But From the Wicked Their Light Is Withheld

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34) What does it mean when it says, “Go forth from your country and from your kindred”? Because everyone came out of Ur of the Chaldees to go to the land of Canaan, why was it not said that everyone would go?

35) Even though Terah was an idol worshipper, because he was awakened by a good awakening to go out with Abraham—and the Creator desires the repentance of the wicked—he began to come out. Why does it not say “Go forth” in plural form? Why was “Go forth” said only to Abraham?

36) When Terah went out of Ur of the Chaldees, it was not in order to repent. Rather, it was only to be saved that he went out, since all the people in his country wanted to kill him. After they saw that Abraham was saved from the furnace, they said to Terah, “You are the one who was misleading us with those statutes, and they wanted to kill him. And because of the fear of them, Terah went out. Hence, when he reached Haran, he did not leave there anymore, since it is written, “And Abram went … and Lot went with him,” but Terah is not mentioned in the writing.

37) Instead, it is written, “But from the wicked, their light is withheld, and the uplifted arm is broken.” “But from the wicked, their light is withheld” is Nimrod and his contemporaries, from whom Abraham—who was their light—went out. “And the uplifted arm is broken” is Nimrod.

38) Another meaning, “But from the wicked, their light is withheld” is Terah and his household. Their light is Abraham, since it does not say “The light,” but “Their light,” which was with them, meaning Abraham who was with them and departed them. “And the uplifted arm is broken” is Nimrod, who was luring all the people in the world after him. This is why it says, “Go forth,” to shine for you and for all those who will come out of you henceforth.

39) After Abraham went out they did not see light any longer. When it writes, “Bright in the skies,” it relates to Abraham, whom the Creator wished to attach to the upper light so he would illuminate there.

40) “But the wind passes, and cleanses them” relates to Terah and his town’s people, since afterwards, Terah and all of his town’s people repented. It is written, “And the souls that they had made in Haran.” Thus, his town’s people repented. Terah repented, as it is written, “And you shall come to your fathers in peace.” If Terah did not repent, the Creator would not tell Abraham that he would come to his fathers in peace.”

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