에스겔 9장

에스겔 9장 음성녹음

1. Then He called out in my hearing with a loud voice, saying, “Let those who have charge over the city draw near, each [with] a deadly weapon in his hand.”

2. And suddenly six men came from the direction of the upper gate, which faces north, each with his battle-ax in his hand. One man among them [was] clothed with linen and had a writer’s inkhorn at his side. They went in and stood beside the bronze altar.

3. Now the glory of the God of Israel had gone up from the cherub, where it had been, to the threshold of the temple. And He called to the man clothed with linen, who [had] the writer’s inkhorn at his side;

4. and the LORD said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.”

5. To the others He said in my hearing, “Go after him through the city and kill; do not let your eye spare, nor have any pity.

6. “Utterly slay old [and] young men, maidens and little children and women; but do not come near anyone on whom [is] the mark; and begin at My sanctuary.” So they began with the elders who [were] before the temple.

7. Then He said to them, “Defile the temple, and fill the courts with the slain. Go out!” And they went out and killed in the city.

8. So it was, that while they were killing them, I was left [alone;] and I fell on my face and cried out, and said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Will You destroy all the remnant of Israel in pouring out Your fury on Jerusalem?”

9. Then He said to me, “The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah [is] exceedingly great, and the land is full of bloodshed, and the city full of perversity; for they say, ‘The LORD has forsaken the land, and the LORD does not see!’

10. “And as for Me also, My eye will neither spare, nor will I have pity, [but] I will recompense their deeds on their own head.”

11. Just then, the man clothed with linen, who [had] the inkhorn at his side, reported back and said, “I have done as You commanded me.”

에스겔 8장

에스겔 8장 음성녹음

1. And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth [month,] on the fifth [day] of the month, as I sat in my house with the elders of Judah sitting before me, that the hand of the Lord GOD fell upon me there.

2. Then I looked, and there was a likeness, like the appearance of fire — from the appearance of His waist and downward, fire; and from His waist and upward, like the appearance of brightness, like the color of amber.

3. He stretched out the form of a hand, and took me by a lock of my hair; and the Spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven, and brought me in visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the north gate of the inner [court,] where the seat of the image of jealousy [was,] which provokes to jealousy.

4. And behold, the glory of the God of Israel [was] there, like the vision that I saw in the plain.

5. Then He said to me, “Son of man, lift your eyes now toward the north.” So I lifted my eyes toward the north, and there, north of the altar gate, was this image of jealousy in the entrance.

6. Furthermore He said to me, “Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations that the house of Israel commits here, to make Me go far away from My sanctuary? Now turn again, you will see greater abominations.”

7. So He brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, there was a hole in the wall.

8. Then He said to me, “Son of man, dig into the wall”; and when I dug into the wall, there was a door.

9. And He said to me, “Go in, and see the wicked abominations which they are doing there.”

10. So I went in and saw, and there — every sort of creeping thing, abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed all around on the walls.

11. And there stood before them seventy men of the elders of the house of Israel, and in their midst stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan. Each man had a censer in his hand, and a thick cloud of incense went up.

12. Then He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the room of his idols? For they say, ‘The LORD does not see us, the LORD has forsaken the land.’ “

13. And He said to me, “Turn again, [and] you will see greater abominations that they are doing.”

14. So He brought me to the door of the north gate of the LORD’s house; and to my dismay, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz.

15. Then He said to me, “Have you seen [this,] O son of man? Turn again, you will see greater abominations than these.”

16. So He brought me into the inner court of the LORD’s house; and there, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, [were] about twenty-five men with their backs toward the temple of the LORD and their faces toward the east, and they were worshiping the sun toward the east.

17. And He said to me, “Have you seen [this,] O son of man? Is it a trivial thing to the house of Judah to commit the abominations which they commit here? For they have filled the land with violence; then they have returned to provoke Me to anger. Indeed they put the branch to their nose.

18. “Therefore I also will act in fury. My eye will not spare nor will I have pity; and though they cry in My ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them.”

에스겔 7장

에스겔 7장 음성녹음

1. Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

2. “And you, son of man, thus says the Lord GOD to the land of Israel: ‘An end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land.

3. Now the end [has come] upon you, And I will send My anger against you; I will judge you according to your ways, And I will repay you for all your abominations.

