Sunday, September 11, 2005

Democrats 16:1 - 23 (STRIV)

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

[16] 1 Oh, God, the Republicans have defiled your holy temple,
they have reduced the social safety net to rubble,
they squander our inheritance on self-promotion.
2 The dead bodies of your servants litter the ground,
rot in water, slip into the country under cover of night,
unphotographed, undocumented, unknown but to their families.
3 The Republicans pour our blood out like water,
leave us exposed, unprotected, objects of derision
by our neighbors, pitied and scorned, reviled and friendless.
4 They leave our bodies for the birds of the air to eat;
the stench is unendurable; no one can stand to bury them.

5 Will you be angry forever, O LORD?
How desperate must our situation get?

6 We would prefer our sons to live among us,
instead of dying in a strange land,
7 we would rather our daughters lived
instead of starving from lack of aid.
8 Our mothers die in their own filth,
waiting for rescue which does not come;
9 those charged with our protection
herd us into camps, shoot at us, abandon us
in our time of greatest need.

10 We have surely done nothing to deserve this, O LORD.
If you turn your back, how can we continue?

11 There are none to hold him accountable; the king
is subject to none but the LORD. 12 We die of thirst
in the streets, arms extended, begging for water;
13 he cuts himself a slice of cake, and picks up the lyre,
a smile on his face. He says, "What didn't go right?"
14 He is well-rested and tanned; he has water to drink
and food to eat; his wives have beautiful new shoes.

15 Will you not punish the arrogant, O LORD?
Are not his boasts offensive to you?

16 LORD, heed the groans of the prisoners, awaken
to the tears of the widows. 17 Expose their mendacity
before the world, so that there will be no one left to say,
"I am a Republican," lest they devour your people.
18 Then we will say, "The LORD is truly almighty and just."

19 Have mercy on us, your desperate ones, O LORD.
Do not abandon us. Remember your promises to your people.

20 Remove the proud ones, LORD; restore what has been taken
from us. 21 Destroy those who enabled their ascent to power;
cause them to suffer as we, your people, have suffered.

22 If the LORD ignores us, who can be for us?
If the LORD forgets his people, who can remember them?

23 Bring justice, O LORD. Let your anger against us cool, lest we perish.


Bushes 30:1 – 32:3 (STRIV)

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

[30] 1 The LORD then said to Georgewalker, "Go therefore to California, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. Take with you your business contacts, and seven of every kind of secret service agent, that your days might be long upon the earth, and two of every kind of senior citizen, and speak to them about Medicare. 2 For in three days I will send rain upon the earth for three days and three nights, and I will wipe from the Gulf Coast every living creature I have made."

3 And Georgewalker did all that the LORD commanded him.

4 Georgewalker was fifty and nine years old when the floodwaters came on the earth. 5 And Georgewalker and his wife, Laura, and his daughters, Jenna and Notjenna, went with him to California to escape the waters of the flood, but his second wife, Condoleeza, was disobedient to him and went instead to New York. 6 And all of Georgewalker's business contacts, and pairs of secret service agents, and pairs of pre-screened Republican senior citizens, entered the ark, as God had commanded Georgewalker. 7 And after the three days the floodwaters came upon the Gulf Coast.

8 In the fifty-ninth year of Georgewalker's life, on the twenty-ninth day of the eighth month – on that day all of the waters of the great deep sprung forth, and the shield of the sky was ripped open, and the very ground rose up to meet the waters, and rain fell upon the Gulf Coast for three days and three nights, and every living thing on in the city of Nuorlans perished – birds, livestock, wild animals, pets, all of the creatures that move over the earth, and mankind. 9 Everything on dry land which had breath in its nostrils died. 10 Every green plant was torn from the ground by the waves. And only Georgewalker was left, and those with him in California.

11 The waters covered the Gulf Coast for a hundred and fifty days.

[31] 1 But God remembered Georgewalker and all the senior citizens and secret service agents and other white people who were with him, and he sent the sun upon the earth, and the waters receded. 2 Now the shield of the sky was restored, and the waters of the great deep returned to their rightful place, and at the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down. 3 And after this time Georgewalker went to the Gulf Coast to see the destruction which the LORD had wrought, at a safe distance.

4 And the LORD said to Georgewalker, "Go, and meet with those who had escaped the flooding, and speak to one another of rebuilding, and of buying the land from the few men and women who survived with eminent domain checks, and of turning the whole of the Gulf Coast into a massive city, with high gates and many wealthy white people and senior citizens. 5 And I command you to use the areas not suitable for the senior citizens or their children or their children's children or their livestock to house their slaves."

6 So Georgewalker did as the LORD commanded, together with his wife, Laura, and his daughters, Jenna and Notjenna, and their senior citizens and their secret service agents, one after the other. 7 And his second wife, Condoleeza, returned to him. And Georgewalker built an altar there to the LORD and, taking the one named Brownie, sacrificed him as a burnt offering on it. 8 The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart, "Never again will I curse the ground because there are poor people on it, for it takes too long to dry up. 9 And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done, because that is wasteful."

