Pesah Day 7 & 8

| Pesah Posted On Jan 1, 1980 | Haftarah Reading

This translation was taken from the JPS Tanakh

Day 7

II Samuel 22:1-51

Chapter 22

1 David addressed the words of this song to the Lord, after the Lord had saved him from the hands of all his enemies and from the hands of Saul. 2 He said:

O Lord, my crag, my fastness, my deliverer!
3 O God, the rock wherein I take shelter:
My shield, my mighty champion, my fortress and refuge!
My savior, You who rescue me from violence!

4 All praise! I called on the Lord,
And I was delivered from my enemies.

5 For the breakers of Death encompassed me,
The torrents of Belial terrified me;
6 The snares of Sheol encircled me,
The toils of Death engulfed me.

7 In my anguish I called on the Lord,
Cried out to my God;
In His Abode He heard my voice,
My cry entered His ears.

8 Then the earth rocked and quaked,
The foundations of heaven shook — 
Rocked by His indignation.
9 Smoke went up from His nostrils,
From His mouth came devouring fire;
Live coals blazed forth from Him.
10 He bent the sky and came down,
Thick cloud beneath His feet.
11 He mounted a cherub and flew;
He was seen on the wings of the wind.
12 He made pavilions of darkness about Him,
Dripping clouds, huge thunderheads;
13 In the brilliance before Him
Blazed fiery coals.
14 The Lord thundered forth from heaven,
The Most High sent forth His voice;
15 He let loose bolts, and scattered them;
Lightning, and put them to rout.
16 The bed of the sea was exposed,
The foundations of the world were laid bare
By the mighty roaring of the Lord,
At the blast of the breath of His nostrils.
17 He reached down from on high, He took me,
Drew me out of the mighty waters;
18 He rescued me from my enemy so strong,
From foes too mighty for me.
19 They attacked me on my day of calamity,
But the Lord was my stay.
20 He brought me out to freedom,
He rescued me because He was pleased with me.
21 The Lord rewarded me according to my merit,
He requited the cleanness of my hands.

22 For I have kept the ways of the Lord
And have not been guilty before my God;
23 I am mindful of all His rules
And have not departed from His laws.
24 I have been blameless before Him,
And have guarded myself against sinning — 
25 And the Lord has requited my merit,
According to my purity in His sight.

26 With the loyal You deal loyally;
With the blameless hero, blamelessly.
27 With the pure You act in purity,
And with the perverse You are wily.
28 To humble folk You give victory,
And You look with scorn on the haughty.

29 You, O Lord, are my lamp;
The Lord lights up my darkness.
30 With You, I can rush a barrier,
With my God, I can scale a wall.
31 The way of God is perfect,
The word of the Lord is pure.
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
32 Yea, who is a god except the Lord,
Who is a rock except God — 
33 The God, my mighty stronghold,
Who kept my path secure;
34 Who made my legs like a deer’s,
And set me firm on the heights;
35 Who trained my hands for battle,
So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze!
36 You have granted me the shield of Your protection
And Your providence has made me great.
37 You have let me stride on freely,
And my feet have not slipped.
38 I pursued my enemies and wiped them out,
I did not turn back till I destroyed them.
39 I destroyed them, I struck them down;
They rose no more, they lay at my feet.
40 You have girt me with strength for battle,
Brought low my foes before me,
41 Made my enemies turn tail before me,
My foes — and I wiped them out.
42 They looked, but there was none to deliver;
To the Lord, but He answered them not.
43 I pounded them like dust of the earth,
Stamped, crushed them like dirt of the streets.
44 You have rescued me from the strife of peoples,
Kept me to be a ruler of nations;
Peoples I knew not must serve me.
45 Aliens have cringed before me,
Paid me homage at the mere report of me.
46 Aliens have lost courage
And come trembling out of their fastnesses.

47 The Lord lives! Blessed is my rock!
Exalted be God, the rock
Who gives me victory;
48 The God who has vindicated me
And made peoples subject to me,
49 Rescued me from my enemies,
Raised me clear of my foes,
Saved me from lawless men!
50 For this I sing Your praise among the nations
And hymn Your name:
51 Tower of victory to His king,
Who deals graciously with His anointed,
With David and his offspring evermore.

Day 8

Isaiah 10:32 – 12:6

Chapter 10
32 This same day at Nob
He shall stand and wave his hand.

O Mount of Fair Zion!
O hill of Jerusalem!
33 Lo! The Sovereign Lord of Hosts
Will hew off the tree-crowns with an ax:
The tall ones shall be felled, 
The lofty ones cut down:
34 The thickets of the forest shall be hacked away with iron, 
And the Lebanon trees shall fall in their majesty.

Chapter 11
1 But a shoot shall grow out of the stump of Jesse, 
A twig shall sprout from his stock.
2 The spirit of the Lord shall alight upon him:
A spirit of wisdom and insight, 
A spirit of counsel and valor, 
A spirit of devotion and reverence for the Lord.
3 He shall sense the truth by his reverence for the Lord:
He shall not judge by what his eyes behold, 
Nor decide by what his ears perceive. 
4 Thus he shall judge the poor with equity 
And decide with justice for the lowly of the land.
He shall strike down a land with the rod of his mouth
And slay the wicked with the breath of his lips.
5 Justice shall be the girdle of his loins, 
And faithfulness the girdle of his waist. 
6 The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, 
The leopard lie down with the kid; 
The calf, the beast of prey, and the fatling together, 
With a little boy to herd them.
7 The cow and the bear shall graze, 
Their young shall lie down together; 
And the lion, like the ox, shall eat straw.
8 A babe shall play
Over a viper’s hole,
And an infant pass his hand
Over an adder’s den.
9 In all of My sacred mount
Nothing evil shall be done;
For the land shall be filled with devotion to the Lord
As water covers the sea.

10 In that day, 
The stock of Jesse that has remained standing
Shall become a standard to peoples — 
Nations shall seek his counsel 
And his abode shall be honored.

11 In that day, My Lord will apply His hand again to redeeming the other part of His people from Assyria — as also from Egypt, Pathros, Nubia, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and the coastlands.

12 He will hold up a signal to the nations
And assemble the banished of Israel,
And gather the dispersed of Judah
From the four corners of the earth.

13 Then Ephraim’s envy shall cease
And Judah’s harassment shall end:
Ephraim shall not envy Judah, 
And Judah shall not harass Ephraim.
14 They shall pounce on the back of Philistia to the west,
And together plunder the peoples of the east;
Edom and Moab shall be subject to them
And the children of Ammon shall obey them.

15 The Lord will dry up the tongue of the Egyptian sea. — He will raise His hand over the Euphrates with the might of His wind and break it into seven wadis, so that it can be trodden dry-shod. 16 Thus there shall be a highway for the other part of His people out of Assyria, such as there was for Israel when it left the land of Egypt.

Chapter 12
1 In that day, you shall say:
“I give thanks to You, O Lord!
Although You were wroth with me,
Your wrath has turned back and You comfort me,
2 Behold the God who gives me triumph!
I am confident, unafraid;
For Yah the Lord is my strength and might,
And He has been my deliverance.”

3 Joyfully shall you draw water
From the fountains of triumph,
4 And you shall say on that day:
“Praise the Lord, proclaim His name.
Make his deeds known among the peoples;
Declare that His name is exalted.
5 Hymn the Lord, 
For He has done gloriously;
Let this be made known
In all the world!
6 Oh, shout for joy,
You who dwell in Zion!
For great in your midst
Is the Holy One of Israel.”

Taken from Tanakh, The Holy Scriptures, (Philadelphia, Jerusalem: Jewish Publication Society) 1985.
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