The care of Yahweh (Lam 3:34-3:36)

Lamed

“When all

The prisoners

Of the land

Are crushed

Under foot,

Does Yahweh not see it?

When human rights

Are perverted

In the presence

Of the Most High,

Does Yahweh not see it?

When one’s case

Is subverted,

Does Yahweh not see it?”

In a strange way, this author seems to say that Yahweh sees bad things and lets them happen. Prisoners are being crushed. Human rights are perverted. Cases are subverted. The basic question is why doesn’t Yahweh do something, since he sees all this going on? These three verses start with the Hebrew consonant letter Lamed in this acrostic poem.

The drunkards (Jer 13:13-13:14)

“Then you shall say to them.

‘Thus says Yahweh.

I am about to fill

All the inhabitants of this land

With drunkenness.

This includes

The kings who sit on David’s throne,

The priests,

The prophets,

All the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

I will dash them

One against another.

There will be

Parents and children together.

Says Yahweh.

I will not pity them.

I will not have compassion

When I destroy them.’”

Yahweh explained to Jeremiah that all the wine jars were filled so that everybody in Judah and Jerusalem would get drunk. This would include the kings, priests, prophets, as well as all the individuals in Judah and Jerusalem. Then Yahweh would have them bash each other around, including parents with their children. Yahweh was not going to have any pity on them. He was not going to be compassionate, when he destroyed them. This was a strange way to get rid of them. They would get drunk, so that they would then kill each other.