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The Prophets of The Exile

(Category 10 of 16)

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The Degradation of Zion


1 How the gold has become dim! How changed the fine gold! The stones of the sanctuary are 1scattered At the head of every street.

2 The precious sons of Zion, 1Valuable as fine gold, How they are 2regarded aas clay pots, The work of the hands of the potter!

3 Even the jackals present their breasts To nurse their young; But the daughter of my people is cruel, aLike ostriches in the wilderness.

4 The tongue of the infant clings To the roof of its mouth for thirst; aThe young children ask for bread, But no one breaks it for them.

5 Those who ate delicacies Are desolate in the streets; Those who were brought up in scarlet aEmbrace ash heaps.

6 The punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people Is greater than the punishment of the asin of Sodom, Which was boverthrown in a moment, With no hand to help her!

7 Her 1Nazirites were 2brighter than snow And whiter than milk; They were more ruddy in body than rubies, Like sapphire in their 3appearance.

8 Now their appearance is blacker than soot; They go unrecognized in the streets; aTheir skin clings to their bones, It has become as dry as wood.

CHAPTER 4 References

1 1Lit. poured
2 aIs. 30:14;
Jer. 19:11;
[2 Cor. 4:7] 1Lit.Weighed
against 2reckoned
3 aJob
4 aPs. 22:15
5 aJob 24:8
6 aEzek. 16:48
bGen. 19:25;
Jer. 20:16
7 1Or nobles
2Or purer 3Lit.
8 aJob 19:20;
Ps. 102:5
9 aLev. 26:39;
Ezek. 24:23
bJer. 16:4
10 aLev. 26:29;
Deut. 28:57;
2 Kin. 6:29;
Jer. 19:9; Lam.
2:20; Ezek.
5:10 bIs. 49:15
cDeut. 28:57
11 aJer. 7:20;
Lam. 2:17;
Ezek. 22:31
bDeut. 32:22;
Jer. 21:14
12 aJer. 21:13
13 aJer. 5:31;
Ezek. 22:26,
28; Zeph. 3:4
bJer. 2:30;
26:8, 9; Matt.
14 aJer. 2:34
bNum. 19:16
15 aLev. 13:45,
16 aLam. 5:12
1Tg. anger
17 a2 Kin. 24:7
18 a2 Kin. 25:4
bEzek. 7:2, 3,
6; Amos 8:2
1Lit. hunted

9 Those slain by the sword are better off Than those who die of hunger; For these apine away, Stricken for lack of the fruits of the bfield.

10 The hands of the acompassionate women Have 1cooked their bown children; They became cfood for them In the destruction of the daughter of my people.

11 The LORD has fulfilled His fury, aHe has poured out His fierce anger. bHe kindled a fire in Zion, And it has devoured its foundations.

12 The kings of the earth, And all inhabitants of the world, Would not have believed That the adversary and the enemy Could aenter the gates of Jerusalem—

13 aBecause of the sins of her prophets And the iniquities of her priests, bWho shed in her midst The blood of the just.

14 They wandered blind in the streets; aThey have defiled themselves with blood, bSo that no one would touch their garments.

15 They cried out to them, “Go away, aunclean! Go away, go away, Do not touch us!” When they fled and wandered, Those among the nations said, “They shall no longer dwell here.”

16 The 1face of the LORD scattered them; He no longer regards them. aThe people do not respect the priests Nor show favor to the elders.

17 Still aour eyes failed us, Watching vainly for our help; In our watching we watched For a nation that could not save us.

18 aThey 1tracked our steps So that we could not walk in our streets. bOur end was near; Our days were over, For our end had come.

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19 Our pursuers were aswifter Than the eagles of the heavens. They pursued us on the mountains And lay in wait for us in the wilderness.

20 The abreath of our nostrils, the anointed of the LORD, bWas caught in their pits, Of whom we said, “Under his shadow We shall live among the nations.”

21 Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of aEdom, You who dwell in the land of Uz! bThe cup shall also pass over to you And you shall become drunk and make yourself naked.

22 aThe punishment of your iniquity 1is accomplished, O daughter of Zion; He will no longer send you into captivity. bHe will punish your iniquity, O daughter of Edom; He will uncover your sins! A Prayer for Restoration


1 Remember, aO LORD, what has come upon us; Look, and behold bour reproach!
2 aOur inheritance has been turned over to aliens, And our houses to foreigners.
3 We have become orphans and waifs, Our mothers are like awidows.

