Prophets and priests shed the blood of the upstanding and also the just in her midst.
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Is this poetic hyperbole, or could such a horror really have happened? Even today, famine and disease cause devastation in developing nations reminiscent of what this poet describes happening in Jerusalem. Suffering will always exist because sin—rebellion against God—affects every aspect of a culture at every level of society. When Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem in the early sixth century b.c., he did not allow any food or provision to enter the city; he literally waited for God’s people in Jerusalem to starve to death. As the executioner of God’s judgment, Nebuchadnezzar punished everyone equally, regardless of the severity of his or her sins, because all sin is worthy of death. The people in Jerusalem really experienced God’s dark cloud and His frowning countenance.
Kindling a fire, the Eternal attacked Zion until nothing was left—not even the foundations. His anger was poured out as that angry fire consuming all.
Little did they know, thinking Jerusalem could not be breached— not by kings, not by ordinary people, and not by anyone on the earth— Absolutely no one imagined Jerusalem’s enemies would get in.
Many and terrible were the crimes that her leaders, the ones who should be most righteous of all, committed. Prophets and priests shed the blood of the upstanding and also the just in her midst.