Jeremiah 52:3
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3  Indeed, Yerushalayim and Yehuda were a cause of anger for Hashem, so that He cast them out of His presence. Tzidkiyahu rebelled against the king of Babylon.

KEE al AF a-do-NAI ha-y’-TAH bee-ru-sha-LA-im vee-hu-DAH ad hish-li-KHO o-TAM may-AL pa-NAV va-yim-ROD tzid-ki-YA-hu b’-ME-lekh ba-VEL

ג  כִּי עַל־אַף יְהֹוָה הָיְתָה בִּירוּשָׁלַ ִם וִיהוּדָה עַד־הִשְׁלִיכוֹ אוֹתָם מֵעַל פָּנָיו וַיִּמְרֹד צִדְקִיָּהוּ בְּמֶלֶךְ בָּבֶל׃

52:3   Indeed, Yerushalayim and Yehuda were a cause of anger for Hashem

Yirmiyahu’s final chapter repeats the description of the downfall of Yehuda and Yerushalayim at the hands of the Babylonians. One might be tempted to separate Hashem from history, and state that politics and theology do not mix. What Yirmiyahu teaches is that the two work hand-in-hand. On the surface, Babylonia is another superpower overrunning a minor, vassal state. However, Yehuda is vulnerable not because of its small army, but because it refuses to perform justice and righteousness, and worships idols in Hashem‘s holy land. It is their sinful behavior and God’s corresponding anger that leads to Israel’s exile, just as God’s everlasting love for His people and His land will eventually lead to their full return and restoration, and to the redemption of the entire world.

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  • This scripture just breaks my heart. Idol worship in the Holy City. It makes you wonder do we have idols that take the place of HaShem in our hearts. I have such a hard time reading Jeremiah, let us not fall again.

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