4. My eye will not spare you, Nor will I have pity; But I will repay your ways, And your abominations will be in your midst; Then you shall know that I [am] the LORD!’

5. ” Thus says the Lord GOD: ‘A disaster, a singular disaster; Behold, it has come!

6. An end has come, The end has come; It has dawned for you; Behold, it has come!

7. Doom has come to you, you who dwell in the land; The time has come, A day of trouble [is] near, And not of rejoicing in the mountains.

8. Now upon you I will soon pour out My fury, And spend My anger upon you; I will judge you according to your ways, And I will repay you for all your abominations.

9. ‘My eye will not spare, Nor will I have pity; I will repay you according to your ways, And your abominations will be in your midst. Then you shall know that I [am] the LORD who strikes.

10. ‘ Behold, the day! Behold, it has come! Doom has gone out; The rod has blossomed, Pride has budded.

11. Violence has risen up into a rod of wickedness; None of them [shall remain,] None of their multitude, None of them; Nor [shall there be] wailing for them.

12. The time has come, The day draws near. ‘Let not the buyer rejoice, Nor the seller mourn, For wrath [is] on their whole multitude.

13. For the seller shall not return to what has been sold, Though he may still be alive; For the vision concerns the whole multitude, And it shall not turn back; No one will strengthen himself Who lives in iniquity.

14. ‘They have blown the trumpet and made everyone ready, But no one goes to battle; For My wrath [is] on all their multitude.

15. The sword [is] outside, And the pestilence and famine within. Whoever [is] in the field Will die by the sword; And whoever [is] in the city, Famine and pestilence will devour him.

16. ‘ Those who survive will escape and be on the mountains Like doves of the valleys, All of them mourning, Each for his iniquity.

17. Every hand will be feeble, And every knee will be [as] weak [as] water.

18. They will also be girded with sackcloth; Horror will cover them; Shame [will be] on every face, Baldness on all their heads.

19. ‘They will throw their silver into the streets, And their gold will be like refuse; Their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them In the day of the wrath of the LORD; They will not satisfy their souls, Nor fill their stomachs, Because it became their stumbling block of iniquity.

20. ‘ As for the beauty of his ornaments, He set it in majesty; But they made from it The images of their abominations — Their detestable things; Therefore I have made it Like refuse to them.

21. I will give it as plunder Into the hands of strangers, And to the wicked of the earth as spoil; And they shall defile it.

22. I will turn My face from them, And they will defile My secret place; For robbers shall enter it and defile it.

23. ‘ Make a chain, For the land is filled with crimes of blood, And the city is full of violence.

24. Therefore I will bring the worst of the Gentiles, And they will possess their houses; I will cause the pomp of the strong to cease, And their holy places shall be defiled.

25. Destruction comes; They will seek peace, but [there shall be] none.

26. Disaster will come upon disaster, And rumor will be upon rumor. Then they will seek a vision from a prophet; But the law will perish from the priest, And counsel from the elders.

27. ‘The king will mourn, The prince will be clothed with desolation, And the hands of the common people will tremble. I will do to them according to their way, And according to what they deserve I will judge them; Then they shall know that I [am] the LORD!’ “

에스겔 6장

에스겔 6장 음성녹음

1. Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying:

2. “Son of man, set your face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them,

3. “and say, ‘O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD!’ Thus says the Lord GOD to the mountains, to the hills, to the ravines, and to the valleys: “Indeed I, [even] I, will bring a sword against you, and I will destroy your high places.

4. “Then your altars shall be desolate, your incense altars shall be broken, and I will cast down your slain [men] before your idols.

5. “And I will lay the corpses of the children of Israel before their idols, and I will scatter your bones all around your altars.

6. “In all your dwelling places the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate, so that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, your idols may be broken and made to cease, your incense altars may be cut down, and your works may be abolished.

7. “The slain shall fall in your midst, and you shall know that I [am] the LORD.

8. ” Yet I will leave a remnant, so that you may have [some] who escape the sword among the nations, when you are scattered through the countries.

9. “Then those of you who escape will remember Me among the nations where they are carried captive, because I was crushed by their adulterous heart which has departed from Me, and by their eyes which play the harlot after their idols; they will loathe themselves for the evils which they committed in all their abominations.

10. “And they shall know that I [am] the LORD; I have not said in vain that I would bring this calamity upon them.”

