Israel is in mourning (1 Macc 1:25-1:28)

“Israel mourned deeply in every community.

‘Rulers and elders groaned.

Maidens and young men became faint.

The beauty of women faded.

Every bridegroom took up the lament.

She who sat in the bridal chamber was mourning.

Even the land trembled for shook for its inhabitants.

All the house of Jacob was clothed with shame.’”

This is some kind of poem. The desecration of the Temple had a huge impact on the Jerusalem community. The rulers and elders were upset. The young men and women were fainting and lamenting. The land shook because the house of Jacob was clothed in shame. Notice it is not the house of Israel, but the house of Jacob.

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