SECOND PART OF THE BEARD OF MICROPROSOPUS.
862. "THE second conformation. The hair goeth
forth and ascendeth from the beginning of (the one side of) the mouth
even unto the beginning of the other side of the mouth; and descendeth beneath
the mouth unto the other side, hair above hair, in beautiful arrangement.
Arise, Rabbi Abba!"
863. Rabbi Abba arose, and commenced and said:
"When the disposition of this beard is instituted in the formation of the
King, then is He Himself like a brave hero, strong and beautiful in
appearance, valiant and conquering.
864. "This is that same which is written, Ps.
cxlvii. 5: 'Great is our Lord and great is His power.'
865. "And whilst He is mitigated by the
disposition of the venerable and holy beard (of Macroprosopus), and
this (beard of Microprosopus) reflected that, then through its light is
He called 'God merciful,' Exod. xxxiv. 6: 'and gracious, long-suffering, and
abundant in goodness and in truth.' And thus is the second disposition
866. "When He shineth in the light of the
of Days, then is He called 'abundant in Mercy,'
and when another of the other forms is considered, in that form is He called
'and in truth,' for this is the light of His Countenance."
Chapter XXXVII: Concerning the Second Part of the Beard of Microprosopus