And They May Become Blood

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128) “Stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt, over their rivers, over their streams, and over their pools, and over all their ponds of water, that they may become blood.” How could he go to all the waters of the Egyptians in the whole of the land of Egypt? Moreover, it is written, “Seven days passed after the Lord had struck the Nile.” It writes “The Nile,” and you say, “Over their streams, and over their pools, and over all their ponds of water.”

129) Indeed, the water of the Egyptians is the Nile, and from there all the ponds and Niles and streams and springs are filled. This is why Aaron stretched out his hand to strike only the Nile, as it is written, “And the Egyptians could not drink water from the river.” Thus, the Nile contains all the water of Egypt.

130) The lower waters spread to several directions, to the right and to the left. The upper waters gather in the receptacle of the water, Yesod de ZA, as it is written, “And God said, ‘Let the waters … be gathered together unto one place.” It is also written, “And the gathering together of the waters He called ‘Seas.’” A firmament—in which there are sun and moon, stars and signs, and which is Yesod de ZA that contains within it all the lights of ZA—is the receptacle for the water that receives all the water, all the lights, and waters the earth, the bottom world, Malchut. When the earth receives water, it spreads them and dispenses them to every direction, and from there everything is watered.

131) When there is Din, the bottom world, Malchut, does not nurse from the firmament. It nurses from the left side and is not included in the right. At that time Malchut is called “The sword of the Lord is filled with blood.” Woe unto those who nurse from it and drink from it at that time, since at that time, the sea, Malchut, sucks from two sides: from Yesod de ZA and from the left side. Hence, it divides into two parts: white from the side of Yesod and red from the left side. At that time, it throws the part of Egypt, the red, into the Nile, and strikes their root above and below. This is why Israel drink water, since they cling to Yesod de ZA, which is the white part in Malchut, while the Egyptians drink blood, which is the red part in Malchut.

132) If you say that the plague of blood was only because of abomination, come and see that they drank the blood and it came in their intestines, and rose and broke out until Israel were selling them water for money, and then they drank water. This is the reason why the first plague to strike them was blood.

133) “I will extol You, my God, O King.” David said in correspondence with his degrees, “I will extol You.” “My God” means a God that is mine, Malchut, which is his degree. This is so because he wished to praise Malchut and bring it to the upper light, Bina, to mingle them in one another so that Malchut and Bina would all be one. And he said about that, “I will extol You, my God, O King.”

134) All his days, David tried to mend the throne, Malchut and illuminate her face with the light of Bina so it would protect her. He always illuminated the lower light, Malchut, with the upper light, Bina, so they would all be one, for Malchut to rise to Bina, at which time they are all one. When Solomon came, he found a complete world, Malchut, and the moon, which is the filled Malchut. This means that Malchut had already risen to Bina, was completed and filled there with all her lights, and there was no longer a need to go through the trouble of illuminating her.

135) When the Creator wishes to avenge idol worshipping peoples, the left side awakens and the moon, Malchut, is filled with blood from that side. At that time, blood pours out of the fountains and springs below, which are all those on the left side; hence their Din is blood.

136) When this blood awakens against some people, it is the blood of the slain, since it will evoke upon them a different nation that will come and kill them. But in Egypt, the Creator did not wish to bring upon them another nation, to evoke blood on them, to kill them, since Israel were among them and Israel that dwell in their land would not be sorry. Rather, the Creator struck them with blood in their rivers so they could not drink.

137) And because their government was ruling in that river, the Creator first visited their government, so their gods would be struck first, since the Nile was one of their gods. Similarly, the rest of their gods were emitting blood, as it is written, “And there shall be blood throughout the land of Egypt, both in woods and in stones.”

138) “Go then, eat your bread in happiness and drink your wine with a cheerful heart; for God has already approved your works.” What did Solomon see that he said this verse?

139) All his words were with wisdom. “Go then, eat your bread in happiness” means that when a person goes in the ways of the Creator, the Creator brings him closer and gives him peace and tranquility. Then the bread and wine that a man eats and drinks are with joy in the heart since the Creator desires his works.

140) Where is the wisdom in this verse?

141) Solomon warned people to crown the assembly of Israel, Malchut, with joy on the right side, meaning with light of Hassadim, which is bread. This is so because bread implies to the light of Hassadim. Afterwards he will be crowned with wine, left side, illumination of Hochma in the left of Bina, so that the faith of all, meaning Malchut, would be in complete joy on the right and on the left. And when she is between the two of them, all the blessings will be in the world, since this is the complete perfection of Malchut, that the illumination of the left, Hochma, will clothe in the light of Hassadim on the right, at which time both shine in her, which are bread and wine. And this is the meaning of the Creator wanting people’s actions.

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