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1. A. "For ever, O Lord, your word stands fast in heaven" (Ps. 119:89):

B. But does God's word not stand fast on earth?

C. But what you said to Abraham in heaven, "At this season I shall return to you" (Gen. 18:14) [was carried out:]

D. "The Lord remembered Sarah as he had said and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised" (Gen. 21:1).

2. A. R. Menahamah and R. Nahman of Jaffa in the name of R. Jacob of

Caesarea opened discourse by citing the following verse: " 'O God of hosts, return, we beseech you' (Ps. 80:15).

B. " 'Return and carry out what you promised to Abraham: "Look from heaven and behold" (Ps. 80:15). "Look now toward heaven and count the stars"' (Gen. 15:5).

C. " 'And be mindful of this vine' (Ps. 80:15). 'The Lord remembered Sarah as he had said and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised' (Gen. 21:1)."

3. A. R. Samuel bar Nahman opened discourse with this verse: "God is not a man, that he should lie" (Num. 23:19).

B. Said R. Samuel bar Nahman, "The beginning of this verse does not correspond to its end, and the end does not correspond to its beginning.

C. " 'God is not a man that he should lie' (Num. 23:18), but the verse ends, 'When he has said, he will not do it, and when he has spoken, he will not make it good' (Num. 23:18).

D. "[That obviously is impossible. Hence:] When the Holy One, blessed be he, makes a decree to bring good to the world: 'God is not a man that he should lie' (Num. 23:18).

E. "But when he makes a decree to bring evil on the world: 'When he has said, he [nonetheless] will not do it, and when he has spoken, he will not make it good' (Num. 23:18).

F. "When he said to Abraham, 'For through Isaac shall your descendants be named,' 'God is not a man that he should lie' (Num. 23:18).

G. "When he said to him, 'Take your son, your only son' (Gen. 22:2), 'When he has said, he will not do it, and when he has spoken, he will not make it good' (Num. 23:18).

H. "When the Holy One, blessed be he, said to Moses, 'I have surely remembered you' (Ex. 3:16), 'God is not a man that he should lie' (Num. 23:18).

I. "When he said to him, 'Let me alone, that I may destroy them' (Deut. 9:14), 'When he has said, he will not do it, and when he has spoken, he will not make it good' (Num. 23:18).

J. "When he said to Abraham, 'And also that nation whom they shall serve will I judge' (Gen. 15:14), 'God is not a man that he should lie' (Num. 23:18).

K. "When he said to him, 'And they shall serve them and they shall afflict them for four hundred years' (Gen. 15:13), 'When he has said, he will not do it, and when he has spoken, he will not make it good' (Num. 23:18).

L. "When God said to him, 'I will certainly return to you' (Gen. 18:10, 'God is not a man that he should lie' (Num. 23:18).

M. " 'The Lord remembered Sarah as he had said and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised' (Gen. 21:1)."

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