Saturday, March 11, 2017

Nehemiah 1

Another short chapter before exiting to the opera workshop for a student performance of the Marriage of Figaro. Marriage is a timeless image. Here we have had a divorce. Temporary, we hope. Let faithfulness be restored. We must note that there is a crying need for such faithfulness in our political and military worlds today. 

Nehemiah, from נאם, comfort, comforter. It is the comforter that rebuilds the temple, of course.

Nehemiah 1 Fn Min Max Syll
דִּבְרֵ֥י נְחֶמְיָ֖ה בֶּן־חֲכַלְיָ֑ה
וַיְהִ֤י בְחֹֽדֶשׁ־כִּסְלֵיו֙ שְׁנַ֣ת עֶשְׂרִ֔ים וַאֲנִ֥י הָיִ֖יתִי בְּשׁוּשַׁ֥ן הַבִּירָֽה
1 The words of Nehemiah, child of Hikaliah,
and it happened in the new moon of Kislev, the twentieth year, and I, I was in Shushan, the temple precincts.
3e 4C 9
23
וַיָּבֹ֨א חֲנָ֜נִי אֶחָ֧ד מֵאַחַ֛י ה֥וּא וַאֲנָשִׁ֖ים מִֽיהוּדָ֑ה
וָאֶשְׁאָלֵ֞ם עַל־הַיְּהוּדִ֧ים הַפְּלֵיטָ֛ה אֲשֶֽׁר־נִשְׁאֲר֥וּ מִן־הַשֶּׁ֖בִי וְעַל־יְרוּשָׁלִָֽם
2 And Hanani came, one of my kin, himself and soldiers from Judah,
and I asked them concerning the Judeans that had been secured, that were residue from the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.
3c 4A 19
26
וַיֹּאמְרוּ֮ לִי֒ הַֽנִּשְׁאָרִ֞ים אֲשֶֽׁר־נִשְׁאֲר֤וּ מִן־הַשְּׁבִי֙ שָׁ֣ם בַּמְּדִינָ֔ה בְּרָעָ֥ה גְדֹלָ֖ה וּבְחֶרְפָּ֑ה
וְחוֹמַ֤ת יְרוּשָׁלִַ֙ם֙ מְפֹרָ֔צֶת וּשְׁעָרֶ֖יהָ נִצְּת֥וּ בָאֵֽשׁ
3 And they said to me, The residue, that are residue from the captivity there in the province, are hurting greatly and are reproached.
And the wall of Jerusalem is breached, and her gates charred in the fire.
3e 4C 29
19
וַיְהִ֞י כְּשָׁמְעִ֣י ׀ אֶת־הַדְּבָרִ֣ים הָאֵ֗לֶּה יָשַׁ֙בְתִּי֙ וָֽאֶבְכֶּ֔ה וָאֶתְאַבְּלָ֖ה יָמִ֑ים
וָֽאֱהִ֥י צָם֙ וּמִתְפַּלֵּ֔ל לִפְנֵ֖י אֱלֹהֵ֥י הַשָּׁמָֽיִם
4 And it happened as I heard these words, I sat and I wept and lamented daily,
and I was fasting and praying before the God of the heavens.
3e 4B 24
17
וָאֹמַ֗ר אָֽנָּ֤א יְהוָה֙ אֱלֹהֵ֣י הַשָּׁמַ֔יִם הָאֵ֥ל הַגָּד֖וֹל וְהַנּוֹרָ֑א
שֹׁמֵ֤ר הַבְּרִית֙ וָחֶ֔סֶד לְאֹהֲבָ֖יו וּלְשֹׁמְרֵ֥י מִצְוֺתָֽיו
5 And I said, beseeching, Yahweh the God of the heavens, the One great and fearful,
keeping the covenant and loving-kindness for those who love him and who keep his commandments,
3e 4C 22
17
תְּהִ֣י נָ֣א אָזְנְךָֽ־קַשֶּׁ֣בֶת וְֽעֵינֶ֪יךָ פְתֻוּח֟וֹת לִשְׁמֹ֣עַ אֶל־תְּפִלַּ֣ת עַבְדְּךָ֡ אֲשֶׁ֣ר אָנֹכִי֩ מִתְפַּלֵּ֨ל לְפָנֶ֤יךָ הַיּוֹם֙ יוֹמָ֣ם וָלַ֔יְלָה עַל־בְּנֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל עֲבָדֶ֑יךָ
