But how can I alone bear up under the burden of your hardship and strife?
The Beloved to Her Lover: Tell me, O you whom my heart
But the Lord God called to
They say, “How does God know what we do? Is the sovereign one aware of what goes on?”
If you think, “These nations are more numerous than I – how can I dispossess them?”
Now if you say to yourselves,
How tragic that the once-faithful city has become a prostitute!
ב (Bet) The precious sons of Zion were worth their weight in gold – Alas! – but now they are treated like
How can one man chase a thousand of them,
The Benjaminites heard that the Israelites had gone up to Mizpah. Then the Israelites said, “Explain how this wicked thing happened!”
How can you say, “We are wise! We have the law of the Lord”? The truth is,
Mourn for that nation, all you nations living around it, all of you nations that know of its fame.
א (Alef) Alas!
After they have been destroyed from your presence, be careful not to be ensnared like they are; do not pursue their gods and say, “How do these nations serve their gods? I will do the same.”