11. ‘ Thus says the Lord GOD: “Pound your fists and stamp your feet, and say, ‘Alas, for all the evil abominations of the house of Israel! For they shall fall by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence.

12. ‘He who is far off shall die by the pestilence, he who is near shall fall by the sword, and he who remains and is besieged shall die by the famine. Thus will I spend My fury upon them.

13. ‘Then you shall know that I [am] the LORD, when their slain are among their idols all around their altars, on every high hill, on all the mountaintops, under every green tree, and under every thick oak, wherever they offered sweet incense to all their idols.

14. ‘So I will stretch out My hand against them and make the land desolate, yes, more desolate than the wilderness toward Diblah, in all their dwelling places. Then they shall know that I [am] the LORD.’ “

에스겔 5장

에스겔 5장 음성녹음

1. “And you, son of man, take a sharp sword, take it as a barber’s razor, and pass [it] over your head and your beard; then take scales to weigh and divide the hair.

2. “You shall burn with fire one-third in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are finished; then you shall take one-third and strike around [it] with the sword, and one-third you shall scatter in the wind: I will draw out a sword after them.

3. “You shall also take a small number of them and bind them in the edge of your [garment.]

4. “Then take some of them again and throw them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire. From there a fire will go out into all the house of Israel.

5. ” Thus says the Lord GOD: ‘This [is] Jerusalem; I have set her in the midst of the nations and the countries all around her.

6. ‘She has rebelled against My judgments by doing wickedness more than the nations, and against My statutes more than the countries that [are] all around her; for they have refused My judgments, and they have not walked in My statutes.’

7. “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Because you have multiplied [disobedience] more than the nations that [are] all around you, have not walked in My statutes nor kept My judgments, nor even done according to the judgments of the nations that [are] all around you’ —

8. “therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Indeed I, even I, [am] against you and will execute judgments in your midst in the sight of the nations.

9. ‘And I will do among you what I have never done, and the like of which I will never do again, because of all your abominations.

10. ‘Therefore fathers shall eat [their] sons in your midst, and sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments among you, and all of you who remain I will scatter to all the winds.

11. ‘Therefore, [as] I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘surely, because you have defiled My sanctuary with all your detestable things and with all your abominations, therefore I will also diminish [you;] My eye will not spare, nor will I have any pity.

12. ‘One-third of you shall die of the pestilence, and be consumed with famine in your midst; and one-third shall fall by the sword all around you; and I will scatter another third to all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.

13. ‘ Thus shall My anger be spent, and I will cause My fury to rest upon them, and I will be avenged; and they shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken [it] in My zeal, when I have spent My fury upon them.

14. ‘Moreover I will make you a waste and a reproach among the nations that [are] all around you, in the sight of all who pass by.

15. ‘So it shall be a reproach, a taunt, a lesson, and an astonishment to the nations that [are] all around you, when I execute judgments among you in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I, the LORD, have spoken.

16. ‘When I send against them the terrible arrows of famine which shall be for destruction, which I will send to destroy you, I will increase the famine upon you and cut off your supply of bread.

17. ‘So I will send against you famine and wild beasts, and they will bereave you. Pestilence and blood shall pass through you, and I will bring the sword against you. I, the LORD, have spoken.’ “

에스겔 4장

에스겔 4장 음성녹음

1. “You also, son of man, take a clay tablet and lay it before you, and portray on it a city, Jerusalem.

2. “Lay siege against it, build a siege wall against it, and heap up a mound against it; set camps against it also, and place battering rams against it all around.

3. “Moreover take for yourself an iron plate, and set it [as] an iron wall between you and the city. Set your face against it, and it shall be besieged, and you shall lay siege against it. This [will be] a sign to the house of Israel.

4. ” Lie also on your left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it. [According] to the number of the days that you lie on it, you shall bear their iniquity.

5. “For I have laid on you the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days; so you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.

6. “And when you have completed them, lie again on your right side; then you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days. I have laid on you a day for each year.

7. “Therefore you shall set your face toward the siege of Jerusalem; your arm [shall be] uncovered, and you shall prophesy against it.

8. “And surely I will restrain you so that you cannot turn from one side to another till you have ended the days of your siege.

9. ” Also take for yourself wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and spelt; put them into one vessel, and make bread of them for yourself. [During] the number of days that you lie on your side, three hundred and ninety days, you shall eat it.

