Blindness (Lam 4:17-4:17)

Ayin

“Our eyes failed.

We were forever

Watching vainly

For help.

We were

Watching eagerly

For a nation

That could not save.”

Despite the fact that the people of Jerusalem were watching in vain, their eyes failed them. They were looking for help, but none came. They eagerly watched for country after country to help them, but no one could save them. Either they were blind or other countries were blind to them. This verse starts with the Hebrew consonant letter Ayin in this acrostic poem.

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The punishment for King Zedekiah (Jer 39:6-39:7)

“The king of Babylon

Slaughtered

The sons of King Zedekiah

At Riblah

Before his eyes.

Also the king of Babylon

Slaughtered

All the nobles of Judah.

He put out

The eyes of Zedekiah.

He bound him

In fetters.

He took him to Babylon.”

Once again, this is very similar to 2 Kings, chapter 25. King Nebuchadnezzar ordered that the sons of King Zedekiah be killed right in front of him. The king of Babylon then killed all the nobles or officials of Judah. Finally he blinded King Zedekiah, bound him up in chains, and took him to Babylon. He now lived as the captured blind ex-king in Babylon.