Everlasting peace

In the days to come

the mountains of the Temple of Yahweh

shall tower above the mountains

and be lifted higher than the hills.

All nations will stream to it,

peoples without number will come to it; and they will say:

‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh,

to the temple of the God of Jacob

that he may teach us his ways

so that we may walk in his paths;

since the Law will go out from Zion,

and the oracle of Yahweh from Jerusalem’.

He will wield authority over the nations

and adjudicate between many peoples;

these will hammer their swords into ploughshares,

their spears into sickles.

Nation will not lift sword against nation,

there will be no more training for war.

O House of Jacob, come,

let us walk in the light of Yahweh.

-Isaiah 2:2-5, Jerusalem Bible

New Year’s

Your strength holds the mountain up,

such is the power that wraps you;

you calm the clamour of the ocean,

the clamour of its waves.

The nations are in an uproar, in panic

those who live at the ends of the world,

as your miracles bring shouts of joy

to the portals of morning and evening.

You visit the earth and water it,

you load it with riches;

God’s rivers brim with water

to provide their grain.

[Psalm 65:6-9; Jerusalem Bible]