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Jeremiah 18

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1 ὁ λόγος ὁ γενόμενος παρὰ κυρίου πρὸς Ιερεμιαν λέγων 2 ἀνάστηθι καὶ κατάβηθι εἰς οἶκον τοῦ κεραμέως καὶ ἐκεῖ ἀκούσῃ τοὺς λόγους μου 3 καὶ κατέβην εἰς τὸν οἶκον τοῦ κεραμέως καὶ ἰδοὺ αὐτὸς ἐποίει ἔργον ἐπὶ τῶν λίθων 4 καὶ διέπεσεν τὸ ἀγγεῖον ὃ αὐτὸς ἐποίει ἐν ταῖς χερσὶν αὐτοῦ καὶ πάλιν αὐτὸς ἐποίησεν αὐτὸ ἀγγεῖον ἕτερον καθὼς ἤρεσεν ἐνώπιον αὐτοῦ τοῦ ποιῆσαι 5 καὶ ἐγένετο λόγος κυρίου πρός με λέγων 6 εἰ καθὼς ὁ κεραμεὺς οὗτος οὐ δυνήσομαι τοῦ ποιῆσαι ὑμᾶς οἶκος Ισραηλ ἰδοὺ ὡς ὁ πηλὸς τοῦ κεραμέως ὑμεῖς ἐστε ἐν ταῖς χερσίν μου 7 πέρας λαλήσω ἐπὶ ἔθνος ἢ ἐπὶ βασιλείαν τοῦ ἐξᾶραι αὐτοὺς καὶ τοῦ ἀπολλύειν 8 καὶ ἐπιστραφῇ τὸ ἔθνος ἐκεῖνο ἀπὸ πάντων τῶν κακῶν αὐτῶν καὶ μετανοήσω περὶ τῶν κακῶν ὧν ἐλογισάμην τοῦ ποιῆσαι αὐτοῖς 9 καὶ πέρας λαλήσω ἐπὶ ἔθνος καὶ ἐπὶ βασιλείαν τοῦ ἀνοικοδομεῖσθαι καὶ τοῦ καταφυτεύεσθαι 10 καὶ ποιήσωσιν τὰ πονηρὰ ἐναντίον μου τοῦ μὴ ἀκούειν τῆς φωνῆς μου καὶ μετανοήσω περὶ τῶν ἀγαθῶν ὧν ἐλάλησα τοῦ ποιῆσαι αὐτοῖς 1 The Lord’s word came to Jeremias, 2 bidding him betake himself to the potter’s house; there a divine message awaited him. 3 So I went to the potter’s house, and found him working at his wheel; 4 just then, the thing of clay he was a-fashioning broke in his hands, and he, as the whim took him, turned it into another thing of clay. 5 Then it was the Lord’s word came to me: 6 You are in my hands, men of Israel, as the clay in the potter’s; why may I not do as the potter did? 7 All at once to a nation here, a kingdom there, I pronounced my sentence, for the uprooting and undoing of it, for its utter destruction. 8 Let but that nation repent of the crimes I brought against it, I too will repent of the punishment I thought to exact. 9 All at once to a nation here, a kingdom there, I promise restoration of its fortunes and new life. 10 Let but that nation defy my will, shut its ears to my claim, I too will repent of all the fair promises I made it. 1 Verbum quod factum est ad Jeremiam a Domino, dicens: 2 Surge, et descende in domum figuli, et ibi audies verba mea. 3 Et descendi in domum figuli, et ecce ipse faciebat opus super rotam. 4 Et dissipatum est vas quod ipse faciebat e luto manibus suis: conversusque fecit illud vas alterum, sicut placuerat in oculis ejus ut faceret. 5 Et factum est verbum Domini ad me, dicens: 6

Numquid sicut figulus iste,
non potero vobis facere, domus Israël? ait Dominus:
ecce sicut lutum in manu figuli,
sic vos in manu mea, domus Israël.
Repente loquar adversum gentem et adversus regnum,
ut eradicem, et destruam, et disperdam illud:
si pœnitentiam egerit gens illa a malo suo
quod locutus sum adversus eam,
agam et ego pœnitentiam super malo
quod cogitavi ut facerem ei.
Et subito loquar de gente et de regno,
ut ædificem et plantem illud.
Si fecerit malum in oculis meis,
ut non audiat vocem meam,
pœnitentiam agam super bono quod locutus sum ut facerem ei.
