The scorned altar (Lam 2:7-2:7)

Zayin

“Yahweh has scorned

His altar.

He has disowned

His sanctuary.

He has delivered

The walls

Of her palaces

Into the hand

Of the enemy.

A clamor was raised

In the house

Of Yahweh

As on a day

Of festival.”

Yahweh has scorned his own altar in the Temple at Jerusalem. He has disowned his own sanctuary. The enemies have taken over the palaces and its walls. There are now clamorous battle cries in the house of Yahweh, as if it was a festival day, but without anyone there. The house of Yahweh has been destroyed. This verse starts with the Hebrew consonant letter Zayin. Each verse after this will use the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet in this acrostic poem.

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