Philip Birnbaum - Sample Verses

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Deuteronomy 34 (Torah & Haftarot)

26 There is none like God, O Jeshurun. He rides the heavens to your help, in his majesty through the skies.
27-29 The eternal God is your home, you are under the protection of his eternal arms. He drove the enemy out of your way and said: Vanquish!
Israel dwells in safety, the fountain of Jacob is undisturbed, in a land of grain of wine, where the heavens drip with dew.
How fortunate you are, O Israel! There is none like you, a people saved by the Lord, who is your helping shield and your victorious sword. Your enemies fawn upon you, as you stride upon their hights.

Isaiah 44 (Haftarah on Vayikra)

1-5 Now hear, Jacob my servant, whom I have chosen. Thus says the Lord who made you, who fashioned you from birth and is helping you: Fear not, O Jacob my servant, Jeshurun whom I have chosen. I will pour water on the thirsty land, and steams on the dry ground; I will our out my spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your children. They shall thrive like well–watered grass, like willows by streams of running water. This one shall say ´I am the Lord´s,´that one shall call himself by the name of Jacob, and another shall write on his hand, The Lord´s,´ and shall add the name Israel to his own.
6 Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: I am the first and the last; besides me there is no god.

Koheleth III (Five Megilloth)

What does the worker gain by what he exerts himself? I have considered the sore task which God assigned to men to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time; he has also set the world in their hearth[¹], without man‘s discovering what it is that God has done from beginning to end. I do know that there is nothing better for me than to enjoy themselves as long as they are alive. When a man can eat and drink and find satisfaction in all his efforts, it is a gift from God. I know that whatever God does endures forever; to it nothing can be added, and from it nothing can be taken away. That which was, has ever been since; and that which is to be, has already been. God is ever seeking out what has been driven away.

[¹] a misprint for ´heart‘ (? [sb])

Psalm One Hundred Forty–six (New Treasury of Judaism)

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing to my God as long as I exist.
Put no trust in princes, in mortal man who can give no help. When his breath goes, he returns to the dust, and on that very day his designs perish.
Happy is he who has the God of Jacob as his help, whose hope rests upon the Lord his God, Maker of heaven and earth and sea and all that is therein. The Lord sets the captives free.
The Lord opens the eyes of the blind, raises those who are bowed down, and loves the righteous. The Lord protects the strangers, and upholds the fatherless and the widow; but the way of the wicked he thwarts.
The Lord shall reign forever; your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the Lord!


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