The rebellious people (Jer 2:29-2:32)

“‘Why do you complain against me?

You have all rebelled against me.’

Says Yahweh.

‘In vain

I have struck down your children.

They accepted no correction.

Your own sword devoured your prophets

Like a ravening lion.

You!

O generation!

Behold the word of Yahweh!

Have I been a wilderness to Israel?

Have I been a land of thick darkness?

Why then do my people say?

‘We are free.

We will come to you no more.’

Can a girl forget her ornaments?

Can a bride forget her attire?

Yet my people have forgotten me.

They have done so for days without number.’”

The Israelites had rejected Yahweh. They complained and rebelled against him. Their children would not take any kind of correction. They killed his prophets with a sword. Was Yahweh a wilderness or darkness to the Israelites? Why did they say that they were free? They no longer came to Yahweh. How could this happen? Would a girl forget her jeweled ornaments? Would a bride forget her clothing attire? Yet these people have forgotten Yahweh for many unnumbered days.

Rejoice in Yahweh (Isa 61:10-61:11)

“I will greatly rejoice

In Yahweh.

My whole being shall exult

In my God.

He has clothed me

With the garments of salvation.

He has covered me

With the robe of righteousness.

I am

Like a bridegroom who decks himself

With a garland.

I am

Like a bride who adorns herself

With her jewels.

As the earth brings forth its shoots,

As a garden causes

What is sown in it

To spring up,

So Yahweh God

Will cause righteousness

To spring up before all the nations.

He will cause praise

To spring up before all the nations.”

This author now turns around and rejoices in Yahweh. His whole being and existence exults in God. He has been clothed with the garments of salvation. He wears a robe of righteousness. He is like a groom who wears a flower garland or a bride with all her jewels. He is like the shoots that grow from the ground or like a garden breaking out with flower sprouts. Thus Yahweh, our God, will cause righteousness and praise to spring up among all the various countries.

The jeweled bride (Isa 49:17-49:18)

“Your builders outstrip your destroyers.

Those who laid you waste,

Go away from you.

Lift up your eyes all around you!

See!

They all gather,

They come to you.

Says Yahweh.

‘As I live,

You shall put all of them on

Like an ornament.

You shall bind them on

Like a bride.’”

Second Isaiah has the many builders outnumbering the few disappearing destroyers in the New Jerusalem. He wanted them to look all around. They would all come together. This New Jerusalem would be like a bride with many ornaments and jewels all over it.