[32] 1 Then God blessed Georgewalker and his family, saying to them, "Go, and be fruitful and multiply; increase in number and wealth until you rule the earth and everything upon it. 2 The fear and dread of you will come upon all of the beasts of the earth and air, and upon all the fish of the sea, and any men who remain in distant places; they are given into your hands. 3 Everything that lives and moves shall create profit for you. Just as I gave you America, now I give you everything."


Sunday, September 04, 2005

Nick 13:14 - 31 (STRIV)

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

14 Then Jesus and his disciples went up to Capernaum, and Jesus taught there for three days, healing the sick who were brought to him and teaching the crowds. 15 On the Sabbath, he was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a drag queen was there who had had a lame drag show for five years. 16 When Jesus saw her, he said, "Go, your sins are forgiven." 17 And the Pharisees and teachers of the law began to talk among themselves, saying, "Who is this man who speaks blasphemy? Who but God alone can forgive sins?"

18 Jesus knew what they were thinking, and asked them, "Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? What is easier to say, 'Your sins are forgiven," or "Your show is healed; rise up and perform?" 19 But so you may know that the Son of Man has the authority to forgive sins," speaking to the drag queen, "I tell you, stand up, put on your wig, and perform." 20 And immediately she stood up in front of them, and began to give thanks to God, and variously colored lights shone on her face, and loud music began to play without any musicians playing it. 21 And a group of lepers who were nearby began to dance behind her as she sang a song of praise to God:

22 "Begin the music,
strike the tamborine,
play the harp and lyre.
23 Is all of Capernaum ready to worship?
24 Lift the flute of Christ to your lips, my brethren;
shout before the one who rides upon an ass.
Hosanna!a Hosanna!

25 Though many come against him,
Christ stands firm; he has given me
the gift of tonguesb."

26 Some of the disciples were alarmed, and said to Jesus, "Look, she blasphemes you. Would it not be better for us to send her away?"

27 And Jesus replied, "Two men owed money to a moneylender. The first had borrowed three hundred copper coins, and the second had borrowed three gold ones. 28 They worked and toiled to earn the money to pay back their debt, and each paid the moneylender three gold coins (which was an equivalent amount). Should the moneylender be angry about lending copper and getting gold in return?"

29 The disciples answered, "No, for the amount is the same; only the physical form is different."

30 Jesus said to them, "So it is with the drag queen. Truly, I say to you, her debt is paid this day." 31 But the disciples did not know what he meant.

a 24 an expression meaning "Save!" which became an exclamation of praise
b 25 some manuscripts: I have given him the gift of tongues.


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)


Friday, September 02, 2005

Song of Soccer Mom 3:1 - 18 (STRIV)

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

[3] 1 All night long I looked for the one I desire;
I sought him out, yet did not find him.
2 I went about in the city, to the meeting-places;
I sought my lover in public.
3 I said to myself, "If only I had my lover with me!
4 Then I should have no fear of the strange men
who come and go around me, 5 whose
eyes pass over me as I walk, 6 for my lover
is strong like ten men, and would protect me."

7 I asked the maidens, "Have you seen my lover?"
They replied, "Perhaps he is in a meeting;"
They said, "Maybe he has stopped off for beer with his friends."

8 I asked the bartenders, "Have you seen the one my heart loves?"
They replied, "Perhaps he is at the hospital;"
They said, "Maybe he is watching a sporting event."

9 I asked the policemen, "Have you seen my flawless one?"
They replied, "Perhaps he is feeding ducks at the fountain;"
They said, "Maybe he has another lover."

10 How delightful it is when a lost one is found!
How precious to see one who had been lost!
11 I found my lover at the convenience store,
buying milk for the children: 12 I held him
and would not let him go; we were as teenagers
on a first date; 13 I could not make my eyes
look away from him.

14 My lover and I went to the park near our house;
we walked to the public garden where we met.
15 The plants were in bloom; their fragrance was heady;
the choicest plants around us.
16 Holly and sycamores,
sycamores and tulips,
17 tulips and chrysanthemums,
chrysanthemums and pampas grass.

18 Daughters of Minneapolis, heed me,
take care not to arouse or awaken love
unless the children are already in bed for the night.


Bushes 35:16 - 21 (STRIV)

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

16 His daughter, Jenna, the wife of Francisco, was pregnant and near the time of delivery. A messenger arrived to tell her, "Your father has been deposed as king, and there are even now bands of men roaming the countryside, seeking to eliminate his family from the earth," and she was afraid.

17 "Where can I go?" asked Jenna, "What place is safe for me?" And the messenger replied, 18 "I know of a place, not far from here, but you will have to travel on foot, and wear these rags as a disguise, lest your enemies recognize you."

19 So Jenna put on the rags, and they walked through the brush together, to a small house, where the messenger, whose name was Amminadab, made Jenna comfortable. 20 But when they arrived, she was overcome by fatigue, and went into labor and gave birth, but her labor pains were too great. As she was dying, the messenger's wife, who was attending her, told her, "Take heart; you have given birth to a son."

21 Jenna named her son Ichabod,a, saying, "The glory has left my family; now we will be subject to the law like anyone else," and then she died and was buried at Kidron-Habesh, in a pauper's cemetery, without a marker.

a21 Ichabod means no glory.


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