10. “And your food which you eat [shall be] by weight, twenty shekels a day; from time to time you shall eat it.

11. “You shall also drink water by measure, one-sixth of a hin; from time to time you shall drink.

12. “And you shall eat it [as] barley cakes; and bake it using fuel of human waste in their sight.”

13. Then the LORD said, “So shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, where I will drive them.”

14. So I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Indeed I have never defiled myself from my youth till now; I have never eaten what died of itself or was torn by beasts, nor has abominable flesh ever come into my mouth.”

15. Then He said to me, “See, I am giving you cow dung instead of human waste, and you shall prepare your bread over it.”

16. Moreover He said to me, “Son of man, surely I will cut off the supply of bread in Jerusalem; they shall eat bread by weight and with anxiety, and shall drink water by measure and with dread,

17. “that they may lack bread and water, and be dismayed with one another, and waste away because of their iniquity.

에스겔 3장

에스겔 3장 음성녹음

1. Moreover He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.”

2. So I opened my mouth, and He caused me to eat that scroll.

3. And He said to me, “Son of man, feed your belly, and fill your stomach with this scroll that I give you.” So I ate, and it was in my mouth like honey in sweetness.

4. Then He said to me: “Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them.

5. “For you [are] not sent to a people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, [but] to the house of Israel,

6. “not to many people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely, had I sent you to them, they would have listened to you.

7. “But the house of Israel will not listen to you, because they will not listen to Me; for all the house of Israel [are] impudent and hard-hearted.

8. “Behold, I have made your face strong against their faces, and your forehead strong against their foreheads.

9. “Like adamant stone, harder than flint, I have made your forehead; do not be afraid of them, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they [are] a rebellious house.”

10. Moreover He said to me: “Son of man, receive into your heart all My words that I speak to you, and hear with your ears.

11. “And go, get to the captives, to the children of your people, and speak to them and tell them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD,’ whether they hear, or whether they refuse.”

12. Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me a great thunderous voice: “Blessed [is] the glory of the LORD from His place!”

13. [I] also [heard] the noise of the wings of the living creatures that touched one another, and the noise of the wheels beside them, and a great thunderous noise.

14. So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the LORD was strong upon me.

15. Then I came to the captives at Tel Abib, who dwelt by the River Chebar; and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days.

16. Now it came to pass at the end of seven days that the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

17. “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me:

18. “When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked [man] shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.

19. “Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.

20. “Again, when a righteous [man] turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand.

21. “Nevertheless if you warn the righteous [man] that the righteous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; also you will have delivered your soul.”

22. Then the hand of the LORD was upon me there, and He said to me, “Arise, go out into the plain, and there I shall talk with you.”

23. So I arose and went out into the plain, and behold, the glory of the LORD stood there, like the glory which I saw by the River Chebar; and I fell on my face.

24. Then the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet, and spoke with me and said to me: “Go, shut yourself inside your house.

25. “And you, O son of man, surely they will put ropes on you and bind you with them, so that you cannot go out among them.

26. “I will make your tongue cling to the roof of your mouth, so that you shall be mute and not be one to rebuke them, for they [are] a rebellious house.

27. “But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD.’ He who hears, let him hear; and he who refuses, let him refuse; for they [are] a rebellious house.

에스겔 2장

에스겔 2장 음성녹음

1. And He said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak to you.”

2. Then the Spirit entered me when He spoke to me, and set me on my feet; and I heard Him who spoke to me.

3. And He said to me: “Son of man, I am sending you to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day.

4. “For [they are] impudent and stubborn children. I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD.’

5. “As for them, whether they hear or whether they refuse — for they [are] a rebellious house — yet they will know that a prophet has been among them.

6. ” And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns [are] with you and you dwell among scorpions; do not be afraid of their words or dismayed by their looks, though they [are] a rebellious house.

7. “You shall speak My words to them, whether they hear or whether they refuse, for they [are] rebellious.

8. “But you, son of man, hear what I say to you. Do not be rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you.”

9. Now when I looked, there was a hand stretched out to me; and behold, a scroll of a book [was] in it.

10. Then He spread it before me; and [there was] writing on the inside and on the outside, and written on it [were] lamentations and mourning and woe.

