While in afternoon prayer ...was I overcome with sleep ..and as I slept ...within a dream was I given a golden candle ...as if the candle was old ...very old ...from ancient times ....then as if the golden candle turned into ...a most perfect golden lamp ...with a pure white shade ...and the lamp was of pure solid gold ...and it was given unto me ...that others might have such a lamp ..freely ...or was it to be sold to them?...would not all hold it as precious? ...as to the gift of it ...
Yet some might have it for the gold of it ...and nothing else ...that they might possess it for themselves.
To the Chaunter upon *Shenunith From the Hebrew: * my father is a lamp
Of a golden candlestick
And the weight of the golden candlesticks and of their lamps of gold, the weight for every candlestick and for their lamps. And for the candlesticks of silver by weight, both for the candlestick and also for her lamps according to the office of every candlestick.
And I turned back to see the voice that spake to me. And when I was turned: I saw seven golden candlesticks. And in the midst of the candlesticks, one like unto the son of man, clothed with a linen garment down to the ground, and girt about the paps (chest) with a golden girdle. His head, and his hairs were white, as white wool, and as snow: and his eyes were as a flame of fire: and his feet like unto brass as though they burnt in a furnace: and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars. And out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword. And his face shone even as the *son in his strength.*son : exactly as it appears, sun in chapter 6 appears as sunne.
And when I saw him, I fell at his feet, even as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me: fear not. I am the first and the last, and am alive, and was dead. And behold I am alive for evermore, and have the keys of hell and of death. Write therefore the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be fulfilled hereafter: and the mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the messengers of the seven congregations: And the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven congregations.
Unto the messenger of the congregation of Ephesus write: These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, and walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks. I know thy works, and the labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not forbear them which are evil: and examinedst them which say they are Apostles, and are not: and hast found them liars and didst wash thy self. And hast patience: and for my names sake hast laboured and hast not fainted.
Of lamps ....
And thou shalt make seven lamps and put them on high thereon, to give light unto the other side that is over against it: with snuffers and firepans of pure gold. An hundred pound weight of fine gold shall make it with all the apparel. And see that thou make them after the fashion that was shewed thee in the mount.
And command the children of Israel that they give the pure oil olive beaten for the lights to pour always into the lamps. In the tabernacle of witness without the veil which is before the witness: And Aaron and his sons shall dress it both even and morning before the Lord: And it shall be a duty for ever unto your generations after you: to be given of the children of Israel.
And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet cense every morning when he dresseth the lamps: and likewise at even when he setteth up the lamps he shall burn cense perpetually before the Lord throughout your generations. Ye shall put no strange cense thereon, neither burnt sacrifice nor meat offering, neither pour any drink offering thereon.
And let all them that are wise hearted among you, come and make all that the Lord hath commanded: the habitation and the tent thereof with his covering and his rings, boards, bars, pillars and sockets: the ark and the staves thereof with the mercy seat and the veil that covereth it: the table and his staves with all that pertaineth thereto and the shewbread: the candlestick of light with his apparel and his lamps and the oil for the lights: the cense altar and his staves, the anointing oil and the sweet cense and the hanging before the tabernacle door: the altar of burnt sacrifices and his brazen gridiron that longeth thereto with his staves and all his ordinance and the laver and his foot: the hangings of the court with his pillars and their sockets, and the hanging to the door of the court: the pins of the habitation and the pins of the court with their boards: the ministering garments to minister with in holiness, and the holy vestments of Aaron the priest and the vestments of his sons to minister in.
And he made the candlestick of pure thick gold: both the candlestick and his shaft: with branches, bowls, knobs and flowers proceeding out of it. Six branches proceeding out of the sides thereof, three out of the one side and three out of the other. And on every branch were three cups like unto almonds, with knobs and flowers throughout the six branches that proceeded out of the candlestick. And upon the candlestick self, were four cups after the fashion of almonds with knobs and flowers: under every two branches a knob. And the knobs and the branches proceeded out of it, and were all one piece of pure thick gold. And he made seven lamps thereto, and the snuffers thereof, and firepans of pure gold. An hundred weight of pure gold, made both it and all that belonged thereto.
