Thoughts and Reflection
In today’s reading we wrap up Isaiah and he speaks of the day when we will all rejoice in Jerusalem. We hear that all who mourned over her will rejoice. This extends the promise that God made to Abraham, of land, dynasty, and blessing. Ezekiel preaches about how wrong it is for God’s people to be indifferent to the destruction of the temple.
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2 when all these things were made by me and all belong to me? – declares Yahweh. But my eyes are drawn to the person of humbled and contrite spirit, who trembles at my word.
3 Some slaughter a bull, some kill a human being, some sacrifice a lamb, some strangle a dog, some present an offering of pig’s blood, some burn memorial incense, a revolting blessing; all these people have chosen their own ways and take delight in their disgusting practices.
4 I too take delight in making fools of them, I shall bring what they most fear down on them because I have called and no one would answer, I spoke and no one listened. They have done what I regard as evil, have chosen what displeases me.
5 Listen to the word of Yahweh, you who tremble at his word. Your brothers, who hate and reject you because of my name, have said, ‘Let Yahweh show his glory, let us witness your joy!’ But they will be put to shame.
6 Listen! An uproar from the city! A voice from the Temple! The voice of Yahweh bringing retribution on his enemies.
8 Who ever heard of such a thing, who ever saw anything like this? Can a country be born in one day? Can a nation be brought forth all at once? For Zion, scarcely in labour, has brought forth her children!
12 For Yahweh says this: Look, I am going to send peace flowing over her like a river, and like a stream in spate the glory of the nations. You will be suckled, carried on her hip and fondled in her lap.
13 As a mother comforts a child, so I shall comfort you; you will be comforted in Jerusalem.
17 As for those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves to enter the gardens, following the one in the centre, who eat the flesh of pigs, revolting things and rats: their deeds and their thoughts will perish together, declares Yahweh.
19 I shall give them a sign and send some of their survivors to the nations: to Tarshish, Put, Lud, Meshech, Tubal and Javan, to the distant coasts and islands that have never heard of me or seen my glory. They will proclaim my glory to the nations,
20 and from all the nations they will bring all your brothers as an offering to Yahweh, on horses, in chariots, in litters, on mules and on camels, to my holy mountain, Jerusalem, Yahweh says, like Israelites bringing offerings in clean vessels to Yahweh’s house.
21 And some of them I shall make into priests and Levites, Yahweh says.
1 The word of Yahweh was addressed to me as follows,
2 ‘Son of man, turn towards the Ammonites and prophesy against them.
3 Say to the Ammonites, “Hear the word of the Lord Yahweh. The Lord Yahweh says this: “Since you gloated over my sanctuary when it was profaned, and over the land of Israel when it was ravaged, and over the House of Judah when it went into exile,
7 my hand will be against you for this; I shall hand you over to be looted by the peoples, obliterate you as a nation and wipe you out as a country. I shall reduce you to nothing, and you will know that I am Yahweh.
9 very well, I shall expose Moab’s heights; its cities will no longer be cities throughout the land — the jewels of the country, Beth-Jeshimoth, Baal-Meon and Kiriathaim.
11 I shall bring Moab to justice, and they will know that I am Yahweh.
1 In the eleventh year, on the first of the month, the word of Yahweh was addressed to me as follows,
2 ‘Son of man, since Tyre has said of Jerusalem: “Aha! She is shattered, the Gateway to the Nations; she now gives way to me. Her riches are ruined!”
4 I shall raise many nations against you as the sea raises its waves. They will destroy the walls of Tyre, they will demolish her towers; I shall sweep the dust of her away and reduce her to a naked rock.
9 he will pound your walls with his battering-rams, and demolish your towers with his siege-engines.
10 His horses are so many that their dust will hide you. The noise of his horsemen and his chariot-wheels will make your walls tremble as he enters your gates as though storming into a city through the breach.
12 Your wealth will be seized, your merchandise looted, your walls rased, your luxurious houses shattered, your stones, your timbers, your very dust, thrown into the sea.
13 I shall put an end to the sound of your songs; the sound of your harps will not be heard again.
14 I shall reduce you to a naked rock, and make you into a drying-ground for fishing-nets, never to be rebuilt; for I, Yahweh, have spoken -declares the Lord Yahweh.”
16 All the princes of the sea will leave their thrones, lay aside their cloaks, take off their embroidered robes. Dressed in terror they will sit on the ground trembling incessantly, stunned at your fate.
17 “They will raise the lament for you as follows: You are destroyed then, vanished from the seas, famous city, former sea-power, who with her citizens, used to spread terror all over the mainland!
20 when I fling you down with those who go down into the abyss, with the people of long ago, and put you deep in the underworld, in the ruins of long ago with those who sink into oblivion, so that you can never come back or be restored to the land of the living,
1 Wisdom builds herself a house; with her own hands Folly pulls it down.