Sing unto the LORD a new song, and His praise from the end of the earth; ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein, the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.
Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit; let the inhabitants of Sela exult, let them shout from the top of the mountains.
Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare His praise in the islands.
The LORD will go forth as a mighty man, He will stir up jealousy like a man of war; He will cry, yea, He will shout aloud, He will prove Himself mighty against His enemies.
I have long time held My peace,
I have been still, and refrained Myself; now will I cry like a travailing woman, gasping and panting at once.
I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and will dry up the pools.
And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not, in paths that they knew not will I lead them; I will make darkness light before them, and rugged places plain. These things will I do, and I will not leave them undone..
They shall be turned back, greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say unto molten images: 'Ye are our gods.'
BLINDNESS OF THE PEOPLE IN EXILE
¡Hear, ye deaf!
¡and look, ye blind, that ye may see!
Who is blind, but My servant?
Or deaf, as My messenger that I send?
Who is blind as he that is wholehearted, and blind as the LORD'S servant?
Seeing many things, thou observest not; opening the ears, he heareth not.
The LORD was pleased, for His righteousness' sake, to make the teaching great and glorious. But this is a people robbed and spoiled, they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison-houses; they are for a prey, and none delivereth, for a spoil, and none saith: ¡Restore!
Who among you will give ear to this? Who will hearken and hear for the time to come?
Yes, your judgements are great and impenetrable, which is why uninstructed souls have gone astray.
While the wicked supposed they had a holy nation in their power, they themselves lay prisoners of the dark, in the fetters of long night, confined under their own roofs, banished from eternal providence.
While they thought to remain unnoticed with their secret sins, curtained by dark forgetfulness, they were scattered in fearful dismay, terrified by apparitions.
The hiding place sheltering them could not ward off their fear; terrifying noises echoed round them; and gloomy, grim-faced spectres haunted them.
No fire had power enough to give them light, nor could the brightly blazing stars illuminate that dreadful night.
The only light for them was a great, spontaneous blaze -- a fearful sight to see! And in their terror, once that sight had vanished, they thought what they had seen more terrible than ever.
Their magical illusions were powerless now, and their claims to intelligence were ignominiously confounded;
for those who promised to drive out fears and disorders from sick souls were now themselves sick with ludicrous fright.
Even when there was nothing frightful to scare them, the vermin creeping past and the hissing of reptiles filled them with panic;
they died convulsed with fright, refusing even to look at empty air, which cannot be eluded anyhow!
Wickedness is confessedly very cowardly, and it condemns itself; under pressure from conscience it always assumes the worst.
Fear, indeed, is nothing other than the failure of the help offered by reason;
the less you rely within yourself on this, the more alarming it is not to know the cause of your suffering.
And they, all locked in the same sleep, while that darkness lasted -- which was in fact quite powerless and had issued from the depths of equally powerless Hades-
were now chased by monstrous spectres, now paralysed by the fainting of their souls; for a sudden, unexpected terror had attacked them.
And thus, whoever it might be that fell there stayed clamped to the spot in this prison without bars.
Whether he was ploughman or shepherd, or somebody at work in the desert, he was still overtaken and suffered the inevitable fate, for all had been bound by the one same chain of darkness.
The soughing of the wind, the tuneful noise of birds in the spreading branches, the measured beat of water in its powerful course, the headlong din of rocks cascading down,
the unseen course of bounding animals, the roaring of the most savage of wild beasts, the echo rebounding from the clefts in the mountains, all held them paralysed with fear.
For the whole world shone with the light of day and, unhindered, went about its work;
over them alone there spread a heavy darkness, image of the dark that would receive them. But heavier than the darkness was the burden they were to themselves.
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For your holy ones, however, there was a very great light. The Egyptians, who could hear them but not see them, called them fortunate because they had not suffered too;
they thanked them for doing no injury in return for previous wrongs and asked forgiveness for their past ill-will.
In contrast to the darkness, you gave your people a pillar of blazing fire to guide them on their unknown journey, a mild sun for their ambitious migration.
But well those others deserved to be deprived of light and imprisoned in darkness, for they had kept in captivity your children, by whom the incorruptible light of the Law was to be given to the world.
profetiza contra los pastores de Israel y diles: Pastores, esto dice el Señor Dios: ¡Ay de los pastores de Israel que se apacientan a si mismos! ¿No es el rebaño al que deben apacentar los pastores?
Vosotros os tomáis la leche y os vestís con la lana; matáis las ovejas cebadas, pero no apacentáis el rebaño.
No habéis fortalecido a las débiles ni habéis curado a las enfermas; no habéis vendado a las heridas, no habéis hecho volver a las descarriadas ni buscado a las perdidas, sino que las habéis conducido con crueldad y violencia. Y ahora andan dispersas, por falta de pastor, presa de todas las fieras del campo; andan dispersas mis ovejas; errantes por todos los montes, por todos los collados, dispersas mis ovejas por todo el país, sin que las busque nadie ni las cuide. Escuchad, pues, pastores, la palabra del Señor: por mi vida, dice el Señor Dios, que por haber sido mi rebaño expuesto al pillaje y mis ovejas pasto de todas las fieras del campo por falta de pastor, por no haber cuidado mis pastores mi ganado y haberse en cambio apacentado a sí mismos en lugar de mi rebaño, por eso, escuchad, pastores, la palabra del Señor.
Esto dice el Señor Dios: Aquí estoy yo contra los pastores reclamando mi rebaño de sus manos. No les confiaré más el pastoreo de mi rebaño, así no se apacentarán más a sí mismos. Les arrebataré mi ganado de su boca y ya no les servirá de pasto.
'Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, even to the shepherds: Thus saith the Lord GOD: Woe unto the shepherds of Israel that have fed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the sheep?
Ye did eat the fat, and ye clothed you with the wool, ye killed the fatlings; but ye fed not the sheep.
The weak have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought back that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force have ye ruled over them and with rigour.
So were they scattered, because there was no shepherd; and they became food to all the beasts of the field, and were scattered.
My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill, yea, upon all the face of the earth were My sheep scattered, and there was none that did search or seek.
Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD:
As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely forasmuch as My sheep became a prey, and My sheep became food to all the beasts of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did My shepherds search for My sheep, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not My sheep; therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD:
Thus saith the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require My sheep at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the sheep; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; and I will deliver My sheep from their mouth, that they may not be food for them.