Thus was all the work of the habitation of the tabernacle of witness, finished. And the children of Israel did according to all that the Lord had commanded Moses. And they brought the habitation unto Moses: the tent and all his apparel thereof: the buttons, boards, bars, pillars and sockets: and the covering of rams skins red, and the covering of taxus skins, and the hanging veil, and the ark of witness with the staves thereof, and the mercyseat: the table and all the ordinance thereof, and the shewbread, and the pure candlestick, and the lamps prepared thereunto with all the vessels thereof, and the oil for lights, and the golden altar, and the anointing oil and the sweet cense, and the hanging of the tabernacle door, and the brasen altar, and the gridiron of brass longing thereunto with his bars and all his vessels, and the laver with his foot, and the hangings of the court with his pillars and sockets, and the hanging to the court gate, his boards and pins, and all the ordinance that serveth to the habitation of the tabernacle of witness, and the ministering vestments to serve in the holy place, and the holy vestments of Aaron the priest and his sons raiments to minister in: according to all that the Lord commanded Moses: even so the children of Israel made all the work. And Moses beheld all the work: and see, they had done it even as the Lord commanded: and then Moses blessed them.
And the Lord spake unto Moses saying: In the first day of the first month shalt thou set up the habitation of the tabernacle of witness and put therein the ark of witness, and cover the ark with the veil, and bring in the table and apparel it, and bring in the candlestick and put on his lamps, and set the cense altar of gold before the ark of witness, and put the hanging of the door unto the habitation. And set the burnt offering altar before the door of the tabernacle of witness, and set the laver between the tabernacle of witness, and the altar, and put water therein, and make the court round about, and set up the hanging of the court gate.
And he put the candlestick in the tabernacle of witness over against the table in the south side of the habitation, and set up the lamps before the Lord: as the Lord commanded Moses. And he put the golden altar in the tabernacle of witness before the veil, and burnt sweet cense thereon as the Lord commanded Moses. And set up the hanging in the door of the habitation, and set the burnt offering altar before the door of the tabernacle of witness, and offered burnt offerings and meat offerings thereon as the Lord commanded Moses.
And the Lord spake unto Moses saying: command the children of Israel that they bring unto thee, pure oil olive beaten for lights to pour into the lamps always, without the veil of witness within the tabernacle of witness. And Aaron shall dress them both evening and morning before the Lord always. And it shall be a law for ever among your children after you. And he shall dress the lamps upon the pure candlestick before the Lord perpetually.
And they shall take a cloth of jacinth and cover the candlestick of light and her lamps and her snuffers, and firepans, and all her oil vessels which they occupy about it, and shall put upon her and on all her instruments, a covering of taxus skins, and put it upon staves. And upon the golden altar they shall spread a cloth of Jacinth, and put on her staves. And they shall take all the things which they occupy to minister with in the holy place, and put a cloth of Jacinth upon them and cover them with a covering of taxus skins and put them on staves. And they shall take away the ashes out of the altar, and spread a scarlet cloth thereon: and put about it, the firepans, the fleshhooks, the shovels, the basins and all that belongeth unto the altar, and they shall spread upon it a covering of taxus skins, and put on the staves of it. And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary and all things of the sanctuary, against that the host remove, then the sons of Cahath shall come in for to bear, and so let them not touch the sanctuary lest they die. And this is the charge of the sons of Cahath in the tabernacle of witness. And Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, shall have the charge to prepare oil for the lights and sweet cense, and the daily meatoffering and the anointing oil, and the oversight of all the dwelling and of all that therin is, both over the sanctuary and over all that pertaineth thereto.
And the Lord spake unto Moses saying: speak unto Aaron and say unto him: when thou puttest on the lamps see that they light all seven upon the forefront of the candlestick. And Aaron did even so, and put the lamps upon the forefront of the candlestick, as the Lord commanded Moses, and the work of the candlestick was of stiff gold: both the shaft and the flowers thereof. And according unto the vision which the Lord had shewed Moses even so he made the candlestick.
