The restoration of fortunes (Jer 30:18-30:21)

“Thus says Yahweh.

‘I going to restore the fortunes

Of the tents of Jacob.

I have compassion

On their dwellings.

The city shall be rebuilt

Upon its mound.

The citadel shall set on

Its rightful site.

Out of them shall come

Songs of thanksgiving,

With the sound of merrymakers.

I will multiply them.

They shall not be few.

I will make them honored.

They shall not be disdained.

Their children shall be as of old.

Their congregation

Shall be established before me.

I will punish all

Who oppress them.

Their prince

Shall be one of their own.

Their ruler

Shall come from their own midst.

I will make him draw near.

They shall approach me.

Who would otherwise dare

To approach me?’

Says Yahweh.”

Yahweh, via Jeremiah, says that he will restore the fortunes of the Israelites, the tents of Jacob. He was going to have compassion on their buildings and their cities. Thus, they would rebuild over the original rubble, which was the custom at that time. Then they would be able to come with songs of thanksgiving and voices of merrymakers. The Israelites would flourish. They would become numerous and honored, not disdained. Their children would be like in the good old days. Their congregation would hold Yahweh as special. Thus, anyone who oppressed them, Yahweh would punish. They would have their own princes and rulers from their own groups, not outsiders or foreigners telling them what to do. They would be near and approach Yahweh. Let the good times roll!

Yahweh saved me (Ps 118:13-118:18)

“I was pushed hard,

So that I was falling.

But Yahweh helped me.

Yahweh is my strength!

Yahweh is my might!

He has become my salvation.

There are glad songs of victory

In the tents of the righteous.

‘The right hand of Yahweh does valiantly!

The right hand of Yahweh is exalted!

The right hand of Yahweh does valiantly!’

I shall not die.

But I shall live.

I shall recount the deeds of Yahweh.

Yahweh has punished me severely.

But he did not give me over to death.”

Apparently the psalmist was pushed very hard on all sides. However, Yahweh had helped him since Yahweh was his strength, his might, and his salvation. Once the victory was obtained there were songs of victory. Within the tents of the righteous you could hear the chant about the right hand of Yahweh that had been valiant and exalted. The psalmist did not die, but lived. Therefore he was going to recount the great deeds of Yahweh his whole entire life. Yahweh had punished him severely, but he did not die. He was grateful for that.

Job responds with sarcasm (Job 12:1-12:6)

“Then Job answered.

‘No doubt you are the voice of the people.

Wisdom will die with you.

But I have understanding as well as you.

I am not inferior to you.

Who does not know such things as these?

I am a laughingstock to my friends.

I, who called upon God,

God answered me.

A just and blameless man,

I am a laughingstock.

In the thought of one who is at ease,

There is contempt for misfortune.

They are ready for those whose feet slip.

The tents of robbers are at peace.

Those who provoke God are secure.

They bring their god in their hand.’”

Job responded that they have wisdom, but he too had understanding. He was not inferior to them even though right now he was a laughing stock to his friends. Job had called God. God had answered him because he was a just and blameless man. Now while he was a laughingstock, those with an easy life do not care about his misfortune. However, the tents of robbers are at peace. The people who provoke God are secure. They think that they control God with their own idol gods in their hands. Job hits back at them since they have a false security.