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The Queen of Sheba and Her Only Son Menyelek (51-80)

The Queen of Sheba and Her Only Son Menyelek (51-80)

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51.
 How he said unto
ZADOK 
the Priest, "Go and bring the Covering 
(
or,Clothing 
)
which is upon it 
(
i.e.,
ZION
)
"
And he said unto
ZADOK 
the priest, "Go, bring that covering which is upon
ZION
, and takethee this covering which is better than that, and lay it over the two [coverings] which are below it." (Now this covering was made of threads of the finest gold wirework twistedtogether and hammered out into a pattern, and they were not woven like the threads of  purple.) "And the five mice
2
which were given to
ZION
, and the ten
3
figures of their shame(i.e., the emerods) which the nobles of the
PHILISTINES
made for their redemption—now onthe fringes are figures of gold that came forth from the land of 
Ḳ 
ÂDÊS
, which
MOSES
in
SINAI
commanded should be made (or, worked) in the fringe of the apparel of 
AARON
his brother— gather [all these] together in the covering of 
ZION
and give [them] to my son
DAVID
. For hismother said in [her] message by
TÂMRÎN
her servant, 'Give us some of the fringe of thecovering of 
ZION
, so that we may worship it, we and those who are in subjection unto us andall our kingdom.' And now, give it to him, and say unto him, 'Take [and] worship this coveringof 
ZION
, for thy mother sent a message concerning this, and hath said unto thee thyself, 'Giveus some of the fringe of its covering, which we can worship, so that we may not, like theheathen, worship another [god].' And
ZION
, the Tabernacle of the Law of God, shall be untothee a guide wheresoever thou art.
 p. 76
But it must remain with us perpetually, although wehave not paid it all the honour which is its due; and you, although it be not with you, musthonour it, and revere it according to what is due to it and what is meet. For God said unto
ELI
 by the mouth of 
SAMUEL
the Prophet, 'I wished you to remain, thou and thy father's house, tooffer up incense to the Tabernacle of My Law, and to dwell before Me for ever, but now Ihave repented. I will turn My face away from thee because thou hast treated My offeringswith contempt, and hast preferred thy sons to Me. And now, him that honoureth Me I willhonour, and him that esteemeth Me lightly I will esteem lightly; and I will destroy all thyseed.'
1
 This He said because the
LEVITES
had esteemed Him lightly. And say unto him: Takethis covering of 
ZION
, and this votive gift shall be in the place of it, and place it in thysanctuary. And when thou takest an oath and makest another to take an oath, swear thou andmake him to swear by it, so that thou dost not make mention of the names of other gods of theheathen. And when thou sacrificest let thy face be towards us, and sacrifice to
JERUSALEM
and the holy
ZION
; and when thou prayest let thy face be towards
JERUSALEM
, and praytowards us." Next 
Footnotes
 p. 75
 21 Samuel vi. 4.3The text of Samuel (vi. 4) gives "five emerods."
 p. 76
 11 Samuel ii. 29-34.
 
 
52.
 How 
ZADOK 
the Priest Departed 
And
ZADOK 
the priest went and gave
DAVID
the covering of 
ZION
, and he delivered untohim all the commands which
SOLOMON
had spoken. And
DAVID
, the son of 
SOLOMON
,rejoiced because of this, and he marvelled and held himself to be blessed exceedingly, andsaid, when the covering of the Tabernacle of the Law of God was committed to his charge,"This shall be to me my Lady." And
AZÂRYÂS
answered and said before his father, "Thourejoicest over the covering, but how very much more wilt thou rejoice over the Lady of the
 p.77
covering!" And his father said unto him, "Verily he rejoiceth over the Lady of the covering,and he might subjugate all of us if he were not going to his own country." And he said untothe king, "Make now a covenant with me that thou wilt give to this my son this possession for his Lady and his sponsor and his protection, that he may guard it all the days of his life, for himself and for his seed after him; and that thou wilt give him tithe, and that thou wilt givehim a city of refuge in thy kingdom, and also the tenth of the cities in all thy kingdom; andthat he shall be unto thee priest, and seer, and prophet, and teacher to thee and to thy seedafter thee, and the anointer with oil of thy kingdom for thy children and thy children'schildren." And he said, "I agree." And they struck (i.e., made) a covenant, and he receivedfrom his father the votive offering, and the covering of 
ZION
, and a chain of gold.And they loaded the wagons, and the horses, and the mules in order to depart, and they setout on their journey prosperously, and they continued to travel on. And
MICHAEL
the [Arch]Angel marched in front, and he spread out [his wings] and made them to march through thesea as upon dry land, and upon the dry land he cut a path for them and spreading himself outlike a cloud over them he hid them from the fiery heat of the sun. And as for their wagons, noman hauled his wagon, but he himself (i.e.,
MICHAEL
) marched with the wagons, and whether it was men, or horses, or mules, or loaded camels, each was raised above the ground to theheight of a cubit; and all those who rode upon beasts were lifted up above their backs to theheight of one span of a man, and all the various kinds of baggage which were loaded on the beasts, as well as those who were mounted on them, were raised up to the height of one spanof a man, and the beasts were lifted up to the height of one span of a man. And every onetravelled in the wagons
 p. 78
like a ship on the sea when the wind bloweth, and like a batthrough the air when the desire of his belly urgeth him to devour his companions, and like aneagle when his body glideth above the wind. Thus did they travel; there was none in front andnone behind, and they were disturbed neither on the right hand nor on the left.
53.
 How the Wagon was given to
ETHIOPIA
And they halted by
GÂZÂ
, the city of the mother of the king, which
SOLOMON
the king hadgiven to the Queen of 
ETHIOPIA
when she came to him. And from there they came in one dayto the border of 
GĔBĔ
. (
EGYPT
), the name of which is "
MESRÎN
". And when the sons of thewarriors of 
ISRAEL
saw that they had come in one day a distance of thirteen days' march, andthat they were not tired, or hungry, or thirsty, neither man nor beast, and that they all [felt] thatthey had eaten and drunk their fill, these sons of the warriors of 
ISRAEL
knew and believedthat this thing was from God. And they said unto their king, "Let us let down the wagons, for we have come to the water of 
ETHIOPIA
. This is the
TAKKAZÎ
which floweth down from
ETHIOPIA
, and watereth the Valley of 
EGYPT
"; and they let down their wagons there, and setup their tents.
 