When Gedeon heard the telling of the dream and the interpretation of the same, he bowed himself to the earth and returned unto the host of Israel, and said: up for the Lord hath delivered into your hands the host of the Madianites. And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and gave every man a trumpet in his hand, with an empty pitcher and lamps therein, and said unto them look on me and do likewise: and behold, when I come to the side of the host, even as I do, so do you. And when I blow with a trumpet and all that are with me, blow ye with trumpets also on every side the host and say, here be the Lord and Gedeon.
And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli: and the word of the Lord was precious in those days for there was none open vision. And it chanced at that time, that Eli lay in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim that he could not see. And before the lamp of God went out Samuel laid him down to sleep, in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. And the Lord called Samuel: and he said, here am I, and he ran unto Eli and said here am I for thou called me. And he said I called thee not: go again and sleep. And he went and laid him down to sleep. And the Lord called once again: Samuel, and Samuel arose and went to Eli and said: I am here, thou didst call me. And he answered: I called thee not my son. Go again and take thy rest: but it was before Samuel knew the Lord and before the word of the Lord was opened unto him. And the Lord went and called Samuel the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said: I am here, for thou hast called me. Then Eli perceived that the Lord had called the lad. And said unto him, go and lie down: and if he call thee again then say, speak on Lord, for thy servant heareth. And Samuel went and laid him down in his place. And the Lord came and stood and called as before, Samuel, Samuel. And Samuel said: speak on, for thy servant heareth thee. >
And the Lord said to Samuel: behold, I will do a thing in Israel, that the ears of as many as heareth it, shall tingle. In that day I will perform to Eli, all that I have spoken concerning his house: I will begin it and end it. For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever. For the wickedness which he knoweth, how his sons are ungracious, and he was not wroth therewith. And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the wickedness of Elis house, shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering, while the world standeth. And Samuel lay till morning and then opened the doors of the house of the Lord.
And Salomon made all the vessels that pertained unto the house of the Lord: the Altar of gold, and the table of gold whereon the showbread was put. And five candlesticks, for the right side, and as many for the left, before the quere, of pure gold: with flowers, lamps, and snuffers of gold: and Bowls, Psalteries, basins, spoons and fire pans of pure gold: and hinges of gold both for the doors of the quere, the place most holy, and for the doors of the temple also.
And the weight of the golden candlesticks and of their lamps of gold, the weight for every candlestick and for their lamps. And for the candlesticks of silver by weight, both for the candlestick and also for her lamps according to the office of every candlestick. And the weight of gold for the tables of show bread, table by table: and likewise silver for the tables of silver.
And for fleshhooks, basins and drinking pots of pure gold. And for cups of gold by weight, cup by cup. And for cups of silver by weight, cup by cup. And for the altar of incense of tried gold by weight. And the similitude of the seat of the Cherubs that stretched out their wings and covered the Ark of the covenant of the Lord. All was given me by writing of the hand of the Lord, which made me understand all the workmanship of the pattern.
And Salomon made all the vessels that pertained to the house of God: the golden altar and the tables with the showbread upon them, the candlesticks with their lamps to burn after the manner before the quere, and that of pure gold, and the flowers and the lamps, and the snuffers were gold and that perfect gold: and the dressing knives, basins, spoons and censers of pure gold. And the inner doors of the place most holy, and the doors of the temple too, were gold. And so was all the work that Salomon made for the house of the Lord finished.
But with us is the Lord our God whom we have not forsaken, and the priests of the sons of Aaron ministering unto the Lord, and the Levites in office, burning unto the Lord every morning and every evening burntofferings and sweet cense: and the showbread put in order upon a pure table: and the candlestick of gold with the lamps of the same, to be lighted every evening.
For we keep the watch of the Lord our God: but ye have forsaken him. Moreover see,God is with us in the forward, and his priests, and the roaring trumpets to cry alarm against you. Ye children of Israel fight not with the Lord God of your fathers: for it will not prosper with you.
