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Parsha Bechukotai

Parsha Bechukotai

Parsha Bechukotai is he thirty-third portion in the annual reading cycle and the tenth and final portion in the book of Leviticus.  Bechukotai is translated as “in my laws“. I found four different spellings – “Bechukotai”, “Bechuqotai”, “Bechukosai”, or “Bəḥuqothai”.

Parsha Bechukotai Summary

Parsha Bechukotai closes the book of Leviticus. It discusses the blessings and curses based upon the actions of Israel. It ends with the instructions concerning vows and the consecration of people and property.

Bechukotai is the second Hebrew word in the text below. It is highlighted in read. To discover more about this Torah portion hit the more button below.

ג אִם־בְּחֻקֹּתַ֖י תֵּלֵ֑כוּ וְאֶת־מִצְוֹתַ֣י תִּשְׁמְר֔וּ וַֽעֲשִׂיתֶ֖ם אֹתָֽם:

Parsha Bechukotai Readings

Torah: Leviticus (Vayikra) 26.3-27:34
Halftorah: Jeremiah 16.19-17.14
Brit Hahagaddah: Matthew 22.1-14

Parsha Bechukotai Aliyah

First reading — Leviticus (Vayikra) 26.3 – 5
Second reading — Leviticus (Vayikra) 26.6 – 9
Third reading — Leviticus (Vayikra) 26.10 – 46
Fourth reading — Leviticus (Vayikra) 27.1 – 15
Fifth reading — Leviticus (Vayikra) 27.16 – 21
Sixth reading — Leviticus (Vayikra) 27.22 – 28
Seventh reading — Leviticus (Vayikra) 27.29 – 34

Parsha Bechukotai Stats

  • Hebrew letters – 3,992
  • Hebrew words – 1,013
  • Pesukim (sentences) – 78
  • Lines in a Torah Scroll – 131
  • Double Count – 0
  • Scribal Practices – 0
  • See Hebrew text for Parsha Bechukotai
  • Number of Mitzvot in Parsha Bechukotai – 0 (12)
  • Maimonides says: 0
    • Positive – 0
    • Negative – 0
  • Sefer ha-Chinuch says: 12
    • Positive – 7
    • Negative – 5

Parsha Bechukotai Scriptures

A1: 26.3-5A2: 26.6–9A3: 26.10–46A4: 27.1–15A5: 27.16-21A6: 27.22–28A7: 27.29-34Halftorah: Jeremiah 16.19-17.14 Brit Hahagaddah: Mat 22.1-14

Leviticus (Vayikra) 26.3-5 (Parsha Bechukotai , Aliyah 1)

Lev 26:3  If ye walk in My statutes, and keep My commandments, and do them;
Lev 26:4  then I will give your rains in their season, and the land shall yield her produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.
Lev 26:5  And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time; and ye shall eat your bread until ye have enough, and dwell in your land safely.

Leviticus (Vayikra) 26.6–9 (Parshat Bechukotai , Aliyah 2)

Lev 26:6  And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid; and I will cause evil beasts to cease out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land.
Lev 26:7  And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword.
Lev 26:8  And five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall chase ten thousand; and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.
Lev 26:9  And I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you; and will establish My covenant with you.

Leviticus (Vayikra) 26.10–46 (Parshat Bechukotai , Aliyah 3)

Lev 26:10  You will still be eating the old supply of grain when you need to clear it out to make room for the new.
Lev 26:11  And I will make My dwelling place among you, and My soul will not despise you.
Lev 26:12  I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be My people.
Lev 26:13  I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians. I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk in uprightness.

