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come a reproach round about us*. And now,
hearken, O our God, unto the prayer of thy
engraven, “ the one stone which thou hast placed upon the “ breast of thy holy priests to clothe them with
righteousness and salvation, to cause the horn of “thy anointed to bud forthț. Forgive, I pray thee, “ the sins of thy country and the sins of thy chil“ dren, the children of thy covenant, whom thou “ hast caused to go into captivity among the na« tions. And remember unto us the covenant “ and the loving-kindness which thou hast sworn “ unto our forefathers of ancient days. And let
thy countenance shine into thy desolate sanc“ tuary, for the sake of my Lord, and for the sake “ of thy Name, by which thy city and thy nation
were calledş.' The while I was speaking and
praying according to those words, mine eyes “ became like unto an increasing fountain, and my strength left me, neither was there breath left in me|l; but I gathered strength, and I prayed the
evening offering in the field, before the entering"ins of the city. And when I came to the blessing,
* Dan. ix. 16. + Dan. ix. 7. # Ezek. xxix. 21.
ll Dan. x. 17.
The deliverer of Israel,' I heard a voice speaking into mine ears, and it was that of my own “ rabbi speaking*, and it said unto me, · And Seir “ shall be a possession for his enemiest.' And on “ the blessing, 'The gatherer of the scattered of
Israel,' I heard also the same voice, and it said, “ And Israel shall do valiantly I.' And on the
blessing, “The king who loveth righteousness and judgment,' I heard, “Their foot shall slide in due timeş.' And at the blessing, “The support and
safety unto the righteous,' I heard, 'And He “ will repent himself concerning His servants !l.' “ And on the blessing, ‘The builder of Jerusalem,' “ I heard, • To me belongeth vengeance, and re
compenses.' And on the blessing, · Who causeth “ the horn of salvation to bud forth,' I heard, 'And “ Edom shall be a possession**' And at the end of
my prayer I went into the city, and I went into “ the house of the commander of the host, and I gave “ him the horse, and my goodly raimentft, and I " said unto him, “I have in this country a beloved,
The Rabbi ,והיא מהרבי שלי ויאמר אלי ,Like an echo *
, . heard a bizne, a sort of oracle, on repeating the eighteen blessing3 in the daily prayer of the Jews.
† Numb. xxiv. 18. | Deut. xxxii. 35. $ Deut. xxxii. 35. || Deut. xxxii. 36 ; Psalm cxxxv. 14.
Deut. xxxii. 35. ** Numb. xxiv. 18. tt Gen. xxvii. 15.
“ whom I have loved [DV] since the days of old and “ in former years; and my soul was bound up in her “soul* ; but her father and her mother have con“ cealed her in secret places of concealment; and “it is impossible for me to speak unto her, unless “ I dress myself like a stranger with the clothes of “ the poor who beg at the doors: procure them for “ me, that I may go.' And the commander of the - host did so. And I put on the clothes, and
changed the brightness of my countenance into
blacknesst, and tied linen cloths smeared with “ oil upon my legs, and went about mourning, like
one despised and rejected of mens; like a man
of sorrows and acquainted with grief||, and in whom “ there is no soundness. And I passed through the “ streets of the city unto the bridge which is over “ the river Tiber, near the fort of the pope,
and the sick; and I sat among them thirty days, like unto one stricken and smitten of “ God**I did not eat pleasant bread, neither “ came flesh nor wine in my mouthtt. And it “ came to pass, at the end of the thirty days, on “ the tenth day of the month of the Gentiles, which “ is the twelfth month AdarII of the year Ruts, * Compare Gen. xliv. 30.
+ Inw, gloom. I Ps. xxxviii. 7 (6). § Is. liii. 3. || Is. liii. 3. | Is. i. 6. ** Is. liii. 4.
tř Dan. X. 3. 1 Esther iii. 7.
A.M. 5290.- ZEPHATH AND DAMASCUS.
(" he spake unto his lad Run Y7* ;') when about the middle of the night, a deep sleep fell upon met, and behold, the old man, whom “ I had seen before in a vision, came unto “me and said, “My son, I am come to make “ thee understand what will happen unto the na“ tions in the midst of whom thou art. Come with “me unto the ruins of Jerusalem, where thou wast “ at first.' And he took me, and led me unto a
place of two mountains, which are in the plea
sant land, between Mount Zion and Jerusalem, “and between Zephaths and Damascus; for I “ had already seen them in a vision long ago, and “ their likeness is upon my seal above the two “ lameds which are in my nameş and surname || ; “ for from the day I had seen them, I put them
* Rabbi Joseph quotes here 1 Sam. xx. 36, 7 inge? WN", but po is the only word which contains the number.
= 200 3 90
290 + 5000 = 5290 = A.D. 1529, See ante, p. 154, note.
+ Comp. Job iv. 13.
I nas specula, a rad. 773 " And Judah went with Simeon his brother, and they slew the Canaanites that inhabited Zephath, and utterly destroyed it. And the name of the city was called Hormah.” Jud. i. 17. $ Salomo.
|| Molcho, or as Jost writes: Malchu. VOL. II.
the top feet upon
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upon my seal for a sign. And the ririn one of * these two mountains, which is over anainst Ze
pirath and Damascus, is the smaller; and the left One, which is over against Mount Zion and Jerusa
lem, is the larger. And as we were there, he u made me to stand upon my
of - the rigut mountain, and said unto me.
1 pray thee, towards the left moudtaill, and tell me what thou seest. And I said, 4 - 1 set a nan clothed in white raiment, in whose
hauds are the balances, and above him, a man " who is greater than he, clothed in liden, whiter * aud costier than that which I saw first. And the
wu i wbuse hands were the balances was upon " the toput the mountain, and above him the second
111611, according as it bad been in the first vision; "saud out I woke with him, the mountains ap
pur sarind it upto the other, and the taller man ** war kelt banien the earth and the hearens abore
Villas, Aud as I was upon the smaller moun
tent, the lys vf the man who was upon the top ** 1f tist, left muutain lengthened, until my head
was bu bitkis. And the old man said werty 11H', *); thy mouth, and thou shalt por nuk uit bin, dank him what will be the Jeg;<li uf' the ration, wbepce I have taken
I siç e very bits),How can the servant " boste nytisk mitte thit, my lord, since I