Worthy Ancients know the scent of liberty ~
“The blood, which had been collected in a vessel, was dashed against the altar from diagonally opposite corners in such a way that each of the two sprinklings spattered two of the sides, signifying the return of the animal to God.
“In verses that deal with the technical matters involving the sacrificial system, this phrase [pleasing odor] means that the sacrifice has been accepted by God.
Expiation by means of sacrificial blood rites is a prerequisite for securing God’s forgiveness.
“Expiation is conceived of as cleansing, as wiping away impurity and contamination and, by extension, sinfulness itself.”
The opposite is what otherwise minded people tend to produce in great quantities, and they grow oblivious and insensible to the stink they create day to day, as they stray further and further from God and salvation. Any religion they claim is priest or witchcraft and the evil inclination its foundation and impetus for straying further.
Charity is a two way street.
“It has been pointed out that the Hebrew word translated as ‘each shall pay’ is a palindrome, spelled the same way from right to left as from left to right. This suggests that charity is a two way process. One receives even as one gives.”
Truth Self Evident
“As all human beings are equal before God, there is to be one standard contribution from all to be neither exceeded nor reduced.”
Edom, Shechem and Moab, and an assortment of unholy heathen nations, in combination with the children of Lot are they we have to thank for the destruction of US Government, by deeply corrupting its chain of command, supply and demand; thus sucking the Commonwealth’s financial life and value out of it from within from generation to generation of captivity.
If I could explain all they are guilty of it would make the Holocaust seem like slap in the face and nothing more.
To be around these sorts, to feel their soul’s depravity and their wanting natures, is to know the bowels of hell and its daily excretions.
Truly terrible men of unconverted heart and strong pride; they should be always feared as the worst of the heathen the scriptures state they are, but they know this and it doesn’t seem to bother them.
If it were not for Israel and Abraham’s children, the USA would never have existed in anywise, but when they stamped the claim of New England and even worse Vatican on what ought to have speedily become New Israel/Jerusalem/Zion, they brought near the seat of violence and the rod of pride ruled mercilessly for generations of G-d hating children of depravity you won’t find anywhere else on earth to such a disgusting extent as you will among they.
They are mighty men in iniquity and are ruled by worse demons and devils than I wish to linger in thought about.
To be pitied, yes and some day holy men hope to set even these at liberty divine.
That is where the building of the Third Temple comes in and the need to wrangle with the prince of demons for the building materials, the Shameer, etc.; David and Solomon’s work.
The Moon could tell you tales that would straighten the hairs on your testes about American History ‘X’. And I suppose Her judgments are what afford us as a nation combating devils within and without with what greater or lesser tender mercies we have provisioned and reared in our midst to the above mentioned credit and perhaps merit, but I am not a judge of merit. Her mysterious work is what provides for the day man’s labors and conviction of faith.
When she weaves we wonder and prosper, when she wanes we mourn and suffer.
She must wax strong again in truth and in spirit that She might weild a sword of justice triumphantly for Her Maker.
Isaiah – Chapter 24
3 Nephi 15&16
When ancients disagree and rulers war with one another, especially apart from any regard for Torah and Christ, whole heartlessly misrepresenting one, the other or both, we get a hella mess that fallen angels enjoy and revel in, but over which all of God’s Elect and Creation Itself ought to weep and mourn, because it is only the beginnings of sorrows.
Bosses tend to losses. A King of kings may rear the same in every citizen and create a new understanding that cuts the loss and nullifies the boss in all, rearranging affairs so as to create abundance that meets daily needful things and destroys the inward lust for that which brings plagues rather than profits.
In this, there is much hope. We may yet return to Shalem Shalom (Whole Harmony).
Not so easy to achieve when many are striving to enter a place that ought not to be accessible by striving or force of strength, but easy when all are agreed to walk, fly, strut, what have you in a Way holy together under God; The American Dream.
With every step towards a Holy Place, one ought to say ‘Justice” with one stride and “Righteousness” with the next until he arrive before God in Zion to proclaim “Shalem Shalom” with both feet together, or jump for Joy that Grace had brought him/her thus far, or fall to his knees and kiss holy ground, weeping and sighing deeply if not contentedly, drawing back deep draughts of consolation, rather than choking down despair and retching up remorse.
