Yahweh will sweep away everything (Zeph 1:2-1:3)

“‘I will utterly sweep away

Everything

From the face

Of the earth.’

Says Yahweh.

‘I will sweep away

Humans.

I will sweep away

Animals.

I will sweep away

The birds of the air.

I will sweep away

The fish of the sea.

I will make the wicked

Stumble.

I will cut off

Humanity

From the face of the earth.’

Says Yahweh.”

Yahweh said that he was going to undo his creation.  He was going to sweep away everything on the face of the earth.  He was going to do away with all humans and animals, as well as all the birds in the air and the fish in the sea.  The wicked would stumble, as all humanity would be wiped out.

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Praise for the Divine presence (Sir 43:27-43:33)

“We could say more.

But we could never say enough.

Let the final word be.

‘He is the all.’

Where can we find the strength

To praise him?

He is greater

Than all his works.

Awesome is the Lord.

He is very great.

His power is marvelous.

Glorify the Lord!

Exalt him as much as you can!

He surpasses even that.

When you exalt him,

Summon all your strength.

Do not grow weary!

You cannot praise him enough.

Who has seen him?

Who can describe him?

Who can extol him as he is?

Many things greater

Than these lie hidden.

I have seen

But a few of his works.

The Lord has made all things.

To the godly,

He has given wisdom.”

Sirach assumes the first person plural saying that he or we could say more, but it would never be enough. In fact, Sirach is very close to a pantheistic view when he maintains that the Lord is all things. However, he quickly corrects himself when he says that the Lord is greater than all his works, separating him from his creation. The Lord is awesome, very great, marvelous, and powerful. Where do we get the strength to praise the Lord? We should glorify him and exalt him as much as we can. We should not grow weary because we can never praise God enough. Nobody has seen him or described him. How can we extol him enough? Sirach has related what he has seen, but there are many more hidden things about the Lord, since he is the creator of all things. Luckily, he has given wisdom to the godly, so that they will experience a few of these marvels of the Lord.

God’s role (Eccl 3:14-3:15)

“I know that whatever God does,

Endures forever.

Nothing can be added to it.

Nothing can be taken from it.

God has done this,

Thus all should stand in awe before him.

That which is,

Already has been.

That which is to be,

Already is.

God seeks out

What has gone by.”

Whatever God does, it will last forever. Nothing can be added or taken away from his creation. God has done all this. All us humans can do is stand in awe before him. The things of the past exist today, while the future things already exist for God. He seeks out everything that has happened.

Yahweh is gracious (Ps 145:8-145:9)

Het

“Yahweh is gracious.

Yahweh is merciful.

He is slow to anger.

He is abounding in steadfast love.

Tet

Yahweh is good to all.

His compassion is over all that he has made.”

In very simple terms, the love and graciousness of Yahweh is made clear. Yahweh is gracious and merciful. He is slow to anger because of his abundant steadfast love. He is good to all people because of his great compassion for all his creation. The next 2 letters of the Hebrew alphabet are found here in italic.