“Go and stand at the gate of the Temple of Yahweh and there proclaim this message. Say, “Listen to the word of Yahweh, all you men of Judah who come in by these gates to worship Yahweh. Yahweh Sabaoth, the God of Israel, says this: Amend your behaviour and your actions and I will stay with you here in this place. Put no trust in delusive words like these: This is the sanctuary of Yahweh, the sanctuary of Yahweh, the sanctuary of Yahweh! But if you do amend your behaviour and your actions, if you treat each other fairly, (more…)
“And I was thinking: How I wanted to rank you with My sons and give you a country of delights, the fairest heritage of all the nations! I had thought you would call Me: My Father, and would never cease to follow Me. But like a woman betraying her lover, the House of Israel has betrayed Me – it is Yahweh who speaks” (Jer 3:19-20).
“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel! He has visited his people and redeemed them. He has raised up for us a mighty savior in the house of David his servant, as he promised by the lips of holy men, those who were his prophets from of old. A savior who would free us from our foes, from the hands of all who hate us. So his love for our fathers is fulfilled and his holy covenant remembered. He swore (more…)