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Lamentations Chapter 5

Introduction to Lamentations 5
This Chapter sums up the various calamities and distresses of the Jews in Babylon, which the LORD desires to remember and consider (Lam.5:1); their great concern for the desolation of the Temple in particular is expressed (Lam.5:17); and the Chapter ends with a prayer that God would show favor to them, and turn them to Him, and renew their prosperity as of old, even though He had rejected them, and been furious with them (Lam.5:19).

Lam. 5:1 Remember, O LORD, what is come upon us: consider, and behold our reproach. (KJV)

Remember, O LORD, what is come upon us . . . this Chapter is called in some copies, the prayer of Jeremiah. Some interpret the whole state of the Christian church after the last destruction of Jerusalem; and of what happened to the disciples of Christ in the first times of the Gospel; and of what Christians have endured under the Antichrist down to the present times . . . but it seems best to understand it of the Jews in Babylon; representing their sorrowful case, as represented by the prophet; begging that the LORD would remember the affliction they were under, and deliver them out of it. What God had long threatened would come upon them, which they had good reason to fear would come, even though they put away the evil day far away from them . . . now was come . . . and it lay heavy on them . . . and they wanted it to be removed.
Consider, and behold our reproach . . . cast upon them by their enemies; and the LORD is begged to look upon and consider that, since His Name was concerned in it, and it was for His sake, and because of the true religion they professed; also the disgrace they were in, being carried into a foreign country for their sins; and so were in contempt by all the nations around. Ps. 89:50-51 Remember, LORD, the reproach of thy servants; how I do bear in my bosom the reproach of all the mighty people; 51  Wherewith thine enemies have reproached, O LORD; wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed. (KJV)

*****Remember, O LORD, what is come upon us . . . in the OT, when God remembers, He acts once and for all to fulfill a Promise, usually related to the Covenant. Gen. 8:1 And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged; (KJV) Ex. 2:24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. (KJV)  

Lam. 5:2 Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens. (KJV)

Our inheritance is turned to strangers . . . thine inheritance: Psalm 79:1 O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance; thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps. (KJV) The land given of old to us by Thy gift.
The land of Canaan in general, which was given to Abraham and his seed to be their inheritance; and their field and vineyards in particular, which came to them by inheritance from their fathers, were now in the hands of the Chaldeans, who were strangers to God, and aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, as all Gentiles were (Eph.2:12). . . . . . . . . . . . .  http://www.hisservants.org/israel_promised_land_h_s.htm
Our houses to aliens . . . houses that they had built or bought, or their fathers had left them, were now occupied by those of another country.

Lam. 5:3 We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows. (KJV)

We are orphans and fatherless . . . in every sense; in a natural sense, their fathers having been cut off by the sword, famine or pestilence; in a civil sense, their king being taken from them; and in a religious sense, God having forsaken them for their sins.
Our mothers are as widows . . . either really so, their husbands being dead; or were as if they had no husbands, they not being able to provide and protect them. Some understand this politically, of their cities being desolate and defenseless.

*****Orphans and fatherless . . . Judah was fatherless, since God had abandoned her (Jer.3:19). Judah appeals to the LORD in this state because God cares for orphans (Deu. 10:18; Ps. 10:14, 18; 68:5; 146:9).

Lam. 5:4 We have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold unto us. (KJV)

We have drunken our water for money . . . they who in their own land, which was a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths, had wells of water of their own, and water freely and in abundance, now were forced to pay for it.  
Our wood is sold unto us . . .  or comes to us by a high price, for in their own land they could have cut wood from the forest, but now they were forced to give a large price for it.
Lam. 5:5 Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest. (KJV)

Our necks are under persecution . . . they were forced to submit to a yoke of hard bondage that was put upon their necks or suffer persecution, if we carry water or wood, the takes it away from us.
We labour, and have no rest . . . night nor day, nor even on the Sabbath; they were forced to work continually until they were dog tired; and even then they were not allowed to rest, like their forefathers in Egypt.

Lam. 5:6 We have given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread. (KJV)

We have given our hand to the Egyptians . . . either by way of begging bread of them; or by way of covenant and agreement; or to swear to be subject to them, to be supplied with food. Many of the Jews went to Egypt when the city was taken (Jer.43:5).
And to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread . . . among whom many of the captives were dispersed; since from there they are said to be returned, as well as from Egypt (Isa.11:16).                 

*****The fact that Judah had to beg for bread shows their position of inferiority; (1). To the Egyptians . . . after the death of Josiah, Egypt took control of Judah.
(2). To the Assyrians . . . before the demise of Assyria between 614-609 B.S., Assyria had dominated Palestine, and Israel and Judah been at her mercy.

