After These Things

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261) Through awakening below, there is awakening above, as it is written, “I am my beloved’s, and his desire is for me.” This is so because there is no awakening above before there is awakening below, and the blessings above are present only where there is substance, not in an empty place, without substance.

262) How do we know that? From Ovadiah’s wife, to whom Elisha said, “Tell me, what do you have in the house,” since there are no blessings above on an empty table or an empty place. This is why it is written about Ovadiah’s wife, “And she said, ‘Your maidservant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.’” And why a jar? It is because it contained only enough for oiling the finger, meaning VAK without Rosh, which is called “the little finger,” as in a severed Vav.

263) Elisha said, “You have comforted me,” for I did not know how there would be blessings above in an empty place. But now that you have oil, it is a place in which there will be blessings because there are blessings in the oil.

264) But it is written, “It is like the dew of Hermon coming down upon the mountains of Zion.” This is adjacent to the words, “For there the Lord commanded the blessing.” And it does not say “oil” but “dew.” Thus, dew is the place of the blessing, not the oil. However, it is oil and it is dew, meaning they are both the same discernment, since this dew is what the Creator threw from the upper oil, and this oil comes out to the right side.

265) They are two, wine and oil, and they go to two sides—wine to the left and oil to the right. From the right, the blessings come out to the world. Also, the holy kingship is anointed from there to the kings of Israel. And because the oil was first corrected below—for she had only “a jar of oil,” an awakening below—oil came down from above, which is the emptying of the blessings from above, an awakening above.

266) Out of the awakening above of this oil, it is about to be emptied on David and Solomon, so they will both be blessed.

267) We learn from the table of the showbread, from which blessings and nourishments come forth to the world, that it must not be empty for even a moment so the blessings will not pass away from there. Similarly, it is forbidden to bless on an empty table since the blessings from above are not present on an empty table.

268) It is written, “I am my beloved’s, and his desire is for me.” In the beginning, “I am my beloved’s,” and afterwards, “And his desire is for me.” “I am my beloved’s” is to first set up a place for him with an awakening from below, and then, “And his desire is for me.”

269) Divinity is not present with the wicked. When a person comes to purify and bring himself closer to the Creator, Divinity is over him. It is written about it, “I am my beloved’s,” first, and then, “And his desire is for me,” since when one comes to purify, he is purified.

270) After these things, when Abraham chased the kings and the Creator killed them, Abraham was astonished. He said, “Perhaps I missed all of that reward when I was bringing people in penance to the Creator and held them to bring them closer to him, since now people were killed by me.

Promptly, the Creator told him, “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield, your reward shall be very great.” In other words, you are being rewarded for them, for them being killed, since all of them will never be rewarded with reforming their deeds.

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