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ידקותא

Rings



Nazarani maintain a practice of wearing idquthayin ידקותין (i.e. "rings") which has it’s basis in the most ancient wisdom tradition and mystery school, which comes directly from “the Proverbs of Solomon, the Son of David, the King of Israel.” (Proverbs 1:1)

According to the Didache, there are two paths that stretch out before us each day. A right hand path that leads to Life and a left hand path that leads to death. The path of Life leads us through our physical existence into the House of Life, the source of the soul’s reunification with God. The path of death leads us into the pit, into separation from the divine and spiritual suffering. Man must choose from moment to moment which of these paths he will follow and be led down.

Wisdom “stands at the intersection of the paths, on the way to the top of the heights. At the gates where the city opens, at the entrance in the doors she cries unto thee “O men! I call my voice out to the sons of man. Understand ye simple wisdom, O fools be ye of understanding heart!” (Proverbs 8:2-5)

But beware, for even the path of righteousness is strewn with stone thrown there by the enemies of humankind. Strewn there to make him stumble and fall.

The right is light and the left darkness. The right is the path of wisdom and the left the road of ignorance.

For God made Earth using His wisdom. He set the sky in place using His logic. With His knowledge He made springs flow into rivers and the clouds drop rain upon the Earth. (Proverbs 3:19-20)

Silver represents Earth and Gold Heaven. Wisdom says that she is of greater value than silver, and brings more profit than gold. (Proverbs 16:18) This is because she is regarded above even the things of this world. “As a tree produces fruit, wisdom gives Life to those who use it. (Proverbs 8:2-3)

Where these paths meet, she takes her stand. Beside the gates which lead into the city. (Proverbs 16:18) She says, “My sons, listen to me… Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my door, waiting at my doorway. For whoever finds me, finds Life and receives favour from Elyon.” (Proverbs 8:34)

The placing of a simple gold ring on the right hand is a sign of being welcomed into back into the Kingdom, for when the father welcomed back the Prodigal Son, he said, "bring out the best robe and clothe him and place a ring on his hand and put sandals on him." (Luke 15:22)

For this reason the Tsadikim wear a silver ring on their left ring finger, showing that their carnal and earthly nature is married to / bound with Wisdom, and to Holy mother Church. They wear the gold ring on their right ring finger, thus representing the right hand path, the way to Life, which is in Heaven.

Wisdom says, “By me kings reign and rulers make laws which are just. By me princes govern and all the nobles who rule the Earth” (Proverbs 8:15). She says, “I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. With me are riches and honour, enduring wealth and prosperity. My fruit is better than fine gold, what I yield surpasses choice silver. I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice, bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full.” (Proverbs 8:16-21)

This name is shared by the tzadyeen nazarayin (i.e. ‘righteous branches’) among the Nazarani, as a sacred gift which collectively defines who we are as a people, especially in relation to God. Those who know the Name wear a simple gold band on their right ring finger, a practice which comes directly from God’s testimony to the Prophet Zachariah (“ZachariYAH” means literally “Priest of YAH”), which says:

And I will bring the third part through the fire. Refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My Name, And I will answer them; I will say, 'They are My people,' And they will say, 'The LORD is my God.” (Zachariah 13:9)

YHVH hath founded the Earth by wisdom, He hath established the heavens by understanding. By His knowledge the depths are broken up and the clouds drop down the dew. My son let not them depart from thy sight, keep sound wisdom and discretion, so shall they be Life unto thy soul and favour unto thy neck. Then shalt thou walk safely in thy way and thy feet shall not stumble. When ye lie down, do not be afraid, for you shall lie down and thy sleep shall be sweet. Do not fear the sudden desolation of the wicked when it comes, for YHVH shall be thy confidence and shall keep thy feet from becoming caught without foothold... (Proverbs 3:19-30)

For, says the LORD to the Prophet Isaiah, "Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver I have tested you in the furnace of affliction” (Isaiah 48:10) … “that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ” (1st Peter 1:7)

“Ur” means gold in Aramaic, and it is this name by which the first human city was known. Ur, the greatest city-state of Sumeria. By wearing the gold ring, we are showing ourselves to be citizens of the civilised world.