Beautiful poetry about something very ugly.
If you’re planning a day at the beach, clouds without water sounds like a good thing. But this metaphor from Jude 1: 12-13 was spoken to herdsmen and farmers in an ancient culture dependent on the understanding of weather. A cloud without water was not a scientific impossibility but a hopeless disappointment.
These are the men who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear, caring for themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the black darkness has been reserved…
Where have you read a more damning condemnation?
Hidden reefscan wreck a vessel along with its passengers. The threat is not seen until the danger is immanent.
Shepherds who feed only themselves. The job…
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