The Facts (Chapter number: Verse)
30:6 - "As now, and see, can a man bear a child? Why then do I see every man with his hands on his loins like a woman in labor? Why has every face turned pale?"
30:17 - "For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, says the Lord, because they have called you an outcast: 'It is Zion, no one cares for her!'"
31:4 - "Again I will build you, and you shall be built, O virgin Israel! Again you shall take your tambourines, and go forth in the dance of merrymakers."
31:8 - "See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labor, together; a great company, they shall return here."
31:13 - "Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance, and the young men and old shall be merry. I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow."
31:15-17 - "Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more. Thus says the Lord: Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears; for there is a reward for your work. Says the Lord: They shall come back from the land of the enemy; there is hope for your future, says the Lord: your children shall come back to their own country."
31:21-22 - "Return, O virgin Israel, return to your cities. How long will you waiver, O faithless daughter? For the Lord has created a new thing on the earth: a woman encompasses a man."
Jeremiah 32 - No mention of any women.
Sorry for the short (and late) post. This weekend was crazy busy between spending a day at a comic convention, helping my aunt move the stuff from her storage unit, and my body subsequently getting angry with me Monday for daring to do so much activity. Not to mention the craziness of my Friday where I had to rush the dogs to the vet before they closed so I could get them treated for kennel cough.
So I guess I'm a bit thankful right now that Jeremiah is still a vast nothingness on the woman front. There is STILL nothing interesting going on (woman related or otherwise), other than pointing out moment and verses where God is an exceptional dick. I cannot believe how long this book is. 30 chapters and NOTHING is going on, or at least nothing that couldn't be covered in 5 chapters or less.
We seem to now be leaving the wrathful and angry phase of God's abusive husband routine and seem to be moving into the apologies and flowers phase. Now God's forgiving Israel for being so wretched and horrible and calling her back to the land he promised. He promises he won't do it again as long as Israel continues to fear and worship him (something which I will probably address in my next post when I have a bit more time to write, since the concept of God-fearing has always confused me).
Hell, Jeremiah 32 is basically just a chapter where Jeremiah talks about buying a field. Really? Is that what we really need in our holy book? A brief intermission so we can listening to the RIVETING details of Jeremiah buying a plot of land? I really despise this book sometimes...
As a side note, this: "For the Lord has created a new thing on the earth: a woman encompasses a man." This is weird. The hell does this mean? Here's a site that claims to have an answer for this, but it's just... really, really weird.
Wednesday: More Jeremiah