Lev 26:14  But if ye will not hearken unto Me, and will not do all these commandments;
Lev 26:15  and if ye shall reject My statutes, and if your soul abhor Mine ordinances, so that ye will not do all My commandments, but break My covenant;
Lev 26:16  I also will do this unto you: I will appoint terror over you, even consumption and fever, that shall make the eyes to fail, and the soul to languish; and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.
Lev 26:17  And I will set My face against you, and ye shall be smitten before your enemies; they that hate you shall rule over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.
Lev 26:18  And if ye will not yet for these things hearken unto Me, then I will chastise you seven times more for your sins.
Lev 26:19  And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass.
Lev 26:20  And your strength shall be spent in vain; for your land shall not yield her produce, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruit.
Lev 26:21  And if ye walk contrary unto Me, and will not hearken unto Me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins.
Lev 26:22  And I will send the beast of the field among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number; and your ways shall become desolate.
Lev 26:23  And if in spite of these things ye will not be corrected unto Me, but will walk contrary unto Me;
Lev 26:24  then will I also walk contrary unto you; and I will smite you, even I, seven times for your sins.
Lev 26:25  And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall execute the vengeance of the covenant; and ye shall be gathered together within your cities; and I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.
Lev 26:26  When I break your staff of bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver your bread again by weight; and ye shall eat, and not be satisfied.
Lev 26:27  And if ye will not for all this hearken unto Me, but walk contrary unto Me;
Lev 26:28  then I will walk contrary unto you in fury; and I also will chastise you seven times for your sins.
Lev 26:29  And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat.
Lev 26:30  And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your sun-pillars, and cast your carcasses upon the carcasses of your idols; and My soul shall abhor you.
Lev 26:31  And I will make your cities a waste, and will bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the savour of your sweet odours.
Lev 26:32  And I will bring the land into desolation; and your enemies that dwell therein shall be astonished at it.
Lev 26:33  And you will I scatter among the nations, and I will draw out the sword after you; and your land shall be a desolation, and your cities shall be a waste.
Lev 26:34  Then shall the land be paid her sabbaths, as long as it lieth desolate, and ye are in your enemies’ land; even then shall the land rest, and repay her sabbaths.
Lev 26:35  As long as it lieth desolate it shall have rest; even the rest which it had not in your sabbaths, when ye dwelt upon it.
Lev 26:36  And as for them that are left of you, I will send a faintness into their heart in the lands of their enemies; and the sound of a driven leaf shall chase them; and they shall flee, as one fleeth from the sword; and they shall fall when none pursueth.
Lev 26:37  And they shall stumble one upon another, as it were before the sword, when none pursueth; and ye shall have no power to stand before your enemies.
Lev 26:38  And ye shall perish among the nations, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up.
Lev 26:39  And they that are left of you shall pine away in their iniquity in your enemies’ lands; and also in the iniquities of their fathers shall they pine away with them.
Lev 26:40  And they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, in their treachery which they committed against Me, and also that they have walked contrary unto Me.
Lev 26:41  I also will walk contrary unto them, and bring them into the land of their enemies; if then perchance their uncircumcised heart be humbled, and they then be paid the punishment of their iniquity;
Lev 26:42  then will I remember My covenant with Jacob, and also My covenant with Isaac, and also My covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.
Lev 26:43  For the land shall lie forsaken without them, and shall be paid her sabbaths, while she lieth desolate without them; and they shall be paid the punishment of their iniquity; because, even because they rejected Mine ordinances, and their soul abhorred My statutes.
Lev 26:44  And yet for all that, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break My covenant with them; for I am the LORD their God.
Lev 26:45  But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God: I am the LORD.
Lev 26:46  These are the statutes and ordinances and laws, which the LORD made between Him and the children of Israel in mount Sinai by the hand of Moses.

