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

Ezekiel 24


1In the ninth year, on the tenth day of the tenth month, the word of Yahweh was addressed to me asfol ows,2'Son of man, write down today's date, yes, today's, for this very day the king of Babylon began hisattack on Jerusalem.3So pronounce a parable for this tribe of rebels. Say, "The Lord Yahweh says this: Put the pot on thefire; put it on; pour the water in!4Now put the cuts of meat al in together, al the best cuts, leg and shoulder. Fill it with the best bones.5Take the best of the flock, then heap wood underneath; boil it thoroughly until even the bones arecooked.6"For the Lord Yahweh says this: Disaster is in store for the bloody city, for that rusty cooking pot whose rust wil not come off! Empty it, bit by bit, not bothering to draw lots;7for she is stil ful of bloodshed, she has put blood on the naked rock; she did not pour it on the groundso as to cover it with dust.8To make anger rise, to exact vengeance, I have put her blood on the naked rock, so that it should notbe covered:9"So, the Lord Yahweh says this: Disaster is in store for the bloody city! I too plan to build a great fire.10Heap on the wood, light it, cook the meat, prepare the seasoning let the bones burn!11Put the empty pot on the coals to make it hot, until the bronze glows, the filth inside melts and therust is burnt away!12"But al that rust would not come off in the fire.13Your filth is infamous. Since I have tried to purge you and you would not let yourself be purged ofyour filth, so now you wil never be purged of your filth until I have sated my anger on you.14I, Yahweh, have spoken; this wil happen; I shal act and not relent; I shal show no pity, nocompassion. You will be judged as your conduct and actions deserve -- declares the Lord Yahweh." '15The word of Yahweh was addressed to me as fol ows,16'Son of man, at a blow I am about to deprive you of the delight of your eyes. But you are not tolament, not to weep, not to let your tears run down.17Groan in silence, do not go into mourning for the dead, knot your turban round your head, put yoursandals on your feet, do not cover your beard, do not eat the usual food.'18I told this to the people in the morning, and my wife died in the evening, and the next morning I did asI had been ordered.19The people then said to me, 'Will you not explain what meaning these actions have for us?'20I replied, 'The word of Yahweh has been addressed to me as fol ows,21"Say to the House of Israel, the Lord Yahweh says this: I am about to profane my sanctuary, thepride of your strength, the delight of your eyes, the joy of your hearts. Your sons and daughters whom you haveleft behind wil fall by the sword.22Then you wil do as I have done: you wil not cover your beards or eat the usual food;23you will keep your turbans on your heads and your sandals on your feet; you wil not lament or weepbut will waste away for your crimes, groaning among yourselves.24Thus Ezekiel is a sign for you. You wil do exactly what he has done. And when this happens, you willknow that I am Lord Yahweh!"25'And, son of man, the day that I deprive them of their strength, their crowning joy, the delight of theireyes, the joy of their hearts, their sons and daughters,26that day a survivor wil bring you the news.27That day your mouth wil be opened to speak to the survivor; you wil speak and no longer be dumb;you wil be a sign for them, and they wil know that I am Yahweh.'