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The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

Chapter 7

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1Woe is me! g The speaker is feminine (cf. ’elohayikh, v. 10 ), probably Samaria personified; cf. note d‐d at 6.16 . I am become like leavings of a fig harvest, Like gleanings when the vintage is over, There is not a cluster to eat, Not a ripe fig I could desire. 2The pious are vanished from the land, None upright are left among men; All lie in wait to commit crimes, One traps the other in his net. 3 a‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. They are eager to do evil: The magistrate makes demands, And the judge [judges] for a fee; The rich man makes his crooked plea, And they grant it. ‐a Meaning of Heb. uncertain. 4The best of them is like a prickly shrub; The [most] upright, worse than a barrier of thorns. a‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. On the day you waited for, ‐;a Meaning of Heb. uncertain. your doom has come— Now their confusion shall come to pass. 5Trust no friend, Rely on no intimate; Be guarded in speech With her who lies in your bosom. 6For son spurns father, Daughter rises up against mother, Daughter‐in‐law against mother‐in‐law— A man's own household Are his enemies. 7Yet I will look to the LORD, I will wait for the God who saves me, My God will hear me. 8Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy! a Heb. feminine, apparently referring to Damascus. Though I have fallen, I rise again; Though I sit in darkness, the LORD is my light. 9I must bear the anger of the LORD Since I have sinned against Him, Until He champions my cause And upholds my claim. He will let me out into the light; I will enjoy vindication by Him. 10When my enemy a Heb. feminine, apparently referring to Damascus. sees it She shall be covered with shame, She who taunts me with “Where is He, The LORD your God?” My eyes shall behold her [downfall]; ;Lo, she shall be for trampling Like mud in the streets. 11A day for mending your walls b To keep out tramplers (end of preceding verse); cf. Isa. 5.5; Ps. 80.13–14. That is a far‐off day. 12This is rather a day when to you [Tramplers] will come streaming From Assyria and the towns of Egypt— From [every land from] Egypt to the Euphrates, From sea to sea and from mountain to mountain— 13And your c Heb. “the.” land shall become a desolation— Because of those who dwell in it— As the fruit of their misdeeds. 14Oh, shepherd Your people with Your staff, Your very own flock. May they who dwell isolated d‐ I.e., the land west of the Jordan, which is represented as far less fertile than adjacent regions. In a woodland surrounded by farmland ‐d I.e., the land west of the Jordan, which is represented as far less fertile than adjacent regions. Graze e Emendation yields “possess.” Bashan and Gilead As in olden days. 15 f‐ Emendation yields “Show us.” I will show him ‐f Emendation yields “Show us.” wondrous deeds As in the days when You sallied forth from the land of Egypt. 16Let nations behold and be ashamed Despite all their might; Let them put hand to mouth; Let their ears be deafened! 17Let them lick dust like snakes, Like crawling things on the ground! a‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Let them come trembling out of their strongholds ‐a Meaning of Heb. uncertain. To the LORD our God; Let them fear and dread You! 18Who is a God like You, Forgiving iniquity And remitting transgression; Who has not maintained His wrath forever Against the remnant of His own people, Because He loves graciousness! 19He will take us back in love;> He will cover up our iniquities, You will hurl all our b Heb. “their.” sins Into the depths of the sea. 20You will keep faith with Jacob, Loyalty to Abraham, As You promised on oath to our fathers In days gone by.

Notes:

a‐a Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

g The speaker is feminine (cf. ’elohayikh, v. 10 ), probably Samaria personified; cf. note d‐d at 6.16 .

a Heb. feminine, apparently referring to Damascus.

b To keep out tramplers (end of preceding verse); cf. Isa. 5.5; Ps. 80.13–14.

c Heb. “the.”

d‐d I.e., the land west of the Jordan, which is represented as far less fertile than adjacent regions.

e Emendation yields “possess.”

f‐f Emendation yields “Show us.”

a‐a Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

b Heb. “their.”

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