Sunday, February 3, 2013

Sunday Prayer

The Book of Job speaks to the topic of ignorance in a beautiful song:

Job 38:1-18  Then from the heart of the tempest Yahweh gave Job his answer. He said:
2 Who is this, obscuring my intentions with his ignorant words?  3 Brace yourself like a fighter; I am going to ask the questions, and you are to inform me!  4 Where were you when I laid the earth's foundations? Tell me, since you are so well-informed!  5 Who decided its dimensions, do you know? Or who stretched the measuring line across it?  6 What supports its pillars at their bases? Who laid its cornerstone  7 to the joyful concert of the morning stars and unanimous acclaim of the sons of God?  8 Who pent up the sea behind closed doors when it leapt tumultuous from the womb,  9 when I wrapped it in a robe of mist and made black clouds its swaddling bands;  10 when I cut out the place I had decreed for it and imposed gates and a bolt?  11 'Come so far,' I said, 'and no further; here your proud waves must break!'  12 Have you ever in your life given orders to the morning or sent the dawn to its post,  13 to grasp the earth by its edges and shake the wicked out of it?  14 She turns it as red as a clay seal, she tints it as though it were a dress,  15 stealing the light from evil-doers and breaking the arm raised to strike.  16 Have you been right down to the sources of the sea and walked about at the bottom of the Abyss?  17 Have you been shown the gates of Death, have you seen the janitors of the Shadow dark as death?  18 Have you an inkling of the extent of the earth? Tell me all about it if you have! 

Job 42:1-6  This was the answer Job gave to Yahweh: 
2 I know that you are all-powerful: what you conceive, you can perform.  3 I was the man who misrepresented your intentions with my ignorant words. You have told me about great works that I cannot understand, about marvels which are beyond me, of which I know nothing.  4 (Listen, please, and let me speak: I am going to ask the questions, and you are to inform me.)  5 Before, I knew you only by hearsay but now, having seen you with my own eyes,  6 I retract what I have said, and repent in dust and ashes.

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