Lam. 5:7 Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities. (KJV)

Our fathers have sinned, and are not . . . in the world, they had departed from here and gone into another world; and so were free from the miseries and calamities their children were attended with.  
And we have borne their iniquities . . . the punishment of them, or chastisement for them: this is not said by way of complaint, but as charging God with injustice, in punishing them for their fathers' sins, or to excuse theirs; for they were ready to own that they had consented to them, and were guilty of the same; but to obtain mercy and pity at the hands of God. The Jews argued that since they were suffering for the sins of their fathers, God should pity them (Jer.31:29; Eze.18:2).

Lam. 5:8 Servants have ruled over us: there is none that doth deliver us out of their hand. (KJV)

Servants have ruled over us . . . servants under the Chaldean governors ruled the Jews (Neh. 5:15). Israel, once a kingdom of priests (Ex. 19:6), is become like Canaan, a servant of servants, according to the curse (Gen. 9:25). The Chaldeans were intended to be servants of Shem, being descended from Ham (Gen. 9:26). Now through the Jews' sin, their positions are reversed.
There is none that doth deliver us out of their hand . . . out of the hand of these servants.

Lam. 5:9 We gat our bread with the peril of our lives because of the sword of the wilderness. (KJV)

We gat our bread with the peril of our lives . . . this seems to refer to the time of the siege when they privately went out of the city to get in some food, but went in danger of their lives.
Because of the sword of the wilderness . . . or of the plain, because of the Chaldean army, which lay in the plain about Jerusalem into whose hand there was danger of falling, and of being cut to pieces.                  

*****We gat our bread with peril . . . those that left in the city after its capture by the Chaldeans were in peril, because of the sword of the wilderness, meaning they could be attacked by the Arabs of the wilderness, through which the Jews had to pass to get bread from Egypt (verse 6).

Lam. 5:10  Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine. (KJV)

Our skin was black like an oven, because of the terrible famine . . . or terrors and horrors of famine; which are dreadful and distressing, such as are frequent in Africa and Asia; to which the famine is compared that was in Jerusalem, at the siege of it, both by the Chaldeans and Romans; and as an oven, furnace or chimney becomes black by the smoke because of the fire burnt in it, or under it; so the skins of the Jews became black through these burning winds and storms, or burnings of famine. Lam. 4:8 Their visage is blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets: their skin cleaveth to their bones; it is withered, it is become like a stick. (KJV)

Lam. 5:11 They ravished the women in Zion, and the maids in the cities of Judah. (KJV)

They ravished the women in Zion . . . or humbled them, a vast understatement; the women that were married to men in Zion, and if this wickedness was committed in the holy mountain of Zion, it was much more abominable and afflicting. It is another aggravating circumstance; for this was done not in Babylon when captives there; but at the taking of the city of Jerusalem, and by the common soldiers, as is far too often practiced.
And the maids in the cities of Judah . . . in all parts of the country, where the Chaldean army ravaged, there they ravished the maids, the virgins in the cities of Judah by the Chaldeans. This suggests that this account has reference to both the destructions of the city, and the consequences thereof.

Lam. 5:12 Princes are hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honoured. (KJV)

Princes are hanged up by their hand . . . according to some, by the hand of the servants before mentioned (verse 8); however, by the hand of the Chaldeans or Babylonians. Some understand it of their own hands, as if they laid violent hands on themselves, not being able to bear the hardships and disgrace they were subjected to . . . but would this mean that it is to be understood of hanging them, not by the neck, but by the hand? Is there any instance given of such a kind of punishment so early used, and by this people? I can’t find any.  
The faces of elders were not honoured . . . no reverence or respect was shown to elders in age or office, but were treated with rudeness, contempt and scorn.

Lam. 5:13 They took the young men to grind, and the children fell under the wood. (KJV)

They took the young men to grind . . . in the mill, which was hard work; and which persons were sometimes put there by way of punishment; and was the punishment of servants. Jdg. 16:21 But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house. (KJV) One version is, they abused the young men in an immoral manner, suggesting there was something obscene intended by grinding.
And the children fell under the wood . . . such loads of wood were laid upon them,  that they could not bear them, but fell under them. Some understand it of moving the wood of the mill, of turning the wooden handle of it; or the wooden post, the rider or runner, by which the upper millstone was turned. This their strength was not equal to, and so failed. Another interprets it of a wooden device which was put upon their necks, which they were not able to stand up under, but fell.

