But now the anger of the LORD is satisfied. His fiercest anger has now been poured out. He started a fire in Jerusalem a that burned the city to its foundations.
Not a king in all the earth -- no one in all the world -- would have believed an enemy could march through the gates of Jerusalem.
Yet it happened because of the sins of her prophets and priests, who defiled the city by shedding innocent blood.
They wandered blindly through the streets, so defiled by blood that no one dared to touch them.
"Get away!" the people shouted at them. "You are defiled! Don't touch us!" So they fled to distant lands and wandered there among foreign nations, but none would let them stay.
The LORD himself has scattered them, and he no longer helps them. The priests and leaders are no longer honored and respected.
We looked in vain for our allies to come and save us, but we were looking to nations that could offer no help at all.
We couldn't go into the streets without danger to our lives. Our end was near; our days were numbered. We were doomed!
Our enemies were swifter than the eagles. If we fled to the mountains, they found us. If we hid in the wilderness, they were waiting for us there.
Our king, the LORD's anointed, the very life of our nation, was caught in their snares. We had foolishly boasted that under his protection we could hold our own against any nation on earth!
Are you rejoicing in the land of Uz, O people of Edom? But you, too, must drink from the cup of the LORD's anger. You, too, will be stripped naked in your drunkenness.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)