“In a very little while,
Will come to an end.
My anger will be directed
To their destruction.
Yahweh of hosts
Will wield a whip against them,
As when he smote Midian
At the rock of Oreb.
His staff will be over the sea.
He will lift it
As he did in Egypt.
In that day,
His burden will be removed
From your shoulder.
His yoke will be destroyed
From your neck.’”
Yahweh speaks directly via Isaiah about his love for Israel. His indignation at them will be short lived. In his anger, he will destroy the Assyrians with a whip. He will do this, just as he had helped the Israelites under Gideon against Oreb and the Midian people at the rock of Oreb in Judges, chapters 6-7. Then there is also an allusion to Yahweh’s staff at the parting of the Red Sea when the Israelites escaped from Egypt in Exodus, chapter 14. At that point, the burden on their shoulders and the yoke on their necks will be lifted.
“Draw near to me!
Who are uneducated!
Lodge in the home of instruction!
Why do you say
That you are lacking in these things?
Why do you endure such great thirst?
I opened my mouth.
Acquire wisdom for yourselves
Put your neck under her yoke.
Let your souls receive instruction.
It is to be found close by.
See with your own eyes.
I have labored but little.
I found for myself much serenity.
Hear but a little of my instruction!
You will acquire silver.
You will gain much gold.”
Now this author or Sirach assumes a teaching mode. He wants the uneducated to come to his house of instruction. If you admit that you are lacking something, then maybe you can learn a thing or two. You have to thirst for knowledge in order to drink from the fountain of knowledge. He wanted them to acquire knowledge without any charges. However, they would have to put their neck under the yoke of wisdom in order to receive this instruction. You can see how much serenity Sirach has achieved. If you listen to a little of his instruction, you will make a lot of money by acquiring silver and gold.
“Why do the nations conspire?
Why do the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves.
The rulers take counsel together.
They are against Yahweh
And his anointed.
‘Let us burst their bonds asunder.
Let us cast their cords from us.’”
Psalm 2 is about the universal kingdom of Yahweh and his anointed one who will rule the world until the end of the kingdom. Once again, there is no introduction. Christians have picked up on the anointed one as the messianic king of Israel, which of course they see as Jesus the anointed one, the Christ. This psalm was even cited as a psalm of David in the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 4, although there is no notation as such on this psalm. This work about Yahweh and his anointed king is considered a royal psalm. If written during the time of the captivity in the 6th century BCE, it would be about an ideal anointed king to come, not a current king. The various nations and people of the earth, the non-Israelites, took counsel, conspired, and plotted in vain against Yahweh and his anointed king. They were trying to figure out how to burst their bonds apart. They wanted to be rid of the yoke of the great King Yahweh.