The destruction of Judah (Lam 2:2-2:2)

Beth

“Yahweh has destroyed,

Without mercy,

All the dwellings

Of Jacob.

In his wrath,

He has broken down

The strongholds

Of daughter Judah.

He has brought down

To the ground,

In dishonor,

The kingdom

With its rulers.”

Yahweh had no mercy when he destroyed all the buildings in the land of Jacob. He was so angry that he broke down all the strong fortresses of his beloved daughter Judah. He has brought down and dishonored the kingdom of Judah and its rulers. Yahweh, not the Babylonian king, was considered the cause of the downfall of Judah. This verse starts with the Hebrew consonant letter Beth. Each verse after this will use the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet in this acrostic poem.

The destruction of Judah (2 Chr 21:16-21:17)

“Yahweh aroused the anger of the Philistines and the Arabs who are near the Ethiopians against King Jehoram. They came up against Judah. They invaded Judah. They carried away all the possessions they found that belonged to the king’s house. They took his sons and his wives, so that no son was left to him except Jehoahaz, his youngest son.”

Once again, this was not in 2 Kings. Yahweh aroused those pesky Philistines and Arabs on the southern border close to Egypt. They invaded Judah and took away all of the king’s possession, including his sons and wives. Only the youngest son Jehoahaz remained. Things do not look good for Judah or King Jehoram.