the world's powerlessness over You


The blood of a righteous man is the only writing on earth that cannot be erased.

Did you kill the Christ, you desperate people, as you had hoped? Or does His blood even today burn on your heads?(1)

Proclaim with your
roar, O sea, to all the ends of the earth:

The blood of the righteous burns on the head for a hundred generations.(2)

Crisscross from the east to the west, O thunder, and inscribe it clearly even for the blind: People can do no evil to one who is righteous, and may this evil not come crashing down twice as hard onto their own heads!(3)

For a stone cast at a righteous man has been thrown up high, and as it falls from the heights it becomes all the heavier.

The stones of Jerusalem, which today lie around all scattered, cry out and exclaim to the human race, a forgetful race, what became of a slain righteous man and what became of those who slew him!

I saw a dog burn its tongue on steaming hot porridge once, and it has never again approached even cold porridge. And I see people day after day burning themselves with the blood of the righteous, and yet they never avoid it.

O you who are more insane than the insane, are you not at all ashamed to have repeated a lesson that even a dog learned the first time?

It is better for a bloodthirsty nation to disappear rather than a single righteous man. For heaven does not ask how much blood is spilled, but whose blood is spilled.(4)

If all the nations were to rise up against one righteous man, they would not be able to do him any harm. They can only be his escort to the grave. But he will escort them after the grave.5

Truly, the righteous man inflicts punishment with his mercifulness before the grave and with his righteousness after the grave.

Do not ensure belongings for your children, you who have joined in shedding the blood of a righteous man. Indeed, all your belongings will be lost to them except for the blood that you spilled.

And it will not be the righteous man who will hurl a curse on you, but your own children, when they will have eaten the bitter bread of slaves.6

God conceals Himself in the rags of the righteous. Woe to you, if those rags disturb you, and consequently you also despise the one clad in those rags.

You were raised up on the cross, O Christ our God, not in order to manifest Your powerlessness over the world, but in order to manifest the world's powerlessness over You.

Like shadows that beat upon a boulder in the moonlight, so also are those nations powerless, who strike at You.

O Lord, the solace of the righteous and the courage of the martyrs, have mercy on us and save us.

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1. Matt. 27:25.
2. Matt. 23:29-36.
3. 1 Pet. 3:13-14.
4. Ps. 116:15.
5. Luk. 12:4-5.
6. Ex. 34:7 and Num. 14:18.

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