ז (Zayin) Jerusalem 1 remembers, 2 when 3 she became a poor homeless person, 4 all her treasures that she owned in days of old. 5 When her people fell into an enemy’s grip, 6 none of her allies came to her rescue. 7 Her enemies 8 gloated over 9 her; they sneered
Sheba and Dedan and the traders of Tarshish with all its young warriors 1 will say to you, “Have you come to loot? Have you assembled your armies to plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to haul away a great amount of spoils?”’
Then he said to me, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel, for from the very first day you applied your mind 1 to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard. I have come in response to your words.
‘You expected a large harvest, but instead 1 there was little, and when you brought it home it disappeared right away. 2 Why?’ asks the Lord who rules over all. ‘Because my temple remains in ruins, thanks to each of you favoring his own house! 3
For the law possesses a shadow of the good things to come but not the reality itself, and is therefore completely unable, by the same sacrifices offered continually, year after year, to perfect those who come to worship. 1