Friday, 14 June 2024 - Sant´ Eliseo ( Letture di oggi)

Ezekiel 22


1The word of Yahweh was addressed to me as follows,2'Son of man, are you ready to judge? Are you ready to judge the blood-stained city? Confront her withal her loathsome practices!3Say, "The Lord Yahweh says this: City shedding blood inside yourself to hasten your doom, makingfoul idols on your soil to defile yourself,4you have incurred guilt by the blood you have shed, you have defiled yourself with the foul idols youhave made, you have shortened your days, you have come to the end of your years. This is why I have madeyou an object of scorn to the nations and a laughing-stock to every country.5From far and near they will taunt you with your infamous disorders.6"Look! In you the princes of Israel, one and all, have furthered their own interests at the cost ofbloodshed;7in you people have despised their fathers and mothers; in you they have il -treated the settler; in youthey have oppressed the widow and orphan.8You have treated my sanctuary with contempt, you have profaned my Sabbaths.9In you informers incite to bloodshed; in you people eat on the mountains and act licentiously;10in you they have sexual intercourse with their fathers; in you they force themselves on women in theirperiods;11in you one man engages in loathsome practices with his neighbour's wife, another lewdly defiles hisdaughter-in-law, another violates his sister, his own father's daughter.12In you people take bribes for shedding blood; you lend for profit and charge interest, you profit fromyour fel ow by extortion and have forgotten about me -- declares the Lord Yahweh.13"Now I shal clap my hands at your acts of banditry and the blood that flows in you.14Wil your heart be able to resist, will your hands be steady, the day when I cal you to account? I,Yahweh, have spoken and shall act.15I shal scatter you among the nations and disperse you in foreign countries, and so put an end to thefilthiness now inside you;16through your own fault, you wil be profaned in the eyes of the nations, and you wil know that I amYahweh!" '17The word of Yahweh was addressed to me as fol ows,18'Son of man, for me, the House of Israel has become dross: copper, tin, iron, lead, al mixed uptogether in the melting-pot; they are dross.19And so, Lord Yahweh says this, "Since you have al become dross, right! I shall collect you insideJerusalem.20As silver, copper, iron, lead and tin are col ected in the melting-pot, and the fire is blown underneathto melt them down, so I shal collect you in my furious anger and have you melted down;21I shal collect you and blow up the fire of my rage for you and have you melted down inside the city.22As silver is melted in the melting-pot, so you will be melted down inside the city, and you wil knowthat I, Yahweh, have vented my fury on you." '23The word of Yahweh was addressed to me as fol ows,24'Son of man, say to her, "You are a land that has not received rain or shower on the day of anger.25In you, the princes are like a roaring lion tearing its prey. They have eaten the people, seized wealthand jewels and widowed many inside her.26Her priests have violated my law and desecrated my sanctuary; they have made no distinctionbetween sacred and profane, they have not taught people the difference between clean and unclean; they haveturned their eyes away from my Sabbaths and I have been dishonoured by them.27In her the leaders are wolves tearing their prey, shedding blood and killing people to steal theirpossessions.28Her prophets have plastered these things over with their empty visions and lying prophecies, saying:Yahweh says this, although Yahweh has not spoken.29The people of the country have taken to extortion and banditry; they have oppressed the poor andneedy and il -treated the settler in a way that is unjustifiable.30I have been looking for someone among them to build a barricade and oppose me in the breach, todefend the country and prevent me from destroying it; but I have found no one.31Hence I have vented my fury on them; I have put an end to them in the fire of my rage. I have madetheir conduct recoil on their own heads -- declares the Lord Yahweh." '