Saturday, 18 May 2024 - San Giovanni I papa ( Letture di oggi)

Baruch 1

1 Et hæc verba libri quæ scripsit Baruch filius Neriæ, filii Maasiæ, filii Sedeciæ, filii Sedei, filii Helciæ, in Babylonia,1 Wherefore the Lord our God hath made good his word, that he spoke to us, and to our judges that have judged Israel, and to our kings, and to our princes, and to all Israel and Juda:
2 in anno quinto, in septimo die mensis, in tempore quo ceperunt Chaldæi Jerusalem, et succenderunt eam igni.2 In the fifth year, in the seventh day of the month, at the time that the Chaldeans took Jerusalem, and burnt it with fire.
3 Et legit Baruch verba libri hujus ad aures Jechoniæ filii Joakim regis Juda, et ad aures universi populi venientis ad librum,
4 et ad aures potentium, filiorum regum, et ad aures presbyterorum, et ad aures populi, a minimo usque ad maximum eorum, omnium habitantium in Babylonia, ad flumen Sodi.4 That the Lord would bring upon us great evils, such as never happened under heaven, as they have come to pass in Jerusalem, according to the things that are written in the law of Moses:
5 Qui audientes plorabant, et jejunabant, et orabant in conspectu Domini.5 And Baruch read the words of this book in the hearing of Jechonias the son of Joakim king of Juda, and in the hearing of all the people that came to hear the book.
6 Et collegerunt pecuniam, secundum quod potuit uniuscujusque manus,
7 et miserunt in Jerusalem ad Joakim filium Helciæ filii Salom sacerdotem, et ad sacerdotes, et ad omnem populum qui inventi sunt cum eo in Jerusalem :7 That a man should eat the flesh of his own son, and the flesh of his own daughter.
8 cum acciperet vasa templi Domini, quæ ablata fuerant de templo, revocare in terram Juda, decima die mensis Sivan, vasa argentea quæ fecit Sedecias filius Josiæ rex Juda,8 And in the hearing of the nobles, the sons of the kings, and in the hearing of the ancients, and in the hearing of the people, from the least even to the greatest of them that dwelt in Babylonia, by the river Sedi.
9 posteaquam cepisset Nabuchodonosor rex Babylonis Jechoniam, et principes, et cunctos potentes, et populum terræ, ab Jerusalem, et duxit eos vinctos in Babylonem.
10 Et dixerunt : Ecce misimus ad vos pecunias, de quibus emite holocautomata et thus : et facite manna, et offerte pro peccato, ad aram Domini Dei nostri :10 And he hath delivered them up to be under the hand of all the kings that are round about us, to be a reproach, and desolation among all the people, among whom the Lord hath scattered us.
11 et orate pro vita Nabuchodonosor regis Babylonis, et pro vita Baltassar filii ejus, ut sint dies eorum sicut dies cæli super terram :11 And when they heard it they wept, and fasted, and prayed before the Lord.
12 et ut det Dominus virtutem nobis, et illuminet oculos nostros, ut vivamus sub umbra Nabuchodonosor regis Babylonis, et sub umbra Baltassar filii ejus, et serviamus eis multis diebus, et inveniamus gratiam in conspectu eorum.
13 Et pro nobis ipsis orate ad Dominum Deum nostrum, quia peccavimus Domino Deo nostro, et non est aversus furor ejus a nobis usque in hunc diem.13 And we are brought under, and are not uppermost: because we have sinned against the Lord our God, by not obeying his voice.
14 Et legite librum istum quem misimus ad vos recitari in templo Domini, in die solemni et in die opportuno :14 And they made a collection of money, according to every man's power.
15 et dicetis : Domino Deo nostro justitia,
nobis autem confusio faciei nostræ,
sicut est dies hæc omni Juda,
et habitantibus in Jerusalem :
16 regibus nostris, et principibus nostris,
et sacerdotibus nostris, et prophetis nostris,
et patribus nostris.
16 To the Lord our God belongeth justice: but to us, and to our fathers confusion of face, as at this day.
17 Peccavimus ante Dominum Deum nostrum,
et non credidimus, diffidentes in eum :
17 And they sent it to Jerusulem to Joakim the priest, the son of Helcias, the son of Salom, and to the priests, and to all the people, that were found with him in Jerusalem:
18 et non fuimus subjectibiles illi,
et non audivimus vocem Domini Dei nostri,
ut ambularemus in mandatis ejus, quæ dedit nobis.
