For He Pays a Man According To His Work

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25) When the Creator created the world, He established it on judgment. And all the actions in the world exist on judgment. But in order to sustain the world, so it is not destroyed, the Creator spreads mercy on it, and these mercies detain the judgment so it will not destroy the world. And the world behaves with mercy and persists through it.

26) And should you say that the Creator judges a man without trial, we learned that when there is judgment over man, and he is righteous, it is because of the Creator’s love for him. It is as we have learned, that when the Creator is merciful to man with love, to bring him closer to Him, He breaks the body so as to ordain the soul. And then man comes closer to Him with love, as it should be—the soul governs man and the body weakens.

27) Man needs a weak body and a strong soul, one that prevails with strength. And then the Creator loves him. The Creator gives sorrow to the righteous in this world in order to purify him for the next world.

28) And when the soul is weak and the body is strong, he is an enemy of the Creator, for He does not desire him and does not give him sorrow in this world. Instead, his path is straight and he is in complete wholeness. This is because if he acts justly or his deeds are good, the Creator pays his reward in this world, and he will have no share in the next world. For this reason, the righteous who is always broken is loved by the Creator. These words apply only if one has tested and has not found within him a sin for which to be punished.

29) Divinity does not dwell in a place of sadness, but in a place of joy. And if one has no joy, Divinity will not be in that place. How do we know that? From Jacob. He mourned over Joseph, and Divinity parted from him. Since joy came to him with the news of Joseph, “…the spirit of Jacob their father was revived” immediately. This is perplexing, for here the righteous has been broken by his troubles because he is weak and breaks with pain; hence, where is the joy?

30) We also see how the Creator loves the righteous ones. They did not break in sickness and in pain and their bodies were never weakened. How are these different from those, that those broke and these stand properly with the bodies?

31) And should you say that those are in their rightful place, it is because they are the righteous, sons of righteous, while the others, whose bodies broke, are righteous, but not sons of righteous. But we see that even with righteous, sons of righteous, and even those whose fathers were righteous, sons of righteous, still their bodies break in pain. So why do their bodies break in pain and they suffer all their lives?

32) However, all of the Creator’s deeds are true and just. There are times when the moon, Nukva, is deficient and in judgment, while the sun, ZA, is not with her. And every hour she should emit souls to people, as she first collected them from ZA, at every hour and at any time. Hence, now she elicits the souls during the deficiency, as well, when she is in judgment. And any one who receives her at that time will always be deficient, and poverty will extend to him and he will always be breaking under judgment all his days, whether he is righteous or wicked. And prayer alone removes all the judgments and sentences, and he can remove them by prayer.

33) And when that degree, the Nukva is in a state of wholeness, and a river stretches and comes out of Eden, which is Yesod, he then uses that soul that emerges from the Nukva and clings to man. Thus, that man is completed with everything—wealth, sons, and perfection of the body.

34) And all of this is because of fortune, which is Yesod, which comes out and joins the degree, the Nukva, to be completed in it and be blessed by it. And this is why everything depends on luck. For this reason, sons, life, and nourishment do not depend on merit, but on luck, since he is not pure until the Nukva is filled and shines from the luck, which is Yesod.

35) And this is why all those who broke in this world, and are truly righteous, were broken in this world and were sentenced with judgments because the soul that they received from the Nukva was deficient and caused it to them. And for this reason, the Creator has mercy over them in the next world.

Thus, we see that there are judgments on a righteous person, too, even though he did not commit any sins, for the suffering brings him closer to the love of God. And he asks two questions about that: 1) If the body of a righteous man suffers, then he is sad. But Divinity is present only when man is in joy? 2) We see that there are righteous people who were rewarded with the love of God even though they suffered no pains at all. And how are those different from these?

We must not answer that those who were rewarded with the love of God painlessly, it was because they were righteous, sons of righteous, since we see that even righteous, sons of righteous were tormenting all their days. And it answers why there are righteous who suffer and righteous who are in complete wholeness. And it also answers why Divinity is not with man during sadness.

When the Nukva is attached to the left line, there are judgments in her. She elicits souls to people from all three lines—right, left, and middle. These contain all the times in the world, which are twenty-eight times. Just as she initially collected the souls from the three lines, she gives them to people from the left line. At that time, she is in judgment and deficient, and anyone who receives a soul at that time, during the control of the left line in the Nukva, is necessarily deficient. And judgments extend from the left line, whether the person who receives it is wicked or righteous.

However, there is a big difference between them. A wicked man, who has a soul from the left line, clings to it and never departs from it. But a righteous person, who has a soul from the left line, is purified by the force of the judgments and the suffering that come to him from the left line. He connects to the right line and is rewarded with the love of God, which extends from the right line and to the next world.

Thus, “He pays a man according to his work, and makes him find it according to his way.” Even though they have no sin, because they have a soul only from the left, and they are incomplete, the Creator, who loves them, takes them out of there through suffering and brings them to the right and to the next world, which is the illumination of Bina. And through that, they are rewarded with complete wholeness.

This explains why the Creator sends them suffering—since they are righteous and are worthy of the dwelling of Divinity, and Divinity is not present if they are not glad. Now we can thoroughly understand that the suffering is necessary to remove them from the left. And as long as they have not parted from the left they must be in sadness, and Divinity will not be over them

36) Everything that the Creator does is just. If He brings suffering upon a righteous person, it is to purify that soul and to bring it to the next world, for all of the Creator’s deeds are just and true. And to remove the filth she has received in this world, that body is broken and the soul is purified. This is why the Creator makes that righteous person suffer pain and torments in this world, and he will be cleansed from everything and will be rewarded with the life of the next world.

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