liv-NAY a-MON KOH a-MAR a-do-NAI ha-va-NEEM AYN l’-yis-ra-AYL im yo-RAYSH AYN LO ma-DU-a ya-RASH mal-KAM et GAD v’-a-MO b’-a-RAV ya-SHAV
49:1 Has Yisrael no sons
After the deportation of the ten tribes of Israel to Assyria by Tiglat-pileser, Ammon occupies some of the lands that have been vacated. Yirmiyahu criticizes the Ammonites for taking Israeli land. The Ammonites assume that the tribes of Israel have disappeared, never to return. However, this reflects a misunderstanding of the eternal bond between the People of Israel and their inherited land. Even if the exiles themselves do not return, eventually their children will. Therefore, Yirmiyahu asks Ammon if Israel has no sons — do they not understand that the ancestral link between the People of Israel and the Land of Israel spans all generations?