Your hurt is incurable,
and your wound is grievous.
There is none to uphold your cause,
no medicine for your wound,
no healing for you.
All your lovers have forgotten you;
they care nothing for you;
for I have dealt you the blow of an enemy,
the punishment of a merciless foe,
because your guilt is great,
because your sins are flagrant.
Why do you cry out over your hurt?
Your pain is incurable.
Because your guilt is great,
because your sins are flagrant,
I have done these things to you.
Therefore all who devour you shall be devoured,
and all your foes, every one of them, shall go into captivity;
those who plunder you shall be plundered,
and all who prey on you I will make a prey.
For I will restore health to you,
and your wounds I will heal,
declares the LORD.

–Jeremiah 30:12b-17a


4 thoughts on “Flagrant

  1. Pretty mysterious, isn’t it? To be perfectly honest, Bryan, I have no idea what it means! I just think it’s beautiful poetry, like many of the Old Testament passages as rendered in that particular translation (the Revised Standard.) Although I occasionally post Scriptures that deal specifically with homelessness, poverty, or classism, my motive for posting these kinds of passages on Sundays is almost always to reveal how beautiful the oft-neglected scriptural passages can be, in the hopes that people who are leery of reading the Bible might thereby be drawn to its words.

    A better biblical scholar than I would be aware of the context, which has something to do with the sins of Judah and a coming exile or dispersion. Personally, however, I resonate with the idea of wounds that are “incurable” but that God has power to heal. What do YOU gain from it? I’m curious if it struck you any particular way.

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  2. Thank you. I agree there is beauty there. I’m not sure I have any response outside of appreciating the song. God is everything. No single thing is favored, all is favored and accepted. God is everything has no duality or concepts that lean towards duality.
    But we all have a very personal reference point on the subject.
    Thanks for responding and posting the post!!!!

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    • You’re always welcome, Bryan. From the left brain, so to speak, one might contend that God is only a word. Ask ten people the meaning of the word, one might get ten different answers. John 1 begins with “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Then a book was created that is the Word of God. I always suggest that intelligent people who think for themselves take it from there, and listen to no other teachers for a while. That’s what worked for me anyway (eventually) and for a number of other people whom I know. Peace.


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