YOḆELIM 23 (Jubilee 23)

1 And he placed two fingers of Ya’aqoḇ on his eyes, and he baraḵ the Elohim of mighty ones, and he covered his face and stretched out his feet and slept the everlasting sleep, and was gathered to his fathers.

2 And through all this Ya’aqoḇ was lying in his bosom, and did not know that Aḇraham, his father’s father, was dead.

3 And Ya’aqoḇ awoke from his sleep, and see, Aḇraham was cold as ice, and he said, “Father, father!”; but there was none that spoke, and he knew that he was dead.

4 And he arose from his bosom and ran and told Riḇqah, his mother; and Riḇqah went to Yitsḥaq in the night and told him; and they went together, and Ya’aqoḇ with them, and a lamp was in his hand, and when they had gone in they found Aḇraham lying dead.

5 And Yitsḥaq fell on the face of his father, and wept and kissed him.

6 And the voices were heard in the house of Aḇraham, and Yishma’ĕl his son arose, and went to Aḇraham his father, and wept over Aḇraham his father, he and all the house of Aḇraham, and they wept with a great weeping.

7 And his sons Yitsḥaq and Yishma’ĕl buried him in the cave of Maḵpĕlah, near Sarah his wife, and they wept for him forty days, all the men of his house, and Yitsḥaq and Yishma’ĕl, and all their sons, and all the sons of Qeturah in their places, and the days of weeping for Aḇraham were ended.

8 And he lived three Yoḇelim and four weeks of years – one hundred and seventy-five years – and completed the days of his life, being old and full of days.

9 For the days of the forefathers, of their life, were nineteen Yoḇelim; but after the Flood they began to grow less than nineteen Yoḇelim, and to decrease in Yoḇelim, and to grow old quickly, and to be full of their days by reason of much tribulation and the wickedness of their ways, with the exception of Aḇraham.

10 For Aḇraham was perfect in all his deeds with 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, and well-pleasing in righteousness all the days of his life; and see, he did not complete four Yoḇelim in his life, when he had grown old by reason of the wickedness and was full of his days.

11 And all the generations which shall arise from this time until the Day of the great judgment shall grow old quickly, before they complete two Yoḇelim, and their knowledge shall forsake them by reason of their old age.

12 And in those days, if a man lives a Yoḇĕl and a half of years, they shall say regarding him, “He has lived long.” But the greater part of his days are pain and sorrow and tribulation, and there is no peace.

13 “For calamity follows on calamity, and wound on wound, and tribulation on tribulation, and evil words on evil words, and sickness on sickness, and all evil judgments such as these, one with another, sickness and overthrow, and snow and frost and ice, and fever, and chills, and languishing, and scarcity of food, and death, and sword, and captivity, and all kinds of calamities and pains.”

14 And all these shall come on an evil generation, which transgresses on the earth: their works are uncleanness and whoring, and pollution and abominations.

15 Then they shall say, “The days of the forefathers were many: to a thousand years, and were good; but see, the days of our life, if a man has lived many, are seventy years, and, if he is strong, eighty years, and those evil and there is no peace in the days of this evil generation.”

16 And in that generation the sons shall convict their fathers and their elders of sin and unrighteousness, and of the words of their mouth and the great wickednesses which they do, and concerning their forsaking the Covenant which 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 made between them and Him, that they should observe and do all His Commands and His Laws and all His Torot, without departing either to the right hand or to the left.

17 For all have done evil, and every mouth speaks wickedness and all their works are an uncleanness and an abomination, and all their ways are pollution, uncleanness and destruction.

18 See the earth shall be destroyed on account of all their works, and there shall be no seed of the vine, and no oil; for their works are altogether unbelieving, and they shall all perish together, beasts and cattle and birds, and all the fish of the sea, on account of the children of men.

19 And they shall strive, one with another, the young with the old, and the old with the young, the poor with the rich, and the lowly with the great, and the needy with the prince, on account of the Torah and the Covenant; for they have forgotten Command, and Covenant, and Festivals, and New Moons, and Shabbathoth, and Yoḇelim, and all Right-Rulings.

20 And they shall stand with swords, and battle to turn them back to the Way; but they shall not return until much blood has been shed on the earth, one by another.

21 And those who have escaped shall not turn from their wickedness to the Way of righteousness, but they shall all exalt themselves to deceit and wealth, that they may each take all that is his neighbour’s, and they shall name the great Name, but not in truth and not in righteousness, and they shall defile the Most Qodesh Place with their uncleanness and the corruption of their pollution.

22 And a great punishment shall come upon the deeds of this generation from 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, and He shall give them over to the sword and to judgment and to captivity, and to be plundered and devoured.

23 And He shall wake against them – the sinners of the gentiles, who have neither kindness nor compassion, and who shall respect the face of none, neither old nor young, nor anyone, for they are more wicked and mighty to do evil than all the children of men. And they shall use violence against Yisra’ĕl and transgression against Ya’aqoḇ, and much blood shall be shed upon the earth, and there shall be none to gather and none to bury.

24 In those days they shall cry aloud, and call and pray that they may be saved from the hand of the sinners, the gentiles; but none shall be saved.

25 And the heads of the children shall be white with grey hair, and a child of three weeks shall appear old like a man of one hundred years, and their stature shall be destroyed by tribulation and oppression.

26 And in those days the children shall begin to study the Laws, and to seek the Commands, and to return to the Way of Righteousness.

27 And the days shall begin to grow many and increase among those children of men, till their days draw near to one thousand years, and to a greater number of years than was their number of the days.

28 And there shall be no old man nor one who is not satisfied with his days, for all shall be children and youths.

29 And all their days they shall complete and live in peace and in joy and there shall be no adversary nor any evil destroyer; for all their days shall be days of beraḵah and healing.

30 And at that time 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 shall heal His servants, and they shall rise up and see great peace, and drive out their adversaries. And the righteous shall see and be thankful, and rejoice with joy forever and ever, and shall see all their judgments and all their curses on their enemies.

31 And their bones shall rest in the earth, and their spirits shall have much joy, and they shall know that it is 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 who executes right-ruling, and shows kindness to hundreds and thousands and to all that love Him.

32 And you, Mosheh, shall write down these words; for so they are written, and recorded on the tablets of the shamayim for a witness for the generations forever.