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the root and offspring of David, the bright …

Posted by Pelgrim on 30th November 2007

Rev 22, 16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, [and] the bright and morning star.

17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

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The spirit of the saints

Posted by Pelgrim on 30th November 2007

There is a Water that flows down from Heaven
To cleanse the world of sin by grace Divine.
At last, its whole stock spent, its virtue gone.
Dark with pollution not its own, it speeds
Back to the Fountain of all purities;
Whence, freshly bathed, earthward it sweeps again,
Trailing a robe of glory bright and pure.

This Water is the Spirit of the Saints,
Which ever sheds, until itself is beggared,
God’s balm on the sick soul; and then returns
To Him who made the purest light of Heaven.

poem by Rumi

R. A. Nicholson

‘Persian Poems‘, an Anthology of verse translations
edited by A.J. Arberry, Everyman’s Library, 1972

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although he make it not to grow…..

Posted by Pelgrim on 30th November 2007

2 Sam 23, 1 Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Isai [from yesh, being, existence, substance] said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,

2 The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue. 3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just [tzadik], ruling in the fear of God. 

4 And he shall be as the light [‘owr] of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining [nogah from nagah, to shine, to enligthen, to cause to shine] after rain.

5 Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation [yesha’] , and all my desire, although he make it not to grow [tsamach, to sprout, to bud].

Nogah

Isa 62, 1 For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as nogah [brightness, bright, light], and the salvation thereof as a lamp [that] burneth.

Dan 6, 19 Then the king arose nogah [with morning light, in the morning], and went in haste unto the den of lions.

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