NOSE OF MACROPROSOPUS.
171. AND come, behold, lo! it is written,
Isaiah xli. 4: "I, Tetragrammaton, (am) first and with the last. I am
HE HIMSELF" (Hoa).
172. All things are HVA, Hoa, He
Himself, and He Himself is hidden on every side. So also is His nose.
173. From the nose is the face known.
174. And come--see! What is the (difference)
between the Ancient One and Microprosopus? Over these nostrils He ruleth; one
of which is life, and the other is the life of life.
175. This nose is as a mighty gallery, whence
His spirit rusheth forth upon Microprosopus, and they call it the Giver.
176. And it is thus: The Spirit descendeth; and
again the Spirit from hence proceedeth through those nostrils.
177. One is the Spirit; She goeth forth unto
Microprosopus, so that he may be aroused in the Garden of Eden.
178. And one is She the Spirit of Life, through
Whom in process of time the sons of David hope to know Wisdom.
179. And from that gallery ariseth the Spirit,
and proceedeth from the concealed brain, and at length resteth upon King
180. Like as it is written, Isaiah xi. 2: "And
the Spirit of Tetragrammaton shall rest upon him, the Spirit of Wisdom and
Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Might, the Spirit of Knowledge, and
of the Fear of Tetragrammaton."
181. Apparently four spirits (are described)
here. But we have already said that the Spirit is one; why, then, are three (others
added unto it?). Arise, Rabbi Yosi, in thy place.
182. Rabbi Yosi arose and said: "in the days of
King Messiach, one shall not say unto the other, 'Teach me this Wisdom.'
183. "Because it is thus written, Jer. xxxi.
34: 'A man shall no more teach his neighbour, &c., because all shall know Me,
from the least of them even unto the greatest of them.'
184. "And in that time shall the Ancient of
Days arouse His Spirit which proceedeth from His brain, the most concealed of
185. "And when that cometh forth all the
inferior spirits are aroused with Her.
186. "And who are they? They are the holy
crowns of Microprosopus.
187. "And there are six other spirits which are
given. They are those of whom it is written: 'The Spirit of Wisdom and
Intelligence, the Spirit of Counsel and Might, the Spirit of Knowledge and of
the Fear of the Lord.'
188. "For thus is the tradition: It is written,
1 Kings ii. 12: 'And Solomon sat upon the throne of David.' Also it is
written, 1 Kings x. 19: 'The throne had six steps.'
189. "And King Messiach will be seated on those
seven (steps). These are those six, and the Spirit of the Ancient of Days, Who
is above them, is the seventh.
190. "Like as it is said, 'There are three
spirits which comprehend three others.'"
191. Rabbi Schimeon said unto him: "Thy spirit
shall rest in the world to come."
192. Come--behold! It is written, Ezek. xxxvii.
9: "Thus saith the Lord, 'Come from the four winds, O Spirit!' But what have
the four winds of the world to do with this?
193. Nevertheless, the four winds are aroused;
those three, namely, and the Spirit of the Concealed Ancient One; whence there
194. And thus is the matter; because when that
one is produced, three others are produced with it, who in themselves
comprehend three others.
195. But it is the will of that Holy and
Blessed One to produce the one Spirit, Who in Herself includeth all others.
196. Because it is written, Ezek. xxxvii. 9:
"From the four spirits, come, O spirit! It is not written thus: "Ye four
spirits, come!" but "From the four spirits, come!"
197. And in the days of King Messiach there
shall be no need that one should teach another; for that one Spirit Who in
Herself includeth all spirits, knoweth all Wisdom and Understanding, Counsel
and Might, (and is) the Spirit of Science and of the Fear of the Lord;
because She is the Spirit comprehending all spirits.
198. Therefore is it written, "From the four
spirits;" which are those four comprehended in the seven steps of which we
have just spoken, § 189.
199. And this is the tradition: All things are
comprehended in this Spirit of the Ancient of the Ancient Ones, 1
Who proceedeth from the concealed brain, into the gallery of the nostrils.
200. And come--see! Wherein is the difference
between the nose (of Macroprosopus), and the nose (of Microprosopus).
201. The nose of the Ancient of Days is life in
every part. Concerning the nose of Microprosopus it is written, Ps. xviii. 8.
"There went up smoke out of His nostrils, and fire out of His mouth devoured,"
202. There goeth up a smoke through His
nostrils, and out of that smoke is a fire kindled.
203. When that smoke goeth up, what afterwards
followeth? Coals are kindled by it. What is the meaning of this, "by it?" By
that smoke, out of that nose, out of that fire.
204. This is the tradition: When Rav Hammenuna
the elder wished to offer up his prayer, he said, "I pray unto the Lord of the
nostrils, unto the Lord of the nostrils do I pray."
205. And this is that which is written, Isa.
xlviii. 9: "In my praise (that is, My nose) will I refrain My nostrils for
thee." In which place the sentence is concerning the Ancient of Days.
206. This is the tradition. The size of this
nose is so
vast that three hundred and seventy-five worlds
are supported by it, which all adhere unto Microprosopus.
207. This is the praise of the conformation of
208. And this, and all forms of the Ancient of
Days, are seen, and are not seen; they are seen by the lords of lords--viz.,
by pious men--and they are not seen by any others.
Chapter XI: Concerning the Beard of Macroprosopus in General