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30 August 2003 Parashot Index 2 Elul 5763

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Parashah Shof'tim
D’varim 16:18-21:9

This week's commentary by Rabbi Jack (Yaacov) Farber (Messianic)
This week's commentary by Rabbi Pinchas Winston (Rabbinical)

This Week's Portions

D’varim (Deuteronomy)

Yesha‘yahu (Isaiah)

B'rit Hadashah
Mattityahu (Matthew) 5:38-42; 18:15-20;
Acts 3:13-26; 7:35-53; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13;
1 Timothy 5:15-22; Messianic Jews (Hebrews) 10:28-31

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Weekly Reading Schedule
Review and meditate on
last week's Parashah

Rishon [1st]: 16:18-17:13
Sheni [2nd]: 17:14-20

Shlishi [3rd]: 18:1-5
R'vi'i [4th]:

Chamishi [5th]: 18:14-19:13
Shishi [6th]: 19:14-20:9

Shvi'i [7th]: 20:10-21:6
Maftir [Concluding]: 21:7-9

Haftarah: Yesha`yahu 51:12-53:12
B'rit Hadasha: Mattityahu (Matthew) 5:38-42; 18:15-20;
Acts 3:13-26; 7:35-53; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13;
1 Timothy 5:15-22; Messianic Jews (Hebrews) 10:28-31


The Blessing of the Torah
Aliya: (the one who “goes up” to read)  
Bar-khu et Adonai ham-vor-ack.
(Praise ADONAI Who is worthy to be praised.)
Ba-rookh Adonai ham-vor-ack ley-oh-lam vah-ed.
(Praise ADONAI Who is worthy to be praised for all eternity.)
Ba-rookh Adonai ham-vor-ack ley-oh-lam vah-ed.
(Praise ADONAI Who is worthy to be praised for all eternity.)
Ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai, Eh-lo-hay-noo
meh-lekh hah oh-lahm,
ah-sher ba-char ba-noo me-kol ha-ah­meem,
v’na-tahn lah-noo et torah-toe,
ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai, no-tane hah-torah.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who has chosen us from all peoples
and given us His Torah.
Blessed are You, O Lord, Giver of the Torah.

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D’varim (Deuteronomy) 16:18-21:9

Rishon [1st]: 16:18Shofetim and officers shall you make you in all your gates, which the LORD your God gives you, according to your tribes; and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. 16:19You shall not wrest justice: you shall not respect persons; neither shall you take a bribe; for a bribe does blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous. 16:20That which is altogether just shall you follow, that you may live, and inherit the land which the LORD your God gives you.

16:21You shall not plant you an Asherah of any kind of tree beside the altar of the LORD your God, which you shall make you. 16:22Neither shall you set yourself up a pillar; which the LORD your God hates.


17:1You shall not sacrifice to the LORD your God an ox, or a sheep, in which is a blemish, or anything evil; for that is an abomination to the LORD your God. 17:2If there be found in the midst of you, within any of your gates which the LORD your God gives you, man or woman, who does that which is evil in the sight of the LORD your God, in transgressing his covenant, 17:3and has gone and served other gods, and worshiped them, or the sun, or the moon, or any of the host of the sky, which I have not commanded; 17:4and it be told you, and you have heard of it, then shall you inquire diligently; and, behold, if it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is done in Yisra'el, 17:5then shall you bring forth that man or that woman, who has done this evil thing, to your gates, even the man or the woman; and you shall stone them to death with stones. 17:6At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he who is to die be put to death; at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death. 17:7The hand of the witnesses shall be first on him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people. So you shall put away the evil from the midst of you.

17:8If there arise a matter too hard for you in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, being matters of controversy within your gates; then shall you arise, and go up to the place which the LORD your God shall choose; 17:9and you shall come to the kohanim the Levites, and to the judge who shall be in those days: and you shall inquire; and they shall show you the sentence of judgment. 17:10You shall do according to the tenor of the sentence which they shall show you from that place which the LORD shall choose; and you shall observe to do according to all that they shall teach you: 17:11according to the tenor of the law which they shall teach you, and according to the judgment which they shall tell you, you shall do; you shall not turn aside from the sentence which they shall show you, to the right hand, nor to the left. 17:12The man who does presumptuously, in not listening to the kohen who stands to minister there before the LORD your God, or to the judge, even that man shall die: and you shall put away the evil from Yisra'el. 17:13All the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously.

