This is what the Lord God says:Remove the turban, and take off the crown.
Things will not remain as they are;
exalt the lowly and bring down the exalted.
So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above the expanse. And it was so.
Look at the heavens and see;
gaze at the clouds high above you.
Isn’t God as high as the heavens?
And look at the highest stars—how lofty they are!
As the heaven is high and the earth is deep,
so the hearts of kings cannot be investigated.
The flood continued for 40 days on the earth; the waters increased and lifted up the ark so that it rose above the earth.
It had strong branches, fit for the scepters of rulers;
its height towered among the clouds.
So it was conspicuous for its height
as well as its many branches.
Think of Assyria, a cedar in Lebanon,
with beautiful branches and shady foliage
and of lofty height.
Its top was among the clouds.
“Therefore this is what the Lord God says: Since it became great in height and set its top among the clouds, and it grew proud on account of its height,
Therefore the cedar became greater in height
than all the trees of the field.
Its branches multiplied,
and its boughs grew long
as it spread them out
because of the plentiful water.
This happened so that no trees planted beside water would become great in height and set their tops among the clouds, and so that no other well-watered trees would reach them in height. For they have all been consigned to death, to the underworld, among the people who descend to the Pit.
In the visions of my mind as I was lying in bed, I saw this:There was a tree in the middle of the earth,
and its height was great.
The tree grew large and strong;
its top reached to the sky,
and it was visible to the ends of the earth.
The tree you saw, which grew large and strong, whose top reached to the sky and was visible to all the earth,
Then all the trees of the field will know
that I am Yahweh.
I bring down the tall tree,
and make the low tree tall.
I cause the green tree to wither
and make the withered tree thrive.
I, Yahweh, have spoken
and I will do it.
Therefore, because of you,
Zion will be plowed like a field,
Jerusalem will become ruins,
and the hill of the temple mount
will be a thicket.
Look to the barren heights and see.
Where have you not been immoral?
You sat waiting for them beside the highways
like a nomad in the desert.
You have defiled the land
with your prostitution and wickedness.
After hearing the king, they went on their way. And there it was—the star they had seen in the east! It led them until it came and stopped above the place where the child was.
Then the crowds who went ahead of Him and those who followed kept shouting:Hosanna to the Son of David!
He who comes in the name
of the Lord is the blessed One!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!
may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love,