에스겔 1장

에스겔 1장 음성녹음

1. Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth [month,] on the fifth [day] of the month, as I [was] among the captives by the River Chebar, [that] the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.

2. On the fifth [day] of the month, which [was] in the fifth year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity,

3. the word of the LORD came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the River Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was upon him there.

4. Then I looked, and behold, a whirlwind was coming out of the north, a great cloud with raging fire engulfing itself; and brightness [was] all around it and radiating out of its midst like the color of amber, out of the midst of the fire.

5. Also from within it [came] the likeness of four living creatures. And this [was] their appearance: they had the likeness of a man.

6. Each one had four faces, and each one had four wings.

7. Their legs [were] straight, and the soles of their feet [were] like the soles of calves’ feet. They sparkled like the color of burnished bronze.

8. The hands of a man [were] under their wings on their four sides; and each of the four had faces and wings.

9. Their wings touched one another. [The creatures] did not turn when they went, but each one went straight forward.

10. As for the likeness of their faces, [each] had the face of a man; each of the four had the face of a lion on the right side, each of the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and each of the four had the face of an eagle.

11. Thus [were] their faces. Their wings stretched upward; two [wings] of each one touched one another, and two covered their bodies.

12. And each one went straight forward; they went wherever the spirit wanted to go, and they did not turn when they went.

13. As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance [was] like burning coals of fire, like the appearance of torches going back and forth among the living creatures. The fire was bright, and out of the fire went lightning.

14. And the living creatures ran back and forth, in appearance like a flash of lightning.

15. Now as I looked at the living creatures, behold, a wheel [was] on the earth beside each living creature with its four faces.

16. The appearance of the wheels and their workings [was] like the color of beryl, and all four had the same likeness. The appearance of their workings [was,] as it were, a wheel in the middle of a wheel.

17. When they moved, they went toward any one of four directions; they did not turn aside when they went.

18. As for their rims, they were so high they were awesome; and their rims [were] full of eyes, all around the four of them.

19. When the living creatures went, the wheels went beside them; and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up.

20. Wherever the spirit wanted to go, they went, [because] there the spirit went; and the wheels were lifted together with them, for the spirit of the living creatures [was] in the wheels.

21. When those went, [these] went; when those stood, [these] stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up together with them, for the spirit of the living creatures [was] in the wheels.

22. The likeness of the firmament above the heads of the living creatures [was] like the color of an awesome crystal, stretched out over their heads.

23. And under the firmament their wings [spread out] straight, one toward another. Each one had two which covered one side, and each one had two which covered the other side of the body.

24. When they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of many waters, like the voice of the Almighty, a tumult like the noise of an army; and when they stood still, they let down their wings.

25. A voice came from above the firmament that [was] over their heads; whenever they stood, they let down their wings.

26. And above the firmament over their heads [was] the likeness of a throne, in appearance like a sapphire stone; on the likeness of the throne [was] a likeness with the appearance of a man high above it.

27. Also from the appearance of His waist and upward I saw, as it were, the color of amber with the appearance of fire all around within it; and from the appearance of His waist and downward I saw, as it were, the appearance of fire with brightness all around.

28. Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so [was] the appearance of the brightness all around it. This [was] the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. So when I saw [it,] I fell on my face, and I heard a voice of One speaking.

예레미야서를 읽고

예레미야서는 1장 유다왕 요시야 13년 때부터 52장 예루살렘 멸망까지의 시기를 다루고 있다. 예레미야는 본인에게 하나님의 말씀이 임할 때마다 가감없이 그 말씀을 전달했으나 유다와 예루살렘의 지도자와 백성들은 말씀을 무시했고 이로인해 멸망을 자초했다.

예레미야서는 한반도의 미래와 관련해 중요한 단서를 제공하고 있다. 그것은 예레미야의 ‘70이레’와 관련이 있다. 예레미야는 유다와 예루살렘이 하나님의 율법을 지키지 않았기 때문에 강제로 유다에게 그 법을 지키게 하려고 70년간 바벨론 포로생활을 할 것이라고 예언했다.

