And God Saw the Earth

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39) “And God saw the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt.” Why was the earth corrupt? Is the earth punishable? But it is written, “for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.” When people are righteous and keep the Mitzvot of the Torah, the earth is strengthened and every joy is in it because the Shechina is on the earth. At that time the upper and the lower are all in joy.

40) When people corrupt their ways, do not keep the Mitzvot of the Torah, and sin before their Maker, they seemingly repel the Shechina from the world and the earth becomes corrupt, since the Shechina is repelled from it and is not on it. At that time it becomes corrupt because another spirit is on it, one that destroys the world.

41) Can it be that even in the land of Israel there was another spirit? But on the land of Israel, no other spirit and no other appointee is on her; only the Creator. So why was the land of Israel corrupted? Indeed, no other appointee and no other messenger is on the land of Israel, only the Creator. However, the harm-doer can be on it for one hour and harm people. From where do we know it? From David, as it is written, “And … [David] saw the angel of the Lord standing … with his drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem.” And then the earth was corrupted.

42) Even when he saw the Creator’s angel standing, it was the Creator. The Creator governs it between the good and the bad. For better, since the land of Israel was not handed over to be under any appointee, and there is no one who does good to it but the Creator. And all the dwellers of the world will be ashamed of their actions, since they are under appointees. For worse, only the Creator governs it, so the appointees will not delight in governing it at that time.

43) It is written, “For she has seen the nations enter her Temple,” destroying the house. Does this mean that if the appointees were not governing, the house would not be ruined? It is written, “For You have made,” and it is also written, “The Lord has done what He devised.” Thus, it was done by the Creator Himself, and not by the appointees.

44) It is written, “And God saw the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt.” It is also written, “And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way,” for then the earth calls upward, to ZA, and ascends in high merit, beautifying her face. Like a female adorning herself before the male, so is the earth, since she has raised righteous sons to the king, ZA.

45) When the generation of the flood did not repent, it is written, “And God saw the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt,” as a woman who has become impure and hides her face from her husband. When people’s iniquities multiply to sin in public, the earth appears as a shameless female, as it is written, “And the earth is polluted by its inhabitants.” This is why He saw that she became corrupt, “for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.”

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