This is what YHWH says,

"Stand ye in the ways,

and see,

and ask for the old paths ,

where is the good way,

and walk therein, and you shall find rest for your souls."

Jeremiah 6:16 

Life Skills from the Word of YHWH

Ki Teitzei (When You Go Forth)
         (Sefer Devarim) Deuteronomy 21:10 - 25:19

  21:10- "When thou go forth to war against thine enemies, and YHVH thy Elohim has delivered them into  

        thine hands, and thou hast taken them captive,

     11-  And see among the captives a beautiful woman, and has a desire unto her, that thou would have

        her to thy wife;
     12-   Then thou shall bring her home to thine house; and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails;
   13-   And she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in thine house, and

        bewail her father and her mother a full month: and after that thou shall go in unto her, and be her

        husband, and she shall be thy wife.
 15-   If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have born him children, both

        the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated:
 16-  Then it shall be, when he makes his sons to inherit that which he has, that he may not make the

        son of the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the firstborn:
 17-  But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of

        all that he has: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his.
  22:22-  If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall both of them die,

        both the man that lay with the woman, and the woman: so shall thou put away evil from Yisrael.
 23-  When a damsel, a virgin, is betrothed to a husband, and a man find her in the city and lie with her;
 24-  Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones

        that they die; the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city; and the man, because he has

        humbled his neighbor's wife: so thou shall put away evil from among you.
 25-  But if a man find a betrothed damsel in the field, and the man force her, and lie with her: then the

        man only that lay with her shall die:
  23:17-  There shall be no whore of the daughters of Yisrael, nor a sodomite of the sons of Yisrael.
 18-  Thou shall not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of YHVH thy Elohim

        for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto YHVH thy Elohim.
 21-  When thou shall vow a vow unto YHVH thy Elohim, thou shall not slack to pay it: for YHVH thy

        Elohim will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.
   25:5-  If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not

        marry without unto a stranger: her husband's brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to

        wife, and perform the duty of an husband's brother unto her.
 6-  And it shall be, that the firstborn which she bears shall succeed in the name of his brother which

        is dead, that his name be not put out of Yisrael.
      17-  Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt;
 18-  How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind

        thee, when thou was faint and weary; and he feared not Elohim.
 19-  It shall be that when YHVH thy Elohim has given thee rest from all thine enemies round about

        the land which YHVH thy Elohim gives thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shall blot

        out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; thou shall not forget it."


"And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, her hands,

 bands: whoso pleases Elohim shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her."
                                                                                                                  (Ecclesiastes 7:26)
"The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of YHVH shall fall therein."
                                                                                                                  (Proverbs 22:14)

"Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eats, and wipes her mouth, and says, I have  

 done no wickedness."
                                                                                                                  (Proverbs 30:20)
"Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroys kings."

                                                                                                                  (Proverbs 31:3)

"Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?  Can one go upon hot

 coals, and his feet not be burned?  So he that goes in to his neighbor's wife; whosoever

 touches her shall not be innocent."
                                                                                                                  (Proverbs 6:27-29)

"But whoso commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding: he that does it, 

 destroys his own soul."
                                                                                                                  (Proverbs 6:32)

"For man also knows not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the

 birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it

 falls suddenly upon them."
                                                                                                                  (Ecclesiastes 9:12)                   


Ki Teitzei - Summary:
1.    Going Forth in the Harmony Befitting a Bride of Eternity :

          Understanding that with His people's progression into a new land and with it, the inevitability of the encounter with foreign women, HaShem makes use of the physical attraction between a man and a woman to make clear an eternal principal, i.e. the relationship of the Creator and the created.   It is in parasha Ki Teitsei that sexual conduct and responsibility are unambiguously addressed.  Indeed, it is fitting for a man to marry, as Proverbs 18:22 unabashedly declares:
   "Whoso finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor of YHVH."
However, the point of marriage and companionship was never intended to be a means to an end but rather to illustrate an even greater reality of the union that is to be enjoyed between mankind and El Shaddai.  Unlike this present world, which glorifies fleeting sexual appeal through the false premise that self-indulgence is the ultimate reality, the Torah and the prophets bring the household of Faith to a more sublime conclusion:

Life is actually granted to embrace the highest degree of love, that with our Maker, the King of the Universe.

          In Songs of Songs 6:3, the message from the other side of Heaven resounds melodiously, whispering:
   "I am my Beloved's, and my Beloved is mine: He feeds among the lilies."
Encrypted in this sensual ode, describing Shlomo HaMelech and the Shulamite damsel, is the supernal love which can be demonstrated if and when the Torah of HaShem is given authority in an earthly marital bond.  To best epitomize the heart to heart connection that has been proposed from the Eternal, the sons of Yisrael have been called to the responsibility to accurately reflect the mystery between the soul and the Ein Sof, viz., He who is without end.  Among the criteria is a compassionate code, embracing the vulnerability of a woman through faithfulness and patience. 

          Be it the union of a bride of conquest, along with the month given her to overcome resultant shock, or the promises reserved to the firstborn, the children of Yisrael were to model a sacred trust that exists between HaShem and the nation.  Just as Leah, though eclipsed in predilection by Rachel, was granted Heaven's prominence throughout the ages with Yehudah, the son of the "hated", destined to lead the tribes, so would Am Yisrael forever retain its preeminence among the nations, as it is written in Isaiah 54:5-7:

   "For thy Maker is thine husband; YHVH Tzivaot is His name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of

    Yisrael; The Elohim of the whole earth shall he be called.  For YHVH has called thee as a woman

    forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou was refused, says thy Elohim.  For a

    small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee."


2.    Rules of Engagement, Blameless Behavior Behooves Betrothal:

        While the promises given to Yisrael are established forever corporately, there are surely individual  consequences for a history of reckless behavior demonstrated through an adulterous heart.  With the Holy call to emulate a faithful bride, the Torah is poignant about spiritual fidelity.  So clear are the intents for the sons of Yaakov to walk in holiness as Leviticus 20:10 lays down the law governing this spiritual challenge:
   "And the man that commits adultery with another man's wife, even he that commits adultery with his

    neighbor's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death."

Having received the promise of betrothal and the hope of a future glory, those who accept HaShem's offer must now demonstrate a conduct befitting this glorious matrimony.  It's time to put away the foolishness of fleshly fascinations which this corrupt generation flings before us.  We must let go of our adulterous ways which provoke the Sovereign One to reconsider our worth.  Rather, let us consider the crafty ways of the adversary who waves wells without water before our wandering eyes, as it is written in Genesis 3:1
   "Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which YHVH Elohim had made. And he

    said unto the woman, Yea, has Elohim said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?"

Remembering one ancient tragedy, 1 Chronicles 5:1-2 recalls the forfeiture of glory due to carnal lusts:
   "Now the sons of Reuven the firstborn of Yisrael, (for he was the firstborn; but, forasmuch as he

     defiled his father's bed, his birthright was given unto the sons of Yoseph the son of Yisrael: and

     the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright.  For Yehudah prevailed above his brethren,

     and of him came the chief ruler; but the birthright was Yoseph's."



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