SEPARATE MEMBERS OF EACH PERSONIFICATION, AND ESPECIALLY CONCERNING THE ARMS
997. HEREUNTO have adhered together both the
Woman and the Man; now in Their condition are They separated in arms and
998. Of the Male, one arm is right and the
999. In the first arm (otherwise in the holy
arm) three members 2 (or divisions) are bound
1000. And the two arms are completed. And they
are perfected in three members in the right arm, and in three members in the
1001. The three members of the right arm
correspond to the three members of the left arm.
1002. And therefore is mention only made of the
arm. For of the arms there is only made mention
of that on the right side; but in Exod. xv. 6 it is called, "Thy right hand, O
1003. Therefore it is said "the right hand of
Tetragrammaton," with reference to the three divisions of the Patriarchs 1
who have occupied those parts.
1004. And if thou shalt say: "Also these are
found (symbolized) in the three cavities of the skull."
1005. We have learned that all these three (as
to their conceptions) are expanded through and connected with the whole
body (of Microprosopus) through those three which are bound together in
the right arm.
1006. And therefore David desired Him, and
said, Ps. cx. i: "Sit thou with those on my right hand," that he might be
associated with the Patriarchs, and sit there in the perfect throne.
1007. And therefore it is written, Ps. cxviii.
22: "The stone which the builders rejected," because that he sat on the right
1008. This is that which is written, Dan. xii.
13: "And thou shalt rest, and rise again in thy lot at the limit of My right
1009. Like as if it were said: "Even as he who
is worthy of the friendship of the King is happy when the King extendeth His
right hand, and placeth him at His right hand."
1010. But when He sitteth, certain members are
extended as to this right hand, but the arm extendeth not the hand (otherwise,
when He sitteth, also the members are not extended, and the arm is not
forth but remaineth still), with its three
members, of which mention hath been made before.
1011. But when sinners are stirred up and
spread abroad in the world, three other members are excited, which are severe
judgment, and His arm is stretched forth.
1012. And when that arm is stretched forth, it
is as it were the right hand (also); but it is called "the arm of
Tetragrammaton": "O Tetragrammaton! Thine arm hath been stretched forth" (1
Kings viii. 42).
1013. When these three members are contained in
those three, all are called the right hand, and judgment is exercised and
10l4. This is that which is said, Exod. xv. 6:
"Thy right hand, O Tetragrammaton, is marvellous in power; with Thy right
hand, O Tetragrammaton, wilt Thou dash in pieces the enemy;" seeing that
therein are stirred up the mercies.
10l5. Also, we have learned that unto this
right hand adhere three hundred and fifty thousand myriads (otherwise, which
are called the right hand, and one hundred and eighty-five thousand myriads)
from the arm, which is called the arm of Tetragrammaton.
1016. Therefore, from either side is the
arm (i.e., it is either the right arm or the left arm), because that it
is said (to be) on either side of Tiphereth. 1
1017. For it is written, Isa. lxiii. 12: "That
led Moses to his right hand, by the arm of his Tiphereth."
1018. The first expression denoteth the right;
but the "arm" denoteth the left; for it is written, "by the arm of his
Tiphereth," one (side) with the other (i.e., right and left).
1019. Moreover, we have learned that to that
which is on the left side there adhere four hundred and fifty 2
Lords of Shields, and that they adhere unto
those separate fingers.
1020. And in the single fingers there are found
ten thousand Lords of the Shields. Go thou then forth, and number how many of
them there are in the hand.
1021. And this right hand is called the Holy
Aid, which cometh forth from the right arm, from the three. members (thereof).
1022. And although it be called the hand, yet
is it Aid, since it is written, 2 Sam. iii. 12. "And behold, My Hand is with
1023. And in it are contained one thousand and
four myriads and five hundred and eight thousand lords, the aiders in every
world, 1 who are called the supernal hand of the
Tetragrammaton, the inferior hand of the Tetragrammaton.
1024. And although everywhere it be called the
hand of Tetragrammaton, it is understood (that sometimes) the left
hand 2 (is intended to be spoken of). For
if they be benevolent, it is called the right hand of Tetragrammaton, and the
hand is included in the arm, and is for aid, and is called the hand; and if,
on the other hand, it be not so, the inferior hand of Tetragrammaton is (to
1025. We have learned that when the severe
judgments are excited so that they may descend into the world, that then it is
written, Ps. xxv. 14: "The Arcanum of Tetragrammaton is over those who fear
partakes of alchemical symbolism--Mezahab, the philosophical Mercury.
235:2 As in
the arm there are three natural divisions, from shoulder to elbow, from elbow
to wrist, and from wrist to the tips of the fingers. The word QShRIN, here
translated "members." means, properly speaking, "zones."
word in the original is ABHThA, Ebahatha, which, according to the
context, may mean simply "Fathers"; or in a more emphatic sense, "Patriarchs";
this latter is the sense in which it is employed in this passage. The three
Patriarchs are Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, for this word Ebahatha is not
employed to denote the twelve sons of the latter.
is usually translated "at the end of the days." This translation is simply due
to a difference in the pointing, the words being the same in
table of the Sephiroth, &c., in the Introduction, where it will be seen that
Tiphereth is as it were the centre.
237:2 450 =
ThN, Than, which is the root of Serpent or Dragon. Compare Leviathan,
which is probably formed from this root.
is, on every qabalistical plane. (See Introduction regarding the Four Worlds,
238:2 For in
Microprosopus there is always right and left. Mercy and Justice; while in
Macroprosopus all is said to be "right." But Microprosopus is manifest, and
Macroprosopus is hidden.
Chapter XLII: Concerning the Separation of the Masculine and Feminine, and
Concerning their Conjunction