Wisdom’s Corner No. 29: The Evil That People Do

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“You are doomed! You buy more houses and fields to add to those you already have.  Soon there will no place for anyone else, and you alone will live in the land.  I have heard the Lord almighty say, ‘All these big, fine houses will be empty ruins.  The grapevines growing on five acres of land will yield only five gallons of wine.  Ten bushels of seed will produce only one bushel of grain.’

You are doomed! You get up early in the morning to start drinking, and you spend long evenings getting drunk.  At your feasts you have harps and tambourines and flutes–and wine.  But you don’t understand what the Lord is doing, and so you will be carried away as prisoners.  Your leaders will starve to death, and the common people will die of thirst.  The world of the dead is hungry for them, and it opens its mouth wide.  It gulps down the nobles….along with the noisy crowd of common people.

Everyone will be disgraced, and all who are proud will be humbled.  But the Lord Almighty shows his greatness by doing what is right, and he reveals his holiness by judging his people.  In the ruins of the cities lambs will eat grass and young goats will find pasture.

You are doomed! You are unable to break free from your sins.  You say, ‘Let the Lord hurry up and do what he says he will, so that we can see it.  Let…God carry out his plans: let’s see what he has in mind.’

You are doomed! You call evil good and call good evil.  You turn darkness into light and light into darkness.  You make what is bitter sweet, and what is sweet bitter.

You are doomed! You think you are wise, so very clever.

You are doomed! Heroes of the wine bottle! Brave and fearless when it come to mixing drinks! But for a bribe you let the guilty go free, and you keep the innocent from getting justice.  So now, just as straw and dry grass shrivel and burn in the fire, your roots will rot and your blossoms will dry and blow away, because you have rejected what the Lord Almighty….has taught us.  The Lord is angry with his people and has stretched out his and to punish them.  The mountains will shake and the bodies of those who die will be left in the streets like rubbish.  yet even then the Lord’s anger will not be ended, but his hand will still be stretched out to punish.

The Lord give a signal to call for a distant nations.  He whistles for them to come from the ends of the earth.  And here they come, swiftly, quickly!  None of them grow tired; not one of them stumble.  The never doze or sleep.  Not a belt is loose; not a sandal strap is broken.  Their arrows are sharp, and their hoofs are as hard as flint, and their chariot wheels turn like a whirlwind.  The soldiers roar like lions that have killed an animal and are carrying it off where no one can take take it away from them.

When  that day comes, they will roar…as loudly as the sea.  Look at this country! Darkness and distress! The light is swallowed by darkness.”

Isaiah 5

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