Jeremiah 3:22

Hebrew Bible

20 But, you have been unfaithful to me, nation of Israel, like an unfaithful wife who has left her husband,” says the Lord. 21 “A noise is heard on the hilltops. It is the sound of the people of Israel crying and pleading to their gods. Indeed they have followed sinful ways; they have forgotten to be true to the Lord their God. 22 Come back to me, you wayward people. I want to heal your waywardness.53 Say, ‘Here we are. We come to you because you are the Lord our God. 23 We know our noisy worship of false gods on the hills and mountains did not help us. We know that the Lord our God is the only one who can deliver Israel. 24 From earliest times our worship of that shameful god, Baal, has taken away all that our ancestors worked for. It has taken away our flocks and our herds and even our sons and daughters.

Sirach 28:3

Ben Sira, Ecclesiasticus

1 The vengeful will face the Lord's vengeance, for he keeps a strict account of their sins. 2 Forgive your neighbor the wrong he has done, and then your sins will be pardoned when you pray. 3 Does anyone harbor anger against another, and expect healing from the Lord? 4 If one has no mercy toward another like himself, can he then seek pardon for his own sins? 5 If a mere mortal harbors wrath, who will make an atoning sacrifice for his sins?

 Notes and References

"... Matthew informs his audience that healing was part of Jesus’ mission, which God provided at great cost to Jesus (8:17) ... The context in Isaiah 53 suggests that the servant’s death would heal the nation from its sin (53:4–6, 8–9; compare 1 Peter 2:22–25), a figurative usage (along with judgment) frequent in the prophets (13:15; Isaiah 6:10; 57:18; Jeremiah 3:22; 6:14; 8:11; 14:19; Hosea 14:4; compare 1QH 2.8–9; Sirach 28:3; Pesiqta de Rabbati 44:8). But the broader context of Isaiah ... shows God’s eschatological concern for his people’s complete wellness ... suggesting secondary nuances of physical healing in 53:4–5 as well ... The servant’s suffering would restore to Israel eschatologically the benefits lost through sin ... Thus Matthew cites Isaiah 53:4 to demonstrate that Jesus’ mission of healing fulfills the character of the mission of the servant, who at the ultimate cost of his own life would reveal God’s concern for a broken humanity. Matthew himself also recognizes that genuine physical healings can illustrate principles about spiritual healing (9:5–7, 12; 13:15) ... Jesus’ sacrifice to bear others’ infirmities may also provide a model for the disciples; it appears elsewhere in early Christian parenesis (Romans 15:1–3; 1 Peter 2:20–24) ..."

Keener, Craig S. A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew (p. 379) William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1999

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