11 καὶ νῦν εἰπὸν πρὸς ἄνδρας Ιουδα καὶ πρὸς τοὺς κατοικοῦντας Ιερουσαλημ ἰδοὺ ἐγὼ πλάσσω ἐ{F'} ὑμᾶς κακὰ καὶ λογίζομαι ἐ{F'} ὑμᾶς λογισμόν ἀποστραφήτω δὴ ἕκαστος ἀπὸ ὁδοῦ αὐτοῦ τῆς πονηρᾶς καὶ καλλίονα ποιήσετε τὰ ἐπιτηδεύματα ὑμῶν 12 καὶ εἶπαν ἀνδριούμεθα ὅτι ὀπίσω τῶν ἀποστροφῶν ἡμῶν πορευσόμεθα καὶ ἕκαστος τὰ ἀρεστὰ τῆς καρδίας αὐτοῦ τῆς πονηρᾶς ποιήσομεν 13 διὰ τοῦτο τάδε λέγει κύριος ἐρωτήσατε δὴ ἐν ἔθνεσιν τίς ἤκουσεν τοιαῦτα φρικτά ἃ ἐποίησεν σφόδρα παρθένος Ισραηλ 14 μὴ ἐκλείψουσιν ἀπὸ πέτρας μαστοὶ ἢ χιὼν ἀπὸ τοῦ Λιβάνου μὴ ἐκκλινεῖ ὕδωρ βιαίως ἀνέμῳ φερόμενον 15 ὅτι ἐπελάθοντό μου ὁ λαός μου εἰς κενὸν ἐθυμίασαν καὶ ἀσθενήσουσιν ἐν ταῖς ὁδοῖς αὐτῶν σχοίνους αἰωνίους τοῦ ἐπιβῆναι τρίβους οὐκ ἔχοντας ὁδὸν εἰς πορείαν 16 τοῦ τάξαι τὴν γῆν αὐτῶν εἰς ἀφανισμὸν καὶ σύριγμα αἰώνιον πάντες οἱ διαπορευόμενοι δ{I'} αὐτῆς ἐκστήσονται καὶ κινήσουσιν τὴν κεφαλὴν αὐτῶν 17 ὡς ἄνεμον καύσωνα διασπερῶ αὐτοὺς κατὰ πρόσωπον ἐχθρῶν αὐτῶν δείξω αὐτοῖς ἡμέραν ἀπωλείας αὐτῶν 11 Be this, then, thy message from the Lord to Juda’s folk, to the citizens of Jerusalem: Ill days I have in store for you; all my plans are laid; time that each one of you should return from the false path, shape aims and thoughts anew. 12 Ah no, they tell me, too late! Each one clings to his own course, follows his own bent still. 13 Search the world over, the Lord says, where were ever such deeds heard of as this deed Israel, false maid, has most foully done? 14 What, shall the snows of Lebanon melt from those wild peaks,[1] shall they be dried up at their source, those icy torrents that flow down from it? 15 Not less strange that this people of mine should forget me, and resort to vain sacrifices; that they should find their own paths too rough for them, the tracks marked out so long ago, and journey on instead along by-paths untrodden. 16 Desolate their country shall lie, doomed to everlasting scorn; every passer-by will shudder at it, or toss his head in derision. 17 I will sweep them away before the enemy’s onset, as the east wind sweeps all before it; turn my back and never look their way in the hour of need. 11
Nunc ergo dic viro Juda, et habitatoribus Jerusalem, dicens:
Hæc dicit Dominus:
Ecce ego fingo contra vos malum,
et cogito contra vos cogitationem:
revertatur unusquisque a via sua mala,
et dirigite vias vestras et studia vestra.
Qui dixerunt: Desperavimus:
post cogitationes enim nostras ibimus,
et unusquisque pravitatem cordis sui mali faciemus.
Ideo hæc dicit Dominus:
Interrogate gentes:
Quis audivit talia horribilia,
quæ fecit nimis virgo Israël?
Numquid deficiet de petra agri nix Libani?
aut evelli possunt aquæ erumpentes frigidæ, et defluentes?
Quia oblitus est mei populus meus,
frustra libantes,
et impingentes in viis suis,
in semitis sæculi,
ut ambularent per eas in itinere non trito,
ut fieret terra eorum in desolationem,
et in sibilum sempiternum:
omnis qui præterierit per eam obstupescet,
et movebit caput suum.
Sicut ventus urens dispergam eos coram inimico:
dorsum, et non faciem, ostendam eis in die perditionis eorum.
