FOREHEAD OF MICROPROSOPUS.
588. THE forehead of the skull is the
inspection of inspection, and it is not uncovered, except in that time when it
is necessary to visit sinners for the purpose of examining their deeds.
589. Also we have learned that when that
forehead is uncovered, all the lords of judgment are stirred up, and the whole
universe is brought under judgment.
590. Save in that time when the prayers of the
Israelites ascend before the Ancient of Days, and entreat mercy for His
children; then is uncovered the forehead of the benevolence of benevolences, 1
and it shineth down upon this (forehead) of Microprosopus, and judgment
591. Over this forehead there goeth forth a
portion of hair, which is extended over it from
the brain, which produceth the fifty gates (of understanding).
592. And when it is expanded, that brow glows
with anger; it is the inspector of the sinners of the world--namely, of those
who are shameless in their deeds.
593. Like as it is written, Jer. iii. 3: "And
thou hadst the forehead of a woman who is a whore, thou refusedst to be
594. And we have learned that that hair
subsisteth not in that part of the forehead; so that it may be uncovered
against those who remain steadfast in their iniquities.
595. And when the Holy One--blessed be He!--is
awakened, that He may be pleased with the just, the Countenance of the Ancient
of Days shineth upon the Countenance of Microprosopus, and His forehead (that
of Macroprosopus) is uncovered, and illuminateth that forehead (that of
Macroprosopus), and then is called the rime of benevolence.
596. But as often as judgment threateneth, and
that forehead of Microprosopus is uncovered, there is uncovered the forehead
of the Ancient of the Ancient Ones, and judgment is mitigated and is not
597. We have learned that that forehead is
expanded into two hundred thousand rednesses of rednesses, which are contained
therein, and are included therein.
598. And when the forehead of Microprosopus is
uncovered, licence is given unto all those to destroy. But when the forehead
of the benevolence of benevolences is uncovered, so that it may shine upon
that forehead (of Microprosopus) and upon all those (rednesses),
then are they quieted.
599. Also we have learned by tradition:
Twenty-four superior judgments are found, and they are all called NTzChIM,
Netzachim, or Victories; howsoever, while (in the arrangement of
letters, NTzChIM, the singular) NTZCh, Netzach, is called Victory (i.e.,
means that), the neighbouring
letters 1 (M
and N in NTzChIM), being permuted, (we obtain NTzChIN singular),
MTzCh, Metzach (meaning) forehead.
600. Therefore (the same word signifieth)
forehead and Victory, which is in the plural victories. And this is that which
is given by tradition: The Victory of victories. And they are in the forehead,
but certain among them are extended in the body in (certain) known
601. This is the exotic tradition: What is that
which is written, 1 Sam. xv. 29: "Also the Netzach of Israel doth not lie nor
repent, for He is not man that He should repent."
602. Now have we declared that Arcanum
according to its constitution. All that Victory which is expanded in the body,
at that time when the world is to be judged and converted, admitteth
repentance, neither executeth judgment if they be converted.
603. For what reason? Because the matter
resteth in that place which is called Adam, and He may repent.
604. But if that Victory be seen and uncovered
in that part of the head just spoken of--namely, the forehead--there is
neither time nor opportunity for repentance.
605. Wherefore? Because it is not that place
which is called Adam, for the countenance and the nose are not uncovered, but
the forehead alone.
606. And in that part--(i.e., the forehead)
the whole countenance is not found, for that (forehead) is not called
Adam, and therefore is it said: "He is not a man that He may repent" (i.e.,
He, HOAVA, H, is not Adam), &c.). So also is it as regardeth the (proportion
of) Victory in the other parts of the body (of Macroprosopus).
that of Macroprosopus.
I.e., in their usual place in the order of the alphabet.
Chapter XXXI: Concerning the Eyes of Microprosopus