Lamentations 2:13

Hebrew Bible

11 כ (Kaf) My eyes are worn out from weeping; my stomach is in knots. My heart is poured out on the ground due to the destruction of my helpless people; children and infants faint in the town squares. 12 ל (Lamed) Children say to their mothers, “Where are food and drink?” They faint like a wounded warrior in the city squares. They die slowly in their mothers’ arms. 13 מ (Mem) With what can I equate you? To what can I compare you, O Daughter Jerusalem? To what can I liken you so that I might comfort you, O Virgin Daughter Zion? Your wound is as deep as the sea. Who can heal you? 14 נ (Nun) Your prophets saw visions for you that were worthless whitewash. They failed to expose your sin so as to restore your fortunes. They saw oracles for you that were worthless lies. 15 ס (Samek) All who passed by on the road clapped their hands to mock you. They sneered and shook their heads at Daughter Jerusalem. “Ha! Is this the city they called ‘the perfection of beauty, the source of joy of the whole earth!’?”

Nahum 3:7

Hebrew Bible

5 “I am against you,” declares the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “I will strip off your clothes! I will show your nakedness to the nations and your shame to the kingdoms. 6 I will pelt you with filth; I will treat you with contempt; I will make you a public spectacle. 7 Everyone who sees you will turn away from you in disgust; they will say, ‘Nineveh has been devastated! Who will lament for her?’ There will be no one to comfort you! 8 You are no more secure than Thebes—she was located on the banks of the Nile; the waters surrounded her—her rampart was the sea, the water was her wall. 9 Cush and Egypt had limitless strength; Put and the Libyans were among her allies.

 Notes and References

"... At one level, Nahum is just a description of what happened when the Babylonians (the warriors “clothed in crimson”) took a rather tardy revenge for Sennacherib's treatment of Babylon. However, a recurring theme broached already in the opening psalm (Nahum 1:2–10) is the universality of the application of god’s vengeance ... The key to understanding this difficult prophecy is the realization that Nahum is a lament. Whole sections of Lamentations echo Nahum ..."

Scurlock, Joann "Prophey as as Form of Diviniation; Divionation as a Form of Prophey" in Annus, Amar (ed.) Divination and Interpretation of Signs in the Ancient World (pp. 277-307) Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 2010

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