(YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH) THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE MINISTRY Fellowship, Glasgow (Scotland, U.K.)

TESHUVAH/Repentance

SHALOM!

Psalm 139:23-24 Names of God Bible (NOG)

23 Examine me, O El, and know my mind.
    Test me, and know my thoughts.
24 See whether I am on an evil path.
    Then lead me on the everlasting path.

In summary, TESHUVAH is all about turning, that is turning to YAH and turn to those whom you have harmed in order to seek their forgiveness. It involves:

  • admitting you are in the wrong,
  • confession to YAH and to those you have wronged

and

  • forgiveness of self, of others who have wronged you and YAH forgiving you.

REPENT = Say sorry but also TURN AWAY TOTALLY FROM YOUR WRONG DOING and do not look back or wish to return to it.

 

 

TESHUVAH includes:

  • Teshuvah – turning to YAH

and

  • Mechilah – turning to others we have harmed or offended

Mechila, Rabbi Kula explains, is the only kind of forgiveness that we can ask for and expect to receive, and I suspect this is the forgiveness referenced in the LORD YAHUSHUA’S Prayer.  It is akin to a legal pardon.  It translates to simply saying:

“You don’t owe me anything for what you have done.”

What’s more, it doesn’t have to register emotionally.

It’s an act of the will.

We engage in mechila daily whether we know it or not.

It’s not necessarily having the metaphorical slate wiped clean, but it’s enough.

It’s not what we yearn for, is it?

It’s not transformative forgiveness in which we are cleansed as white as snow, but our debt is cancelled.

When does mechila apply? Well, I’d say that we engage in this type of forgiveness in all our relationships:

“Sorry I was late.”

“Sorry that I broke your favorite vase.”

“Sorry, Mum…”

“Sorry, Dad…”

“Sorry, Dear/Darling…”

“Sorry, Robert, that I interrupted you during your presentation.”

 

How many times do we owe someone an apology?

How many times do we take a joke too far?

How many times have we embarrassed someone or insulted someone or forgotten something important?

How many times have we unintentionally hurt someone’s feelings?

To err is human.  If we have relationships, then we will be engaging in mechila almost daily.  Here is the problem.  Many well-meaning, or sometimes not so well-meaning, people expect others to apply the principles behind mechila to extreme circumstances where mechila no longer applies.

 

Another Hebrew word associated with TESHUVAH is SELICHA (singular) and SELICHOT (plural).

Selicha/Slicha simply means:

  • Excuse me
  • Sorry
  • Pardon me
  • Forgive me

The following video illustrates the concept very well.

Video: Really, Really Sorry: Slicha: An everyday Jewish idea for kids – Shaboom!

 

This is where selicha becomes relevant. As Rabbi Kula explains, selicha is a process rather than a moment in time, and it’s not something we can ever expect or ask for.

It’s a forgiveness born of a heartfelt empathy for the transgressor, and an ability to see the widest possible context, even the positive outcome of the conflict.

Selicha takes time particularly if the hurt is great.

It often unfolds in the course of living and growing together.

 

Kula goes on to say that pain can coexist with healing and forgiveness, becoming softer and less central over time.  “Often we emerge stronger, clearer, and wiser when we wrestle with forgiveness, no matter the outcome…Even if reconciliation occurs, it doesn’t mean the relationship continues where it left off.”

Clearly, selicha is not mechila.  What a refreshment and relief to see a religious leader finally differentiate between types of forgiveness.  It is healing because there are those of us who have been browbeaten, judged, and alienated by people in religious circles for committing to the process of sechila while being told that we were, in fact, unforgiving and wrong.  The truth of the matter is that not everyone can be lived with.  There are abusers who will continue to abuse.  There are unsafe people in the world who, given an inch, will take a life.  And, there are those of us who do wrestle with forgiveness with great commitment.  It’s just that our process and life may not look like someone else’s.  Perhaps that makes others uncomfortable.  Not everyone’s family looks the same.  Not every child has a grandparent, and not every man and woman has a relationship with a mom or dad.

We all must make our way and create a good life!  We all must wrestle at some point!