Reaching a goal divine is not to be equaled in all the world by all the world combined as We The People did when building the first and restoring second Temple in Jerusalem. Here in America it were the hoped for spread of Liberty and Equality through rightly maintaining freedom’s expediency for all to obtain and secure citizenship in the New World. Much like the completion of the first Temple it marked the end of wilderness wanderings for all people and more importantly a permanent resting place and habitation for the people of God.
We’ve come to a new point in time of a very old dilemma, Solomon’s ethical integrity was refusing to use the wealth amassed by David in the actual building of the Temple.
“…because David’s gain was ill-gotten, Solomon deferred his building project for years, until he could finance it on his own.” EHC
I believe the Vatican and the obnoxiously wealthy in America have been glutting themselves on God’s credit for several generations, building up vileness and destroying faith through pretended religion that is the stuff and imagination of demons and harlots working together, never intending to atone or give back to God all it has taken from Him in as many generations as it has been despoiling His land and His children, so that countless souls were left blaming God for the captivity and loss of freedom’s wealth and privilege that came upon them all to the uttermost farthing’s worth; a boon of trolls, informants, conjurers, peepers, wizards, and bosses producing nothing of real value or worth in heaven or hell.
All converts are…Matthew – Chapter 23
God does not need a House or anything else given Him, and He has given the world unto the children of men who build and devise as many things and devices to cheat and deprive one another of every good gift as they may freely ask for and receive of Him.
The Temple Solomon built was for the sake of the people as well as G-d. Until it was built the people were blood guilty and worthless as they had been in Egypt or any other kingdom under heaven before or since.
“Rashi defines ‘skill’ (hokhmah) as what a person learns from others, ‘ability’ (t’vunah) as the result of one’s own insight and experience, and ‘knowledge’ (da’at) as divine inspiration, ideas that suddenly come to a person from an unknown source.
“Wisdom of the mind alone without wisdom of the heart, is worthless [Aaron of Karlin]..” EHC
The only Way humanity/society works, or may be expediently maintained is if it does not work for itself, nor is there any right or need to take pride in working for others or self. All ought to be for and unto God and then and then only does everyone stand a chance to be ‘saved’.
Believing otherwise, leaves people unguarded against the wiles and devices of the devil in the world.
People who don’t take great pride in religious attainment and progress are the enemy of God.
“Once a Gentile came to Shamai, and said, ‘Proselytize me, but on condition that thou teach me the whole law, even the whole of it, while I stand upon one leg.’ Shamai drove him off with the builder’s rod which he held in his hand. When he came to Hillel with the same challenge, Hillel converted him by answering him on the spot, ‘That which is hateful to thyself, do not do to thy neighbor. This is the whole law, and the rest is its commentary.’” (Tobit, iv. 15; Matt. vii. 12.)
Ibid., fol. 31, col. 1.
You can build buildings to the stars and send rocket ships to mars but all this won’t bring a single cow home nor save anyone until you hear and understand the words, “salvation is of the Jews.”
(Prov. xiv. 34), “Almsgiving exalteth a nation, but benevolence is a sin to nations.” “Almsgiving exalteth a nation,” that is to say, the nation of Israel; as it is written (2 Sam. vii. 23), “And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel?” but “benevolence” is a sin to nations, that is to say, for the Gentiles to exercise charity and benevolence is sin.
Bava Bathra, fol. 10, col. 2.
“The prophet…set high standards for the people; emphasizing God’s disappointment with them when they failed to meet those standards. The priest met people where they were and by accepting them, helped them deal with their feelings of inadequacy for having fallen short of the Covenant demands. If religion sets very high standards, people will inevitably fall short of those standards at one time or another. Indeed, the most devoted people will feel most troubled at falling short of those standards. Religion will then have to offer them a means to finding acceptability in God’s sight.”
Here is hope!
“…sometimes I am weak and rebellious; but that is not the real me. Often I can be generous and obedient.”
“The hattat is brought for unintentional violations. Why must we atone for inadvertent violations? Perhaps because we were insufficiently attentive to what we were doing [Hirsch}. Carelessness is no excuse for violating God’s commandments. Inadvertent sins may reflect a lowering of our guard against temptation. There is a part of us that is inclined to be selfish; to take advantage of others. We must constantly be vigilant against such inclinations. Perhaps we must atone for inadvertent sins because the misdeed, though inadvertent, weighs on our conscience until we do something to atone for it. Because verbal regrets do not strike us as adequate, we must give up something to show our remorse.”