18 καὶ εἶπαν δεῦτε λογισώμεθα ἐπὶ Ιερεμιαν λογισμόν ὅτι οὐκ ἀπολεῖται νόμος ἀπὸ ἱερέως καὶ βουλὴ ἀπὸ συνετοῦ καὶ λόγος ἀπὸ προφήτου δεῦτε καὶ πατάξωμεν αὐτὸν ἐν γλώσσῃ καὶ ἀκουσόμεθα πάντας τοὺς λόγους αὐτοῦ 19 εἰσάκουσόν μου κύριε καὶ εἰσάκουσον τῆς φωνῆς τοῦ δικαιώματός μου 20 εἰ ἀνταποδίδοται ἀντὶ ἀγαθῶν κακά ὅτι συνελάλησαν ῥήματα κατὰ τῆς ψυχῆς μου καὶ τὴν κόλασιν αὐτῶν ἔκρυψάν μοι μνήσθητι ἑστηκότος μου κατὰ πρόσωπόν σου τοῦ λαλῆσαι ὑπὲρ αὐτῶν ἀγαθὰ τοῦ ἀποστρέψαι τὸν θυμόν σου ἀ{P'} αὐτῶν 21 διὰ τοῦτο δὸς τοὺς υἱοὺς αὐτῶν εἰς λιμὸν καὶ ἄθροισον αὐτοὺς εἰς χεῖρας μαχαίρας γενέσθωσαν αἱ γυναῖκες αὐτῶν ἄτεκνοι καὶ χῆραι καὶ οἱ ἄνδρες αὐτῶν γενέσθωσαν ἀνῃρημένοι θανάτῳ καὶ οἱ νεανίσκοι αὐτῶν πεπτωκότες μαχαίρᾳ ἐν πολέμῳ 22 γενηθήτω κραυγὴ ἐν ταῖς οἰκίαις αὐτῶν ἐπάξεις ἐ{P'} αὐτοὺς λῃστὰς ἄφνω ὅτι ἐνεχείρησαν λόγον εἰς σύλλημψίν μου καὶ παγίδας ἔκρυψαν ἐ{P'} ἐμέ 23 καὶ σύ κύριε ἔγνως ἅπασαν τὴν βουλὴν αὐτῶν ἐ{P'} ἐμὲ εἰς θάνατον μὴ ἀθῳώσῃς τὰς ἀδικίας αὐτῶν καὶ τὰς ἁμαρτίας αὐτῶν ἀπὸ προσώπου σου μὴ ἐξαλείψῃς γενέσθω ἡ ἀσθένεια αὐτῶν ἐναντίον σου ἐν καιρῷ θυμοῦ σου ποίησον ἐν αὐτοῖς 18 Hereupon they summoned a conclave to plot against me, Jeremias; What, they said, would he have us believe we need no more priests to expound the law, no more wise men to counsel us, no more prophets to say their word? They thought to compass my death by their clamour; to all my warnings would pay heed no longer. 19 Lord, give me audience; listen to these pratings of my enemies. 20 Must they make such a return for my good will, laying a snare to take my life? Bethink thee, how I ever stood up before thee to plead for them, to avert thy anger from them. 21 Henceforth leave their children to famish, or give them up to butchery; may their wives be childless widows, their grown men die of pestilence, their young men by the sword-thrust in battle; 22 let their homes ring with lamentation, a prey to the sudden onslaught of robbers! Cunning the snare they laid, deep the pit they dug to entrap me; 23 but there is no hiding from thee, Lord, the designs they have on my life. Do not forgive their malice, keep their guilt ever in thy sight; cast them down to earth at thy presence, and in thy anger make an end of them. 18 Et dixerunt:

Venite, et cogitemus contra Jeremiam cogitationes:
non enim peribit lex a sacerdote,
neque consilium a sapiente,
nec sermo a propheta:
venite, et percutiamus eum lingua,
et non attendamus ad universos sermones ejus.

Attende, Domine, ad me,
et audi vocem adversariorum meorum.
Numquid redditur pro bono malum,
quia foderunt foveam animæ meæ?
Recordare quod steterim in conspectu tuo
ut loquerer pro eis bonum,
et averterem indignationem tuam ab eis.
Propterea da filios eorum in famem,
et deduc eos in manus gladii:
fiant uxores eorum absque liberis, et viduæ:
et viri earum interficiantur morte:
juvenes eorum confodiantur gladio in prælio:
audiatur clamor de domibus eorum:
adduces enim super eos latronem repente,
quia foderunt foveam ut caperent me,
et laqueos absconderunt pedibus meis.
Tu autem, Domine, scis omne consilium eorum
adversum me in mortem:
ne propitieris iniquitati eorum,
et peccatum eorum a facie tua non deleatur:
fiant corruentes in conspectu tuo;
in tempore furoris tui abutere eis.
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