The principles of mechila cannot be applied here.  Selicha is a process rather than an event.  Sometimes it’s a lifelong process.  Sometimes relational reconciliation is not possible.  Nonetheless, selicha is still vital to our healing.  Wrestling with forgiveness is still part of healing for our own well-being regardless of whether we will ever be able to return to a relationship with the person or group that harmed us.

Note that MELICHAH and SELICHA/SLICHA are also known as forms of forgiveness.

There is a third one also which is called KAPPARAH.

 

The final form of forgiveness is kappara, and, according to Rabbi Kula, it is the forgiveness that we all yearn for.

Kappara can only be granted by God.  It can’t be earned or asked for.

According to Kula, it comes after asking and all the work.

It can’t be predicted or expected.

It is the kind of forgiveness that wipes the slate clean.

It cancels out the offense.

Rabbi Kula wrote, “In Christian language, it is GRACE (a.k.a UNDESERVED FAVOUR).”

He goes on to write, “In psychological language, it’s an inner experience of return, of feeling whole again.  We are able to integrate our transgressions into a more expanded self.  And we likely have a sense of expansion, of tremendous relief and elevation.”

 

What does this mean for us?

Well, I want to emphasise that there is more than one way to forgive.  That’s plain to see.  So, if you have ever been judged or condemned because you have not been able to quickly bounce back from a painful situation and easily attain “relationship re-entry”, then I encourage you to let yourself off the hook.

Secondly, if the holiday season amplifies feelings of pain or heart-brokenness in you due to difficult circumstances, then I offer an opportunity to reframe:

There’s a story about the Israelites receiving the second set of Ten Commandments on Yom Kippur…After forty days atop Mt. Sinai, Moses came down with the tablets.  What could be more holy? But contrary to popular belief, these are not the set the Israelites received.  When Moses saw the people worshipping the golden calf (a blatant defiance of the first three commandments), he did the unthinkable.  He smashed the tablets in rage.  Then he returned to the mountain for another forty days, during which time he managed to convince an even more enraged God not to destroy the people.  When Moses returned to the Israelites he brought new tablets that he himself had created.  These were the commandments the people received, and this is the event Yom Kippur remembers.

There is no great moment of healing or repair in this story.  Yes, of course, the people showed regret but, as in our own lives, the slate is not wiped clean.  Something even more amazing happens.  Moses places the old, smashed tablets in the Holy Ark along with the new, intact ones.  The relationship continues; the covenant is renewed with the brokenness on the inside.  There is no perfect reconciliation, no permanent forgiveness, nor forgetting.  But betrayal is not the last word.  There is a larger context.  Love and betrayal can merge into and out of one another in astonishing ways.  There is always a more enveloping pattern–and forgiveness is the most enveloping of all.

The mistakes we make and the wrongs that are done to us need not imprison us in some dark place.  Rather we should always remember that wholeness and brokenness can be held together in a sacred place.  The tradition teaches that in the days of the ancient Temple, the Ark resided in the innermost chamber called the Holy of Holies.  This place was so powerful that only the High Priest could enter the room, and then, only on Yom Kippur.  On this day we are meant to remember our brokenness; and this alone is healing.  As the Hasidic Master Menachem Mendel of Kotsk taught, “Nothing is as whole as a broken heart.” (179 Kula)

Life is messy.  People make mistakes.  Sometimes they make horrible mistakes–repeatedly.  Seemingly irreparable mistakes.  As the tradition teaches, however, brokenness and wholeness are woven together.  There is no magical moment when this happens.  I do believe this.  Pain does indeed coexist with healing, but the existence of pain doesn’t negate the healing attained.  It just means that you’re human.  You’ve lived.  You’ve got life experience.  With that life experience comes wisdom.

Reference: https://thrivingisthegoal.com/2014/12/22/the-three-kinds-of-forgiveness/

 

 

TESHUVAH also involves:

  • TASHLICH/TASHLIKH (performed at ROSH HA SHANAH/YOM TERUAH)

and

  • BEDIKAT (or BEDIKAS) CHAMETZ (the searching for any representation on sin around the house, that is anything that bears leaven in it and burning it before the start of PESACH/Passover)

 

Chametz (also chometz, ḥametz, ḥameṣ, ḥameç and other spellings transliterated from Hebrew: חָמֵץ / חמץ‬, IPA: [χaˈmets]) are leavened foods that are forbidden on the Jewishholiday of Passover. According to halakha, Jews may not own, eat or benefit from chametz during Passover.

