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“In the beginning, Yah was alone and bored in the dark so God created the heavens and the Earth. First Yah created the Word of God. Everything else came after…” was almost the opening, but Revelation 22:18 is way too terrifying. I know the power of the Most High. Praise Yah. Enjoy the read.
CHOOSE LIFE: THE COVENANT
I have been afraid of God all of my memorable life- afraid to question or really even talk about the LORD in any fashion unless it was in praise. My grandmother made sure of that. The family fears Grandmom and she fears the LORD. I listened to her and learned to fear the LORD also. The gist of everything I was taught about the LORD is that the LORD is the beginning and the ending, and I am not supposed to fear anything except God and my parents. I was also taught that God is love, and God is the Word.
I remember the unanswerable questions I used to ask pertaining to the LORD, “Where did God come from?” “Who does God really talk to?” “Will God ever talk to me?” My grandmother made sure that the LORD was always a part of our lives. When no one wanted to go to church, Grandmom made sure we did. Regardless of whether we were saved on Sunday and backsliders by Tuesday, we went. We were supposed to be in this world but not of it.
There came a time when I decided to go with the Christian-flow. I stopped asking my grandmother questions that she knew not the answers to, and probably thought I would go to hell for asking. It felt good being saved and being able to understand what that really meant. It felt as though I really was a part of a magical sect. Good things happened all of the time, both minor miracles and true blessings. As a person who has always felt as though I merely had enough, seeing all of the extra that the LORD brought me, just because I was listening to the word of the LORD, I wanted to have that word with me and in me always.
I tried to read the Holy Bible, over and over again. I wanted that information for myself. “This book will tell me everything I ever wanted to know about God.” So I thought. As I began to read, I quickly became enamored with the flow of the words and the terminology used in the King James Version. Then the more I read, the more I realized that there were a lot of unexplained things happening, it did not seem chronological, and it was even difficult to decipher who was speaking to whom. Then I realized, that is how so many people can interpret the Bible in so many backward ways. Figuring that the old English being used was the cause of my confusion, I switched to the New International Version.
The NIV just seemed too different. That was not the Bible I knew; the Bible I had been recited scriptures from, which still stick with me today. The NIV seemed a little bit easier of a read, but it just did not seem to have that holy overtone. And slowly but surely my interest in the Bible waned. I feel stupid admitting that there was a period of time that my word was sitting in my car just to keep me safe as I drove.
Then as an adult, after I had slid too far away from the LORD, those trials and tribulations that drive most to the church, drove me back to my yearning for learning about the LORD. In lieu of me sitting, and listening to someone else’s interpretation of what God wants us to do, I will gain my own understanding, my own interpretation of the truth that is written within the Word. I am truly in the pursuit of enlightenment, and implore you to join in my joy while on this journey. It is written that all scripture is inspired by God.
I know that there is a God, and I know that we are supposed to believe, but there is a lot of conflicting information in the Bible. A lot of the information is definitely under-explained. For a book that is written in such great detail, how can so much be missing? What ever happened to the woman that was made at the same time as Adam? Didn’t Eve come later?
Please don’t get me wrong, I am not so naive as to believe that the Holy Bible contains all of the existing information pertaining to the LORD; my God. But, being that the “Good Book” is the book that many people that we encounter in our day-to-day lives live their lives by, it is such a terrible shame that so many people do not really understand or even know the rules they are supposed to follow.
This is my effort in bringing this world together. Regardless of what you were taught or believe, real always recognizes real. People are people, we just talk differently, eat different foods, and get assigned to different bathrooms. I am not writing in an attempt to lead anyone astray. I want to bring the world a better understanding of the LORD, and how things got to be the way they are today. This is your copy of The King James Version of The Holy Bible, which I grew up on cross-referenced with The New International Version of the Holy Bible, which is a little bit easier of a read, and supposedly explained better- my great attempt not to plagiarize any translation. Verse for verse, this is my biblical translation. This will eventually become The New Judah Translation of the Holy Bible, or something of the sort. But until then, choose life, and read this before you die, so that you may gain your own understanding.
