • Make the attempt, then, O tyrant; and if you put us to death for our faith, think not that you harm us by torturing us. For we through this ill treatment and endurance shall bear off the rewards of virtue. But you, for the wicked and despotic slaughter of us, shall, from the divine vengeance, endure eternal torture by fire.
    MAKKABIYM REVIY`IY (4 Maccabees) 9:7-9
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  • And at that time shall Miyka’el stand up, the great prince which stands for the children of your people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone that shall be found written in the cepher.
    DANIY'EL (Daniel) 9-12
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  • A great destruction therefore shall come upon all the earth; a deluge, a great destruction, shall take place in one year. This child which is born to your son shall survive on the earth, and his three sons shall be saved with him. When all mankind who are on the earth shall die, he shall be safe.
    CHANOK (Enoch) 105: 14-15
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  • And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out את eth-my Ruach upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.
    YO’EL (Joel) 2:28
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