December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- Woe, O destroyer never destroyed, O traitor never betrayed! When you finish destroying, you will be destroyed; when wearied with betraying, you will be betrayed.
- O LORD, have pity on us, for you we wait. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of trouble!
- At the roaring sound, peoples flee; when you rise in your majesty, nations are scattered.
- Men gather spoil as caterpillars are gathered up; they rush upon it like the onrush of locusts.
- The LORD is exalted, enthroned on high; he fills Zion with right and justice.
- That which makes her seasons lasting, the riches that save her, are wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is her treasure.
- 1 See, the men of Ariel cry out in the streets, the messengers of Shalem weep bitterly.
- The highways are desolate, travelers have quit the paths, Covenants are broken, their terms are spurned; yet no man gives it a thought.
- 2 The country languishes in mourning, Lebanon withers with shame; Sharon is like the steppe, Bashan and Carmel are stripped bare.
- Now will I rise up, says the LORD, now will I be exalted, now be lifted up.
- You conceive dry grass, bring forth stubble; my spirit shall consume you like fire.
- The peoples shall be as in a limekiln, like brushwood cut down for burning in the fire.
- Hear, you who are far off, what I have done; you who are near, acknowledge my might.
- On Zion sinners are in dread, trembling grips the impious: "Who of us can live with the consuming fire? who of us can live with the everlasting flames?"
- He who practices virtue and speaks honestly, who spurns what is gained by oppression, Brushing his hands free of contact with a bribe, stopping his ears lest he hear of bloodshed, closing his eyes lest he look on evil--
- He shall dwell on the heights, his stronghold shall be the rocky fastness, his food and drink in steady supply.
- 3 Your eyes will see a king in his splendor, they will look upon a vast land.
- Your mind will dwell on the terror: "Where is he who counted, where is he who weighed? Where is he who counted the towers?"
- To the people of alien tongue you will look no more, the people of obscure speech, stammering in a language not understood.
- Look to Zion, the city of our festivals; let your eyes see Jerusalem as a quiet abode, a tent not to be struck, Whose pegs will never be pulled up, nor any of its ropes severed.
- Indeed the LORD will be there with us, majestic; yes, the LORD our judge, the LORD our lawgiver, the LORD our king, he it is who will save us.
- 4 In a place of rivers and wide streams on which no boat is rowed, where no majestic ship passes,
- The rigging hangs slack; it cannot hold the mast in place, nor keep the sail spread out. Then the blind will divide great spoils and the lame will carry off the loot.
- No one who dwells there will say, "I am sick"; the people who live there will be forgiven their guilt.
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1  Ariel . . . Shalem: Jerusalem; cf Isaiah 29:1; Genesis 14:18.
2  Sharon: the fertile plain near the Mediterranean.
3  King: the messianic king, or God; cf Isaiah 33:22.
4 [22-23] Boat . . . majestic ship: of a foreign oppressor.
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