I am no blasphemer. My intention is not to change the Bible in any way. This is simply my reiteration, not interpretation, yet. Anything that differs from either of the texts is cited in my work. I have cited my work in this manner intentionally. I want people to understand this truth as I do, word for word both figuratively and literally, so that they may understand what is in my heart and why.
This is such a great piece of literature that it is hard to decipher the Word of God from the words of man. But in all honesty, it doesn’t matter. The truth is the truth regardless of where you hear it. We need to be good people. That is basically what the Bible says in all of those words.
The only things that are different in my version than the KJV and the NIV are: I call the LORD, the Lord; your God, or the Lord; my God, or some variation, or by the name Yah, as that is the shortened version of the name that certain people thought was so holy we should not have in in our mouths. Honestly, I think that was a terrible mistake. They have tried to make us forget The Most High God over and over again. I don’t use those cool caps, this not a bible, yet.
Shall is still will or may, it only makes sense. But shalt, that is either should, could, or would. Shall and shalt seem different to me sometimes.
I italicized the masculine pronouns used in reference to Yah or replaced them with God or Yah. The Most High God is not a man or a woman. I honestly feel that the wording of the Bible is one of the roots of chauvinism.
I changed some of the ands to buts–the NIV did also. Please remember that there were a lot of liberties taken in the translation of the first bibles, as the original texts in Hebrew have no vowels or punctuation at all. So please remember that basically every word in it was decoded and made up.
I also tried to figure out who was speaking and quoted them. This was the most difficult part, I guess this is why others also have tried and have fallen short. My words are in italics, always.
I hope my effort is good enough. This is an attempt to help, not hinder. Who really knows what Yah said? But there are definitely certain things that we can all feel in our hearts are universal truths. Yah is that universal truth. All we can honestly do is hope we are not being misled by our minds which are constantly under attack by an enemy which wants us to kill ourselves.
I am not here and writing this to mislead you. I am not writing anything that I do not believe. From the depths of my heart, I truly feel that this wicked world would be a much better place if we all hearken to the truth in this book. My children will be able to pick this up and understand what the Bible says. They will also understand that I did not write the Bible, this is merely another translation, my reiteration checked against the translation of 1611.
I am only of weak flesh also, and am in no way as perfect as the Most High can make us. But these words speak to my soul, and by the grace of the Most High, the backing of our interceder, and the power of the Holy Spirit, I am faithful that I have been charged to interpret.
The vague truth is mixed up in here some place. Your charge is to learn and understand on your own what it is because everyone’s truth is not the same. But regardless of the blessings and curses we have inherited from our forefathers, and foremothers also, we still change the destinies of our offspring with every choice we make, like our forefathers and foremothers have shaped ours.
No one can give the answers you seek, except you and a genuine pursuit for truth. This fact does not solely pertain to the search of peace and happiness through Yah the Most High. In my search of that particular truth, I went to Grandmom for the answers, and she was the first person to tell me that God had them. When I asked God, this is the answer that I got:
66) Food in the Desert
And all of Israel journeyed from Elim on the fifteenth day of the second month. And they came to the Wilderness of Sin, which is between Sinai and Elim. And all of Israel began to mutter about Moses and Aaron. And the Children of Israel said to them, “God should have let us die by his hand in Egypt, while we sat by the meat pots, and when we ate bread till we were full. But you have brought us out into the wilderness to die of hunger.”
Then Yah told Moses, “Watch, I will make bread rain down from Heaven for you. And the people are to go out and gather a certain amount every day, so they can prove whether they will follow my laws or not. And on the sixth day, they will gather twice as much as they gathered on the other days, and they will prepare it.”
And Moses and Aaron said to all of Israel, “At evening, you will know that Yah has brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning, you will see the glory of Yah. Yah has heard your mutterings. You are not muttering about us, who are we?”
And Moses said, “This will be when Yah gives you meat to eat in the evening, and bread to eat your fill of in the morning. Yah has heard your mutterings against him. Your mutterings are not against us. They are against Yah, who are we?”
And Moses told Aaron, “Tell all of Israel, ‘Come to Yah. He has heard your muttering.’”
