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Isaiah 29

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1 οὐαὶ πόλις Αριηλ ἣν Δαυιδ ἐπολέμησεν συναγάγετε γενήματα ἐνιαυτὸν ἐ{P'} ἐνιαυτόν φάγεσθε γὰρ σὺν Μωαβ 2 ἐκθλίψω γὰρ Αριηλ καὶ ἔσται αὐτῆς ἡ ἰσχὺς καὶ τὸ πλοῦτος ἐμοί 3 καὶ κυκλώσω ὡς Δαυιδ ἐπὶ σὲ καὶ βαλῶ περὶ σὲ χάρακα καὶ θήσω περὶ σὲ πύργους 4 καὶ ταπεινωθήσονται οἱ λόγοι σου εἰς τὴν γῆν καὶ εἰς τὴν γῆν οἱ λόγοι σου δύσονται καὶ ἔσται ὡς οἱ φωνοῦντες ἐκ τῆς γῆς ἡ φωνή σου καὶ πρὸς τὸ ἔδαφος ἡ φωνή σου ἀσθενήσει 1 Out upon her, Ariel,[1] the lion-city King David stormed long ago! This year once added to the tale of years, feast-days of it over and gone, 2 I will lay siege to Ariel, that shall roar and roar again, a lion-city indeed. 3 Trust me, I will ring thee round, throw up earth-works against thee, set engines in place to besiege thee. 4 Cower down thou must, and offer parley from the earth where thou liest; from the ruins thy voice will make itself heard, no better than a muttering from the ground, as it were some ghost that moaned there under the earth. 1

Væ Ariel, Ariel
civitas, quam expugnavit David!
additus est annus ad annum:
solemnitates evolutæ sunt.
Et circumvallabo Ariel,
et erit tristis et mœrens,
et erit mihi quasi Ariel.
Et circumdabo quasi sphæram in circuitu tuo,
et jaciam contra te aggerem,
et munimenta ponam in obsidionem tuam.
Humiliaberis, de terra loqueris,
et de humo audietur eloquium tuum;
et erit quasi pythonis de terra vox tua,
et de humo eloquium tuum mussitabit.
5 καὶ ἔσται ὡς κονιορτὸς ἀπὸ τροχοῦ ὁ πλοῦτος τῶν ἀσεβῶν καὶ ὡς χνοῦς φερόμενος καὶ ἔσται ὡς στιγμὴ παραχρῆμα 6 παρὰ κυρίου σαβαωθ ἐπισκοπὴ γὰρ ἔσται μετὰ βροντῆς καὶ σεισμοῦ καὶ φωνῆς μεγάλης καταιγὶς φερομένη καὶ φλὸξ πυρὸς κατεσθίουσα 7 καὶ ἔσται ὡς ὁ ἐνυπνιαζόμενος ἐν ὕπνῳ ὁ πλοῦτος τῶν ἐθνῶν πάντων ὅσοι ἐπεστράτευσαν ἐπὶ Αριηλ καὶ πάντες οἱ στρατευσάμενοι ἐπὶ Ιερουσαλημ καὶ πάντες οἱ συνηγμένοι ἐ{P'} αὐτὴν καὶ θλίβοντες αὐτήν 8 καὶ ἔσονται ὡς οἱ ἐν ὕπνῳ πίνοντες καὶ ἔσθοντες καὶ ἐξαναστάντων μάταιον αὐτῶν τὸ ἐνύπνιον καὶ ὃν τρόπον ἐνυπνιάζεται ὁ διψῶν ὡς πίνων καὶ ἐξαναστὰς ἔτι διψᾷ ἡ δὲ ψυχὴ αὐτοῦ εἰς κενὸν ἤλπισεν οὕτως ἔσται ὁ πλοῦτος πάντων τῶν ἐθνῶν ὅσοι ἐπεστράτευσαν ἐπὶ τὸ ὄρος Σιων 5 Then, like fine dust, the hordes that routed thee shall vanish; like a spark that smoulders, thy conquerors shall die away. 6 Suddenly, in a moment, the Lord will sweep down upon them in thunder, and earthquake, in a storm of roaring wind, in fire that devours all before it; 7 gone, the thronging nations that fought against Ariel, like a dream that passes with the night; gone, the fighting, and the siege, and their triumph. 8 Dreams hungry man of a full belly, then wakes empty as ever; dreams thirsty man of a cool draught, then wakes weary, and thirsty, and still unsatisfied! Such comfort shall be theirs, the many folk that beleaguered Sion. 5
Et erit sicut pulvis tenuis multitudo ventilantium te,
et sicut favilla pertransiens multitudo eorum qui contra te prævaluerunt;
eritque repente confestim.
A Domino exercituum visitabitur
in tonitruo, et commotione terræ, et voce magna
turbinis et tempestatis, et flammæ ignis devorantis.
Et erit sicut somnium visionis nocturnæ
multitudo omnium gentium quæ dimicaverunt contra Ariel,
et omnes qui militaverunt, et obsederunt,
et prævaluerunt adversus eam.