19 A die qua eduxit patres nostros de terra Ægypti,
usque ad diem hanc,
eramus incredibiles ad Dominum Deum nostrum :
et dissipati recessimus, ne audiremus vocem ipsius :
19 For the Lord hath pronounced against us all these evils that are come upon us:
20 et adhæserunt nobis multa mala et maledictiones
quæ constituit Dominus Moysi servo suo,
qui eduxit patres nostros de terra Ægypti,
dare nobis terram fluentem lac et mel, sicut hodierna die.
20 At the time when he received the vessels of the temple of the Lord, which had been taken away out of the temple, to return them into the land of Juda the tenth day of the month Sivan, the silver vessels, which Sedecias the son of Josias king of Juda had made,
21 Et non audivimus vocem Domini Dei nostri,
secundum omnia verba prophetarum quos misit ad nos :
22 et abivimus unusquisque in sensum cordis nostri maligni,
operari diis alienis,
facientes mala ante oculos Domini Dei nostri.
22 And we have not entreated the face of the Lord our God, that we might return every one of us from our most wicked ways.
23 After that Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon had carried away Jechonias, and the princes, and all the powerful men, and the people of the land from Jerusalem, and brought them bound to Babylon.
25 And the Lord hath watched over us for evil, and hath brought it upon us: for the Lord is just in all his works which he hath commanded us:
26 And they said: Behold we have sent you money, buy with it holocausts, and frankincense, and make meat offerings, and offerings for sin at the altar of the Lord our God:
28 And we have not hearkened to his voice to walk in the commandments of the Lord which he hath set before us.
29 And pray ye for the life of Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon, and for the life of Balthasar his son, that their days may be upon earth as the days of heaven:
31 And now, O Lord God of Israel, who hast brought thy people out of the land of Egypt with a strong hand, and with signs, and with wonders, and with thy great power, and with a mighty arm, and hast made thee a name as at this day,
32 And that the Lord may give us strength, and enlighten our eyes, that we may live under the shadow of Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon, and under the shadow of Balthasar his son, and may serve them many days, and may find favour in their sight.
34 We have sinned, we have done wickedly, we have acted unjustly, O Lord our God, against all thy justices.
35 And pray ye for us to the Lord our God: for we have sinned against the Lord our God, and his wrath is not turned away from us even to this day.
37 Let thy wrath be turned away from us: for we are left a few among the nations where thou hast scattered us.
38 And read ye this book, which we have sent to you to be read in the temple of the Lord, on feasts, and proper days.
40 Hear, O Lord, our prayers, and our petitions, and deliver us for thy own sake: and grant that we may find favour in the sight of them that have led us away:
41 And you shall say: To the Lord our God belongeth justice, but to us confusion of our face: as it is come to pass at this day to all Juda, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
43 That all the earth may know that thou art the Lord our God, and that thy name is called upon Israel, and upon his posterity.
44 To our kings, and to our princes, and to our priests, and to our prophets, and to our fathers.
46 Look down upon us, O Lord, from thy holy house, and incline thy ear, and hear us.
47 We have sinned before the Lord our God, and have not believed him, nor put our trust in him:
49 Open thy eyes, and behold: for the dead that are in hell, whose spirit is taken away from their bowels, shall not give glory and justice to the Lord:
50 And we were not obedient to him, and we have not harkened to the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his commandments, which he hath given us.
52 But the soul that is sorrowful for the greatness of evil she hath done, and goeth bowed down, and feeble, and the eyes that fail, and the hungry soul giveth glory and justice to thee the Lord.
53 From the day that he brought our fathers out of the land of Egypt, even to this day, we were disobedient to the Lord our God: and going astray we turned away from hearing his voice.
55 For it is not for the justices of our fathers that we pour out our prayers, and beg mercy in thy sight, O Lord our God:
56 And many evils have cleaved to us, and the curses which the Lord foretold by Moses his servant: who brought our fathers out of the land of Egypt, to give us a land flowing with milk and honey, as at this day.