Sheni [2nd]: 17:14When you are come to the land which the LORD your God gives you, and shall possess it, and shall dwell therein, and shall say, I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are round about me; 17:15you shall surely set him king over you, whom the LORD your God shall choose: one from among your brothers shall you set king over you; you may not put a foreigner over you, who is not your brother. 17:16Only he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he may multiply horses; because the LORD has said to you, You shall henceforth return no more that way. 17:17Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart not turn away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.

17:18It shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book, out of that which is before the kohanim the Levites: 17:19and it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life; that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them; 17:20that his heart not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he not turn aside from the mitzvah, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children, in the midst of Yisra'el.


Shlishi [3rd]: 18:1The kohanim the Levites, even all the tribe of Levi, shall have no portion nor inheritance with Yisra'el: they shall eat the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and his inheritance. 18:2They shall have no inheritance among their brothers: the LORD is their inheritance, as he has spoken to them.

18:3This shall be the kohanim's due from the people, from those who offer a sacrifice, whether it be ox or sheep, that they shall give to the kohen the shoulder, and the two cheeks, and the maw. 18:4The first fruits of your grain, of your new wine, and of your oil, and the first of the fleece of your sheep, shall you give him. 18:5For the LORD your God has chosen him out of all your tribes, to stand to minister in the name of the LORD, him and his sons for ever.

R'vi'i [4th]: 18:6If a Levite comes from any of your gates out of all Yisra'el, where he lives as a foreigner, and comes with all the desire of his soul to the place which the LORD shall choose; 18:7then he shall minister in the name of the LORD his God, as all his brothers the Levites do, who stand there before the LORD. 18:8They shall have like portions to eat, besides that which comes of the sale of his patrimony.

18:9When you are come into the land which the LORD your God gives you, you shall not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 18:10There shall not be found with you anyone who makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices sorcery, or an enchanter, or a sorcerer, 18:11or a charmer, or a consulter with a familiar spirit, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 18:12For whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD your God does drive them out from before you. 18:13You shall be perfect with the LORD your God.

Chamishi [5th]: 18:14For these nations, that you shall dispossess, listen to those who practice sorcery, and to diviners; but as for you, the LORD your God has not allowed you so to do.

18:15The LORD your God will raise up to you a prophet from the midst of you, of your brothers, like me; to him you shall listen; 18:16according to all that you desired of the LORD your God in Chorev in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I not die. 18:17The LORD said to me, They have well said that which they have spoken. 18:18I will raise them up a prophet from among their brothers, like you; and I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I shall command him. 18:19It shall happen, that whoever will not listen to my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.

18:20But the prophet, who shall speak a word presumptuously in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who shall speak in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die. 18:21If you say in your heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken? 18:22when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing doesn't follow, nor happen, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken: the prophet has spoken it presumptuously, you shall not be afraid of him.


19:1When the LORD your God shall cut off the nations, whose land the LORD your God gives you, and you succeed them, and dwell in their cities, and in their houses; 19:2you shall set apart three cities for you in the midst of your land, which the LORD your God gives you to possess it. 19:3You shall prepare you the way, and divide the borders of your land, which the LORD your God causes you to inherit, into three parts, that every manslayer may flee there. 19:4This is the case of the manslayer, that shall flee there and live: whoever kills his neighbor unawares, and didn't hate him in time past; 19:5as when a man goes into the forest with his neighbor to hew wood, and his hand fetches a stroke with the axe to cut down the tree, and the head slips from the handle, and lights on his neighbor, so that he dies; he shall flee to one of these cities and live: 19:6lest the avenger of blood pursue the manslayer, while his heart is hot, and overtake him, because the way is long, and strike him mortally; whereas he was not worthy of death, inasmuch as he didn't hate him in time past. 19:7Therefore I command you, saying, You shall set apart three cities for you.

19:8If the LORD your God enlarge your border, as he has sworn to your fathers, and give you all the land which he promised to give to your fathers; 19:9if you shall keep all this mitzvah to do it, which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to walk ever in his ways; then shall you add three cities more for you, besides these three: 19:10that innocent blood not be shed in the midst of your land, which the LORD your God gives you for an inheritance, and so blood be on you.

