3 On the day the LORD gives you relief from your suffering and turmoil
and from the harsh labor forced on you, 4 you will take up this taunt against
the king of Babylon: How the oppressor has come to an end! How his
fury has ended!5 The LORD has broken the rod of the wicked, the scepter
of the rulers,6 which in anger struck down peoples with unceasing blows,
and in fury subdued nations with relentless aggression. 7 All the lands are
at rest and at peace; they break into singing. 8 Even the junipers and the
cedars of Lebanon gloat over you and say,“Now that you have been laid
low, no one comes to cut us down.”9 The realm of the dead below is all
astir to meet you at your coming; it rouses the spirits of the departed to
greet you— all those who were leaders in the world; it makes them rise
from their thrones—all those who were kings over the nations. 10 They
will all respond, they will say to you, “You also have become weak, as we
are; you have become like us.” 11 All your pomp has been brought down
to the grave, along with the noise of your harps; maggots are spread out
beneath you and worms cover you.12 How you have fallen from heaven,
morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you
who once laid low the nations!
1.This is a taunt song which celebrates the overthrow of the ruler
of Babylon who personifies the pride that marked the nation as a
2.The words “suffering”, “turmoil” and “the harsh labour” are used
to describe the cruel oppression by the Babylonian king; and “at
rest” and “at peace” describe the state of the people after the death
of the tyrant.
3.Is there anybody who may think that you are a “tyrant” who always
gives people hard time by causing “suffering, turmoil and harsh
labor”? If you are taken from your position, will that make others
feel “at rest”, “at peace”? Why?
4.Talk with God of this revelation and ask help for you to change.
Prayer & Journaling: Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse
with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down
any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.
Family: Throughout the ages, God’s chosen people, Israel, have been
spared. As adopted children of our heavenly father, Christians are promised
a future land. Pray that all those who do not know of this will come
to know God’s plan for their future.