The need for courage (Bar 4:27-4:29)

“Take courage!

My children!

Cry to God!

You will be remembered

By the one

Who brought this

Upon you.     

Just as you purposed

To go astray

From God,

Return

With tenfold zeal

To seek him!

The one who brought

These calamities

Upon you

Will bring you

Everlasting joy

With your salvation.”

This is almost a repeat of what was said earlier in this chapter about courage. These exiled children of Jerusalem should have courage. They should cry to God. Then God would remember them, since he brought these calamites on them because they went astray from him. Thus they should return to God with a tenfold zeal, so that he would bring them everlasting joy and salvation.

Priests of Yahweh (Isa 61:6-61:7)

“But you shall be called

The priests of Yahweh.

You shall be named

Ministers of our God.

You shall enjoy

The wealth of the nations.

In their riches

You shall glory.

Because your shame was double,

You shall have a double portion.

Dishonor was proclaimed

As their lot.

Therefore they shall possess

A double portion.

Everlasting joy shall be theirs.”

The new Israelites will be called priests of Yahweh and ministers of God. They will enjoy tremendous wealth among the nations, so that they will glory in their richness. They will have double of what they had because they have suffered so much. Due to their sufferings, dishonor, and shame they will have a double portion of everlasting joy. Everything will be twice as good for them.

Hope (Sir 2:7-2:9)

“You who fear the Lord,

Wait for his mercy!

Do not stray!

Otherwise you may fall.

You who fear the Lord,

Trust in him!

Your reward will not be lost.

You who fear the Lord,

Hope for good things!

Hope for lasting joy!

Hope for mercy!”

These are some reprimands for those who fear the Lord. You need to have hope. You should wait for his mercy. You should not stray. Otherwise, you will fall. You should trust in the Lord. Your reward will not be lost. You should hope for good things like everlasting joy and mercy.