19:11But if any man hate his neighbor, and lie in wait for him, and rise up against him, and strike him mortally so that he dies, and he flee into one of these cities; 19:12then the elders of his city shall send and bring him there, and deliver him into the hand of the avenger of blood, that he may die. 19:13Your eye shall not pity him, but you shall put away the innocent blood from Yisra'el, that it may go well with you.

Shishi [6th]: 19:14You shall not remove your neighbor's landmark, which they of old time have set, in your inheritance which you shall inherit, in the land that the LORD your God gives you to possess it.

19:15One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sins: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall a matter be established.

19:16If an unrighteous witness rise up against any man to testify against him of wrong-doing, 19:17then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before the LORD, before the kohanim and the judges who shall be in those days; 19:18and the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness is a false witness, and has testified falsely against his brother; 19:19then shall you do to him, as he had thought to do to his brother: so shall you put away the evil from the midst of you. 19:20Those who remain shall hear, and fear, and shall henceforth commit no more any such evil in the midst of you. 19:21Your eyes shall not pity; life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.


20:1When you go forth to battle against your enemies, and see horses, and chariots, and a people more than you, you shall not be afraid of them; for the LORD your God is with you, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. 20:2It shall be, when you draw near to the battle, that the kohen shall approach and speak to the people, 20:3and shall tell them, Hear, Yisra'el, you draw near this day to battle against your enemies: don't let your heart faint; don't be afraid, nor tremble, neither be scared of them; 20:4for the LORD your God is he who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.

20:5The officers shall speak to the people, saying, What man is there who has built a new house, and has not dedicated it? let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man dedicate it.

20:6What man is there who has planted a vineyard, and has not used the fruit of it? let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man use the fruit of it.

20:7What man is there who has pledged to be married a wife, and has not taken her? let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man take her.

20:8The officers shall speak further to the people, and they shall say, What man is there who is fearful and faint-hearted? let him go and return to his house, lest his brother's heart melt as his heart. 20:9It shall be, when the officers have made an end of speaking to the people, that they shall appoint captains of hosts at the head of the people.

Shvi'i [7th]: 20:10When you draw near to a city to fight against it, then proclaim shalom to it. 20:11It shall be, if it make you answer of shalom, and open to you, then it shall be, that all the people who are found therein shall become tributary to you, and shall serve you. 20:12If it will make no shalom with you, but will make war against you, then you shall besiege it: 20:13and when the LORD your God delivers it into your hand, you shall strike every male of it with the edge of the sword: 20:14but the women, and the little ones, and the cattle, and all that is in the city, even all the spoil of it, shall you take for a prey to yourself; and you shall eat the spoil of your enemies, which the LORD your God has given you. 20:15Thus shall you do to all the cities which are very far off from you, which are not of the cities of these nations.

20:16But of the cities of these peoples, that the LORD your God gives you for an inheritance, you shall save alive nothing that breathes; 20:17but you shall utterly destroy them: the Chittite, and the Amori, the Kana`ani, and the Perizzi, the Chivvi, and the Yevusi; as the LORD your God has commanded you; 20:18that they not teach you to do after all their abominations, which they have done to their gods; so would you sin against the LORD your God.

20:19When you shall besiege a city a long time, in making war against it to take it, you shall not destroy the trees of it by wielding an axe against them; for you may eat of them, and you shall not cut them down; for is the tree of the field man, that it should be besieged of you? 20:20Only the trees of which you know that they are not trees for food, you shall destroy and cut them down; and you shall build bulwarks against the city that makes war with you, until it fall.


21:1If one be found slain in the land which the LORD your God gives you to possess it, lying in the field, and it isn't known who has struck him; 21:2then your elders and your judges shall come forth, and they shall measure to the cities which are round about him who is slain: 21:3and it shall be, that the city which is nearest to the slain man, even the elders of that city shall take a heifer of the herd, which hasn't been worked with, and which has not drawn in the yoke; 21:4and the elders of that city shall bring down the heifer to a valley with running water, which is neither plowed nor sown, and shall break the heifer's neck there in the valley. 21:5The kohanim the sons of Levi shall come near; for them the LORD your God has chosen to minister to him, and to bless in the name of the LORD; and according to their word shall every controversy and every stroke be. 21:6All the elders of that city, who are nearest to the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley;

Maftir [Concluding]: 21:7and they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it. 21:8Forgive, the LORD, your people Yisra'el, whom you have redeemed, and don't allow innocent blood to remain in the midst of your people Yisra'el. The blood shall be forgiven them. 21:9So shall you put away the innocent blood from the midst of you, when you shall do that which is right in the eyes of the LORD. 

