Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Arise, O Naked Lovers, and Shine

Arise, O naked lovers, and shine; for your light has come, and the glory of YAHWEH has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness and gloom the peoples; but YAHWEH will arise upon you, and God’s glory will be seen upon you. The nations shall begin to stream towards your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. You will lift up your eyes and look round about, and see; they will all gather together, they will come to you; your sons and your daughters shall come from afar. You will see these things happen and your heart shall thrill and rejoice.

For the nation and kingdom that will not serve you shall perish; those nations shall be utterly laid waste.

The followers of those who oppressed you shall come bending low to you; and all who despised you shall bow down at your feet; they shall call you the Garden of YAHWEH, the Eden of the Holy One of Israel. For just as in the past times you have been forsaken and hated, with no one passing through, YAHWEH, Lord of Eden, will make you majestic for ever, a joy from age to age. The sun shall be no more your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you by night; but YAHWEH will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun shall never again go down, nor your moon withdraw itself; for YAHWEH will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning and sadness shall be ended.

For Eden’s sake I will not keep silent, and for the Garden’s sake I will not rest, until her vindication goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch. The nations shall see your vindication, and all the kings your glory; and you shall be called by a new name which the mouth of YAHWEH will give. You shall become a crown of beauty in the hand of YAHWEH, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no more be termed Forsaken or Rejected, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called My delight is in her, and your land Married; for YAHWEH delights in you, and your land shall be married.