Chapter XII.—The Jews violate the
eternal law, and interpret ill that of Moses.
I also adduced another
passage in which Isaiah exclaims: “ ‘Hear My words, and your
soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even
the sure mercies of David. Behold, I have given Him for a witness to the
people: nations which know not Thee shall call on Thee; peoples who know
not Thee shall escape to Thee, because of thy God, the Holy One of
Israel; for He has glorified Thee.’19711971 This same law you have despised, and His new holy
covenant you have slighted; and now you neither receive it, nor repent of
your evil deeds. ‘For your ears are closed, your eyes are blinded,
and the heart is hardened,’ Jeremiah19721972 has cried; yet not even then do you listen.
The Lawgiver is present, yet you do not see Him; to the poor the Gospel
is preached, the blind see, yet you do not understand. You have now need
of a second circumcision, though you glory greatly in the flesh. The new
law requires you to keep perpetual sabbath, and you, because you are idle
for one day, suppose you are pious, not discerning why this has been
commanded you: and if you eat unleavened bread, you say the will of God
has been fulfilled. The Lord our God does not take pleasure in such
observances: if there is any perjured person or a thief among you, let
him cease to be so; if any adulterer, let him repent; then he has kept
the sweet and true sabbaths of God. If any one has impure hands, let him
wash and be pure.