“Woe is me!
Because of my hurt,
My wound is severe.
But I said.
‘Truly this is my punishment.
I must bear it.’
My tent is destroyed.
All my cords are broken.
My children have gone from me.
They are no more.
There is no one
To spread my tent again,
There is no one
To set up my curtains.
The shepherds are stupid.
They do not inquire of Yahweh.
Therefore they have not prospered.
All their flock is scattered.”
Jeremiah presents this lamentation about what was happening to him personally. He has been hurt and wounded. He understood that this was his punishment and that he had to bear it. His tent was destroyed with all its cords. In this sense, it is also like Second Isaiah. His children have left him. There was no one to help him with his tent and its curtains. The idea of the stupid shepherds is a reference to their rulers. They never inquired of Yahweh, so that they have not prospered. Their flocks have scattered all over the place.
“He will hide me in his shelter.
In the day of trouble,
He will conceal me
Under the cover of his tent.
He will set me high on a rock.”
Yahweh will protect David. He will hide him in his shelter. If ever there was any trouble, Yahweh would hide him under his tent. On the other hand he might protect him by putting him high on a rock. The tent and the high rock might be reference to the Temple on Mount Zion.
“If I have rejoiced at the ruin of those who hated me,
If I have exulted when evil overtook them,
I have not let my mouth sin.
I have not asked for their lives with a curse.
If those of my tent ever not said
‘O that we might be sated his flesh!’
The stranger has not lodged in the street.
I have opened my doors to the traveler.
If I have concealed my transgressions as others do
By hiding my iniquity in my bosom,
Because I stood in great fear of the multitude,
If the contempt of families terrified me,
That I kept silence,
I did not go out of doors.”
Job never rejoiced in the ruin of others, even if they were his enemies. He had never cursed anyone or wished them death. He had always passed the food in his tent so that no one went hungry, that is known as passing the flesh. He never let strangers sleep in the street as he opened his doors to travelers. He never hid any of his transgressions in his bosom. He kept silent about those that terrified him.