Et sicut somniat esuriens, et comedit,
cum autem fuerit expergefactus, vacua est anima ejus;
et sicut somniat sitiens et bibit,
et postquam fuerit expergefactus, lassus adhuc sitit,
et anima ejus vacua est:
sic erit multitudo omnium gentium
quæ dimicaverunt contra montem Sion.
9 ἐκλύθητε καὶ ἔκστητε καὶ κραιπαλήσατε οὐκ ἀπὸ σικερα οὐδὲ ἀπὸ οἴνου 10 ὅτι πεπότικεν ὑμᾶς κύριος πνεύματι κατανύξεως καὶ καμμύσει τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς αὐτῶν καὶ τῶν προφητῶν αὐτῶν καὶ τῶν ἀρχόντων αὐτῶν οἱ ὁρῶντες τὰ κρυπτά 11 καὶ ἔσονται ὑμῖν πάντα τὰ ῥήματα ταῦτα ὡς οἱ λόγοι τοῦ βιβλίου τοῦ ἐσφραγισμένου τούτου ὃ ἐὰν δῶσιν αὐτὸ ἀνθρώπῳ ἐπισταμένῳ γράμματα λέγοντες ἀνάγνωθι ταῦτα καὶ ἐρεῖ οὐ δύναμαι ἀναγνῶναι ἐσφράγισται γάρ 12 καὶ δοθήσεται τὸ βιβλίον τοῦτο εἰς χεῖρας ἀνθρώπου μὴ ἐπισταμένου γράμματα καὶ ἐρεῖ αὐτῷ ἀνάγνωθι τοῦτο καὶ ἐρεῖ οὐκ ἐπίσταμαι γράμματα 13 καὶ εἶπεν κύριος ἐγγίζει μοι ὁ λαὸς οὗτος τοῖς χείλεσιν αὐτῶν τιμῶσίν με ἡ δὲ καρδία αὐτῶν πόρρω ἀπέχει ἀ{P'} ἐμοῦ μάτην δὲ σέβονταί με διδάσκοντες ἐντάλματα ἀνθρώπων καὶ διδασκαλίας 14 διὰ τοῦτο ἰδοὺ ἐγὼ προσθήσω τοῦ μεταθεῖναι τὸν λαὸν τοῦτον καὶ μεταθήσω αὐτοὺς καὶ ἀπολῶ τὴν σοφίαν τῶν σοφῶν καὶ τὴν σύνεσιν τῶν συνετῶν κρύψω 15 οὐαὶ οἱ βαθέως βουλὴν ποιοῦντες καὶ οὐ διὰ κυρίου οὐαὶ οἱ ἐν κρυφῇ βουλὴν ποιοῦντες καὶ ἔσται ἐν σκότει τὰ ἔργα αὐτῶν καὶ ἐροῦσιν τίς ἡμᾶς ἑώρακεν καὶ τίς ἡμᾶς γνώσεται ἢ ἃ ἡμεῖς ποιοῦμεν 16 οὐχ ὡς ὁ πηλὸς τοῦ κεραμέως λογισθήσεσθε μὴ ἐρεῖ τὸ πλάσμα τῷ πλάσαντι οὐ σύ με ἔπλασας ἢ τὸ ποίημα τῷ ποιήσαντι οὐ συνετῶς με ἐποίησας 9 Ay, gape and gaze as you will; hum and haw you, bemused ere you lifted cup, besotted ere you have been at your wine, besotted with never a taste of drink! 10 So deep a lethargy the Lord instils, blinding the prophets that should be your eyes, muffling with a veil the wise heads that should see visions for you. 11 What is revelation to you, but a sealed book, offered as vainly to scholar that finds it sealed, 12 as to yonder simpleton, that vows he never learned his letters? 13 This people, the Lord says, makes profession of worshipping me, does me honour with its lips, but its heart is far from me.[2] If they fear me, it is a lesson they learned from human precepts. 14 What remains but some great, some resounding miracle, to strike awe into such hearts as these? Bereft of wisdom their wise men shall be, cunning of their counsellors vanish. 15 Out on you, that would hide your designs from the Lord in the depth of your hearts, plotting on in the dark and telling yourselves none can see, none can find you out! 16 What a strange thought is this! As well might clay scheme against the potter; handicraft disown its craftsman, or thing of art call the artist fool. 9
Obstupescite et admiramini;
fluctuate et vacillate;
inebriamini, et non a vino;
movemini, et non ab ebrietate.
Quoniam miscuit vobis Dominus
spiritum soporis; claudet oculos vestros:
prophetas et principes vestros, qui vident visiones, operiet.
Et erit vobis visio omnium
sicut verba libri signati,
quem cum dederint scienti litteras,
dicent: Lege istum:
et respondebit: Non possum, signatus est enim.
Et dabitur liber nescienti litteras,
diceturque ei: Lege;
et respondebit: Nescio litteras.
