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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 4

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1She is the book of the precepts of God, the law that endures forever; All who cling to her will live, but those will die who forsake her. v Dt 4, 6–8; Prv 8, 35f; Sir 24, 22 . 2Turn, O Jacob, and receive her: walk by her light toward splendor. w Prv 4, 13.19 . 3Give not your glory to another, your privileges to an alien race. 4Blessed are we, O Israel; for what pleases God is known to us! x Dt 4, 32–37; 33, 29 .

5Fear not, my people! Remember, Israel, 6You were sold to the nations not for your destruction; It was because you angered God that you were handed over to your foes. y Jgs 2, 14; Is 50, 1; 52, 3 . 7For you provoked your Maker z 7–8: Dt 32, 13–18; 1 Cor 10, 20 . with sacrifices to demons, to no‐gods; 8You forsook the Eternal God who nourished you, and you grieved Jerusalem who fostered you. 9She indeed saw coming upon you the anger of God; and she said:

“Hear, you neighbors of Zion! God has brought great mourning upon me, 10For I have seen the captivity that the Eternal God has brought upon my sons and daughters. 11With joy I fostered them; but with mourning and lament I let them go. 12Let no one gloat over me, a widow, bereft of many: For the sins of my children I am left desolate, because they turned from the law of God, a Lam 1, 1. 2. 7 . 13and did not acknowledge his statutes; In the ways of God's commandments they did not walk, nor did they tread the disciplined paths of his justice.

14“Let Zion's neighbors come, to take note of the captivity of my sons and daughters, brought upon them by the Eternal God. 15He has brought against them a nation from afar, a nation ruthless and of alien speech, That has neither reverence for age nor tenderness for childhood: b Dt 28, 49f; Jer 5, 15; 6, 22f . 16They have led away this widow's cherished sons, have left me solitary, without daughters. 17What can I do to help you? 18He who has brought this evil upon you must himself deliver you from your enemies' hands. c Jer 32, 42 . 19Farewell, my children, farewell: I am left desolate. 20I have taken off the garment of peace, have put on sackcloth for my prayer of supplication, and while I live I will cry out to the Eternal God. d Jdt 9, 1; Est 4, 16 .

21“Fear not, my children; call upon God, who will deliver you from oppression at enemy hands. e Jer 51, 5 . 22I have trusted in the Eternal God for your welfare, and joy has come to me from the Holy One Because of the mercy that will swiftly reach you from your eternal savior. 23With mourning and lament I sent you forth, but God will give you back to me with enduring gladness and joy. f Jer 31, 12f . 24As Zion's neighbors lately saw you taken captive, so shall they soon see God's salvation come to you, with great glory and the splendor of the Eternal God. g Is 60, 1ff .

25“My children, bear patiently the anger h Is 51, 23 . that has come from God upon you; Your enemies have persecuted you, and you will soon see their destruction and trample upon their necks.* 26My pampered children have trodden rough roads, carried off by their enemies like sheep in a raid. i Lam 2, 22 . 27Fear not, my children; call out to God! He who brought this upon you will remember you. j Is 40, 1 . 28As your hearts have been disposed to stray from God, turn now ten times the more to seek him; 29For he who has brought disaster upon you will, in saving you, bring you back enduring joy.” k Is 35, 10 .

30Fear not, Jerusalem! He who gave you your name is your encouragement. l Ps 46, 5; Is 60, 14 . 31Fearful are those who harmed you, who rejoiced at your downfall; 32Fearful are the cities where your children were enslaved, fearful the city that took your sons. m Jer 51, 43 . 33As that city rejoiced at your collapse, n 33f: Is 13, 20ff; 47, 1–11; Jer 50, 13 . and made merry at your downfall, so shall she grieve over her own desolation. 34I will take from her the joyous throngs, and her exultation shall be turned to mourning: 35For fire shall come upon her o Is 34, 9–14 . from the Eternal God, for a long time, and demons shall dwell in her from that time on.*

36Look to the east, Jerusalem! behold the joy that comes to you from God. p Is 60, 4f . 37Here come your sons whom you once let go, gathered in from the east and from the west By the word of the Holy One, rejoicing in the glory of God.

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