 

 

The month of Elul and the preparation for Rosh hashanah reminds to be ready for the soon appearance of KING YAHUSHUA our LORD. Though we do not know the exact day or hour of HIS return to possess HIS Kingdom on earth, we are commanded to watch and be ready for HIS soon appearance. We ought therefore to be in a state of constant TESHUVAH/Repentance as we seek to humble ourselves an  walk with our YAH!

The Brit Chadashah/New Covenant/Testament connects TESHUVAH with SALVATION itself! YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH’S first message was as follows:

Mark 1:15 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

15 “Now is the fullness of time,” He said, “and the kingdom of God is near! Turn away from your sins, and believe in the Good News!”

 

Apostle Shaul/Paul also linked TESHUVAH with confession and trust in the saving work of our MASHIACH/MESSIAH on our behalf as seen evidenced below:

Romans 10:8-13 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

But what does it say?

“The word is near you,
    in your mouth and in your heart”[a]
—that is, the word of faith
that we are proclaiming:
For if you confess with your mouth
        that Yeshua is Lord,
and believe in your heart
        that God raised Him from the dead,
    you will be saved.
10 For with the heart it is believed for righteousness,
and with the mouth it is confessed for salvation.

11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever trusts in Him will not be put to shame.” [b] 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all—richly generous to all who call on Him. 13 For “Everyone who calls upon the name of Adonai shall be saved.”[c]

 

 

TESHUVAH implies a response to the person of YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH that is demonstrated through confession that HE is none other than YAHUVEH’S only begotten son, the LORD of compassion and grace.

The sound of the shofar is meant to awaken our hearts and to prepare for the coming judgement.

 

One other thing is a custom performed on the first day of Rosh Ha Shanah/Yom Teruah if it does not fall on the weekly Shabbat and it is called:

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TASHLICH

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(With reference to Nehemiah 8:1 and using Micah 7:18-19 amongst others).

 

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If Rosh Hashanah/Yom Teruah falls on Shabbat, then TASHLICH is to be performed on the second day of Rosh Hashanah.

TASHLICH which can also be written as TASHLIKH is a customary Jewish atonement ritual performed during the High Holy Days. Tashlich comes from the Hebrew word meaning “to cast,” referring to the intent to cast away our sins via this meaningful and ancient Jewish custom.

It may be performed up until Hoshanah Rabba (the last day of Sukkot), as some communities are anyway accustomed, except on Shabbat.

We commemorate the self-sacrifice of Abraham by going to a river bank Special verses are recited next to a body of water, such as a:

  • sea,
  • river,
  • stream,
  • lake

or

  • pond,

………………………………..preferably one that has fish (though when no such body of water was available.

Some rabbis were known to do TASHLICH next to a well, even one that dried up, or next to a bucket of water). Upon concluding the verses, the corners of one’s clothes are shaken out; for males, this is usually done with the corners of the tallit katan (tzitzit garment).

Though TASHLICH is not mentioned in the Jewish literature called Talmud. Its earliest reference appears to be in the book of the Prophet Nehemiah (8:1) which states, “All the Jews gathered as one in the street that is in front of the gate of water.”This gathering is known to have taken place on Rosh Hashanah.

 

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Nehemiah 8:1-11 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

8 Then all the people were brought as a single body into the plaza that was before the Water Gate. They said to Ezra the scribe, “Bring out the Torah scroll of Moses that Adonai had commanded Israel.”

