HAFTARAH FOR PARSHAS EKEV

Ashkenaz & Sefarad & Teimani
(Yeshayah 49:14-51:3)

Yeshayah 49:14-51:3

מט:יד   וַתֹּאמֶר צִיּוֹן, עֲזָבַנִי יקוק; וַא-דני, שְׁכֵחָנִי.49:14 But Zion said: 'The LORD hath forsaken me, and the Lord hath forgotten me.'
טו   הֲתִשְׁכַּח אִשָּׁה עוּלָהּ, מֵרַחֵם בֶּן-בִּטְנָהּ; גַּם-אֵלֶּה תִשְׁכַּחְנָה, וְאָנֹכִי לֹא אֶשְׁכָּחֵךְ.15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, these may forget, yet will not I forget thee.
טז   הֵן עַל-כַּפַּיִם, חַקֹּתִיךְ; חוֹמֹתַיִךְ נֶגְדִּי, תָּמִיד.16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of My hands; thy walls are continually before Me.
יז   מִהֲרוּ, בָּנָיִךְ; מְהָרְסַיִךְ וּמַחֲרִיבַיִךְ, מִמֵּךְ יֵצֵאוּ.17 Thy children make haste; thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth from thee.
יח   שְׂאִי-סָבִיב עֵינַיִךְ וּרְאִי, כֻּלָּם נִקְבְּצוּ בָאוּ-לָךְ; חַי-אָנִי נְאֻם-יקוק, כִּי כֻלָּם כָּעֲדִי תִלְבָּשִׁי, וּתְקַשְּׁרִים, כַּכַּלָּה.18 Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the LORD, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all as with an ornament, and gird thyself with them, like a bride.
יט   כִּי חָרְבֹתַיִךְ וְשֹׁמְמֹתַיִךְ, וְאֶרֶץ הֲרִסֻתֵךְ:  כִּי עַתָּה תֵּצְרִי מִיּוֹשֵׁב, וְרָחֲקוּ מְבַלְּעָיִךְ.19 For thy waste and thy desolate places and thy land that hath been destroyed--surely now shalt thou be too strait for the inhabitants, and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away.
כ   עוֹד יֹאמְרוּ בְאָזְנַיִךְ, בְּנֵי שִׁכֻּלָיִךְ:  צַר-לִי הַמָּקוֹם, גְּשָׁה-לִּי וְאֵשֵׁבָה.20 The children of thy bereavement shall yet say in thine ears: 'The place is too strait for me; give place to me that I may dwell.'
כא   וְאָמַרְתְּ בִּלְבָבֵךְ, מִי יָלַד-לִי אֶת-אֵלֶּה, וַאֲנִי שְׁכוּלָה, וְגַלְמוּדָה; גֹּלָה וְסוּרָה, וְאֵלֶּה מִי גִדֵּל--הֵן אֲנִי נִשְׁאַרְתִּי לְבַדִּי, אֵלֶּה אֵיפֹה הֵם. 21 Then shalt thou say in thy heart: 'Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have been bereaved of my children, and am solitary, an exile, and wandering to and fro? And who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where were they?'
כב   כֹּה-אָמַר א-דני יקוק, הִנֵּה אֶשָּׂא אֶל-גּוֹיִם יָדִי, וְאֶל-עַמִּים, אָרִים נִסִּי; וְהֵבִיאוּ בָנַיִךְ בְּחֹצֶן, וּבְנֹתַיִךְ עַל-כָּתֵף תִּנָּשֶׂאנָה.22 Thus saith the Lord GOD: Behold, I will lift up My hand to the nations, and set up Mine ensign to the peoples, and they shall bring thy sons in their bosom, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.
כג   וְהָיוּ מְלָכִים אֹמְנַיִךְ, וְשָׂרוֹתֵיהֶם מֵינִיקֹתַיִךְ--אַפַּיִם אֶרֶץ יִשְׁתַּחֲווּ לָךְ, וַעֲפַר רַגְלַיִךְ יְלַחֵכוּ; וְיָדַעַתְּ כִּי-אֲנִי יקוק, אֲשֶׁר לֹא-יֵבֹשׁוּ קֹוָי. 23 And kings shall be thy foster-fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers; they shall bow down to thee with their face to the earth, and lick the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD, for they shall not be ashamed that wait for Me.
כד   הֲיֻקַּח מִגִּבּוֹר, מַלְקוֹחַ; וְאִם-שְׁבִי צַדִּיק, יִמָּלֵט. 24 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the captives of the victorious be delivered?
כה   כִּי-כֹה אָמַר יקוק, גַּם-שְׁבִי גִבּוֹר יֻקָּח, וּמַלְקוֹחַ עָרִיץ, יִמָּלֵט; וְאֶת-יְרִיבֵךְ אָנֹכִי אָרִיב, וְאֶת-בָּנַיִךְ אָנֹכִי אוֹשִׁיעַ.25 But thus saith the LORD: Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered; and I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.
כו   וְהַאֲכַלְתִּי אֶת-מוֹנַיִךְ אֶת-בְּשָׂרָם, וְכֶעָסִיס דָּמָם יִשְׁכָּרוּן; וְיָדְעוּ כָל-בָּשָׂר, כִּי אֲנִי יקוק מוֹשִׁיעֵךְ, וְגֹאֲלֵךְ, אֲבִיר יַעֲקֹב. 26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine; and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour, and thy Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
נ:א   כֹּה אָמַר יקוק, אֵי זֶה סֵפֶר כְּרִיתוּת אִמְּכֶם אֲשֶׁר שִׁלַּחְתִּיהָ, אוֹ מִי מִנּוֹשַׁי, אֲשֶׁר-מָכַרְתִּי אֶתְכֶם לוֹ; הֵן בַּעֲונֹתֵיכֶם נִמְכַּרְתֶּם, וּבְפִשְׁעֵיכֶם שֻׁלְּחָה אִמְּכֶם.50:1 Thus saith the LORD: Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement, wherewith I have put her away? Or which of My creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities were ye sold, and for your transgressions was your mother put away.