Leviticus (Vayikra) 27.1–15 (Parsha Bechukotai , Aliyah 4)

Lev 27:1  And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying:
Lev 27:2  Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them: When a man shall clearly utter a vow of persons unto the LORD, according to thy valuation,
Lev 27:3  then thy valuation shall be for the male from twenty years old even unto sixty years old, even thy valuation shall be fifty shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary.
Lev 27:4  And if it be a female, then thy valuation shall be thirty shekels.
Lev 27:5  And if it be from five years old even unto twenty years old, then thy valuation shall be for the male twenty shekels, and for the female ten shekels.
Lev 27:6  And if it be from a month old even unto five years old, then thy valuation shall be for the male five shekels of silver, and for the female thy valuation shall be three shekels of silver.
Lev 27:7  And if it be from sixty years old and upward: if it be a male, then thy valuation shall be fifteen shekels, and for the female ten shekels.
Lev 27:8  But if he be too poor for thy valuation, then he shall be set before the priest, and the priest shall value him; according to the means of him that vowed shall the priest value him.
Lev 27:9  And if it be a beast, whereof men bring an offering unto the LORD, all that any man giveth of such unto the LORD shall be holy.
Lev 27:10  He shall not alter it, nor change it, a good for a bad, or a bad for a good; and if he shall at all change beast for beast, then both it and that for which it is changed shall be holy.
Lev 27:11  And if it be any unclean beast, of which they may not bring an offering unto the LORD, then he shall set the beast before the priest.
Lev 27:12  And the priest shall value it, whether it be good or bad; as thou the priest valuest it, so shall it be.
Lev 27:13  But if he will indeed redeem it, then he shall add the fifth part thereof unto thy valuation.
Lev 27:14  And when a man shall sanctify his house to be holy unto the LORD, then the priest shall value it, whether it be good or bad; as the priest shall value it, so shall it stand.
Lev 27:15  And if he that sanctified it will redeem his house, then he shall add the fifth part of the money of thy valuation unto it, and it shall be his.

Leviticus (Vayikra) 27.16-21 (Parsha Bechukotai , Aliyah 5)

Lev 27:16  And if a man shall sanctify unto the LORD part of the field of his possession, then thy valuation shall be according to the sowing thereof; the sowing of a homer of barley shall be valued at fifty shekels of silver.
Lev 27:17  If he sanctify his field from the year of jubilee, according to thy valuation it shall stand.
Lev 27:18  But if he sanctify his field after the jubilee, then the priest shall reckon unto him the money according to the years that remain unto the year of jubilee, and an abatement shall be made from thy valuation.
Lev 27:19  And if he that sanctified the field will indeed redeem it, then he shall add the fifth part of the money of thy valuation unto it, and it shall be assured to him.
Lev 27:20  And if he will not redeem the field, or if he have sold the field to another man, it shall not be redeemed any more.
Lev 27:21  But the field, when it goeth out in the jubilee, shall be holy unto the LORD, as a field devoted; the possession thereof shall be the priest’s.

Leviticus (Vayikra) 27.22–28 (Parsha Bechukotai , Aliyah 6)

Lev 27:22  And if he sanctify unto the LORD a field which he hath bought, which is not of the field of his possession;
Lev 27:23  then the priest shall reckon unto him the worth of thy valuation unto the year of jubilee; and he shall give thy valuation in that day, as a holy thing unto the LORD.
Lev 27:24  In the year of jubilee the field shall return unto him of whom it was bought, even to him to whom the possession of the land belongeth.
Lev 27:25  And all thy valuations shall be according to the shekel of the sanctuary; twenty gerahs shall be the shekel.
Lev 27:26  Howbeit the firstling among beasts, which is born as a firstling to the LORD, no man shall sanctify it; whether it be ox or sheep, it is the LORD’S.
Lev 27:27  And if it be of an unclean beast, then he shall ransom it according to thy valuation, and shall add unto it the fifth part thereof; or if it be not redeemed, then it shall be sold according to thy valuation.
Lev 27:28  Notwithstanding, no devoted thing, that a man may devote unto the LORD of all that he hath, whether of man or beast, or of the field of his possession, shall be sold or redeemed; every devoted thing is most holy unto the LORD.

