It has been told:
Rabbi Shim'on said to the Comrades,
"How long will we sit on a one-legged stand?
It is written:
'Time to act for YHVH!
They have violated Your Torah!'
The days are few,
the Creditor is pressing,
a herald cries out every day!
The Reapers of the Field are few
and only at the edge of the vineyard!
They do not watch or know where they are going,
as they should.
Assemble, Comrades, at the threshing house,
wearing coats of mail,
with swords and spears in your hands!
Arm yourselves with your array:
Design, Wisdom, Intellect, Knowledge, and Vision,
the power of Hands and Feet.
Enthrone and acknowledge the King
who has the power of life and death,
that words of truth may be ordained,
words followed by high holy ones,
happy to hear them and know them!"
Rabbi Shim'on sat down.
He cried, and said, "Woe if I reveal! Woe if I do not reveal!"
The Comrades were silent.
Rabbi Abba rose and said to him,
"If it pleases the Master to reveal,