37 They will stumble over each other as those who flee before a sword, though there is no pursuer, and there will be no one to take a stand for you before your enemies. 38 You will perish among the nations; the land of your enemies will consume you. 39 “‘As for the ones who remain among you, they will rot away because of their iniquity in the lands of your enemies, and they will also rot away because of their ancestors’ iniquities which are with them. 40 However, when they confess their iniquity and their ancestors’ iniquities which they committed by trespassing against me, by which they also walked in hostility against me 41 (and I myself will walk in hostility against them and bring them into the land of their enemies), and then their uncircumcised hearts become humbled and they make up for their iniquities,
18 If I go out into the countryside, I see those who have been killed in battle. If I go into the city, I see those who are sick because of starvation. For both prophet and priest—they go peddling in the land but they are not humbled.’” 19 Then I said,“Lord, have you completely rejected the nation of Judah? Do you despise the city of Zion? Why have you struck us with such force that we are beyond recovery? We hope for peace, but nothing good has come of it. We hope for a time of relief from our troubles, but experience terror. 20 Lord, we confess that we have been wicked. We confess that our ancestors have done wrong. We have indeed sinned against you. 21 For the honor of your name, do not treat Jerusalem with contempt. Do not treat with disdain the place where your glorious throne sits. Be mindful of your covenant with us. Do not break it. 22 Do any of the worthless idols of the nations cause rain to fall? Do the skies themselves send showers? Is it not you, O Lord our God, who does this? So we put our hopes in you because you alone do all this.”
Notes and References
"... Verse 12 continues the statement of Yahweh's presence: "Thus I shall walk in your midst so that I shall be your god and you yourselves shall be my people." The logical development is carefully structured as in previous verses ... Several observations may be made concerning the structure of these two verses: (1) Verse 11 has a complete correspondence of terms (though not of equivalent syntax): (2) "in your midst" concludes both 11a and 12a. This emphasizes the relationship which the divine presence has to the nation. (3) The conceptual equivalent of "I shall grant my dwelling place" is "I shall walk." This supports the conclusion that the meaning is non-technical. It is a reference to Yahweh's dwelling among the people in general. The dwelling is not being limited to a particular geographic location (such as the tabernacle or temple) ... Leviticus 26:6-7; Jeremiah 14:15 / Leviticus 26:25-26; Jeremiah 14:19 / Leviticus 26:44; Jeremiah 14:20 / Leviticus 26:39; Jeremiah 14:21 / Leviticus 26:42, 44; Jeremiah 14:22 / Leviticus 26:1, 2, 12, 13, 44, 45 ..."
Barrick, William D. Leviticus 26: Its Relationships to Covenant Contexts and Concepts (p. 73) Grace Theological Seminary, 1981
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