For the music director; according to the shushan-eduth style; 2 a prayer 3 of David written to instruct others. 4 It was written when he fought against Aram Naharaim and Aram-Zobah. That was when Joab turned back and struck down 5 12,000 Edomites 6 in the Valley of Salt. 7 O God, you have rejected us. 8 You suddenly turned on us in your anger. 9 Please restore us!
For he says: “By my strong hand I have accomplished this, by my strategy that I devised. I invaded the territory of nations, 1 and looted their storehouses. Like a mighty conqueror, 2 I brought down rulers. 3
Your own wickedness will bring about your punishment. Your unfaithful acts will bring down discipline on you. 1 Know, then, and realize how utterly harmful 2 it was for you to reject me, the Lord your God, 3 to show no respect for me,” 4 says the Lord God who rules over all. 5
I will do so because these people 1 have rejected me and have defiled 2 this place. They have offered sacrifices in it to other gods which neither they nor their ancestors 3 nor the kings of Judah knew anything about. They have filled it with the blood of innocent children. 4
Then he spoke up in the presence of all the people. “The Lord says, ‘In the same way I will break the yoke of servitude of all the nations to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon 1 before two years are over.’” After he heard this, the prophet Jeremiah departed and went on his way. 2
Foreigners from the most terrifying nations have cut it down and left it to lie there on the mountains. In all the valleys its branches have fallen, and its boughs lie broken in the ravines of the land. All the peoples of the land 1 have departed 2 from its shade and left it.
Then Nebuchadnezzar approached the door of the furnace of blazing fire. He called out, 1 “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the most high God, come out! Come here!” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego emerged from the fire. 2
You implement the regulations of Omri, and all the practices of Ahab’s dynasty; 1 you follow their policies. 2 Therefore I will make you an appalling sight, 3 the city’s 4 inhabitants will be taunted derisively, 5 and nations will mock all of you.” 6
But when I saw that they were not behaving consistently with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas 1 in front of them all, “If you, although you are a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you try to force 2 the Gentiles to live like Jews?”