4 We pay for the water we drink, And our wood comes at a price.
5 aThey pursue at our 1heels; We labor and have no rest.
6 aWe have given our hand bto the Egyptians And the cAssyrians, to be satisfied with bread.

19 aDeut. 28:49
20 aGen. 2:7
bJer. 52:9;
Ezek. 12:13
21 aPs. 83:3–6
bJer. 25:15;
Obad. 10
22 a[Is. 40:2;
Jer. 33:7, 8] bPs. 137:7
1has been

CHAPTER 5 References

1 aPs. 89:50
bPs. 79:4;
Lam. 2:15
2 aPs. 79:1
3 aEx. 22:24;
Jer. 15:8;
5 aDeut. 28:48;
Jer. 28:14 1Lit.
6 aGen. 24:2
bHos. 9:3; 12:1
cJer. 2:18;
Hos. 5:13
7 aJer. 31:29
11 aIs. 13:16;
Zech. 14:2
13 aJudg. 16:21
14 aIs. 24:8;
Jer. 7:34
15 aJer. 25:10;
Amos 8:10
16 aJob 19:9;
Ps. 89:39; Jer.
17 aPs. 6:7
18 aIs. 27:10
19 aPs. 9:7;
Hab. 1:12 bPs.
20 aPs. 13:1;
21 aPs. 80:3, 7,
19; Jer. 31:18


7 aOur fathers sinned and are no more, But we bear their iniquities.
8 Servants rule over us; There is none to deliver us from their hand.
9 We get our bread at the risk of our lives, Because of the sword in the wilderness.

10 Our skin is hot as an oven, Because of the fever of famine.
11 They aravished the women in Zion, The maidens in the cities of Judah.
12 Princes were hung up by their hands, And elders were not respected.
13 Young men aground at the millstones; Boys staggered under loads of wood.
14 The elders have ceased gathering at the gate, And the young men from their amusic.

15 The joy of our heart has ceased; Our dance has turned into amourning.
16 aThe crown has fallen from our head. Woe to us, for we have sinned!
17 Because of this our heart is faint; aBecause of these things our eyes grow dim;
18 Because of Mount Zion which is adesolate, With foxes walking about on it.

19 You, O LORD, aremain forever; bYour throne from generation to generation.
20 aWhy do You forget us forever, And forsake us for so long a time?
21 aTurn us back to You, O LORD, and we will be 1restored; Renew our days as of old,
22 Unless You have utterly rejected us, And are very angry with us!

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The Blessedness of Answered Prayer

A Psalm. A Song aat the dedication of the house of David.

1 I WILL extol You, O LORD, for You have alifted me up, And have not let my foes brejoice over me.
2 O LORD my God, I cried out to You, And You ahealed me.
3 O LORD, aYou brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, 1that I should not go down to the pit.

4 aSing praise to the LORD, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of 1His holy name.
5 For aHis anger is but for a moment, bHis favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But 1joy comes in the morning.

PSALM 30 References

title aDeut.
1 aPs. 28:9 bPs.
2 aPs. 6:2;
103:3; [Is.
53:5] 3 aPs. 86:13
1So with Qr.,
Tg.; Kt., LXX,
Syr.,Vg. from
those who descend
to the
4 aPs. 97:12
1Or His holiness
5 aPs. 103:9;
Is. 26:20; 54:7,
8 bPs. 63:3 1a
shout of joy
6 1shaken
7 a[Deut.
31:17; Ps.
104:29; 143:7] 9 a[Ps. 6:5] 11 aEccl. 3:4;
Is. 61:3; Jer.
31:4 1The
sackcloth of
my mourning
12 1soul

6 Now in my prosperity I said, “I shall never be 1moved.”
7 LORD, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong; aYou hid Your face, and I was troubled.

8 I cried out to You, O LORD; And to the LORD I made supplication:
9 “What profit is there in my blood, When I go down to the pit? aWill the dust praise You? Will it declare Your truth?
10 Hear, O LORD, and have mercy on me; LORD, be my helper!”
11 aYou have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off 1my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
12 To the end that my 1glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.




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