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Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
WOE-exclamation of lament
LAWYER-1530s, "lawyer," from law + man (n.). Meaning "law-enforcement officer" is from 1865. There is an Anglo-Latin lagamannus "magistrate" from early 12c
KEY-Figurative sense of "that which serves to open or explain" was in Old English; meaning
KNOWLEDGE-Meaning "capacity for knowing, understanding; familiarity; fact of knowing" is late 14c. Sense of "an organized body of facts or teachings.
DESTROYED-source of Italian distruggere), refashioned (influenced by destructus), from Latin destruere "tear down, demolish," literally "un-build," from de- "un-, down
REJECTED-throw away, cast away, vomit," frequentative of reicere "to throw back
PRIEST-*prevost "one put over others," from Latin praepositus "person placed in charge,"
FORGOTTEN-used here with negative force, "away, amiss, opposite" + gietan "to grasp"
LAW-"law, ordinance, rule, regulation; district governed by the same laws
GOD-The god-sense is originally "shining," but "whether as originally sun-GOD.
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