Idolatry, such as that which guides America to worse and worse sins en masse, is like the opposite of religion, where one hand washes the other and/or a pledge may be held in tribute.
Our society is not but one hand filching from another, and people striking pledge in vain, knowingly contributing to a problem growing worse with every promise or sworn vow of allegiance, contract drawn up, will imposed, etc.
Knowing not what spirit they err in or for, can permanently seal a door opened not for them but for those who might make use of the opportunity. Otherwise is sevenfold evil demanded by a body of the worst pricks Satan ever set up to defile the minds and imaginations of any who might even produce a brain fart worthy of jot or tittle.
And the devil seals them his instead of anyone knowing freedom much less liberty for the cost. It is a Catholic disease that has plagued the States as long as this abominable church has existed. They keep up appearances, but inwardly are full of evil desires and inclinations.
Their works seal them and others by way of association or damned fate, and there is no way out as long as there is no Temple and Religion that may save anyone at all.
“The anointed priest must atone for his own inadvertent failings in office before he can guide the people to atone for their sins. He must personally be familiar with the feelings of guilt and repentance. Therefore the rule for the hattat is mentioned first here [Leviticus 4:3]. The Torah and later Jewish law consistently demand that leaders set an example for the community by holding themselves to a higher standard.
“It is possible for an entire community to be misled or swept away by prejudice or emotion.
“A ruler must make so many difficult decisions that it is virtually impossible never to harm innocent people in the process. Fortunate is the generation whose leader recognizes having sinned and brings an offering of purification…When the people see the ruler humbling himself to atone for mistakes, they will be more likely to do so themselves. But a leader who denies ever being wrong, who seeks to blame others, will teach the people to behave the same way.
“We are held accountable not only for the wrong things we do but for the things we should but do not do.”
I recently read parts of a book called ‘Lit: A Memoir’ by Mary Karr and a students paper on the same book about a battle with alcoholism, addiction and recovery.
I ask first and foremost, why should it be considered ‘addiction’ and what is gained by ‘recovery’?
The student writing the paper stated, ‘recovery is met with its own challenges, but is achievable with persistence and inner strength.’
I responded about an author of three successful novels, what other than remaining sober enough to write a memoir and sustain a career as a successful author was accomplished or achieved and at what price, and what will the price of whomever reads the book and follows her advice/megalomania/delusive thought processes be? What’s the likelihood that she relapsed and returned to alcohol use? What other stimulants does she use in the meantime? Smoke, coffee, other stimulants?
I think this notion of recovery leads to more dependencies than the original object of abuse may have been and the likelihood of relapse made more definite with the added abstract of new addictions and dependencies on other stimulants with the vanity of peer and professional therapy/counseling.
Eventually, she’ll become just another brick in the wall of life long addicts – just like her parents, perhaps more or less self-centered but no less lost and indifferent to a higher purpose than the rest of the world.
She seemed ‘Lit’ by something connected or at the heart of her ‘addiction’; motivated for a time to abstain that she might exercise an abstract vanity not directly involved with her ‘addiction’ but nevertheless a dependent.
She forsakes motherhood as an alternative, her own child’s guidance in attending church, and instead, recluses to write a book all about her as if this were an achievement or recovery and not the means building goal of sustaining a future life hoped for as a controlled substance user, occasional abuser which is no more than finding a way to the ‘home’ the quote at the opening of the book states denies her passage to.
“Passage home? Never.” ~The Odyssey, Book 5, Homer.(trans. Robert Eagles)
It’s an interesting story, well told at times.
Bricks in a wall are not really useful, except as weapons.
Lively stones, on the other hand, are God’s handiwork, useful in saving and liberating so as to enjoy the gift of freedom, sober or not, rather than captivating unto dust to dust.
A sober person, truth be told, may commit more sins unto death in day to day life experience than a drunkard on a never ending bender out of the Way. But, it is the Way Itself that redeems, giving men or women the necessary awareness of God within and without, both in self and others that makes them part of a successful community whose achievement is all One; not some fail or lose, some win or succeed.
There exists no real “need to prove oneself to others” (as the author states was some defect within her) when all are seeking to prove themselves in HaShem. Otherwise, as the sluggard professed, there is a lion in the Way that does seek his life, drunk or not, goal oriented or completely ‘la-la.’
It is not the edifice that members of society build that matters so much as the members themselves and the mindfulness towards God with which they live their day to day lives that matters, protects, strengthens, edifies and builds up, etc.
