Thursday, June 09, 2005

Bahir 45

The seven voices are spoken of here.

'45. He ( Rabbi Amorai) said: What is the meaning of the verse (Exodus 20:15) , "And all the people saw the voices." These are the voice regarding which King David spoke. It is thus written (Psalm 29:3) , "The voice of God is upon the waters, the God of glory thunders." [This is the first voice.] [The second voice is] (Psalm 29:4), "The voice of God comes in strength." Regarding this it is written (Isaiah 10:13) , "By the strength of my hand have I done it." It is likewise written (Isaiah 48:13) , "Also My Hand has founded the earth." [The third voice is] (Psalm 29:4), "The voice of God is with majesty." It is also written (Psalm 111:3), "Splendour and majesty are His works, his righteousness stands forever." [The fourth voice is] (Psalm 29:5), "God's voice breaks the cedars." This is the bow that breaks the cypress and cedar trees. [The fifth voice is] (Psalm 29:7), "God's voice draws out flames of fire." This is what makes peace between water and fire. It draws out the power of the fire and prevents it from evaporating the water. It also prevents [the water] from extinguishing it. [The sixth voice is] (Psalm 29:8) , "God's voice shakes the desert." It is thus written (Psalm 18:51) "He does kindness to his Messiah, to David and his descendants until eternity" ­ more than [when Israel was] in the desert. [The seventh voice is] (Psalm 29:9), "God's voice makes hinds to calf, strips the forests bare, and in His Temple, all say Glory." It is thus written (Song of Songs 2:7) "I bind you with an oath, O daughters of Jerusalem, with the hosts, or with the hinds of the field." This teaches us that the Torah was given with seven voices. In each of them the Master of the universe revealed Himself to them, and they saw Him. It is thus written, "And all the people saw the voices."

All of these voices are taken from Psalm 29 reprinted for your reference here.

  • 1 A Psalm of David. Ascribe unto the LORD, O ye sons of might, ascribe unto the LORD glory and strength.

  • 2 Ascribe unto the LORD the glory due unto His name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
  • 3 The voice of the LORD is upon the waters; {N}the God of glory thundereth, even the LORD upon many waters.
  • 4 The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
  • 5 The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
  • 6 He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild-ox.

  • 7 The voice of the LORD heweth out flames of fire.
  • 8 The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.
  • 9 The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and strippeth the forests bare; and in His temple all say: 'Glory.'
  • 10 The LORD sat enthroned at the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth as King for ever.
  • 11 The LORD will give strength unto His people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.

  • These seven voice describe the lower two triads of sephiroth. We are talking about the energy of transformation here. When it says at the end of verse 45, that The people all saw the voices it means that they witness the connection between the sending forth and the gathering in. What is this witnessing? It is our recognition of the voice within. Why seven voices? Isn't there only one voice that we hear within? Yes there is one voice but seen through seven transformations of energy such as 1-the voice upon the waters-which thunder. All of these convey the recognition in the first place of our spiritual nature.


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