Et dixit Dominus: Eo quod appropinquat populus iste ore suo,
et labiis suis glorificat me,
cor autem ejus longe est a me,
et timuerunt me mandato hominum et doctrinis,
ideo ecce ego addam ut admirationem faciam
populo huic miraculo grandi et stupendo;
peribit enim sapientia a sapientibus ejus,
et intellectus prudentium ejus abscondetur.
Væ qui profundi estis corde,
ut a Domino abscondatis consilium;
quorum sunt in tenebris opera,
et dicunt: Quis videt nos?
et quis novit nos?
Perversa est hæc vestra cogitatio;
quasi si lutum contra figulum cogitet,
et dicat opus factori suo: Non fecisti me;
et figmentum dicat fictori suo: Non intelligis.
17 οὐκέτι μικρὸν καὶ μετατεθήσεται ὁ Λίβανος ὡς τὸ ὄρος τὸ Χερμελ καὶ τὸ ὄρος τὸ Χερμελ εἰς δρυμὸν λογισθήσεται 18 καὶ ἀκούσονται ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ κωφοὶ λόγους βιβλίου καὶ οἱ ἐν τῷ σκότει καὶ οἱ ἐν τῇ ὁμίχλῃ ὀφθαλμοὶ τυφλῶν βλέψονται 19 καὶ ἀγαλλιάσονται πτωχοὶ διὰ κύριον ἐν εὐφροσύνῃ καὶ οἱ ἀπηλπισμένοι τῶν ἀνθρώπων ἐμπλησθήσονται εὐφροσύνης 20 ἐξέλιπεν ἄνομος καὶ ἀπώλετο ὑπερήφανος καὶ ἐξωλεθρεύθησαν οἱ ἀνομοῦντες ἐπὶ κακίᾳ 21 καὶ οἱ ποιοῦντες ἁμαρτεῖν ἀνθρώπους ἐν λόγῳ πάντας δὲ τοὺς ἐλέγχοντας ἐν πύλαις πρόσκομμα θήσουσιν καὶ ἐπλαγίασαν ἐν ἀδίκοις δίκαιον 22 διὰ τοῦτο τάδε λέγει κύριος ἐπὶ τὸν οἶκον Ιακωβ ὃν ἀφώρισεν ἐξ Αβρααμ οὐ νῦν αἰσχυνθήσεται Ιακωβ οὐδὲ νῦν τὸ πρόσωπον μεταβαλεῖ Ισραηλ 23 ἀλ{L'} ὅταν ἴδωσιν τὰ τέκνα αὐτῶν τὰ ἔργα μου δ{I'} ἐμὲ ἁγιάσουσιν τὸ ὄνομά μου καὶ ἁγιάσουσιν τὸν ἅγιον Ιακωβ καὶ τὸν θεὸν τοῦ Ισραηλ φοβηθήσονται 24 καὶ γνώσονται οἱ τῷ πνεύματι πλανώμενοι σύνεσιν οἱ δὲ γογγύζοντες μαθήσονται ὑπακούειν καὶ αἱ γλώσσαι αἱ ψελλίζουσαι μαθήσονται λαλεῖν εἰρήνην 17 Short the time shall be, and quickly fled, ere Lebanon forest shall be fruitful as Carmel, ere land fruitful now shall be reckoned as forest. 18 Then this book will have a message for deaf ears to hear, for blind eyes to see through the mist that darkens them; 19 humble folk shall yet learn to rejoice in the Lord, poor clods of earth triumph in the Holy One of Israel. 20 Vanished, the triumphant foe, scornful incredulity is silenced; where are they now, that spent themselves on wrongdoing, 21 watching a man’s words to convict him of guilt, defrauding him of justice at the city gate, setting aside, with a quibble, the plea of the innocent? 22 Here is a message to the race of Jacob from the Lord, that was Abraham’s deliverer: No longer shall Jacob be disappointed, no longer put to the blush. 23 He shall see children of his, my gift, doing honour publicly to my name; honour to the Holy One of Jacob, homage to the God of Israel! 24 Restless hearts will attain true knowledge then, and the murmurers learn wisdom. 17
Nonne adhuc in modico et in brevi
convertetur Libanus in carmel,
et carmel in saltum reputabitur?
Et audient in die illa surdi verba libri,
et de tenebris et caligine oculi cæcorum videbunt.
Et addent mites in Domino lætitiam,
et pauperes homines in Sancto Israël exsultabunt;
quoniam defecit qui prævalebat, consummatus est illusor,
et succisi sunt omnes qui vigilabant super iniquitatem,
qui peccare faciebant homines in verbo,
et arguentem in porta supplantabant,
et declinaverunt frustra a justo.
Propter hoc, hæc dicit Dominus ad domum Jacob,
qui redemit Abraham:
Non modo confundetur Jacob,
nec modo vultus ejus erubescet;
sed cum viderit filios suos,
opera manuum mearum in medio sui
sanctificantes nomen meum,
et sanctificabunt Sanctum Jacob,
et Deum Israël prædicabunt;
et scient errantes spiritu intellectum,
et mussitatores discent legem.
Copyright © 2020 by Kevin Knight. Dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.