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Tuesday, 18 June 2024 - Santa Marina ( Letture di oggi)

Ezekiel 21


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1The word of Yahweh was addressed to me as follows,2'Son of man, turn to the right; utter your word towards the south, prophesy against the forest land ofthe Negeb.3Say to the forest of Negeb, "Hear the word of Yahweh! The Lord Yahweh says this: Listen; I am aboutto kindle a fire in you which wil burn up every green tree in you as wel as every dry one; it wil be anunquenchable blaze and every face wil be scorched by it from the Negeb to the north.4Al humanity wil see that it was I, Yahweh, who kindled it, and it wil not be extinguished." '5I said, 'Lord Yahweh, they say of me, "He does nothing but speak in riddles!"'6Then the word of Yahweh was addressed to me as fol ows,7'Son of man, turn towards Jerusalem, utter your word towards the sanctuary and prophesy against theland of Israel.8Say to the land of Israel, "Yahweh says this: Now I am against you; I am about to unsheathe my swordand rid you of the upright and the wicked alike.9Since I am going to rid you of upright and wicked alike, I shal unsheathe my sword against everyonealive, from the Negeb to the north,10so that everyone alive wil know that I, Yahweh, am the one who has unsheathed my sword; it wil notgo back again."11'Son of man, groan as though your heart were breaking. Utter your bitter groans where they can seeyou.12And if they say, "Why these groans?" reply, "Because of the news which is about to come, all hearts wil sink, al hands grow weak, all spirits grow faint and al knees turn to water. It is coming now, it is here!-declares Lord Yahweh." '13The word of Yahweh was addressed to me as fol ows,14'Son of man, prophesy. Say, "The Lord says this. Say: The sword, the sword has been sharpenedand polished,15sharpened for slaughter, polished to flash like lightning . . .16He has had it polished to be wielded, this sword sharpened and polished to put in the slaughterer'shand!17Shout and wail, son of man, for it wil come on my people, on all the chief men of Israel doomed likemy people to the sword! So beat your breast,18for this wil be an ordeal . . . declares the Lord Yahweh.19So prophesy, son of man, and clap your hands! Let the sword pass three times, that sword forvictims, that sword for a great victim, threatening them from every side!20To make hearts sink and make sure many fall, I have posted the slaughtering sword at every gate toflash like lightning, polished for slaughter.21Be sharp, on the right, be ready on the left, whichever way your blade is needed!22I too shal clap my hands and sate my fury! I, Yahweh, have spoken." '23The word of Yahweh was addressed to me as fol ows,24'Son of man, mark out two roads for the sword of the king of Babylon to come along, making both ofthem begin from the same country. Then put up a signpost, put it where the road leaves for the city,25trace the route which the sword should take for Rabbah-of-the-Ammonites, and for Judah, to thefortress of Jerusalem.26For the king of Babylon has halted at the fork where these two roads diverge, to take the omens. Hehas shaken the arrows, questioned the household gods, inspected the liver.27The lot marked 'Jerusalem' is in his right hand: there to set up battering-rams, give the word forslaughter, raise the war cry, level battering-rams against the gates, cast up earthworks, build entrenchments.28The inhabitants wil believe that these omens are idle, for they have received sworn guarantees, buthe wil bring their guilt to mind and capture them.29And so the Lord Yahweh says this, "Since you have brought your guilt to mind by parading yourmisdeeds and flaunting your sins in everything you do: because you have drawn attention to yourselves, you willbe captured.30As for you, impious and wicked prince of Israel, whose doom is approaching to put an end to yourcrimes,31the Lord Yahweh says this: They will take away your diadem and remove your crown. Everything wilbe changed; the low wil be raised and the high brought low!32Ruin, ruin, I shal bring such ruin as never was before, until the rightful ruler comes, on whom I shalbestow it."33'Son of man, prophesy and say, "The Lord Yahweh says this: In reply to the Ammonites and theirjeers, say: The sword, the sword is drawn for slaughter, polished to devour, to flash like lightning-34while you have empty visions and consult lying omens-to cut the throats of the wicked, whose doomis approaching to put an end to their crimes.35Put it back in the scabbard. The place where you were created, the land of your origin, wil be where Ijudge you.36I shal vent my fury on you, breathe the fire of my rage against you and hand you over to barbarousmen whose trade is destruction.37You wil be fuel for the fire, your blood wil flow through the country, you wil leave no memory behindyou; for I, Yahweh, have spoken!" '