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Judgment and Hope...
Thus said YHWH, `The heavens are My throne, and the earth is My footstool. Where is this house that you build for Me? And where is this place of My rest?
'And all these My hand have made, and all these that exist,' declares YHWH. 'Yet to such a one I look: on him who is poor and bruised of spirit, and who trembles at My Word.
`But whoever slaughters the bull slays a man; whoever slaughters the lamb breaks a dog`s neck; whoever brings a grain offering - pig`s blood; whoever burns incense blesses an idol. Indeed, they have chosen their own ways, and their being delights in their abominations.
'I shall also choose their punishments, and bring their fears on them. Because I called, but no one answered. I spoke and they did not hear, and they did evil before My eyes, and chose what was displeasing to Me.'
Hear the Word of YHWH, you who tremble at His Word, 'Your brothers who hate you, who cast you out for My Name's sake, said, 'Let YHWH be esteemed, so that we see your joy.' But they are put to shame.'
'A roaring sound from the city, a voice from the Hekal, the voice of YHWH, repaying His enemies!
'Before she laboured, she gave birth; before a pain came to her, she was delivered of a male child.
'Who has heard the like of this? Who has seen the like of these? Is a land brought forth in one day? Is a nation born at once? For as soon as Tsiyon laboured, she gave birth to her children.
'Shall I bring to birth, and not give delivery?' says YHWH. 'Shall I who give delivery restrain birth?' said your Elohim.
'Rejoice with Yerushalayim, and be glad with her, all you who love her; rejoice greatly with her, all you who mourn for her;
so that you feed, and shall be satisfied with the breast of her comforts, so that you drink deeply, and shall delight yourselves in her overflowing esteem.'
For thus said YHWH, 'See, I am extending peace to her like a river, and the esteem of the gentiles like a flowing stream. And you shall feed; you shall be carried on the side, and be fondled on her knees.
'As one whom his mother comforts, so I comfort you. And in Yerushalayim you are comforted.'
'And you shall see, and your heart shall rejoice, and your bones flourish as tender grass. And the hand of YHWH shall be known to His servants, and His displeasure to His enemies.
'For look, YHWH comes with fire and with His chariots, like a whirlwind, to render His displeasure with burning, and His rebuke with flames of fire.
'For by fire and by His sword YHWH shall judge all flesh, and the slain of YHWH shall be many -
those who set themselves apart and cleanse themselves at the gardens after `One` in the midst, eating flesh of pigsw and the abomination and the mouse, are snatched away, together,` declares YHWH.
'And I, because of their works and their imaginations, am coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My esteem.
'And I shall set a sign among them, and shall send some of those who escape to the nations - Tarshish and Pul and Lud, who draw the bow, and Tubal and Yawan, the coastlands afar off who have not heard My report nor seen My esteem. And they shall declare My esteem among the gentiles.
`And they shall bring all your brothers as an offering to YHWH out of all the gentiles, on horses and in chariots and in litters, on mules and on camels, to My set-apart mountain Yerushalayim,` declares YHWH, `as the children of Yisra`el bring an offering in a clean vessel into the House of YHWH.
`And from them too I shall take for priests - for Lewites,` declares YHWH.
`For as the new heavens and the new earth that I make stand before Me,` declares YHWH, `so your seed and your name shall stand.
`And it shall be that from New Moon to New Moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before Me,` declares YHWH.
'And they shall go forth and look upon the corpses of the men who have transgressed against Me. For their worm shall not die, and their fire not be quenched. And they shall be repulsive to all flesh!'