2 Ezra the kohen brought the Torah before the assembly, which included men and women and all who could understand what they heard. This happened on the first day of the seventh month. 3 So he read from it before the plaza in front of the Water Gate from first light until midday, in the presence of the men and women, and others who could understand. And all the people listened attentively to the scroll of the Torah. 4 Ezra the scribe stood on a high wooden platform constructed for this purpose. Standing near him at his right hand were Mattitiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah and Maaseiah and at his left hand were Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah and Meshullam.
5 Ezra opened the scroll in the sight of all the people for he was above all the people. When he opened it, all the people stood up. 6 Ezra blessed Adonai, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, amen!” as they lifted up of their hands. Then they bowed down and worshiped Adonai with their faces to the ground.
7 The Levites—Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbetai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan and Pelaiah—instructed the people in the Torah while the people were standing in their place. 8 They read from the Torah scroll of God, distinctly explaining[a] it and giving insight. Thus they understood what was read.
9 Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the kohen-scribe, and the Levites who were teaching the people said to all the people, “Today is kadosh to Adonai your God. Do not mourn or weep!” For all the people had been weeping when they heard the words of the Torah.
10 So he said to them, “Go! Eat choice food, drink sweet drinks, and send portions to those who have nothing ready. For today is kadosh to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of Adonai is your strength.”
11 Then the Levites quieted all the people, saying, “Hush! For today is kadosh. Do not grieve.” 12 So all the people departed to eat and drink, to send portions and to celebrate with great joy, because they came to understand the words that were explained to them.

While there are different versions and verses of the TASHLICH liturgy depending upon community, what are common to all are the verses from the book of Micah (7:18-19) “Who is a GOD like You…” These words correspond to YAH’S thirteen attributes of mercy which we seek to arouse on Rosh Hashanah as we are being judged; the allusion to these thirteen attributes is known to always be beneficial.

 

Micah 7:18-19 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

18 Who is a GOD like you,
pardoning the sin and overlooking the crimes
of the remnant of his heritage?
He does not retain his anger forever,
because he delights in grace.
19 He will again have compassion on us,
he will subdue our iniquities.
You will throw all their sins
into the depths of the sea.

 

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The goal of TASHLICH is to cast both our sins and the Heavenly prosecutor (a.k.a. the Satan) into the Heavenly sea. And when we shake our clothes after the TASHLICH prayer, this is a tangible act to achieve the spiritual goal of shaking sins from our soul.

 

Needless to say, the physical motions near the water and fish of TASHLICH are not what grant us atonement. But if we pay attention to the symbolism and apply the sincere desire to heal our relationship with YAH as portrayed in the physical demonstrations of TASHLICH, then it serves as a crucial part in the process of repenting and returning to YAH in purity.

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In conclusion, this ceremony, reminds that YAHUVEH and YAHUSHUA are the LORD of New Beginnings, and even if we have sinned and fallen away from HIM, HE is faithful to restore us and to cast our sins away from us. After all, YAHUVEH GOD sent HIS only begotten son, YAHUSHUA to save us by being our sin-bearer and Kapparah, so we can take comfort in HIS forgiveness when we earnestly seek to repent from the harm we have done and begin anew with YAH.

May we all shake ourselves from sin and be signed and sealed in the Book of Life for a good and sweet new year, in YAHUSHUA’S Name, AMEN!

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1 John 1:9 King James Version (KJV)

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Isaiah 1:18 King James Version (KJV)

18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

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Isaiah 1:18 Names of God Bible (NOG)

18 “Come on now, let’s discuss this!” says Yahweh.
“Though your sins are bright red,
they will become as white as snow.
Though they are dark red,
they will become as white as wool.

Divrey Hayamim Bais 7:14 Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)

14 If Ami, which are called by Shmi, shall humble themselves, and daven, and seek my face, and turn from their derakhim hara’im (wicked ways), then will I hear from Shomayim, and will forgive their chattat, and will heal their land.

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2 Chronicles 7:14 King James Version (KJV)

14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Galatians 5 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

Freedom Based on Favor

5 For freedom, Messiah set us free—so stand firm, and do not be burdened by a yoke of slavery again. 2 Listen—I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Messiah will be of no benefit to you. 3 Again I testify to every man who lets himself be circumcised, that he is obligated to keep the whole Torah. 4 You who are trying to be justified by Torah[a] have been cut off from Messiah; you have fallen away from grace. 5 For through the Ruach, by faith, we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. 6 For in Messiah Yeshua, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any meaning—but only trust and faithfulness expressing itself through love.