ב   מַדּוּעַ בָּאתִי וְאֵין אִישׁ, קָרָאתִי וְאֵין עוֹנֶה--הֲקָצוֹר קָצְרָה יָדִי מִפְּדוּת, וְאִם-אֵין-בִּי כֹחַ לְהַצִּיל; הֵן בְּגַעֲרָתִי אַחֲרִיב יָם, אָשִׂים נְהָרוֹת מִדְבָּר, תִּבְאַשׁ דְּגָתָם מֵאֵין מַיִם, וְתָמֹת בַּצָּמָא.2 Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is My hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver? Behold, at My rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness; their fish become foul, because there is no water, and die for thirst.
ג   אַלְבִּישׁ שָׁמַיִם, קַדְרוּת; וְשַׂק, אָשִׂים כְּסוּתָם. 3 I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.
ד   א-דני יקוק, נָתַן לִי לְשׁוֹן לִמּוּדִים, לָדַעַת לָעוּת אֶת-יָעֵף, דָּבָר; יָעִיר בַּבֹּקֶר בַּבֹּקֶר, יָעִיר לִי אֹזֶן, לִשְׁמֹעַ, כַּלִּמּוּדִים.4 The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of them that are taught, that I should know how to sustain with words him that is weary; He wakeneth morning by morning, He wakeneth mine ear to hear as they that are taught.
ה   א-דני יקוק פָּתַח-לִי אֹזֶן, וְאָנֹכִי לֹא מָרִיתִי:  אָחוֹר, לֹא נְסוּגֹתִי.5 The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away backward.
ו   גֵּוִי נָתַתִּי לְמַכִּים, וּלְחָיַי לְמֹרְטִים; פָּנַי לֹא הִסְתַּרְתִּי, מִכְּלִמּוֹת וָרֹק.6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair; I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
ז   וַא-דני יקוק יַעֲזָר-לִי, עַל-כֵּן לֹא נִכְלָמְתִּי; עַל-כֵּן שַׂמְתִּי פָנַי, כַּחַלָּמִישׁ, וָאֵדַע, כִּי-לֹא אֵבוֹשׁ.7 For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore have I not been confounded; therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
ח   קָרוֹב, מַצְדִּיקִי--מִי-יָרִיב אִתִּי, נַעַמְדָה יָּחַד; מִי-בַעַל מִשְׁפָּטִי, יִגַּשׁ אֵלָי.8 He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand up together; who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.
ט   הֵן א-דני יקוק יַעֲזָר-לִי, מִי-הוּא יַרְשִׁיעֵנִי; הֵן כֻּלָּם כַּבֶּגֶד יִבְלוּ, עָשׁ יֹאכְלֵם. 9 Behold, the Lord GOD will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? Behold, they all shall wax old as a garment, the moth shall eat them up.
י   מִי בָכֶם יְרֵא יקוק, שֹׁמֵעַ בְּקוֹל עַבְדּוֹ--אֲשֶׁר הָלַךְ חֲשֵׁכִים, וְאֵין נֹגַהּ לוֹ, יִבְטַח בְּשֵׁם יקוק, וְיִשָּׁעֵן בֵּא-לקיו10 Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of His servant? though he walketh in darkness, and hath no light, let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God.
יא   הֵן כֻּלְּכֶם קֹדְחֵי אֵשׁ, מְאַזְּרֵי זִיקוֹת; לְכוּ בְּאוּר אֶשְׁכֶם, וּבְזִיקוֹת בִּעַרְתֶּם--מִיָּדִי הָיְתָה-זֹּאת לָכֶם, לְמַעֲצֵבָה תִּשְׁכָּבוּן. 11 Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that gird yourselves with firebrands, begone in the flame of your fire, and among the brands that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of My hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.
נא:א   שִׁמְעוּ אֵלַי רֹדְפֵי צֶדֶק, מְבַקְשֵׁי יקוק; הַבִּיטוּ אֶל-צוּר חֻצַּבְתֶּם, וְאֶל-מַקֶּבֶת בּוֹר נֻקַּרְתֶּם.51:1 Hearken to Me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD; look unto the rock whence ye were hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye were digged.
ב   הַבִּיטוּ אֶל-אַבְרָהָם אֲבִיכֶם, וְאֶל-שָׂרָה תְּחוֹלֶלְכֶם:  כִּי-אֶחָד קְרָאתִיו, וַאֲבָרְכֵהוּ וְאַרְבֵּהוּ.2 Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bore you; for when he was but one I called him, and I blessed him, and made him many.
ג   כִּי-נִחַם יקוק צִיּוֹן, נִחַם כָּל-חָרְבֹתֶיהָ, וַיָּשֶׂם מִדְבָּרָהּ כְּעֵדֶן, וְעַרְבָתָהּ כְּגַן-יקוק; שָׂשׂוֹן וְשִׂמְחָה יִמָּצֵא בָהּ, תּוֹדָה וְקוֹל זִמְרָה. 3 For the LORD hath comforted Zion; He hath comforted all her waste places, and hath made her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
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