And it so happened, that when Aaron spoke to all of Israel, they looked out toward the wilderness, and saw that the glory of Yah had appeared to them in a cloud. And Yah told Moses, “I have heard the mutterings of Israel. Go talk to them, tell them, ‘This evening you will eat meat, and in the morning you will eat your fill of bread. And you will know that I am Yah; your God.’”
And it so happened, that in the evening, quails came and covered the camp. And in the morning, there was dew everywhere. And when the dew dried up, they saw little round things about the size of frost flakes lying all over the ground. And when the Children of Israel saw it, they said to each other, “It is manna.” Because they did not know what it was.
And Moses told them, “This is the bread that Yah has given you to eat. Yah has commanded, ‘Each person is to gather as much as they needs for their family. Take an omer for each person you have in your house.’” And they did as they were supposed to. Some gathered a little, and some gathered a lot. But when they measured it by the omer, the people who gathered a lot, did not have too much, and the people who gathered a little, had enough. Everyone gathered as much as they needed.
And Moses told them, “Let no one keep any of it till morning.” Nonetheless, some of them did not hearken to the words of Moses, and saved some till the morning. It made worms, and stank. And Moses was furious. And they gathered it every morning. Each person took what they needed. And as the sun waxed hot, it dissolved.
And it so happened, that on the sixth day, they gathered twice as much bread—two omers for each person. And the rulers of the congregation told Moses what was happening.
And he said to them, “This is what Yah has said, ‘Tomorrow is a day of rest; the holy Sabbath to Yah. Bake what you will bake, and boil what you will boil. Today, you can save whatever you do not cook until the morning.’”
And they saved some till morning, like Moses told them. But it did not stink, and there was not a worm in it. And Moses said to them, “Eat that today. Today is a Sabbath to Yah. Today, you will not find it in the field. Six days you will gather it. But on the seventh day; the Sabbath, there will be none.”
And it so happened, that some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather some. But there was none to be found. And Yah said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my laws and commandments? Look, Yah has given you the Sabbath. This is why he gave you two days’ worth of bread on the sixth day. Everyone is to stay where they are. No one is to leave their place on the seventh day.” So, the people rested on the seventh day. And the house of Israel called the name of it “Manna”. It tasted like wafers made of honey, and was white like coriander seed.
And Moses said, “This is what Yah commands, ‘Gather an omer of manna to be kept from generation to generation so they may see the bread that I have fed you in the wilderness when I brought you out of the land of Egypt.’”
And Moses said to Aaron, “Take a pot and fill it with an omer of manna, and lay it up before Yah to be kept from generation to generation.” And as Yah commanded Moses, Aaron laid the manna in front of the testimony, so it could be kept. And the Children of Israel ate manna for forty years until they came to an inhabited land. They ate manna until they came to the borders of the land of Canaan. (An omer is one tenth of an ephah.)
67) Thirst in the Wilderness
And all of Israel traveled from the Wilderness of Sin. And after all of the places Yah made them stop, they setup camp in Rephidim, but there was no water there for the people to drink. And the people fussed at Moses. They said, “Give us water so we may drink.”
And Moses asked them, “Why are you fussing at me? Why are you trying Yah?”
But the people thirsted there for water. And they muttered against Moses, “Why have you brought us out of Egypt to kill us, our children, and our cattle with thirst?”
And Moses cried out to Yah. He said, “What will I do with these people? They are about ready to stone me.”
And Yah said to Moses, “Go out before the people, take some of the elders of Israel with you, and your walking stick that you smote the river with. Take it in your hand and go. And watch, I will stand before you, on the rock in Horeb, and you will smite the rock and water will come out, so the people may drink.”
And Moses did these things in the sight of the elders of Israel. And he named the place Massah and Meribah, because Israel fussed at Moses, and tried Yah by asking, “Is Yah among us, or not?”
Then Amalek came and fought against Israel in Rephidim. And Moses told Joshua, “Choose from our men, and go fight Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the hilltop with the walking stick of God in my hand.”
