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Haftorah for Balak

Haftorah for Balak

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The following is the standard Haftorah for this week's Torah reading. However, various calendar-based considerations occasionally cause different Haftorahs to be substituted for the standard ones.

Micah

Chapter 5

6. And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many peoples-like dew sent by the Lord, like torrents of rain upon vegatation that does not hope for any man and does not wait for the sons of men.
7. And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the nations, in the midst of many peoples-like a lion among the beasts of the forest, like a young lion among the flocks of sheep, which, if it passes through, treads down and tears in pieces, and no one [can] save anything.
8. Your hand shall be raised above your oppressors, and all your enemies shall be destroyed.
9. And it shall come to pass on that day, says the Lord, that I will cut your horses out of your midst, and I will destroy your chariots.
10. And I will destroy the cities of your land, and I will break down all your fortresses.
11. And I will destroy sorcery from your hand, and you will have no soothsayers.
12. And I will destroy your graven images and your monuments from your midst, and you shall no longer prostrate yourself to your handiwork.
13. And I will uproot your asherim from your midst, and I will destroy your enemies.
14. And in anger and fury I will execute vengeance upon the nations who have paid no heed.

Chapter 6

1. Hear now what the Lord says; Rise; contend with the mountains, and may the hills hear My voice.
2. Hear ye, O mountains, the controversy of the Lord; and you mighty ones, the foundations of the earth; for the Lord has a controversy with His people, and with Israel He shall contend.
3. O My people, what have I done, and how have I wearied you? Testify against Me.
4. For I brought you up out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
5. My people, remember now what Balak king of Moab planned, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him. From Shittim to Gilgal, may you recognize the righteous deeds of the Lord.
6. With what shall I come before the Lord, bow before the Most High God? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, with yearling calves?
7. Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with myriad streams of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8. He has told you, O man, what is good, and what the Lord demands of you; but to do justice, to love loving-kindness, and to walk discreetly with your God.

Please note: These Haftorah texts follow Chabad custom. Other communities could possibly read more, less, or a different section of the Prophets altogether. Please consult with your rabbi.
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