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Day 253 – Lamentations of Jeremiah


Thoughts and Reflections

Today we read in Lamentations which starts with a flashback to the city of Jerusalem. He walks through the city and sees tragedy all around him. The book of Lamentations is written with the start of the Hebrew alphabet. Bible scholars have theorized that Jeremiah’s grief was so overwhelming that he could not express it without organizing it in some way.

In Proverbs, we have a reminder to honor our father and mother. Sometimes it is wiser to stay silent and be thought of as a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.

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Daily Readings

Jeremiah 45

1 The word that the prophet Jeremiah addressed to Baruch son of Neriah when the latter wrote these words down in a book at Jeremiah’s dictation in the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of Judah,

2 ‘This is what Yahweh God of Israel says about you, Baruch!

3 “You have been thinking: what disaster for me, and Yahweh has added further grief to my troubles! I am worn out with groaning, and find no relief!”

4 Say to him as follows, “Yahweh says this: Now I am knocking down what I have built, am uprooting what I have planted, over the whole country!

5 And you ask for special treatment! Do not ask, for I am now going to bring disaster on all humanity, Yahweh declares, but you I shall allow to escape with your life, wherever you may go.” ‘

Jeremiah 46

1 The words of Yahweh that were addressed to the prophet Jeremiah against the nations.

2 On Egypt. Against the army of Pharaoh Necho king of Egypt, which was at Carchemish on the River Euphrates when Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon defeated it in the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of Judah.

3 Buckler and shield at the ready! Onward to battle!

4 Harness the horses: into the saddle, horsemen! To your ranks! On with your helmets! Sharpen your spears, put on your breastplates!

5 Why do I see them retreating, panic-stricken? Their heroes, beaten back, are fleeing headlong, with not a look behind. Terror on every side, Yahweh declares!

6 No flight for the swift, no escape for the strong! Up in the north on the River Euphrates, they have collapsed, have fallen.

7 Who was it rose like the Nile, his waters foaming like a torrent?

8 Why, Egypt rose like the Nile, his waters foaming like a torrent. ‘I shall rise’, he said, ‘and drown the earth; sweep away town and its inhabitants!

9 Charge, horses! Forward, chariots! Let the warriors advance, men from Cush and Put with shield in hand, men from Lud who bend the bow!’

10 For this is the Day of Lord Yahweh Sabaoth, a day of vengeance when he takes revenge on his foes: the sword will devour until gorged, until drunk with their blood, for Lord Yahweh Sabaoth is holding a sacrificial feast in the land of the north, on the River Euphrates.

11 Go up to Gilead and fetch balm, virgin daughter of Egypt! You multiply remedies in vain, nothing can cure you!

12 The nations have heard of your shame, your wailing fills the world, for warrior has stumbled against warrior, and both have fallen together.

13 The word that came from Yahweh to the prophet Jeremiah when Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon advanced to attack Egypt.

14 Publish it in Egypt, proclaim it in Migdol, proclaim it in Noph and Tahpanhes! Say, ‘Stand your ground, be prepared, for the sword is devouring all round you!’

15 Why has Apis fled? Why has your Mighty One not stood firm? Why, Yahweh has overturned him,

16 he has caused many to fall! Falling over one another, they say, ‘Up, and back to our own people, to the country where we were born, away from the devastating sword!’

17 They have given Pharaoh king of Egypt the nickname, ‘Much-noise-but-he-lets-the-chance-slip-by’!

18 As I live, the King declares, whose name is Yahweh Sabaoth, he is coming, a very Tabor among mountains, a Carmel high above the sea!

19 Get your bundle ready for exile, fair inhabitant of Egypt! Noph will be reduced to a desert, desolate, uninhabited.

20 Egypt was a splendid heifer, but a gadfly from the north has settled on her.

21 The mercenaries she had with her, these too were like fattened calves: but they too have taken to their heels, have all run away, not held their ground, for their day of disaster has overtaken them, their time for being punished.

22 Hear her hissing like a snake as they advance in force to fall on her with their axes, like woodcutters,

23 they will fell her forest, Yahweh declares, however impenetrable it was for they are more numerous than locusts, there is no counting them.

24 The daughter of Egypt is put to shame, handed over to a people from the north.

25 Yahweh Sabaoth, God of Israel, has said, ‘Look, I shall punish Amon of No, Pharaoh, Egypt, its gods, its kings, Pharaoh and those who put their trust in him.