וּמִתְוַדֶּ֗ה עַל־חַטֹּ֤אות בְּנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵל֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר חָטָ֣אנוּ לָ֔ךְ וַאֲנִ֥י וּבֵית־אָבִ֖י חָטָֽאנוּ
6 Let be, if you will, your ear attentive, and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant, that I pray before you today, day and night over the children of Israel, your servants,
and acknowledging the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against you. Both I and the house of my father, we have sinned.
3d 4C 54
29
חֲבֹ֖ל חָבַ֣לְנוּ לָ֑ךְ
וְלֹא־שָׁמַ֣רְנוּ אֶת־הַמִּצְוֺ֗ת וְאֶת־הַֽחֻקִּים֙ וְאֶת־הַמִּשְׁפָּטִ֔ים אֲשֶׁ֥ר צִוִּ֖יתָ אֶת־מֹשֶׁ֥ה עַבְדֶּֽךָ
7 We have inflicted pain on you,
and we have not kept the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, that you commanded Moses your servant.
3e 4B 6
30
זְכָר־נָא֙ אֶת־הַדָּבָ֔ר אֲשֶׁ֥ר צִוִּ֛יתָ אֶת־מֹשֶׁ֥ה עַבְדְּךָ֖ לֵאמֹ֑ר
אַתֶּ֣ם תִּמְעָ֔לוּ אֲנִ֕י אָפִ֥יץ אֶתְכֶ֖ם בָּעַמִּֽים
8 Remember, if you will, the word that you commanded Moses, your servant, saying,
You, you trespass. I, I will disperse you among the peoples.
3d 4B 20
14
וְשַׁבְתֶּ֣ם אֵלַ֔י וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם֙ מִצְוֺתַ֔י וַעֲשִׂיתֶ֖ם אֹתָ֑ם
אִם־יִהְיֶ֨ה נִֽדַּחֲכֶ֜ם בִּקְצֵ֤ה הַשָּׁמַ֙יִם֙ מִשָּׁ֣ם אֲקַבְּצֵ֔ם וַהֲבִֽיאוֹתִים֙ אֶל־הַמָּק֔וֹם אֲשֶׁ֣ר בָּחַ֔רְתִּי לְשַׁכֵּ֥ן אֶת־שְׁמִ֖י שָֽׁם
9 But return to me, and keep my commandments, and do them.
Though you were banished at the outskirts of the heavens, from there I would collect them, and would bring them to the place where I have chosen to let my name dwell there.
3e 4C 17
38
וְהֵ֥ם עֲבָדֶ֖יךָ וְעַמֶּ֑ךָ
אֲשֶׁ֤ר פָּדִ֙יתָ֙ בְּכֹחֲךָ֣ הַגָּד֔וֹל וּבְיָדְךָ֖ הַחֲזָקָֽה
10 And they are your servants and your people,
which you have ransomed in your great power and with your resolute hand.
3e 4C 10
19
אָנָּ֣א אֲדֹנָ֗י תְּהִ֣י נָ֣א אָזְנְךָֽ־קַ֠שֶּׁבֶת אֶל־תְּפִלַּ֨ת עַבְדְּךָ֜ וְאֶל־תְּפִלַּ֣ת עֲבָדֶ֗יךָ הַֽחֲפֵצִים֙ לְיִרְאָ֣ה אֶת־שְׁמֶ֔ךָ וְהַצְלִֽיחָה־נָּ֤א לְעַבְדְּךָ֙ הַיּ֔וֹם וּתְנֵ֣הוּ לְרַחֲמִ֔ים לִפְנֵ֖י הָאִ֣ישׁ הַזֶּ֑ה
וַאֲנִ֛י הָיִ֥יתִי מַשְׁקֶ֖ה לַמֶּֽלֶךְ
11 Beseeching my Lord, let be, if you will, your ear attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants, who delight to fear your name, and prosper, if you will, your servant today, and grant him compassion in the presence of this man,
for I was cupbearer to the king.
3d 4C 64
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