The second portion of the book of Sh’mot/Exodus is Va’era, which means “I Appeared.” This is the 14th Torah Portion.
Torah Portion: Exodus 6:2 – 9:35
Haftorah: Ezekiel 28:25 – 29:21
Apostolic Writings: Revelation
6:8, 8:8, 9:1-3; 16:1-4, 13-14
You can read or listen to the portions below:
Ezekiel 28:25 – 29:21
“The LORD Elohim says, ‘Once I have gathered the house of Isra’el from the peoples among whom they are scattered, once I have shown my holiness in them as the Goyim watch, then they will live in their own land, which I gave to my servant Ya‘akov. They will have security when they live there, building houses and planting vineyards; yes, they will live in safety, once I have executed judgments against all their contemptuous neighbors. Then they will know that I am The LORD their G-d.’”
On the twelfth day of the tenth month of the tenth year, the word of The LORD came to me: “Human being, turn your face against Pharaoh king of Egypt; prophesy against him and against all Egypt; speak out; and say that The LORD Elohim says:
‘I am against you,
Pharaoh king of Egypt,
you big crocodile
lying in the streams of the Nile!
You say, “My Nile is mine;
I made it for myself.”
But I will put hooks in your jaws
and make your Nile fish stick to your scales.
Yes, I will bring you up from your Nile,
with all your Nile fish sticking to your scales,
and leave you in the desert,
you and all your Nile fish.
You will fall in the open field
and not be gathered or buried;
but I will give you as food
to wild animals and birds.
Then all who live in Egypt
will know that I am The LORD,
because they have been a support made of straw
for the house of Isra’el.
When they grasped you in hand, you splintered
and threw all their shoulders out of joint;
when they leaned on you, you broke
and made them all wrench their backs.’
“Therefore The LORD Elohim says, ‘I will bring the sword against you and eliminate both your people and your animals. The land of Egypt will become a desolate waste, and they will know that I am The LORD; because he said, “The Nile is mine; I made it.” So I am against you and your Nile; and I will make the land of Egypt a totally desolate waste from Migdol to S’venah, all the way to the border of Ethiopia. No human foot will pass through it, and no animal foot will pass through it; it will be uninhabited for forty years. Yes, I will make the land of Egypt desolate, even when compared with other desolate countries, likewise her cities in comparison with other ruined cities; they will be desolate forty years. I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations and disperse them through the countries.’
“For this is what The LORD Elohim says: ‘At the end of forty years I will gather the Egyptians from the peoples where they were scattered — I will restore the fortunes of Egypt and cause them to return to the land of their origin, Patros. But there they will be a humble kingdom, the humblest of kingdoms. It will never again dominate other nations; I will reduce them, so that they never again rule other nations. Moreover, they will no longer be a source of confidence for Isra’el to turn to; rather, it will only bring to mind their guilt in having turned to them before. Then they will know that I am The LORD Elohim.’”
On the first day of the first month of the twenty-seventh year, the word of The LORD came to me: “Human being, N’vukhadretzar king of Bavel had his army mount a massive expedition against Tzor; [the loads of dirt they carried] made every head bald and every shoulder raw; yet neither he nor his army derived any benefit from Tzor out of this expedition against it. Therefore The LORD Elohim says, ‘I will give the land of Egypt to N’vukhadretzar king of Bavel. He will carry off its riches, take its spoil and its prey; and these will be the wages for his army. I am giving him the land of Egypt as his wages for which he worked, because they were working for me,’ says The LORD Elohim. ‘When that day comes I will cause power to return to the house of Isra’el, and I will enable you [Yechezk’el] to open your mouth among them. Then they will know that I am The LORD.’”
I looked, and there in front of me was a pallid, sickly-looking horse. Its rider’s name was Death, and Sh’ol followed behind him. They were given authority to kill one-quarter of the world by war, by famine, by plagues and with the wild animals of the earth.
The second angel sounded his shofar, and what looked like an enormous blazing mountain was hurled into the sea. A third of the sea turned to blood,
The fifth angel sounded his shofar; and I saw a star that had fallen out of heaven onto the earth, and he was given the key to the shaft leading down to the Abyss. He opened the shaft of the Abyss, and there went up smoke from the shaft like the smoke of a huge furnace; the sun was darkened, and the sky too, by the smoke from the shaft. Then out of the smoke onto the earth came locusts, and they were given power like the power scorpions have on earth.
I heard a loud voice from the sanctuary say to the seven angels, “Go, and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of G-d’s fury!”
So the first one went and poured his bowl onto the earth, and disgusting and painful sores appeared on all the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.
The second one poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became like the blood of a dead person, and every living thing in the sea died.
The third one poured out his bowl into the rivers and springs of water, and they turned to blood.And I saw three unclean spirits that looked like frogs; they came from the mouth of the dragon, from the mouth of the beast and from the mouth of the false prophet. 14They are miracle-working demonic spirits which go out to the kings of the whole inhabited world to assemble them for the War of the Great Day of The LORD of Hosts.