7 You were running a great race! Who blocked you from following the truth? 8 This detour doesn’t come from the One who calls you. 9 A little hametz works its way through the whole batch of dough! 10 I am confident in the Lord that you will not think otherwise. But the one who is confusing you will pay the penalty, whoever he is. 11 As for me, brothers and sisters, if I still proclaim circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case, the stumbling block of the cross has been eliminated. 12 I only wish those who are agitating you would castrate themselves![b]

Walking by the Ruach

13 Brothers and sisters, you were called to freedom—only do not let your freedom become an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole Torah can be summed up in a single saying: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” [c] 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not destroyed by one another.
16 But I say, walk by the Ruach, and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Ruach, but the Ruachsets its desire against the flesh—for these are in opposition to one another, so that you cannot do what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Ruach, you are not under law. 19 Now the deeds of the flesh are clear: sexual immorality, impurity, indecency, 20 idolatry, witchcraft, hostility, strife, jealousy, rage, selfish ambition, dissension, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, just as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit God’s kingdom. 22 But the fruit of the Ruach is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control—against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Messiah[d] have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 If we live by the Ruach, let us also walk by the Ruach. 26 Let us not become conceited—provoking one another, envying one another.

Psalm 51 Names of God Bible (NOG)

Psalm 51

For the choir director; a psalm by David when the prophet Nathan came to him after David’s adultery with Bathsheba.

1 Have pity on me, O Elohim, in keeping with your mercy.
In keeping with your unlimited compassion, wipe out my rebellious acts.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my guilt,
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 I admit that I am rebellious.
My sin is always in front of me.
4 I have sinned against you, especially you.
I have done what you consider evil.
So you hand down justice when you speak,
and you are blameless when you judge.

5 Indeed, I was born guilty.
I was a sinner when my mother conceived me.
6 Yet, you desire truth and sincerity.[a]
Deep down inside me you teach me wisdom.
7 Purify me from sin with hyssop,[b] and I will be clean.[c]
Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear sounds of joy and gladness.
Let the bones that you have broken dance.
9 Hide your face from my sins,
and wipe out all that I have done wrong.

10 Create a clean heart in me, O Elohim,
and renew a faithful spirit within me.
11 Do not force me away from your presence,
and do not take Ruach Qodesh from me.
12 Restore the joy of your salvation to me,
and provide me with a spirit of willing obedience.

13 Then I will teach your ways to those who are rebellious,
and sinners will return to you.
14 Rescue me from the guilt of murder,
O Elohim, my savior.
Let my tongue sing joyfully about your righteousness!
15 O Adonay, open my lips,
and my mouth will tell about your praise.
16 You are not happy with any sacrifice.
Otherwise, I would offer one to you.
You are not pleased with burnt offerings.
17 The sacrifice pleasing to Elohim is a broken spirit.
O Elohim, you do not despise a broken and sorrowful heart.
18 Favor Zion with your goodness.
Rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit—
with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings.
Young bulls will be offered on your altar.

Yirmeyah 4 Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)

4 If thou wilt make teshuvah, O Yisroel, saith Hashem, return unto Me; and if thou wilt put away thine shikkutzim (abominations) out of My sight, then shalt thou not be moved [to wander].

2 And thou shalt swear, Chai Hashem, in emes, in mishpat, and in tzedakah; and the Goyim shall bless themselves in Him, and in Him shall they glory.

3 For thus saith Hashem to Ish Yehudah and Yerushalayim, Break up your unplowed ground, and sow not among kotzim (thorns).

4 Circumcise yourselves to Hashem, and take the mohel knife to the arelot of your levav, ye Ish Yehudah and inhabitants of Yerushalayim: lest My fury break out like eish, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your deeds.

5 Declare ye in Yehudah, and publish in Yerushalayim; and say, Blow ye the shofar in HaAretz. Cry out, gather together, and say, Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the fortified cities.