Y’shua taught ‘one day at a time’ to people before it became a alcoholics mantra, but with a whole hearted conviction that God would meet the needs of the believer and more importantly doer of His will with their daily needs to the end result that their Faith in practice would build up that which God intended by His investment in Us.
Otherwise, you, I and the author of this work are just beating around the bush which could use a good trimming lest it break out in a fire and become a burning bush, which though not consumed burns unto no purpose God given or granted, and if escaped from the fire the lion will be laying in wait for what may not be plucked out of and delivered from.
My conclusion, this is a deadly book, but full of and covered with it’s own warning labels.
“Searing…lassos you, hogties your emotions, and won’t let you go.” ~Michiku Kakutani NYT
If recovery is the truest lie it may bring the greatest amount of confusion, dependency and failure which is the irony of alcoholism I guess.
But where atonement is possible, one overcomes the worldly and understands where the truth lies and where it may lead and be found even in darkness.
Surely a sober life is preferable to a drunkard’s but if used as a snare, it is worse in the long run. To convince unto error is not wisdom. To correct unto enlightenment is gain and life from the dead.
Attitude is an important factor. A proud individual, walking in sober pride, as if better than the drunkard will be cut down swiftly by fate’s axe head.
“Jewish thought; taking words seriously, warns us against uttering oaths, lest we find ourselves unable to perform them.
“It is the attitude of the worshipper that matters most not the details of the ceremony.
“It is not deliberate desecration but indifference and apathy that the sanctuary need fear. People who are angry at God or at religious institutions often display a passion that has a religious dimension. It is a way of caring deeply. People who do not care at all are the ones who commit the ultimate blasphemy.”
“Unlike the careless taking of sanctuary property [in previous vs. 14-16] the offenses outlined here were intentional: persons who deliberately misappropriated property or funds entrusted to their safe keeping; or defrauded another; or failed to restore lost property they had located. When sued, these defendants then lied under oath and claimed no responsibility. Without witnesses, the aggrieved party had no further recourse and sustained a great loss. But what if the accused later admitted to having lied under oath-thus assuming liability for the unrecovered property? Such persons were given the opportunity to clear themselves by making restitution and by paying a fine of 20 percent to the aggrieved party. Having lied under oath, they also had offended God and were obliged to offer an asham in expiation.
“This expresses what criminals are required to do, not what they may prefer to do.
“To cheat another person is to sin against God as well as against that person. It is worse to rob a fellow human being than to steal from God. Akiva taught that whenever two people enter into an agreement, each is relying on the divine dimension of the other, the part of the person that is the image of God and knows what is right from what is wrong, making God a witness to every transaction. To betray that trust is to deny the divine image in ourselves, and to deny God’s participation in our activities.
“According to the Talmud, robbery [gezel] is defined as taking something that belongs to another person, and fraud [oshek] refers to withholding from another person something that is owed. ‘The reparation offering may not be brought until the violator has returned the property to its rightful owner’ [Maimonides].
“As a Hadisic master taught, ‘The gates of repentance open for anyone who does wrong and then realizes it and seeks to make amends.’”
Many people, to their merit, and as Y’shua instructed them, overlook wrongs done them and turn the other cheek, and thus a lot of impenitent and ignorant thieves and transgressors often go from worse to worse not knowing any better or being aware of their souls precarious state and suffer for it, not knowing wherefore they suffer, and grow worse and worse as a result; hardened criminals. They may think all men are fools and to be taken advantage of is their fate and themselves somehow wiser than those they despoil or rob, getting the better of someone before they do you likewise is what many people consider wisdom; but in the long run, they may find out otherwise, and then what do they do? They must have an opportunity to restore themselves before God and without a Temple and priesthood, and any way to give alms that may be accepted on their behalf, what are they to do? If they even knew the party they wronged, it is likely, they will not know where to find them so as to restore what they took or make right a wrong done, and as long as they remain ignorant, there will be nothing compelling them to do so.
The fate of a transgressor is never to be envied and anyone who may make a Way available to them to repent and make amends would be of greater value to society than he or she who turns the other cheek and forgives and suffers loss without looking back to know whether or not the offender ever may have felt the pangs of guilt and remorse and come looking to restore what they had ill=got or what injury they may have done.
“Many of these people have hesitated to return, and [the prophet] exhorted them to trust in God’s saving power.