26 I shall hand him over to those who are determined to kill him, to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, to his generals. But afterwards, Egypt will be inhabited again as in the past, Yahweh declares.

27 But do not be afraid, my servant Jacob, Israel, do not be alarmed: for look, I shall rescue you from afar and your descendants from the country where they are captive. Jacob will return and be at peace, secure, with no one to trouble him.

28 Do not be afraid, my servant Jacob, Yahweh declares, for I am with you: I shall make an end of all the nations where I have driven you, but I shall not make an end of you, I shall discipline you only as you deserve, not leaving you quite unpunished.

Lamentations 1

1 How deserted she sits, the city once thronged with people! Once the greatest of nations, she is now like a widow. Once the princess of states, she is now put to forced labour.

2 All night long she is weeping, tears running down her cheeks. Not one of all her lovers remains to comfort her. Her friends have all betrayed her and become her enemies.

3 Judah has gone into exile after much pain and toil. Living among the nations she finds no respite; her persecutors all overtake her where there is no way out.

4 The roads to Zion are in mourning; no one comes to her festivals now. Her gateways are all deserted; her priests groan; her young girls are grief-stricken; she suffers bitterly.

5 Her foes now have the upper hand, her enemies prosper, for Yahweh has made her suffer for her many, many crimes; her children have gone away into captivity driven in front of the oppressor.

6 And from the daughter of Zion all her splendour has departed. Her princes were like stags which could find no pasture, exhausted, as they flee before the hunter.

7 Jerusalem remembers her days of misery and distress; when her people fell into the enemy’s clutches there was no one to help her. Her enemies looked on and laughed at her downfall.

8 Jerusalem has sinned so gravely that she has become a thing unclean. All who used to honour her despise her, having seen her nakedness; she herself groans aloud and turns her face away.

9 Her filth befouls her skirts — she never thought to end like this, and hence her astonishing fall with no one to comfort her. Yahweh, look at my misery, for the enemy is triumphant!

10 The enemy stretched out his hand for everything she treasured; she saw the heathen enter her sanctuary, whom you had forbidden to enter your Assembly.

11 All her people are groaning, looking for something to eat; they have bartered their treasures for food, to keep themselves alive. Look, Yahweh, and consider how despised I am!

12 All you who pass this way, look and see: is any sorrow like the sorrow inflicted on me, with which Yahweh struck me on the day of his burning anger?

13 He sent fire from on high deep into my bones; he stretched a net for my feet, he pulled me back; he left me shattered, sick all day long.

14 He has watched out for my offences, with his hand he enmeshes me, his yoke is on my neck, he has deprived me of strength. The Lord has put me into clutches which I am helpless to resist.

15 The Lord has rejected all my warriors within my walls, he has summoned a host against me to crush my young men; in the winepress the Lord trampled the young daughter of Judah.

16 And that is why I weep; my eyes stream with water, since a comforter who could revive me is far away. My children are shattered, for the enemy has proved too strong.

17 Zion stretches out her hands, with no one to comfort her. Yahweh has commanded Jacob’s enemies to surround him; they treat Jerusalem as though she were unclean.

18 Yahweh is in the right, for I rebelled against his command. Listen, all you peoples, and see my sorrow. My young girls and my young men have gone into captivity. Qophp

19 I called to my lovers; they failed me. My priests and my elders expired in the city, as they searched for food to keep themselves alive.

20 Look, Yahweh. I am in distress! My inmost being is in ferment; my heart turns over inside me — how rebellious I have been! Outside, the sword bereaves; inside it is like death.

21 Listen, for I am groaning, with no one to comfort me. All my enemies have heard of my disaster, they are glad about what you have done. Bring the Day you once foretold, so that they may be like me!

22 Let all their wickedness come before you, and treat them as you have treated me for all my crimes; numberless are my groans, and I am sick at heart.

Proverbs 17:21-28

21 He who fathers a stupid child does so to his sorrow, the father of a fool knows no joy.

22 A glad heart is excellent medicine, a depressed spirit wastes the bones away.

23 Under cover of his cloak a bad man takes a gift to pervert the course of justice.

24 The intelligent has wisdom there before him, but the eyes of a fool range to the ends of the earth.

25 A foolish child is a father’s sorrow, and the grief of her who gave the child birth.

26 To fine the upright is indeed a crime, to strike the noble is an injustice.

27 Whoever can control the tongue knows what knowledge is, someone of understanding keeps a cool temper.

28 If the fool holds his tongue, he may pass for wise; if he seals his lips, he may pass for intelligent.


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