The Leningrad Codex
Folio 474a, Illuminated Carpet Page
Translation of Texts Around Star and Square
"Look down from your holy habitation, from heaven, and bless
your people Israel and the ground that you have given us, as you
swore to our ancestors-a land flowing with milk and honey."
"These are the statutes and ordinances that you must diligently
observe in the land that the LORD has given..."
"The LORD will open for you his rich
storehouse, the heavens, to give the rain of your land in its
season and to bless all your undertakings. You will lend to many
nations, but you will not borrow. The LORD
will make you the head, and not the tail; you shall be only at
the top, and not at the bottom-if you obey the commandments of
the LORD your God, which I am commanding you
today, by diligently observing them..." [Deuteronomy 28:12-13]
"All these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you,
if you obey the LORD your God..." [Deuteronomy
"O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water." [Psalms
63:1 (Hebrew v. 2)]
"So I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift up my
hands and call on your name." [Psalms 63:4 (Hebrew v. 5)]
"Have you not rejected us O God? You do not go out, O God,
with our armies." [Psalms 60:10 (Hebrew v. 12)]
"Our God is a God of salvation, and to God, the Lord, belongs
escape from death." [Psalms 68:20 (Hebrew v. 21)]
"Summon your might O God; show your strength, O God..."
[Psalms 68:28a (Hebrew v. 29a)]
Translation of Center of Star
"I Shmuel ben Ya`akov wrote and pointed [added the vowel
points and accents] and transmitted [added the Masoretic notes
in the margins] this manuscript for the honor of our blessed teacher
hacohen (the priest), ben Yosef hayeduah (the sage),
ben Azdak, may the Living One bless him."
Translations by Stephen A. Reed
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