“The L-rd asks the people not to recall what happened in the past, because He is about to do something new.
“Addressing the nation in exile (in the present), the prophet opens his divine discourse of the people’s failure to worship the L-rd [in the past], which is the reason for the nation’s present calamity. As the prophecy develops, however, the tone of accusation is replaced by the language of reconciliation and hope in the future…remember…the reality of divine forgiveness.
“[From opening with a rebuke and blunt accusation that ‘criticizes for violating the sacrificial cult’…to…ending with the result or a ‘purified religious consciousness’ is the miracle that happened here.
We’ve come a long way in a seemingly short amount of time…
From having grievously burdened the L-rd with transgressions, perversity and the inversion of true worship; nevertheless, the people stand as witnesses to God’s incomparable ability to fulfill His prophetic word. For, ‘without human testimony, the reality of God and the wonder of His ways would have no significance…honest testimony is crucial if the social fabric of the world is to be maintained.
“God acts with universal grace and not because of Israel’s merit.
“[The result] Israel, renewed as a people will return to its God as in previous times.
“Divine uniqueness is proclaimed on the basis of fulfillment of prophecy.”
So if the priesthood is bound to fail, and the holiest of men bound to frustrate God’s plan which more or less comes about through Israel’s disobedience and His divine Grace and will to save, what indeed makes a people special or worthy of these privileges and what is the importance of keeping commandments or shaping our society after the divine pattern?
What is so awesome about people, if anything?
“Hebrew: ‘am ha’aretz’ literally, ‘people of the land.’ In the Bible, it connotes landed gentry, ‘people of status,’ not the populace at large. (In Rabbinic times, am ha-aretz took on the pejorative meaning it has today-an untutored person, an ignoramus. This is probably because it came to refer to someone from the countryside who was unlettered. The latin word paganus suffered a similar fate.
They were privileged because they were free to enjoy the pleasant pasture and the land in its purity, uncorrupted by the learning of man and the desire to improve upon God’s creation, and the demands of meeting such expectations unreal which is an obscene notion if considered rightly.
Good leaders tend to let what may be be, and in admitting their own human weaknesses will be more compassionate toward the weaknesses of their followers.
The privilege of being nobody is not to be equaled in all the world of fame and fortune. Ask any star/celebrity.
And so the show must not go on in just any fashion or way it pleases, It has become too intrinsically necessary to the creature, which for better or worse, must be reckoned with and included in the structure of even governmental playing out.
Reenter, the Torah, God’s blueprint for a kinder, gentler, more humble nation.
Why Torah for all? Because, otherwise, like Aaron any leader might be reluctant to tell ‘We The People’ that studying Torah is the equivalent to bringing sacrifices. Making am ha’aretz as equal as or greater than any other member of society, and the leader no better or more important than the least of his followers.
“…the fire on the altar must be paralleled by a fire in the heart of the officiating priest, whose enthusiasm for the sacred nature of the work must never be lost. The congregation, for its part must recognize its responsibility to see that the enthusiasm and dedication of the clergy is never extinguished.”
To fend off ridicule and hatred, i.e., ‘terror’ We The People must establish God’s Zion and give the enemy of the United States reason to be proud in truth and in spirit of Us. Desiring rather to be near or part of rather than enemies of or despisers of We The People. Envious maybe, but not in a bad way and which would be justified but not tragic in consequence; rather as it is written, the nations would hasten to stretch out their hands toward Us, whether to give or receive just for the opportunity of being part of something greater than any may be apart from Us.
Social fabric is woven by the simple yet intrinsically necessary lifestyle of the paganus ignoramus made virtuous by whoever their leader may inspire and require they and their children to be.
If, however, they practice witchcraft, idolatry and rebellion, they may become worse than any outside threat of terror.
A leader may then clear himself by disassociation but should still care and as a prophet, warn, cry out, rebuke, etc. Because it is insurrection, God will act with universal justice and grant all another unmerited opportunity to return to Him as in former times.
As for the above mentioned ‘terrible ones’ they should be granted this opportunity to become terrible for the L-RD and thereby atone for any trespass or robbery committed against our nation that resulted in the so-called ‘war on terror.’ Converted, they may make use of their natural or unnatural abilities in protecting rather than despoiling Zion.
For, behold, I say unto you that Zion shall flourish, and the glory of the L-rd shall be upon her;
And she shall be an ensign unto the people, and there shall come unto her out of every nation under heaven.
