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What Not to Do as a City

In Ezekiel there are many prophecies against Jerusalem. In one God compares Jerusalem to Samaria and Sodom, saying Jerusalem was worse that either of the other two. Granted, the emphasis is on the sin of Jerusalem, but I still thought that the description of the sins of Sodom was interesting:

This was the sin of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters were proud, had abundance of food, and enjoyed carefree ease, but they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and committed abominable crimes before me. So, when I saw it, I removed them. (Ezekiel 16:49-50, NET)

In some translations the "but" before the part about helping the needy is replaced by another conjuction such as "and" (in the New International Version) or "neither" (in the King James Version).

posted at 02:36:07 on 04/05/06 by ben - Category: Religion

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cscotta wrote:

Ben,

It's a small world. I just finished reading <a href="http://www.multnomah.edu/vo...">a column</a> written by a friend of mine in Oregon based on the same verse. ESV and NASB preserve the "but" in verse 49.

He concluded:
"Arrogant, overfed and unconcerned. An apt description of our society...We can't fix all the problems, and I don't think we're expected to. But we can stop seeking to rise above our society's problems and instead enter its pain. Perhaps in doing so we will find a deeper joy unsurpassed and a world dying to be discovered."

That's interesting, though; thanks for posting it. I think we have a little bit of work to do.

-csa
04/05/06 07:42:42

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