The bad situation of Jeremiah (Jer 23:9-23:10)

“My heart is crushed

Within me

Concerning the prophets.

All my bones shake.

I have become

Like a drunken man

Because of Yahweh.

I have become

Like one overcome by wine

Because of his holy words.

The land is full of adulterers.

Because of the curse,

The land mourns.

The pastures of the wilderness

Are dried up.

Their course has been evil.

Their might is not right.”

Jeremiah complains about the terrible situation he is in. His heart is crushed. His bones shake. He has become like a drunkard, overcome with wine, because of Yahweh and his words. His land is full of adulterers. His land itself mourns as the pastures have dried up. There is evil all around. No one does the right thing. Jeremiah is worried.

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Evil drunk wife (Sir 26:7-26:9)

“A bad wife is

Like a chafing yoke.

Taking hold of her is

Like grasping a scorpion.

A drunken wife

Arouses great anger.

She cannot hide her shame.

The haughty stare betrays

An unchaste wife.

Her eyelids give her away.”

Oh, oh, we are back to the evil bad wife. She is like a chafing yoke, which was put on oxen. Holding her was like trying to grab a scorpion. Now she is also a drunkard, as if no husbands were ever drunkards. This over indulging wife brings anger and shame. You can tell that she is an unchaste wife by her eyelids. Watch out for those eyelids!