Leviticus (Vayikra) 27.29-34 (Parsha Bechukotai , Aliyah 7)

Lev 27:29  None devoted, that may be devoted of men, shall be ransomed; he shall surely be put to death.
Lev 27:30  And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’S; it is holy unto the LORD.
Lev 27:31  And if a man will redeem aught of his tithe, he shall add unto it the fifth part thereof.
Lev 27:32  And all the tithe of the herd or the flock, whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD.
Lev 27:33  He shall not inquire whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it; and if he change it at all, then both it and that for which it is changed shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.
Lev 27:34  These are the commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai.

Jeremiah 16.19-21 (Parsha Bechukotai , Haftarah)

Jer 16:19  O LORD, my strength, and my stronghold, and my refuge, in the day of affliction, unto Thee shall the nations come from the ends of the earth, and shall say: ‘Our fathers have inherited nought but lies, vanity and things wherein there is no profit.’
Jer 16:20  Shall a man make unto himself gods, and they are no gods?
Jer 16:21  Therefore, behold, I will cause them to know, this once will I cause them to know My hand and My might; and they shall know that My name is the LORD.

Jeremiah 17.1-14 (Parsha Bechukotai , Haftarah)

Jer 17:1  The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond; it is graven upon the tablet of their heart, and upon the horns of your altars.
Jer 17:2  Like the symbols of their sons are their altars, and their Asherim are by the leafy trees, upon the high hills.
Jer 17:3  O thou that sittest upon the mountain in the field, I will give thy substance and all thy treasures for a spoil, and thy high places, because of sin, throughout all thy borders.
Jer 17:4  And thou, even of thyself, shalt discontinue from thy heritage that I gave thee; and I will cause thee to serve thine enemies in the land which thou knowest not; for ye have kindled a fire in My nostril, which shall burn for ever.
Jer 17:5  Thus saith the LORD: Cursed is the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
Jer 17:6  For he shall be like a tamarisk in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, a salt land and not inhabited.
Jer 17:7  Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose trust the LORD is.
Jer 17:8  For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out its roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but its foliage shall be luxuriant; and shall not be anxious in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
Jer 17:9  The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceeding weak – who can know it?
Jer 17:10  I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.
Jer 17:11  As the partridge that broodeth over young which she hath not brought forth, so is he that getteth riches, and not by right; in the midst of his days he shall leave them, and at his end he shall be a fool.
Jer 17:12  Thou throne of glory, on high from the beginning, thou place of our sanctuary,
Jer 17:13  Thou hope of Israel, the LORD! All that forsake Thee shall be ashamed; they that depart from Thee shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters.
Jer 17:14  Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved; for Thou art my praise.

Mat 22.1-14 (Parsha Bechukotai , Renewed Covenant)

Mat 22:1  And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying,
Mat 22:2  “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son,
Mat 22:3  and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come.
Mat 22:4  Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’
Mat 22:5  But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business,
Mat 22:6  while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them.
Mat 22:7  The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
Mat 22:8  Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy.
Mat 22:9  Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’
Mat 22:10  And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.
Mat 22:11  “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment.
Mat 22:12  And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless.
Mat 22:13  Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Mat 22:14  For many are called, but few are chosen.”

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  • Vayikra – 24th Parsha – Le. 1.1 – 5.26
  • Tsav – 25th Parsha – Le. 6.1 – 8.36
  • Shemini – 26th Parsha – Le. 9.1 – 11.47
  • Tazria – 27th Parsha – Le. 12.1 – 13.59
  • Metzora – 28th Parsha – Le. 14.1 – 15.33
  • Acharei Mot – 29th Parsha – Le. 16.1 – 18.30
  • Kedoshim – 30th Parsha – Le. 19.1 – 20.27
  • Emor – 31st Parsha – Le. 21.1 – 24.23
  • Behar – 32nd Parsha – Le. 25.1 – 26.2
  • Bechukotai – 33rd Parsha – Le. 26.3 – 27.34
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