Punishment is our lot.
Under God’s rod, we writhe.
Never has a people been so afflicted.
In our hearts, gall is poured.
Sinners all, we deserve death.
Help is forever beyond our reach.
Mortals couldn’t suffer more.
Execrations fill the air.
Nations turn from us in horror.
Turn your wrath from us, God!
God’s wrath has rained down;
Over all, it has poured like a flood.
Destruction haunts Jerusalem’s streets;
Starvation stalks her inhabitants.
Wherefore is your mercy, God?
Righteous is your anger,
As we have cheated on you.
Truly you are terrifying.
Holy be your name.
Look at Jerusalem!
All burned and deserted.
Many used here to dwell but
Exile has swallowed them up.
Now her walls and buildings have crumbled.
Total destruction has befallen her.
All five of the verses of this book are acrostics of the Hebrew alphabet, so I am going to write acrostics based on key words.
To review, Zedekiah became king when he was 21 years old and ruled for 11 years. He decided to rebel against Nebuchadnezzar in the ninth year of his reign. Nebuchadnezzar besieged Jerusalem for the next two years. By the end, people were starving. when the walls were finally breached, Zedekiah and his army tried to feel, but they were captured near Jericho.
Nebuchadnezzar made Zedekiah watch as all his sons and officials were put to death, then he ordered his eyes put out and to be chained in with the other prisoners to be force marched to Babylon. There Zedekiah rotted in prison for his remaining years. Continue reading “Jeremiah 52: Recap”
Jeremiah sent word of Babylon’s impending destruction to the Jews in exile there. He told them that Babylon would be invaded and all its people murdered in retaliation it did to the Jews and Israel and Judah–even though God ordained that harm to punish them for their own misdeeds. But logic aside, when the fighting started, Jews were advised to flee!
And lo, after Babylon finishes destroying all the other nations that God is mad at, it too will be destroyed! For lo, God is mad at it, for the violence it has perpetrated at God’s will and because it worships other gods like Marduk and Bel! The destruction of Babylon will make that of Sodom and Gomorrah look like a cake walk! And in that time, God will forgive the Jews and give them back the Promised Land.
This chapter is a long poem about how the Ammonites, Edomites, and Elamites would all be destroyed because God was mad. Also, Nebuchadnezzar would raze the cities of Damascus, Reder, and Hazer because God was mad.
This chapter is a long poem Jeremiah wrote about how the Moabites would be destroyed because God was mad.
This chapter is a long poem about how the Philistines would be destroyed by the Egyptians, because God was mad.
Jeremiah generally prophesied woe to everyone. In this chapter, he wrote a long poem describing how Egypt would be destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar because God was mad.