And the sons of the warriors of 
ISRAEL
went and drove away all the people, and they saidunto [
DAVID
] their king, "Shall we tell thee a matter? Canst thou hold it [secret]?" And theKing said unto them, "Yes, I can [hold it secret]. And if ye will tell it to me I will never let itgo forth or repeat it to the day of my death." And they said unto him, "The sun descendedfrom heaven, and was given on
SINAI
to
ISRAEL
, and it became the salvation of the race of 
ADAM
, from
MOSES
to the seed of 
JESSE
, and behold, it is with thee by the Will of God. It isnot through us that this hath been done, but by the Will of God; it is not through us that this
 p.79
hath been done, but by the Will of Him that fashioned it and made it hath this happened. Wewished, and God hath fulfilled [our wish]; we agreed concerning it, and God made it good; weheld converse [concerning it], and God performed; we meditated [upon it], and God devisedthe plan; we spoke, and God was well pleased; we directed our gaze, and God directed itrightly; we meditated, and God hath justified. And now God hath chosen thee, and is well pleased with thy city, to be the servant of the holy and heavenly
ZION
, the Tabernacle of theLaw of God; and it shall be to thee a guide for ever, to thee and thy seed after thee if thou wiltkeep His command and perform the Will of the Lord thy God. For thou wilt not be able totake it back, even if thou wishest, and thy father cannot seize it, even if he wisheth, for itgoeth of its own free will whithersoever it wisheth, and it cannot be removed from its seat if itdoth not desire it. And behold, it is our Lady, our Mother and our salvation, our fortress andour place of refuge, our glory and the haven of our safety, to those who lean upon it."And
AZÂRYÂS
made a sign to
ÊLMEYÂS
, and he said unto him, "Go, beautify, and dress our Lady, so that our King may see her." And when
AZÂRYÂS
had said this, King
DAVID
was perturbed and he laid both hands upon his breast, and he drew breath three times and said,"Hast thou in truth, O Lord, remembered us in Thy mercy, the castaways, the people whomThou hast rejected, so that I may see Thy pure habitation, which is in heaven, the holy andheavenly
ZION
? With what shall we requite the Lord in return for all the good things which Hehath done for us? there being with Him no glory and praise! He hath crowned us with Hisgrace, so that we may know upon earth His praise and may all serve Him according to Hisgreatness. For He is the Good One to His chosen ones, and unto Him belongeth praise for ever."
 p. 80
 And King [
DAVID
] rose up and skipped about like a young sheep and like a kid of the goatsthat hath sucked milk in abundance from his mother, even as his grandfather 
DAVID
rejoiced before the Tabernacle of the Law of God. He smote the ground with his feet, and rejoiced inhis heart, and uttered cries of joy with his mouth. And what shall I say of the great joy andgladness that were in the camp of the King of 
ETHIOPIA
? One man told his neighbour, andthey smote the ground with their feet like young bulls, and they clapped their hands together,and marvelled, and stretched out their hands to heaven, and they cast themselves down withtheir faces to the ground, and they gave thanks unto God in their hearts. Next
54.
 How 
DAVID
[
the King of 
ETHIOPIA
]
Prophesied and Saluted 
ZION
And King [
DAVID
] came and stood up before
ZION
, and he saluted it, and made obeisancethereto, and said, "O Lord God of 
ISRAEL
, to Thee be praise, because Thou doest Thy Willand not the will of men. Thou makest the wise man to forget his wisdom, and Thou destroyest

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