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The Blessing of the Haftarah

Ba-rookh, ah-tah Adonai, eh-lo-hay-noo,
meh-lekh hah-oh­lahm,
ah-sher ba-khar been-vee-eem toe-veem,
v’rah-tzah b’deev­ray-hem,
ha-neh-eh-ma-reem, beh-eh-meht.

Ba-rookh ah-tah, Adonai,
ha-bo-char ba-to-rah,
oo-v’Mo-sheh ahv-doe, oo-v'yees­ra-ale ah-mo,
oo-veen-vee-aye hah-eh-met, vah-tzeh-dek.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who selected good prophets,
and was pleased with their words
which were spoken truthfully.

Blessed are You, O Lord,
Who chooses the Torah,
Your servant Moses, Your people Israel,
and prophets of truth and righteousness.

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Yesha'yahu (Isaiah) 51:12-53:12

51:12I, even I, am he who comforts you:
who are you, that you are afraid of man who shall die,
and of the son of man who shall be made as grass;
51:13and have forgotten the LORD your Maker,
who stretched forth the heavens,
and laid the foundations of the earth;
and fear continually all the day
because of the fury of the oppressor,
when he makes ready to destroy?
and where is the fury of the oppressor?

51:14The captive exile shall speedily be freed;
and he shall not die and go down into the pit,
neither shall his bread fail.

51:15For I am the LORD your God,
who stirs up the sea,
so that the waves of it roar:
the LORD of Hosts is his name.

51:16I have put my words in your mouth,
and have covered you in the shadow of my hand,
that I may plant the heavens,
and lay the foundations of the earth,
and tell Tziyon, You are my people.

51:17Awake, awake, stand up, Yerushalayim,
that have drunk at the hand of the LORD the cup of his wrath;
you have drunken the bowl of the cup of staggering, and drained it.

51:18There is none to guide her among all the sons
whom she has brought forth;
neither is there any who takes her by the hand
among all the sons who she has brought up.

51:19These two things have happened to you.
Who will bemoan you?
Desolation and destruction,
and the famine and the sword;
how shall I comfort you?

51:20Your sons have fainted,
they lie at the head of all the streets,
as an antelope in a net;
they are full of the wrath of the LORD,
the rebuke of your God.

51:21Therefore hear now this,
you afflicted, and drunken, but now with wine:
51:22Thus says your Lord God,
and your God who pleads the cause of his people,
Behold, I have taken out of your hand the cup of staggering,
even the bowl of the cup of my wrath;
you shall no more drink it again:
51:23and I will put it into the hand of those who afflict you,
who have said to your soul, Bow down, that we may go over;
and you have laid your back as the ground,
and as the street, to those who go over.

52:1Awake, awake, put on your strength, Tziyon;
put on your beautiful garments, Yerushalayim, the holy city:
for henceforth there shall no more come into you
the uncircumcised and the unclean.

52:2Shake yourself from the dust;
arise, sit on your throne, Yerushalayim:
loose yourself from the bonds of your neck,
captive daughter of Tziyon.

52:3For thus says the LORD,
You were sold for nothing;
and you shall be redeemed without money.

52:4For thus says the Lord God,
My people went down at the first into Egypt to sojourn there:
and the Ashshur has oppressed them without cause.

52:5Now therefore, what do I here, says the LORD,
seeing that my people is taken away for nothing?
those who rule over them do howl, says the LORD,
and my name continually all the day is blasphemed.

52:6Therefore my people shall know my name:
therefore they shall know in that day that
I am he who does speak; behold, it is I.

52:7How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him
who brings good news, who publishes shalom,
who brings good news of good, who publishes salvation,
who says to Tziyon, Your God reigns!

52:8The voice of your watchmen!
they lift up the voice,
together do they sing;
for they shall see eye to eye,
when the LORD returns to Tziyon.

52:9Break forth into joy, sing together,
you waste places of Yerushalayim;
for the LORD has comforted his people,
he has redeemed Yerushalayim.

52:10The LORD has made bare his holy arm
in the eyes of all the nations;
and all the ends of the earth have seen the yeshu`ah of our God.