So, Joshua did as Moses told him. He fought against Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And it so happened, that when Moses held up his hands, Israel was triumphant, and when he let his hands down, Amalek was triumphant.
But Moses’ arms grew weary. And they took a stone, put it underneath him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur kept up his hands, one on one side and one on the other. And his hands were steady until the sun went down. And Joshua defeated the people of Amalek with the edge of his sword. And Yah told Moses, “Write this down in a book as a memorial. And make sure that Joshua gets to hear of it, because I will completely remove the memory of Amalek from under Heaven.”
And Moses built an altar. He called it YHWH Nissi, because he said, “Yah has sworn that Yah will be at war with Amalek from generation to generation.”
68) Moses’ Family Comes
When Jethro the priest of Midian; Moses’ father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses and Israel; God’s people, and how Yah had brought Israel out of Egypt—Moses’ father-in-law took in his wife Zipporah when Moses sent her. He also took in her two sons. One of them was named Gershom, because Moses said, “I have been an alien in a strange land.” And the other’s name was Eliezer, because he said, “The God of my father was my help and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh.”
And Moses’ father-in-law Jethro came to Moses in the wilderness while he camped by the mountain of God. He brought Moses’ wife and two sons with him. He sent word to Moses, saying, “I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you with your wife and two sons.” And Moses went out to meet his father-in-law. And he paid him homage and he kissed him. They asked each other how they were and they went into the tent.
And Moses told his father-in-law all that Yah had done to Pharaoh and the Egyptians for the sake of Israel, and of all the trials they have come against on the way, and how Yah had delivered them. And Jethro rejoiced over all the good that Yah had done to Israel, which God had delivered out of the hands of the Egyptians.
And Jethro said, “Blessed be Yah, who has delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of Pharaoh, and has delivered the people from the hand of the Egyptians. Now I know that Yah is greater than all gods. When they acted proudly, he was greater than them.”
And Moses’ father-in-law Jethro brought a burnt offering and other sacrifices to God. And Aaron came, and all the elders of Israel did likewise, to eat bread with Moses’ father-in-law before God.
And it so happened, that the next day Moses sat to judge between the people. And the people stood by waiting for Moses from the morning until the evening. And when Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he did for the people, he said to him, “What are you doing to these people? Why are you sitting by yourself with all of these people standing by waiting for you from morning till evening?”
And Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God. When they have an issue, they come to me, and I judge between them and teach them God’s edicts and laws.”
And Moses’ father-in-law told him, “You are not doing a good thing. You will surely wear yourselves out, both you and the people with you. This thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to perform this by yourself alone. Hearken to my voice—I will counsel you, and God will be with you. You will be God’s spokesman to the people, and you will bring their issues to God. And you should teach them the statutes and laws. And you should show them how to live and what they must do.
As a matter of fact, you should choose leaders from the people—they should be qualified men who fear God, honest men who hate covetousness. They will be the leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. Let them be the peoples’ judges. They are to take care of the small issues themselves, but the big issues, they will bring to you. They will bear the burden with you. It will be easier for you. If you do this thing, which God does command that you do, then you would be able to handle it. And all these people will leave fulfilled.”
And Moses hearkened to the words of his father-in-law, and did all that he told him. And Moses chose quality men from among the Children of Israel. He made them rulers over thousands, and hundreds, and fifties, and over tens. And they were the judges over all matters. They brought the hard issues to Moses, but dealt with the small issues themselves. And Moses let his father-in-law leave. And Jethro went home to his own land.
69) At God’s Mountain
Exactly three months from the day that the Children of Israel left out of Egypt, they came to the Wilderness of Sinai. They left from Rephidim and came to the Wilderness of Sinai. They setup camp in the wilderness, by the mountain.
And Moses went up to God, and Yah called to him out of the mountain. Yah told Moses, “This is what you should say to the house of Jacob and tell the Children of Israel: ‘You have seen what I have done to the Egyptians, and how I have brought you on eagles’ wings to myself. Now therefore, if you will obey my voice, and keep my covenant, then you will be my most precious treasure above all people, for all of the Earth is mine. And you will be to me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you should speak to the Children of Israel.”
