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Jeremiah 8

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1 ἐν τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ λέγει κύριος ἐξοίσουσιν τὰ ὀστᾶ τῶν βασιλέων Ιουδα καὶ τὰ ὀστᾶ τῶν ἀρχόντων αὐτοῦ καὶ τὰ ὀστᾶ τῶν ἱερέων καὶ τὰ ὀστᾶ τῶν προφητῶν καὶ τὰ ὀστᾶ τῶν κατοικούντων Ιερουσαλημ ἐκ τῶν τάφων αὐτῶν 2 καὶ ψύξουσιν αὐτὰ πρὸς τὸν ἥλιον καὶ τὴν σελήνην καὶ πρὸς πάντας τοὺς ἀστέρας καὶ πρὸς πᾶσαν τὴν στρατιὰν τοῦ οὐρανοῦ ἃ ἠγάπησαν καὶ οἷς ἐδούλευσαν καὶ ὧν ἐπορεύθησαν ὀπίσω αὐτῶν καὶ ὧν ἀντείχοντο καὶ οἷς προσεκύνησαν αὐτοῖς οὐ κοπήσονται καὶ οὐ ταφήσονται καὶ ἔσονται εἰς παράδειγμα ἐπὶ προσώπου τῆς γῆς 3 ὅτι εἵλοντο τὸν θάνατον ἢ τὴν ζωήν καὶ πᾶσιν τοῖς καταλοίποις τοῖς καταλειφθεῖσιν ἀπὸ τῆς γενεᾶς ἐκείνης ἐν παντὶ τόπῳ οὗ ἐὰν ἐξώσω αὐτοὺς ἐκεῖ 1 All the tombs in Jerusalem will be rifled, the Lord says, when that day comes, tomb of king and prince of Juda’s line, tomb of priest and prophet, tomb of common citizen; naked their bones shall lie, 2 with sun and moon and all the starry host to witness it, their gods aforetime; gods so loved, so well served, so hailed, so courted, so adored! Those bones there shall be none to gather, none to bury; they shall lie like dung on the bare ground. 3 And the living shall envy the dead; so poor a home shall be left, the Lord of hosts says, to the remnant of a guilty race, in the far lands to which I have banished them. 1