6 Raise up a nes (a banner, a flag pointing to the place of refuge) over Tziyon; take refuge, delay not; for I will bring ra’ah (evil, disaster) from the tzafon (north), and shever gadol (great destruction).

7 The aryeh (lion) is come up from his thicket, and the Mashkhit Goyim (Destroyer of the Nations, i.e., Babylon) is on his way, he is gone forth from his place to make thy eretz desolate; and thy cities shall be made to lie in ruins, without an inhabitant.

8 For this gird you with sackcloth, lament and wail; for the charon af Hashem is not turned away from us.

9 And it shall come to pass at that day, saith Hashem, that the lev HaMelech shall be disheartened, and the lev hasarim; and the kohanim shall be horror-struck, and the nevi’im dumbfounded.

10 Then said I, Adonoi Hashem! Surely Thou hast greatly misled HaAm HaZeh and Yerushalayim, saying, Shalom yeheyeh lachem (Ye shall have shalom); whereas the cherev is near unto the nefesh.

11 At that time shall it be told HaAm HaZeh and Yerushalayim, A ruach tzach (a dry wind, sirocco) from the high places in the midbar toward the Bat Ami [i.e., Yisroel], not to winnow, nor to cleanse,

12 Even a ruach maleh (strong wind) from those places shall come from Me; now also I will pronounce mishpatim against them.

13 Hinei, he [the approaching foe] shall come up like ananim (clouds), and his merkavot shall be like the whirlwind; his susim are swifter than nesharim (eagles). Oy lanu! (Woe unto us!) For we are ruined.

14 O Yerushalayim, wash thine lev from rah, that thou mayest be saved. Ad mosai (how long, how much longer) shall thy sinful machsh’vot lodge within thee?

15 For a kol (voice) declareth from Dan, and publisheth evil tidings from Mt Ephrayim.

16 Tell the Goyim; hinei, spread the news to Yerushalayim, that notzrim (besiegers) come from a far country, and raise their voice against the cities of Yehudah.

17 As shomrim of a sadeh, they are against her all around; because she hath been rebellious against Me, saith Hashem.

18 Thy derech and thy deeds have brought these things upon thee; this is thy wickedness, because it is mar (bitter), for it hath touched upon thine lev.

19 My innards, my innards! I am pained at my very lev; my lev is pounding in me; I cannot keep silent, because thou hast heard, O my nefesh, the kol shofar (sound of the shofar), the teru’at milchamah (battle alarm of war).

20 Shever (destruction) follows after shever; for the whole land lies in ruins; suddenly are my ohalim destroyed, and my canopies rega.

21 Ad mosai (how long) shall I see the nes (banner), and hear the kol shofar?

22 For Ami is foolish, they have not known Me; they are stupid banim, and they have no understanding; they are chachamim to do evil, but to do good they have no da’as.

23 I beheld ha’aretz, and, hinei, it was tohu vavohu [Genesis 1:2]; and HaShomayim—there was no ohr.

24 I beheld the mountains, and, hinei, they quaked, and all the hills had crumbled.

25 I beheld, and, hinei, there was no adam, and kol oph HaShomayim fled away.

26 I beheld, and, hinei, the carmel was a midbar, and all the cities thereof lay in ruins before Hashem, before the charon af Hashem.

27 For thus hath Hashem said, A wasteland shall be kol HaAretz; yet I will not make a complete end of it.

28 For this reason HaAretz shall mourn, and HaShomayim above turn black; because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not relent, neither will I turn back from it.

29 Kol HaIr shall flee at the noise of the parash and the romeh keshet (the archer); they shall run into thickets, and climb up among the kefim (rocks); every city shall be deserted, and not an ish dwell therein.

30 And thou, O plundered one [Jerusalem], what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with scarlet, though thou deckest thee with jewelry of zahav, though thou paintest thy eyes with cosmetics, in vain thou adornest thyself; thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy nefesh.

31 For I have heard a kol (outcry) like that of a woman in travail, and in labor pain like that of her that bringeth forth her first child, the voice of Bat Tziyon, that waileth, that stretcheth out her hands, saying, Oy nah li (Woe is me now)! for my nefesh is weary because of murderers.

 

 

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