So, Moses went and convened with the elders of Israel. He put before them all of the words that Yah had commanded him. And all the people answered together, “All that Yah has said, we will do.” And Moses brought the peoples’ response back to Yah.
And Yah told Moses, “Listen, I come to you in a heavy cloud so that the people will hear when I speak with you, and will believe you forever.” This is when Moses told Yah the peoples’ response.
And Yah told Moses, “Go to the people and sanctify them, today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes. And be ready for the third day, because on the third day Yah will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. And you should set boundaries for the people. And warn them, ‘Do not go up into the mountain, or even touch its border. Whosoever touches it will surely be put to death. A hand will not touch them. They will surely be stoned or shot through. Whether it be man or beast, it will not live.’ When the trumpet sounds for a long time, they will be able to come up to the mountain.”
And Moses went back down the mountain. He blessed the people, and they washed their clothes. And he told the people, “Be ready for the third day, do not advance upon your wives.”
And it so happened, that on the morning of the third day, there was thunder and lightning, and a thick cloud covered the mountain, and the voice of the trumpet blasted exceedingly loud.
It made all the people in the camp tremble. And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the bottom of the mountain. And Mount Sinai was engulfed by smoke, because Yah descended on it in fire. The smoke rose like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked horribly.
And when the voice of the trumpet sounded for a long time and waxed louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him with a voice.
And Yah came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And Yah called Moses to the top of the mountain, and he went up.
And Yah said to Moses, “Go down and warn the people, or else they will try to come up here to get a glimpse at Yah and many of them will perish. And the priests also, they must sanctify themselves before they come near Yah, or Yah will break forth against them.”
And Moses responded to Yah, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai. You told us, ‘Put boundaries around the mountain and sanctify it’”
And Yah told him, “Leave now, you should go down and come back with Aaron. But do not let the priests and the people rush up here to try to see Yah, or else Yah will break forth against them.” So, Moses went down to the people and spoke to them.
70) Yah’s Commandments
And God spoke all these words. God said, “I am Yah; your God, which has brought you out of the land of Egypt; out of the house of servitude. You should have no other Gods before me.
You should not carve or sculpt any image or likeness of anything that is in Heaven above, or that is on the Earth beneath, or in the water under the Earth for yourself to call God.
You should not bow down to them or serve them. Because I; Yah; your God, am a jealous God, dealing the consequences of those that hate me to their descendants for three and four generations, and showing mercy to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
You should not use the Name of Yah; your God, in vain. The Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses Yah’s Name.
Remember to keep the Sabbath day holy. For six days you should labor and do all of your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of Yah; your God. You should not do any work—not you, or your son, or your daughter, nor your manservant, your maidservant, your cattle, or the strangers living within your gates. For in six days Yah made Heaven and Earth, the sea, and all that are in them, and rested on the seventh day. So, Yah blessed the Sabbath day and sanctified it.
Honor your father and mother, so that your days may be long in the land that Yah; your God, has given to you.
You should not kill a person intentionally.
You should not commit adultery.
You should not steal.
You should not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You should not covet your neighbor’s house. You should not covet your neighbor’s wife, his manservant, maidservant, ox, ass, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
And all the people saw the thundering and lightning, and they heard the noise of the trumpet and witnessed that the mountain was smoking. And when the people saw it, they moved and stood far away. And they said to Moses, “If you speak to us, we will pay attention. But do not let God speak with us, or else we will die.”
And Moses responded to the people, “Fear not, God has come to prove a point and to strike fear into your hearts, so that you will not sin.” The people stood back, but Moses went closer to the thick darkness where God was.
And Yah said to Moses, “Tell Israel, ‘You have seen that I have talked to you from Heaven. You should not make any gods of silver or gold to place beside me. You should make an altar of earth for me, and you should sacrifice your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, and your sheep and your oxen on it. Everywhere I make my Name known, I will come to you and bless you. And if you make an altar out of stone, you should not build it with cut stone, because if you use a tool on it, you have sullied it. Nor should you use steps to go up to my altar, or your nakedness will be seen.’
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