Hear me ye Levites: purify yourselves and hallow the house of the Lord God of your fathers, and bring out the filthiness out of the holy place. For our fathers have trespassed and done evil favouredly in the eyes of the Lord our God: and have forsaken him, and turned away their faces from the habitation of the Lord and turned to their backs. And beside that they have shut up the doors of the porch and quenched the lamps and have neither burned cense nor offered burntofferings in the holy place unto the God of Israel.
To the Chaunter upon *Shenunith From the Hebrew: * my father is a lamp
For Sions sake therefore will I not hold my *tongue (kjv =peace), and for Jerusalems sake I will not cease: until their righteousness break forth as a shining light, and their health as a burning lamp. Then shall the Gentiles see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory. Thou shalt be named with a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall show. Thou shalt be a crown in the hand of the Lord, and a glorious garland in the hand of thy God. From this time forth thou shalt never be called the forsaken, and thy land shall no more be called the wilderness. But thou shalt be called *Hephzibah, and thy land *Beula: for the Lord *loveth thee (kjv = delighteth), and thy land shall be inhabited. And like as a young man taketh a daughter to marriage, so shall God marry himself unto thy sons. And as a bridegroom is glad of his bride, so shall God rejoice over thee. *Hephzibah = "my delight is in her" the good pleasure, be pleased to do of God, to move, to bend down, *Beula = to marry, be lord (husband) to declare, to tell, to show, make known, to breath. RN
And the angel that talked with me, came again, and waked me up, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep, and said unto me: What seest thou? And I said: I have looked, and behold: a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon it, and his seven lamps therein, and upon every lamp seven stalks. And two olive trees thereby, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side. So I answered, and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying: O my Lord what are these? The angel that talked with me answered and said unto me: knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my Lord. He answered, and said unto me: This is the word of the Lord unto *Zorobabel, saying: Neither through an host of men, nor through strength, but through my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. What art thou, thou great mountain, before Zorobabel? thou must be made even. And he shall bring up the first stone so that men shall cry unto him: good luck, good luck. *Zorobabel = Heb; "sown in Babylon"
They made new ornaments, and brought the candlestick the altar of incense, and the table in to the temple. They incense layed they upon the altar, and lighted the lamps that were upon the candlestick, that they might burn in the temple. They set the show bread upon the table, and hanged up the veil, and set up the temple, as it was afore.
Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went to meet the bridegroom: five of them were foolish, and five were wise. The foolish took their lamps, but took none oil with them. But the wise took oil with them in their vessels with their lamps also. While the bridegroom tarried, all slumbered and slept. And even at midnight, there was a cry made: behold, the bridegroom cometh, go out against him. Then all those virgins arose, and prepared their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise: give us of your oil, for our lamps go out. But the wise answered saying: Not so, lest there be not enough for us and you: but go rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came: and they that were ready, went in with him to the wedding, and the gate was shut up. Afterwards came also the other virgins saying: Master, master, open to us. But he answered and said: verily I say unto you: I know not you. Watch therefore: for ye know neither the day not yet the hour, when the son of man shall come.
And out of the seat proceeded lightnings, and thunderings, and voices, and there were seven lamps of fire, burning before the seat, which are the seven spirits of God. And before the seat there was a sea of glass like unto crystal, and in the midst of the seat, and round about the seat were four beats full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a lion, the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each one of them six wings about him, and they were full of eyes with in. And they had no rest day neither night saying: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
And the third Angel blew, and there fell a great star from heaven burning as it were a lamp, and it fell into the third part of the rivers, and into fountains of waters, and the name of the star is called wormwood. And the third part was turned to wormwood. A many men died of the waters because they were made bitter. And the fourth Angel blew, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of stars: so that the third part of them was darkened. And the day was smitten that the third part of it should not shine, and likewise the night. And I beheld and heard an Angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice: Woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth because of the voices to come of the trumpet of the three Angels which were yet to blow.
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