Saturday, September 03, 2005

Ernesto 2:1 - 21 (STRIV)

All quotations are from the Standard-Text Revised International Version (STRIV), unless otherwise noted.

[2] 1 Then the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet, saying, "Go, son of man, and pour a glass of water for yourself, and then pour gasoline into the glass so that it overflows. 2 Then build for yourself a stand and a chair, and sit in the center of the town and call in a loud voice, crying, 'Water, fifty shekelsa of silver for a hinb."

3 Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: you have given the very water of the land over to false idols, the corporations, saying, "Without the corporations, there will be no jobs, and we shall surely perish, therefore let us grant them all the privileges they desire." 4 Foolish ones! Can your corporations show you how to live without water? Therefore I will surely abandon you to your idols, and your sons and daughters' throats will burn all the days of their lives, that you might repent of your foolishness and return once again to me. 5 Yet there will be some who have not strayed; them I will give the secret wells of the wilderness, those with the sweetest and clearest water.

6 The word of the LORD came again to me, saying, "Son of man, make the forms of animals from wet clay, camel and goat, sheep and grasshopper, but do not bake the clay, and when you have finished, use your thumb and forefinger to pull the animals into different shapes, stretching and compressing until they no longer resemble animals. 7 Then fire the clay and take it into town and throw the figures against the buildings until they shatter, and sweep up the pieces with a broom."

8 For this is what the LORD says: the skies will catch fire, a fire brighter than the sun. 9 The very buildings will burn, and the ashes will be a curse on you and your land for eternity; your children will be born disfigured, monstrous; your livestock will have tumors and weaknesses of all kind. 10 No amount of washing will remove the ashes; no rain will wash it away; the very air itself will be corrupted. 11 Your hair will fall out, and boils will appear on your skin: you will go to the water for relief, but there will be none save death. And some will be without boils, yet these will starve. 12 For I am done with you, says the LORD. I will wipe you from the earth forever, and blot out your memory from the annals of the world: I will destroy you and your works and then sweep the land clean.

13 Then the Most High LORD took me to a high point, and gave me a trumpet. 14 And he said, "Son of man, blow the trumpet, and call the people together for battle; sound the call to war." So I blew on the trumpet, and called the people to war, yet none of them appeared. 15 "Maybe you did not blow on the trumpet loudly enough," said the LORD. "Try it again." 16 So I blew on the trumpet a second time, and then a third and a fourth, yet still no one appeared.

17 Then the LORD took my staff and planted it in the ground, where it put forth leaves and new branches, and became a tree ten times taller than a man, bearing every kind of fruit, and the birds of the air gathered in its branches and built nests for themselves there. 18 I asked the LORD, "What does this mean?" And the LORD said, "There will come a day when no one heeds the call to war, when no man responds to the summons and none will lift his hand against another. 19 In that time, all swords will be like water, and arrows shot against another man will turn to loaves of bread. 20 Your staff represents the law I have given you, which you cannot follow; I will dispose of it, and a new creation will displace you, one which needs no law."

21 "When will this come to pass?" I asked the LORD. But he did not answer.

a2 That is, about 20 ounces (0.5 kilogram)
b2 That is, about 4 quarts (about 3.6 liters)



At 12:40 PM, Blogger stan said...

Looking forward to those boils!

At 2:14 AM, Blogger john_m_burt said...

Stan, that's a comment one doesn't hear every day.


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