A gentle answer turns away anger,
but a harsh word stirs up wrath.
Meanwhile, Abraham ran to the herd and got a tender, choice calf. He gave it to a young man, who hurried to prepare it.
Yet his bow remained steady,
and his strong arms were made agile
by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob,
by the name of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel,
“Go down and sit in the dust,
Virgin Daughter Babylon.
Sit on the ground without a throne,
For you will no longer be called pampered and spoiled.
You soften it with showers and bless its growth,
soaking its furrows and leveling its ridges.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothes? Look, those who wear soft clothes are in kings’ palaces.
What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft robes? Look, those who are splendidly dressed and live in luxury are in royal palaces.
“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: As soon as its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near.
“Learn this parable from the fig tree: As soon as its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near.