“Have you not heard
That I determined it long ago?
I planned from days of old,
What now I bring to pass.
You should make fortified cities.
You should crash into heaps of ruins,
While their inhabitants,
Shorn of strength,
Are dismayed as well as confounded.
They have become
Like plants of the field,
Like tender grass,
Like grass on the housetops,
Blighted before it is grown.”
Once again, this is almost word for word from 2 Kings, chapter 19. Yahweh reminded King Sennacherib that he had allowed him to capture fortified cities, create ruins, and confuse and confound people. These people have become like plants in the field, tender grass or grass thatched houses.
“‘I would hurry to find a shelter for myself,
From the raging wind and tempest.’
Confound their speech!
I see violence and strife in the city.
Day and night they go around it
On its walls.
Iniquity and trouble are within it.
Ruin is in its midst.
Oppression and fraud
Do not depart from its marketplace.”
David wanted to find a shelter for himself in the wilderness that would protect him from the raging wind and stormy rain. At the same time, he wanted Yahweh to confuse the speech of those in the city. Like today, he said that there was so much violence and strife in the city. Does that sound like the good old days? Violence in the cities has been around for over 2,500 years. So what is new? There was iniquity and trouble within the city both day and night, around the walls of the city. Ruin was coming to them because of the oppression and fraud of their marketplace. Those old fashioned business men were cheating in the marketplace. Wow! That is strange to hear.