52:11Depart you, depart you, go you out from there,
touch no unclean thing;
go you out of the midst of her;
cleanse yourselves, you who bear the vessels of the LORD.

52:12For you shall not go out in haste,
neither shall you go by flight:
for the LORD will go before you;
and the God of Yisra'el will be your rearward.

52:13Behold, my servant shall deal wisely,
he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high.

52:14Like as many were astonished at you
(his visage was so marred more than any man,
and his form more than the sons of men),
52:15so shall he sprinkle many nations;
kings shall shut their mouths at him:
for that which had not been told them shall they see;
and that which they had not heard shall they understand.

53:1Who has believed our message?
and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

53:2For he grew up before him as a tender plant,
and as a root out of a dry ground:
he has no form nor comeliness;
and when we see him,
there is no beauty that we should desire him.

53:3He was despised, and rejected by men;
a man of suffering, and acquainted with disease:
and as one from whom men hide their face he was despised;
and we didn't respect him.

53:4Surely he has borne our sickness,
and carried our suffering;
yet we considered him plagued,
struck by God, and afflicted.

53:5But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought our shalom was on him;
and by his wounds we are healed.

53:6All we like sheep have gone astray;
everyone has turned to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

53:7He was oppressed,
yet when he was afflicted he didn't open his mouth;
as a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and as a sheep that before its shearers is mute,
so he didn't open his mouth.

53:8By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
and as for his generation,
who among them considered that he was cut off
out of the land of the living for the disobedience of my people
to whom the stroke was due?

53:9They made his grave with the wicked,
and with a rich man in his death;
although he had done no violence,
neither was any deceit in his mouth.

53:10Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him;
he has put him to grief:
when you shall make his soul an offering for sin,
he shall see his seed,
he shall prolong his days,
and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

53:11He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied:
by the knowledge of himself shall my righteous servant justify many;
and he shall bear their iniquities.

53:12Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
because he poured out his soul to death,
and was numbered with the transgressors:
yet he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.

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B'rit Hadashah

The Blessing of the Ketuvei HaShalichim

Bah-rookh ah-tah Adonai, Eh-lo-hay-noo
meh-lekh hah-oh­lahm,
ah-shehr nah-tahn la-noo mah-she-ahch Yeshua,
v’ha-deeb­rote shell Ha-breet Ha-kha-da-shah,
ba-rookh ah-ta Adonai,
no­tain Hah-breet Hah-kha-da-shah.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who has given us Messiah Yeshua
and the commandments of the New Covenant.
Blessed are You, O Lord,
Giver of the New Covenant.


Mattityahu (Matthew) 5:38-42; 18:15-20

5:38"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.' 5:39But I tell you, don't resist him who is evil; but whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also. 5:40If anyone sues you to take away your coat, let him have your cloak also. 5:41Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. 5:42Give to him who asks you, and don't turn away him who desires to borrow from you.

18:15"If your brother sins against you, go, show him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained back your brother. 18:16But if he doesn't listen, take one or two more with you, that at the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 18:17If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the assembly. If he refuses to hear the assembly also, let him be to you as a Goy or a tax collector. 18:18Most assuredly I tell you, whatever things you will bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever things you will release on earth will be released in heaven. 18:19Again, assuredly I tell you, that if two of you will agree on earth concerning anything that they will ask, it will be done for them by my Father who is in heaven. 18:20For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them."

Acts 3:13-26; 7:35-53

3:13The God of Avraham, Yitzchak, and Ya`akov, the God of our fathers, has glorified his Servant Yeshua, whom you delivered up, and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had determined to release him. 3:14But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 3:15and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, to which we are witnesses. 3:16By faith in his name has his name made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which is through him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

3:17"Now, brothers, I know that you did this in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 3:18But the things which God announced by the mouth of all his prophets, that Messiah should suffer, he thus fulfilled.

3:19"Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, so that there may come times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord, 3:20and that he may send Messiah Yeshua, who was ordained for you before, 3:21whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God spoke long ago by the mouth of his holy prophets. 3:22For Moshe indeed said to the fathers, 'The Lord God will raise up a prophet for you from among your brothers, like me. You shall listen to him in all things whatever he says to you. 3:23It will be, that every soul that will not listen to that prophet will be utterly destroyed from among the people.' 3:24Yes, and all the prophets from Shemu'el and those who followed after, as many as have spoken, they also told of these days. 3:25You are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Avraham, 'In your seed will all the families of the earth be blessed.' 3:26God, having raised up his servant, Yeshua, sent him to you first, to bless you, in turning away everyone of you from your wickedness."