And the day shall come when the nations of the earth shall tremble because of her, and shall fear because of her terrible ones. The L-rd hath spoken it. Amen.
Behold, and hearken, O ye elders of my church, saith the L-rd your God, through His servant Jesus Christ, your advocate, who knoweth the weakness of man and how to succor them who are tempted.
And verily mine eyes are upon those who have not as yet gone up unto the land of Zion; wherefore your mission is not yet full.
Nevertheless, ye are blessed, for the testimony which ye have borne is recorded in heaven for the angels to look upon; and they rejoice over you, and your sins are forgiven you.
And now continue your journey. Assemble yourselves upon the land of Zion; and hold a meeting and rejoice together, and offer an offering unto the Most High.
And then you may return to bear record, yea, even altogether, or two by two, as seemeth you good, it mattereth not unto me; only be faithful, and declare glad tidings unto the inhabitants of the earth, or among the congregations of the wicked.
Behold, I, the L-rd, have brought you together that the promise might be fulfilled, that the faithful among you should be preserved and rejoice together in the land of Misery. I, the L-rd, promise the faithful and cannot lie.
I, the L-rd, am willing, if any among you desire to ride upon horses, or upon mules, or in chariots, he shall receive this blessing, if he receive it from the hand of the L-rd, with a thankful heart in all things.
These things remain with you to do according to judgment and the directions of the Spirit.
Behold, the kingdom is yours. And behold, and lo, I am with the faithful always. Even so. Amen.
Praise the L-RD! O give thanks to the L-RD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures for ever!
Who can utter the mighty doings of the L-RD, or show forth all his praise?
Blessed are they who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times!
Remember me, O L-RD, when thou showest favor to thy people; help me when thou deliverest them; that I may see the prosperity of thy chosen ones, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thy heritage.
Both we and our fathers have sinned; we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly.
Our fathers, when they were in Egypt, did not consider thy wonderful works; they did not remember the abundance of thy steadfast love, but rebelled against the Most High at the Red Sea.
Yet he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make known his mighty power.
He rebuked the Red Sea, and it became dry; and he led them through the deep as through a desert.
So he saved them from the hand of the foe, and delivered them from the power of the enemy.
And the waters covered their adversaries; not one of them was left.
Then they believed his words; they sang his praise.
But they soon forgot his works; they did not wait for his counsel.
But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness, and put God to the test in the desert; he gave them what they asked, but sent a wasting disease among them.
When men in the camp were jealous of Moses and Aaron, the holy one of the L-RD, the earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, and covered the company of Abi’ram.
Fire also broke out in their company; the flame burned up the wicked.
They made a calf in Horeb and worshiped a molten image.
They exchanged the glory of God for the image of an ox that eats grass.
They forgot God, their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt, wondrous works in the land of Ham, and terrible things by the Red Sea.
Therefore he said he would destroy them — had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him, to turn away his wrath from destroying them.
Then they despised the pleasant land, having no faith in his promise.
They murmured in their tents, and did not obey the voice of the L-RD.
Therefore he raised his hand and swore to them that he would make them fall in the wilderness, and would disperse their descendants among the nations, scattering them over the lands.
Then they attached themselves to the Ba’al of Pe’or, and ate sacrifices offered to the dead; they provoked the L-RD to anger with their doings, and a plague broke out among them.
Then Phin’ehas stood up and interposed, and the plague was stayed.
And that has been reckoned to him as righteousness from generation to generation for ever.
They angered him at the waters of Mer’ibah, and it went ill with Moses on their account; for they made his spirit bitter, and he spoke words that were rash.
They did not destroy the peoples, as the L-RD commanded them, but they mingled with the nations and learned to do as they did.
They served their idols, which became a snare to them.
They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons; they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; and the land was polluted with blood.
Thus they became unclean by their acts, and played the harlot in their doings.
Then the anger of the L-RD was kindled against his people, and he abhorred his heritage; he gave them into the hand of the nations, so that those who hated them ruled over them.
Their enemies oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their power.
Many times he delivered them, but they were rebellious in their purposes, and were brought low through their iniquity.
Nevertheless he regarded their distress, when he heard their cry.
He remembered for their sake his covenant, and relented according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
He caused them to be pitied by all those who held them captive.
Save us, O L-RD our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to thy holy name and glory in thy praise.
Blessed be the L-RD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the L-RD!