Parashat Vayechi ויחי
What I’m getting at, friends, is that you should simply keep on doing what you’ve done from the beginning. When I was living among you, you lived in responsive obedience. Now that I’m separated from you, keep it up. Better yet, redouble your efforts. Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure.
5 Lift not up your horn on high:
Speak not with a stiff neck.
6 For promotion cometh neither from the east,
Nor from the west, nor from the south.
7 But God is the judge:
He putteth down one, and setteth up another.