The wicked senseless prophets (Ezek 13:3-13:4)

“Thus says Yahweh God!

‘Woe to senseless prophets

Who follow their own spirit!

They have seen nothing!

Your prophets have been

Like jackals

Among ruins.

O Israel!’”

Yahweh clearly said that these were senseless prophets who followed their own spirit and not the Spirit of Yahweh. They were like the wild jackals or foxes among the ruined cities. Yes, this was intended for Israel and its prophets.

Caring for the young (Lam 4:3-4:3)

Gimel

“Even the jackals

Offer their breast.

They nurse

Their young.

But my people

Have become cruel,

Like the ostriches

In the wilderness.”

How do you care for the young children and infants? This author points out that even the wild jackals nurse their young infants. However, his people, meaning those left in Jerusalem, have become cruel. They are more like the ostriches in the desert wilderness. Somehow ostriches were considered cruel. This verse starts with the Hebrew consonant letter Gimel in this acrostic poem.