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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 2

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1I will stand at my guard post, and station myself upon the rampart, And keep watch to see what he will say to me, and what answer he will give to my complaint. b Ps 85, 9 .

2Then the LORD answered me and said: Write down the vision Clearly upon the tablets, so that one can read it readily. 3For the vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint; If it delays, wait for it, it will surely come, it will not be late. 4The rash man has no integrity; c Rom 1, 17; Gal 3, 11; Heb 10, 38 . but the just man, because of his faith, shall live.* Wealth, too, is treacherous: the proud, unstable man— 5He who opens wide his throat like the nether world, and is insatiable as death, Who gathers to himself all the nations, and rallies to himself all the peoples— 6Shall not all these take up a taunt against him, satire and epigrams about him, to say:

Woe to him who stores up what is not his: how long can it last! he loads himself down with debts. 7Shall not your creditors rise suddenly? Shall not they who make you tremble awake? You shall become their spoil! 8Because you despoiled many peoples all the rest of the nations shall despoil you; Because of men's blood shed, and violence done to the land, to the city and to all who dwell in it.

9Woe to him who pursues evil gain for his household, setting his nest on high to escape the reach of misfortune! 10You have devised shame for your household, cutting off many peoples, forfeiting your own life: 11For the stone in the wall shall cry out,* and the beam in the woodwork shall answer it!

12Woe to him who builds a city by bloodshed, and establishes a town by wickedness! d Ez 24, 9; Na 3, 1 . 13Is not this from the LORD of hosts: peoples toil for the flames,* and nations grow weary for nought! e Jer 51, 58 . 14But the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the LORD's glory as water covers the sea. f Is 11, 9 . 15Woe to you who give your neighbors a flood of your wrath to drink, and make them drunk, till their nakedness is seen! 16You are filled with shame instead of glory; drink, you too, and stagger! On you shall revert the cup from the LORD's right hand, and utter shame on your glory. 17For the violence done to Lebanon* shall cover you, and the destruction of the beasts shall terrify you; Because of men's blood shed, and violence done to the land, to the city and to all who dwell in it. 19Woe to him who says to wood, “Awake!” to dumb stone, “Arise!” Can such a thing give oracles? See, it is overlaid with gold and silver, but there is no life breath in it. 18Of what avail is the carved image,* that its maker should carve it? Or the molten image and lying oracle, that its very maker should trust in it, and make dumb idols? 20But the LORD is in his holy temple; silence before him, all the earth! g Ps 11, 4 .

Notes:

b: Ps 85, 9 .

c: Rom 1, 17; Gal 3, 11; Heb 10, 38 .

d: Ez 24, 9; Na 3, 1 .

e: Jer 51, 58 .

f: Is 11, 9 .

g: Ps 11, 4 .

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