The testimony of the elders (Dan 13:36-13:41)

“The elders said.

‘While we were walking

In the garden alone,

This woman came in

With two maids.

She shut

The garden doors.

She dismissed

The maids.

Then a young man,

Who was hiding there,

Came to her.

He lay with her.

We were in a corner

Of the garden.

When we saw

This wickedness,

We ran to them.

Although we saw them


We could not hold the man.

He was stronger than we.

He opened the doors.

He got away.

We did,


Seize this woman.

We asked her

Who the young man was.

But she would not tell us.

These things we testify.’”

The two old judges testified about their story. They were simply walking in the garden together alone. Then, this young woman with two maids came into the garden. Next, she locked the garden doors and sent the two maids away. Suddenly, a young man who had been hiding in the garden appeared. The two of them, Susanna and this young man, got together and had sex with each other. The two old judges were in a corner of the garden. They then ran over to them as they were still embracing. However, they were not strong enough to hold the young man. Instead, they were able to grab the woman, Susanna. They asked her who the young man was, but she would not tell them. Thus, the two judges finished their testimony.

The dialog with Jeremiah and Yahweh (Jer 1:6-1:8)

“Then I said.

‘O Lord God!

Truly I do not know how to speak.

I am only a boy.’

But Yahweh said to me.

‘Do not say.

‘I am only a boy!’

You shall go to all

To whom I send you.

You shall speak

Whatever I command you.

Do not be afraid of them!

I am with you

I will deliver you.’

Says Yahweh.”

Jeremiah responded to Yahweh. He told him that he did not know how to speak, much like Moses in Exodus, chapter 4. Jeremiah claimed that he was only a boy, a young man. Yahweh, however, reprimanded him not to say that, because he was going to go whereever he told him to go. Jeremiah was not to be afraid because Yahweh would be with him and deliver him.