그 율법이란 바로 모세의 율법이다. 나그네와 고아와 과부를 돌보고 약한자에게 정의가 실현되도록 해야한다는 내용이다. 하지만 유다와 예루살렘은 약한자에게 권력을 휘두르고 고아와 과부를 돌보지 않았다. 안식년의 법은 형제가 가난해서 종으로 팔려가면 7년째는 해방해 주어야 한다. 그러나 이것도 지켜지지 않았다. 그래서 7년에 완전한 숫자 10을 곱해서 70년동안 지키지 못한 안식년을 지키게 할 것이라고 예레미야는 말한다. 하지만 70년 후에는 포로에서 풀려나 고국으로 돌아 올 것이라고 예언한다.

예레미야서를 이스라엘과 유다 사건에서 끝나 버리는 것으로 읽으면 아무 의미가 없다. 대한민국에 적용해 보자. 대한민국이 완전히 잿더미가 된 것은 1950년 ‘한국전쟁’ 이후다. 그것은 예루살렘이 바벨론에 멸망 당한 것과 비교된다. 바벨론과 이집트의 강대국 사이에서 예루살렘은 완전한 파멸을 초래했다.

한국전쟁’은 소련과 미국의 강대국 사이에서 한반도가 완전히 잿더미로 변한다. 전쟁에 대해 누구의 잘잘못을 따지는 일이 엉킨 실타래처럼 복잡하긴 하지만 분명한 것은 당사자의 책임이 적지않다는 사실이다. 그렇다면 우리는 한국전쟁을 어떻게 받아들여야 할까?

예루살렘 멸망을 앞두고 예레미야는 하나님의 공의를 실천하지 못한 지도자와 백성들의 회개를 촉구했다. 그리고 회개하지 않을 경우 70년동안의 포로생활을 경고했다. 예레미야는 멸망을 눈앞에 뻔히 보면서도 그 길을 가지 않을 수 없었다. 요즘말로 시드기야 대통령에게 정확한 가이드라인까지 제공했지만 대통령은 주변 인맥때문에 자신과 만났다는 사실조차 숨겨 달라고 간청할 정도였다.

예루살렘 멸망이 이스라엘 백성들에게 조국의 회복에 대한 간절한 열망을 불러 일으켰다면 한국전쟁은 분단된 한민족에게 통일이 얼마나 중요한지를 각인시켜 왔다. 국가에서 발생하는 크고 작은 모든 일들의 배후에 분단을 이용한 권력자들의 음모가 있다는 사실을 알았기 때문이다. 2020년이면 한반도가 폐허가 된지 꼭 70년이 된다.

예레미야의 ‘70이레’의 비밀을 깨달은 사람은 다니엘이다. 예레미야의 말씀을 묵상하다가 70년의 비밀을 깨달았다는 내용이 다니엘서에 기록돼 있다. 다니엘은 70년이 차면 저절로 하나님께서 이스라엘과 유다백성을 포로에서 해방시켜 줄 것으로 믿었을까? 그렇지는 않은 것으로 보인다. 왜냐하면 다니엘의 환상과 꿈에는 제국과 강대국들의 미래와 결부된 이스라엘이 있기 때문이다.

다니엘은 예레미야의 예언을 보다 넓은 관점에서 해석하고 있다. 상징적인 내용이 많다는 것은 해석의 유동성도 커다는 말이다. 그것은 큰 흐름이 전체를 결정짓겠으나 작은 흐름이 어떻게 반응하느냐에 따라 역사의 줄기가 달라질 수도 있다는 말이다. 성경은 창세기로부터 하나님의 약속과 축복을 말하지만 당대에 그것이 지켜지지 않으면 다음세대로 넘어가 버린다.

2020, 한반도가 잿더미가 된지 70년이 다가오고 있다. 당시 전쟁의 가장 큰 영향력을 행사했던 미국과 소련도 미안한 마음을 완전히 지울 수는 없을 것이다. 자국의 국민들도 희생됐지만 한반도에서 가장 많은 사람들이 목숨을 잃었기 때문이다. 이제 대한민국은 70년을 준비해야한다. 반쪽짜리 경제성장에서 온전한 성장을 꿈꾸어야 할 때가 다가오고 있다.

예레미야의 마음으로 나그네와 고아와 과부를 돌보는 아름다운 제도를 정착시켜 나가야 한다. 눈높이를 그들과 함께 하지 못한다면 한반도는 또 한번의 소용돌이를 피할 수 없다. 그것은 비단 예루살렘과 한반도에만 해당되는 문제가 아니라 전 인류역사를 관통하는 법칙이기 때문이다.

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