Thursday, December 3, 2015

Daniel 12

37 down, 2 left to start, Here is the strange Daniel. You are not supposed to understand.

But stand in your lot. Yes - that's the same word as throwing the dice. A recognition that we are cast like dice into our world, and some roll with the lot, and some fight it, and some lots are luckier than others, but each has its own lot. (Isn't it nice to know that there is a little chance in the universe? O quanta, how we need you to counteract the dismal planning of pre-destination.)

The music begins with a flourish. A quick scan shows three qarne (horns, intense brightness) perhaps reflecting the brilliance (זהר, zohar) of those with insight.

There are not many with insight. The people are at odds. Their hand, their means, must be smashed (the word used in Psalm 2, you will smash them with an iron sceptre, and Psalm 137, happy the one who grasps and smashes your babies on the cliff.)  It is a frame for the Psalter, revealing the conflicted prayer of the people. If you get what you pray for, it is because you are your prayer and you do what you are.

Daniel 12
וּבָעֵ֣ת הַהִיא֩ יַעֲמֹ֨ד מִֽיכָאֵ֜ל הַשַּׂ֣ר הַגָּד֗וֹל הָעֹמֵד֮ עַל־בְּנֵ֣י עַמֶּךָ֒ וְהָיְתָה֙ עֵ֣ת צָרָ֔ה אֲשֶׁ֤ר לֹֽא־נִהְיְתָה֙ מִֽהְי֣וֹת גּ֔וֹי עַ֖ד הָעֵ֣ת הַהִ֑יא
וּבָעֵ֤ת הַהִיא֙ יִמָּלֵ֣ט עַמְּךָ֔ כָּל־הַנִּמְצָ֖א כָּת֥וּב בַּסֵּֽפֶר
1 And at that time Michael will stand, the great chief that stands over the children of your people, and there will be a time of trouble that not has been since there was a nation until that time,
and at that time your people will escape, everyone, whoever is found inscribed in the book.
וְרַבִּ֕ים מִיְּשֵׁנֵ֥י אַדְמַת־עָפָ֖ר יָקִ֑יצוּ
אֵ֚לֶּה לְחַיֵּ֣י עוֹלָ֔ם וְאֵ֥לֶּה לַחֲרָפ֖וֹת לְדִרְא֥וֹן עוֹלָֽם
2 And many who sleep in the ground of dust will awaken,
some to life evermore and some to reproaches, to aversion evermore.
וְהַ֨מַּשְׂכִּלִ֔ים יַזְהִ֖רוּ כְּזֹ֣הַר הָרָקִ֑יעַ
וּמַצְדִּיקֵי֙ הָֽרַבִּ֔ים כַּכּוֹכָבִ֖ים לְעוֹלָ֥ם וָעֶֽד
3 And those that have insight will be brilliant as the brilliance of the expanse,
and from the righteousness of the many, as the stars, forever and ever.
וְאַתָּ֣ה דָֽנִיֵּ֗אל סְתֹ֧ם הַדְּבָרִ֛ים וַחֲתֹ֥ם הַסֵּ֖פֶר עַד־עֵ֣ת קֵ֑ץ
יְשֹׁטְט֥וּ רַבִּ֖ים וְתִרְבֶּ֥ה הַדָּֽעַת
4 But you, Daniel, be discreet about the words, and seal the book until the time of the end.
Many will rove and the knowledge will increase.
וְרָאִ֙יתִי֙ אֲנִ֣י דָנִיֵּ֔אל וְהִנֵּ֛ה שְׁנַ֥יִם אֲחֵרִ֖ים עֹמְדִ֑ים
אֶחָ֥ד הֵ֙נָּה֙ לִשְׂפַ֣ת הַיְאֹ֔ר וְאֶחָ֥ד הֵ֖נָּה לִשְׂפַ֥ת הַיְאֹֽר
5 But I, Daniel, I saw, and behold two others were standing,
one here on the bank of the canal, and one there on the bank of the canal.
וַיֹּ֗אמֶר לָאִישׁ֙ לְב֣וּשׁ הַבַּדִּ֔ים אֲשֶׁ֥ר מִמַּ֖עַל לְמֵימֵ֣י הַיְאֹ֑ר
עַד־מָתַ֖י קֵ֥ץ הַפְּלָאֽוֹת
6 And he said to the person clothed with linen who was above the waters of the canal,
How long to the end of the wonders?
וָאֶשְׁמַ֞ע אֶת־הָאִ֣ישׁ ׀ לְב֣וּשׁ הַבַּדִּ֗ים אֲשֶׁ֣ר מִמַּעַל֮ לְמֵימֵ֣י הַיְאֹר֒ וַיָּ֨רֶם יְמִינ֤וֹ וּשְׂמֹאלוֹ֙ אֶל־הַשָּׁמַ֔יִם וַיִּשָּׁבַ֖ע בְּחֵ֣י הָעוֹלָ֑ם
כִּי֩ לְמוֹעֵ֨ד מֽוֹעֲדִ֜ים וָחֵ֗צִי וּכְכַלּ֛וֹת נַפֵּ֥ץ יַד־עַם־קֹ֖דֶשׁ תִּכְלֶ֥ינָה כָל־אֵֽלֶּה
7 And I heard the person clothed with linen who was from above the waters of the canal, and he lifted high his right hand and his left hand to the heavens and swore by the Living, the Everlasting,
that for an appointed time and appointed times and a half, and as the things to be consummated to smash the means of the people of holiness, all these will be consummated.
וַאֲנִ֥י שָׁמַ֖עְתִּי וְלֹ֣א אָבִ֑ין
וָאֹ֣מְרָ֔ה אֲדֹנִ֕י מָ֥ה אַחֲרִ֖ית אֵֽלֶּה פ
8 And I, I heard but I did not understand.
And I said, My Lord, what is after these?
וַיֹּ֖אמֶר לֵ֣ךְ דָּנִיֵּ֑אל
כִּֽי־סְתֻמִ֧ים וַחֲתֻמִ֛ים הַדְּבָרִ֖ים עַד־עֵ֥ת קֵֽץ
9 And he said, Go Daniel,
because discreet and sealed are the words until the time of the end.
יִ֠תְבָּֽרֲרוּ וְיִֽתְלַבְּנ֤וּ וְיִצָּֽרְפוּ֙ רַבִּ֔ים וְהִרְשִׁ֣יעוּ רְשָׁעִ֔ים וְלֹ֥א יָבִ֖ינוּ כָּל־רְשָׁעִ֑ים
וְהַמַּשְׂכִּלִ֖ים יָבִֽינוּ
10 Purified and made white and refined, many will be, but the wicked will do wickedly and none will understand, none of the wicked,
but those that have insight, they will understand.
אַשְׁרֵ֥י הַֽמְחַכֶּ֖ה וְיַגִּ֑יעַ
לְיָמִ֕ים אֶ֕לֶף שְׁלֹ֥שׁ מֵא֖וֹת שְׁלֹשִׁ֥ים וַחֲמִשָּֽׁה
12 Happy the person who tarries and touches
the days, a thousand three hundred and thirty five.
וְאַתָּ֖ה לֵ֣ךְ לַקֵּ֑ץ
וְתָנ֛וּחַ וְתַעֲמֹ֥ד לְגֹרָלְךָ֖ לְקֵ֥ץ הַיָּמִֽין
13 But you, go to the end,
and you will repose, and you will stand in your lot at the end of the days.

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