In illo tempore, ait Dominus,
ejicient ossa regum Juda, et ossa principum ejus,
et ossa sacerdotum, et ossa prophetarum,
et ossa eorum qui habitaverunt Jerusalem,
de sepulchris suis:
et expandent ea ad solem, et lunam,
et omnem militiam cæli,
quæ dilexerunt, et quibus servierunt,
et post quæ ambulaverunt,
et quæ quæsierunt, et adoraverunt.
Non colligentur, et non sepelientur:
in sterquilinium super faciem terræ erunt.
Et eligent magis mortem quam vitam,
omnes qui residui fuerint de cognatione hac pessima,
in universis locis quæ derelicta sunt,
ad quæ ejeci eos, dicit Dominus exercituum.
4 ὅτι τάδε λέγει κύριος μὴ ὁ πίπτων οὐκ ἀνίσταται ἢ ὁ ἀποστρέφων οὐκ ἐπιστρέφει 5 διὰ τί ἀπέστρεψεν ὁ λαός μου οὗτος ἀποστροφὴν ἀναιδῆ καὶ κατεκρατήθησαν ἐν τῇ προαιρέσει αὐτῶν καὶ οὐκ ἠθέλησαν τοῦ ἐπιστρέψαι 6 ἐνωτίσασθε δὴ καὶ ἀκούσατε οὐχ οὕτως λαλήσουσιν οὐκ ἔστιν ἄνθρωπος μετανοῶν ἀπὸ τῆς κακίας αὐτοῦ λέγων τί ἐποίησα διέλιπεν ὁ τρέχων ἀπὸ τοῦ δρόμου αὐτοῦ ὡς ἵππος κάθιδρος ἐν χρεμετισμῷ αὐτοῦ 7 καὶ ἡ ασιδα ἐν τῷ οὐρανῷ ἔγνω τὸν καιρὸν αὐτῆς τρυγὼν καὶ χελιδών ἀγροῦ στρουθία ἐφύλαξαν καιροὺς εἰσόδων αὐτῶν ὁ δὲ λαός μου οὐκ ἔγνω τὰ κρίματα κυρίου 8 πῶς ἐρεῖτε ὅτι σοφοί ἐσμεν ἡμεῖς καὶ νόμος κυρίου ἐστὶν με{Q'} ἡμῶν εἰς μάτην ἐγενήθη σχοῖνος ψευδὴς γραμματεῦσιν 9 ᾐσχύνθησαν σοφοὶ καὶ ἐπτοήθησαν καὶ ἑάλωσαν ὅτι τὸν λόγον κυρίου ἀπεδοκίμασαν σοφία τίς ἐστιν ἐν αὐτοῖς 10 διὰ τοῦτο δώσω τὰς γυναῖκας αὐτῶν ἑτέροις καὶ τοὺς ἀγροὺς αὐτῶν τοῖς κληρονόμοις 11 12 13 καὶ συνάξουσιν τὰ γενήματα αὐτῶν λέγει κύριος οὐκ ἔστιν σταφυλὴ ἐν ταῖς ἀμπέλοις καὶ οὐκ ἔστιν σῦκα ἐν ταῖς συκαῖς καὶ τὰ φύλλα κατερρύηκεν 4 Give them this message from the Lord: A man falls but to rise, errs but to retrieve his path; 5 how is it that this rebellious people of mine at Jerusalem has rebelled so obstinately? They cling to their illusion, and return no more. 6 Listen I never so attentively, wholesome word I hear none; never a man that repents of his sin, asks himself what his life has been. No, each one follows his own bent, reckless as war-horse charging into battle. 7 Yet the kite, circling in air, knows its time; turtle-dove can guess, and swallow, and stork, when they should return;[1] only for my people the divine appointment passes unobserved. 8 What, still boasting that you are wise, that the Lord’s law finds its home among you? Nay, but the scribes, with their false penmanship, have construed all amiss. 9 In all their wisdom, how disappointed, how bewildered, how entrapped! God’s word they cast away, and wisdom left them. 10 Alien lords their wives shall have, alien masters their lands; (high and low, ill-gotten gains they covet; treacherous the ways alike of prophet and of priest; 11 here lies my people grievously hurt, and they tend her unconcernedly; All’s well, they say, all’s well, when in truth all goes amiss. 12 Shamed they needs must be, that did so detestably; shamed, but never ashamed, for indeed they have lost the power to blush; theirs to fall in the common ruin, crushed to earth, the Lord says, when I call all to account).[2] 13 I will make an end of them once for all, the Lord says; never a grape on the vine, or a fig on the fig-tree, every leaf withered; and I have given them … what has passed them by.[3] 4 Et dices ad eos:

Hæc dicit Dominus:
Numquid qui cadit non resurget?
et qui aversus est non revertetur?
Quare ergo aversus est populus iste in Jerusalem
aversione contentiosa?
Apprehenderunt mendacium,
et noluerunt reverti.
Attendi, et auscultavi:
nemo quod bonum est loquitur;
nullus est qui agat pœnitentiam super peccato suo,
dicens: Quid feci?
Omnes conversi sunt ad cursum suum,
quasi equus impetu vadens ad prælium.
Milvus in cælo cognovit tempus suum:
turtur, et hirundo, et ciconia custodierunt tempus adventus sui:
populus autem meus non cognovit judicium Domini.
Quomodo dicitis: Sapientes nos sumus,
et lex Domini nobiscum est?
vere mendacium operatus est stylus mendax scribarum!
Confusi sunt sapientes;
perterriti et capti sunt:
verbum enim Domini projecerunt,
et sapientia nulla est in eis.
Propterea dabo mulieres eorum exteris,
agros eorum hæredibus,
quia a minimo usque ad maximum
omnes avaritiam sequuntur:
a propheta usque ad sacerdotem
cuncti faciunt mendacium.
Et sanabant contritionem filiæ populi mei ad ignominiam,
dicentes: Pax, pax!
cum non esset pax.
Confusi sunt, quia abominationem fecerunt:
quinimmo confusione non sunt confusi,
et erubescere nescierunt.
Idcirco cadent inter corruentes:
in tempore visitationis suæ corruent, dicit Dominus.
Congregans congregabo eos, ait Dominus.
Non est uva in vitibus, et non sunt ficus in ficulnea:
folium defluxit,
et dedi eis quæ prætergressa sunt.
14 ἐπὶ τί ἡμεῖς καθήμεθα συνάχθητε καὶ εἰσέλθωμεν εἰς τὰς πόλεις τὰς ὀχυρὰς καὶ ἀπορριφῶμεν ὅτι ὁ θεὸς ἀπέρριψεν ἡμᾶς καὶ ἐπότισεν ἡμᾶς ὕδωρ χολῆς ὅτι ἡμάρτομεν ἐναντίον αὐτοῦ 15 συνήχθημεν εἰς εἰρήνην καὶ οὐκ ἦν ἀγαθά εἰς καιρὸν ἰάσεως καὶ ἰδοὺ σπουδή 16 ἐκ Δαν ἀκουσόμεθα φωνὴν ὀξύτητος ἵππων αὐτοῦ ἀπὸ φωνῆς χρεμετισμοῦ ἱππασίας ἵππων αὐτοῦ ἐσείσθη πᾶσα ἡ γῆ καὶ ἥξει καὶ καταφάγεται τὴν γῆν καὶ τὸ πλήρωμα αὐτῆς πόλιν καὶ τοὺς κατοικοῦντας ἐν αὐτῇ 17 διότι ἰδοὺ ἐγὼ ἐξαποστέλλω εἰς ὑμᾶς ὄφεις θανατοῦντας οἷς οὐκ ἔστιν ἐπᾷσαι καὶ δήξονται ὑμᾶς 14 Why do we linger here? Muster we, and man the stronghold, and wait there uncomplaining; silence the Lord our God has imposed on us, given us a draught to dull the senses; the Lord, whom our sins have offended.[4] 15 How we long for better times, and no relief comes to us; for remedy at last, and danger still threatens! 16 All the way from Dan the noise of horses reaches us, gallant chargers neighing in their pride, till earth trembles with the echoes of it; on they come, bearing ruin to field and crop, to city and citizen! 17 With such a brood of deadly serpents I am plaguing you, the Lord says, charm is none shall rid you of its bite. 14
Quare sedemus?
convenite, et ingrediamur civitatem munitam,
et sileamus ibi:
quia Dominus Deus noster silere nos fecit,
et potum dedit nobis aquam fellis:
peccavimus enim Domino.
Exspectavimus pacem, et non erat bonum:
tempus medelæ, et ecce formido.
A Dan auditus est fremitus equorum ejus;
a voce hinnituum pugnatorum ejus commota est omnis terra:
et venerunt, et devoraverunt terram et plenitudinem ejus;
urbem et habitatores ejus.
Quia ecce ego mittam vobis serpentes regulos,
quibus non est incantatio:
et mordebunt vos, ait Dominus.
18 ἀνίατα με{T'} ὀδύνης καρδίας ὑμῶν ἀπορουμένης 19 ἰδοὺ φωνὴ κραυγῆς θυγατρὸς λαοῦ μου ἀπὸ γῆς μακρόθεν μὴ κύριος οὐκ ἔστιν ἐν Σιων ἢ βασιλεὺς οὐκ ἔστιν ἐκεῖ διὰ τί παρώργισάν με ἐν τοῖς γλυπτοῖς αὐτῶν καὶ ἐν ματαίοις ἀλλοτρίοις 18 Grief beyond all grief, that bows down my heart within me! 19 So cries my own people in its distress from a country far away. Does the Lord dwell in Sion no longer? Is she forsaken by her king?

And she? What of the idols, what of the alien gods that turned me into her enemy?
Dolor meus super dolorem,
in me cor meum mœrens.
Ecce vox clamoris filiæ populi mei de terra longinqua:
Numquid Dominus non est in Sion?
aut rex ejus non est in ea?
Quare ergo me ad iracundiam concitaverunt in sculptilibus suis,
et in vanitatibus alienis?
20 διῆλθεν θέρος παρῆλθεν ἄμητος καὶ ἡμεῖς οὐ διεσώθημεν 21 ἐπὶ συντρίμματι θυγατρὸς λαοῦ μου ἐσκοτώθην ἀπορίᾳ κατίσχυσάν με ὠδῖνες ὡς τικτούσης 22 μὴ ῥητίνη οὐκ ἔστιν ἐν Γαλααδ ἢ ἰατρὸς οὐκ ἔστιν ἐκεῖ διὰ τί οὐκ ἀνέβη ἴασις θυγατρὸς λαοῦ μου 20 Harvest-time is over, summer is gone, and still no deliverance has come to us. 21 Wounded she lies, my own people, and is not her wound mine? Shall I not go mourning, bewildered by grief? 22 Grows the balm in Galaad no more, is the healer’s art lost there, that the people I love should lie wounded, and the wound will not close? 20
Transiit messis, finita est æstas,
et nos salvati non sumus.
Super contritione filiæ populi mei contritus sum, et contristatus:
stupor obtinuit me.
Numquid resina non est in Galaad?
aut medicus non est ibi?
quare igitur non est obducta cicatrix filiæ populi mei?

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