7:35"This Moshe, whom they refused, saying, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge?'--God has sent him as both a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush. 7:36This man led them out, having worked wonders and signs in Egypt, in the Sea of Suf, and in the wilderness for forty years. 7:37This is that Moshe, who said to the children of Yisra'el, 'The Lord our God will raise up a prophet for you from among your brothers, like me.' 7:38This is he who was in the assembly in the wilderness with the angel that spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers, who received living oracles to give to us, 7:39to whom our fathers wouldn't be obedient, but rejected him, and turned back in their hearts to Egypt, 7:40saying to Aharon, 'Make us gods that will go before us, for as for this Moshe, who led us out of the land of Egypt, we don't know what has become of him.' 7:41They made a calf in those days, and brought a sacrifice to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their hands. 7:42But God turned, and gave them up to serve the host of the sky, as it is written in the book of the prophets,

 'Did you offer to me slain animals and sacrifices
      Forty years in the wilderness, O house of Yisra'el?

 7:43You took up the tent of Molekh,
      The star of your God Reifan,

 The figures which you made to worship.
      I will carry you away beyond Bavel.'

7:44"Our fathers had the tent of the testimony in the wilderness, even as he who spoke to Moshe commanded him to make it according to the pattern that he had seen; 7:45which also our fathers, in their turn, brought in with Yehoshua when they entered into the possession of the nations, whom God drove out before the face of our fathers, to the days of David, 7:46who found favor in the sight of God, and asked to find a habitation for the God of Ya`akov. 7:47But Shlomo built him a house. 7:48However, Ha`Elyon doesn't dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says,

 7:49'heaven is my throne,
      And the earth a footstool for my feet.

 What kind of house will you build me?' says the Lord;
      'Or what is the place of my rest?

 7:50Didn't my hand make all these things?'

7:51"You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit! As your fathers did, so you do. 7:52Which of the prophets didn't your fathers persecute? They killed those who foretold the coming of the Righteous One, of whom you have now become betrayers and murderers. 7:53You received the law as it was ordained by angels, and didn't keep it!"

1 Corinthians 5:9-13

5:9I wrote to you in my letter to have no company with sexual sinners; 5:10yet not at all meaning with the sexual sinners of this world, or with the covetous and extortioners, or with idolaters; for then you would have to leave the world. 5:11But as it is, I wrote to you not to associate with anyone who is called a brother who is a sexual sinner, or covetous, or an idolater, or a slanderer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner. Don't even eat with such a person. 5:12For what have I to do with also judging those who are outside? Don't you judge those who are within? 5:13But those who are outside, God judges. "Put away the wicked man from among yourselves."

1 Timothy 5:15-22

5:15For already some have turned aside after Hasatan. 5:16If any man or woman who believes has widows, let them relieve them, and don't let the assembly be burdened; that it might relieve those who are widows indeed.

5:17Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and in teaching. 5:18For the Scripture says, "You shall not muzzle the ox when it treads out the grain." And, "The laborer is worthy of his wages."

5:19Don't receive an accusation against an elder, except at the word of two or three witnesses. 5:20Those who sin, reprove in the sight of all, that the rest also may be in fear. 5:21I charge you in the sight of God, and Messiah Yeshua, and the chosen angels, that you observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing by partiality. 5:22Lay hands hastily on no one, neither be a participant in other men's sins. Keep yourself pure.

Messianic Jews (Hebrews) 10:28-31

10:28A man who disregards Moshe's law dies without compassion on the word of two or three witnesses. 10:29How much worse punishment, do you think, will he be judged worthy of, who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the covenant with which he was sanctified an unholy thing, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? 10:30For we know him who said, "Vengeance belongs to me," says the Lord, "I will repay." Again, "The Lord will judge his people." 10:31It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

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The Blessing After Torah

Ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai, eh-lo-hay-noo
meh-lech hah-oh­lahm,
ah-sher nah-tahn la-noo toe-raht eh-met,
v’cha-yaye oh-lahm nah-tah b’toe-chay-noo.
Ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai,  no-tain ha-to-rah.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who has given us a Torah of truth,
and has planted eternal life in our midst.
Blessed are You, O Lord, Giver of the Torah.

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