Here's a great tip:
Enter your email address and we'll send you our weekly magazine by email with fresh, exciting and thoughtful content that will enrich your inbox and your life, week after week. And it's free.
Oh, and don't forget to like our facebook page too!
Printed from
All Departments
Jewish Holidays
Jewish.TV - Video
Jewish Audio
Kabbalah Online
Kids Zone

Haftorah for Va'etchanan

Haftorah for Va'etchanan

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.


Chapter 40

1"Console, console My people," says your God.
2Speak to the heart of Jerusalem and call to her, for she has become full [from] her host, for her iniquity has been appeased, for she has taken from the hand of the Lord double for all her sins.
3A voice calls, "In the desert, clear the way of the Lord, straighten out in the wilderness, a highway for our God."
4Every valley shall be raised, and every mountain and hill shall be lowered, and the crooked terrain shall become a plain and the close mountains a champaign.
5And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh together shall see that the mouth of the Lord spoke.
6A voice says, "Call!" and it says, "What shall I call?" "All flesh is grass, and all its kindness is like the blossom of the field.
7The grass shall dry out, the blossom shall wilt, for a wind from the Lord has blown upon it; behold the people is grass.
8The grass shall dry out, the blossom shall wilt, but the word of our God shall last forever.
9Upon a lofty mountain ascend, O herald of Zion, raise your voice with strength, O herald of Jerusalem; raise [your voice], fear not; say to the cities of Judah, "Behold your God!"
10Behold the Lord God shall come with a strong [hand], and His arm rules for Him; behold His reward is with Him, and His recompense is before Him.
11Like a shepherd [who] tends his flock, with his arm he gathers lambs, and in his bosom he carries [them], the nursing ones he leads.
12Who measured water with his gait, and measured the heavens with his span, and measured by thirds the dust of the earth, and weighed mountains with a scale and hills with a balance?
13Who meted the spirit of the Lord, and His adviser who informs Him?
14With whom did He take counsel give him to understand, and teach him in the way of justice, and teach him knowledge, and the way of understandings did He let him know?
15Behold the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and like dust on a balance are they counted; behold the islands are like fine [dust] that blows away.
16And the Lebanon-there is not enough to burn, and its beasts-there is not enough for burnt offerings.
17All the nations are as nought before Him; as things of nought and vanity are they regarded by Him.
18And to whom do you compare God, and what likeness do you arrange for Him?
19The graven image, the craftsman has melted, and the smith plates it with gold, and chains of silver he attaches.
20He who is accustomed to select, chooses a tree that does not rot; he seeks for himself a skilled craftsman, to prepare a graven image, which will not move.
21Do you not know, have you not heard has it not been told to you from the beginning? Do you not understand the foundations of the earth?
22It is He Who sits above the circle of the earth, and whose inhabitants are like grasshoppers, who stretches out the heaven like a curtain, and He spread them out like a tent to dwell.
23Who brings princes to nought, judges of the land He made like a thing of nought.
24Even [as though] they were not planted, even [as though] they were not sown, even [as though] their trunk was not rooted in the earth; and also He blew on them, and they dried up, and a tempest shall carry them away like straw.
25"Now, to whom will you compare Me that I should be equal?" says the Holy One.
26Lift up your eyes on high and see, who created these, who takes out their host by number; all of them He calls by name; because of His great might and because He is strong in power, no one is missing.

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.
The text on this page contains sacred literature. Please do not deface or discard.