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Haftorah for Lech Lecha

Haftorah for Lech Lecha

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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.

Isaiah

Chapter 40

27. Why should you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, "My way has been hidden from the Lord, and from my God, my judgment passes"?
28. Do you not know-if you have not heard-an everlasting God is the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth; He neither tires nor wearies; there is no fathoming His understanding.
29. Who gives the tired strength, and to him who has no strength, He increases strength.
30. Now youths shall become tired and weary, and young men shall stumble.
31. But those who put their hope in the Lord shall renew [their] vigor, they shall raise wings as eagles; they shall run and not weary, they shall walk and not tire.

Chapter 41

1. Be silent to Me, you islands, and kingdoms shall renew [their] strength; they shall approach, then they shall speak, together to judgment let us draw near.
2. Who aroused from the East, [the one] whom righteousness accompanied? He placed nations before him and over kings He gave him dominion; He made his sword like dust, his bow like wind-blown stubble.
3. He pursued them and passed on safely, on a path upon which he had not come with his feet.
4. Who worked and did, Who calls the generations from the beginning; I, the Lord, am first, and with the last ones I am He.
5. The islands shall see and fear; the ends of the earth shall quake; they have approached and come.
6. Each one shall aid his fellow, and to his brother he shall say, "Strengthen yourself."
7. And the craftsman strengthened the smith, the one who smooths with the hammer [strengthened] the one who wields the sledge hammer; he says of the cement, "It is good," and he strengthened it with nails that it should not move.
8. But you, Israel My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham, who loved Me,
9. Whom I grasped from the ends of the earth, and from its nobles I called you, and I said to you, "You are My servant"; I chose you and I did not despise you.
10. Do not fear for I am with you; be not discouraged for I am your God: I encouraged you, I also helped you, I also supported you with My righteous hand.
11. Behold all those incensed against you shall be ashamed and confounded; those who quarreled with you shall be as nought and be lost.
12. You may seek them but not find them, those who quarrel with you; those who war with you shall be as nought and as nothing.
13. For I, the Lord your God, grasp your right hand; Who says to you, "Fear not, I help you."
14. Fear not, O worm of Jacob, the number of Israel; "I have helped you," says the Lord, and your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
15. Behold I have made you a new grooved threshing-sledge, with sharp points; you shall thresh the mountains and crush them fine, and you shall make hills like chaff.
16. You shall winnow them, and a wind shall carry them off, and a tempest shall scatter them, and you shall rejoice with the Lord, with the Holy One of Israel shall you praise yourself.

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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