Lam. 5:14 The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their musick. (KJV)

The elders have ceased from the gate . . . of the Sanhedrim, from the gate of the city, where they used to sit and try causes; but now there was nothing of this kind done.
The young men from their music . . . vocal and instrumental; the latter is more particularly specified, though both may be intended; neither were any more heard (Rev.18:22); their harps were hung upon the willows on the banks of Euphrates, which ran through the city of Babylon (Ps.137:2).

Lam. 5:15 The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning. (KJV)

The joy of our heart is ceased . . . inward joy was gone, as well as the external signs of it, maybe referring to the cordial joy expressed before on their Sabbaths and other festivals, now not observed; and if so, not with that any joy whatsoever.  
Our dance is turned into mourning . . . dancing was also used at their solemn feasts, as well as at their common pastimes (Judg.21:21); but no more; instead there was only mourning at the calamities with which they were oppressed with; and remembering past mercies and privileges, civil and religious, which they were deprived of.

Lam. 5:16 The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned! (KJV)

The crown is fallen from our head . . . or the crown of our head is fallen. All their honor and glory as a nation was gone; the glory of their kingdom and priesthood, to both which a crown belonged; the glory of church and state. One interprets it of the Temple, the place of the Divine Majesty. Some think there is a reference to the crowns they wore upon their heads at their feasts and festivals; so the words have a close connection with what was said before.
Woe unto us that we have sinned!. . . sin is what had brought all these evils upon them. This is not to be considered as a curse or reproof of misery; but as a pity of their case; calling upon others to it, and especially God Himself, to have mercy upon them . . . for they had indeed sinned, and rightly deserved what was come upon them; and therefore now throw themselves at the Feet of Mercy, and beg God’s compassion.

Lam. 5:17 For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim. (KJV)

For this our heart is faint . . . our spirits sink; we are ready to faint and die; for we have sinned. Because our many sins, which are so great and serious; they have brought distresses and calamities which misery makes our heart weak.
For these things our eyes are dim . . . almost blinded with weeping; we can scarcely see out of them, as persons in a faint; for dimness of sight usually goes along with faintness of spirit.

Lam. 5:18 Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it. (KJV)

Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate . . . meaning either the city of Jerusalem in general, or the Temple in particular, which both lay in ruins. The Temple gave the truly godly the greatest concern; because the seat of God’s Divine Majesty could be in such a pathetic condition; that the worship of Almighty God should cease. There be no more waiting upon God, and worshipping Him as before. The loss of civil interest did not affect them nearly as much as their interest of religion, and how that suffered.
The foxes walk upon it . . . shy foxes only frequent desolate places, shunning the company of men; but here they walked as freely as in the woods and deserts. This was fulfilled in the destruction of the Second Temple, as well as the first.

***** The image of foxes, jackals and other wild animals roaming over a now abandoned, destroyed city and Temple illustrate the complete and utter devastation of what had been. Jer. 4:3 For thus saith the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns. (KJV)  
Jer. 9:11 And I will make Jerusalem heaps, and a den of dragons; and I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant. (KJV)  
Isa. 13:22 And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged. (KJV)  
Isa. 34:13 And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons, and a court for owls. (KJV)  

Lam. 5:19 Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation. (KJV)

Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever . . . the LORD God is always the same in His nature and perfections and in His grace and goodness; in His faithfulness and power; and in His purposes and Promises! Even though all other things change, and are fickle and changeable, the LORD does NOT change, ever! He is always the same, with NO variableness or shadow of turning ever (Jam.1:17). Whatever rebellions there are in the world, or alterations in the course of life, the LORD remains firm and permanent in His counsel and Covenant. Although all material things are subject to decay, and even His own sanctuary lay in ruins, yet God Himself is as He always was, and always shall be. The eternal and unchangeableness of God are of great comfort and peace to His people in times of distress, and are to be respected and observed.
Thy throne from generation to generation . . . although His throne on Earth, in Jerusalem, in the Temple, was thrown down, yet His throne in Heaven remained unshaken . . . there He sits, and reigns, and rules, and overrules all things here below to His own glory and the good of His people; and this is the saints' comfort in the worst of times, that Zion's King reigns; He has reigned, and will reign, throughout all generations for eternity.

*****Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever . . . even though God allows His people to be oppressed for a while, He is still in control of human affairs, and has promised to restore the Jews! Jer. 29:10-14 For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. 11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12  Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13  And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. 14  And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive. (KJV)
Jer. 29:30-32 Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying,
31  Send to all them of the captivity, saying, Thus saith the LORD concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite; Because that Shemaiah hath prophesied unto you, and I sent him not, and he caused you to trust in a lie: 32  Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite, and his seed: he shall not have a man to dwell among this people; neither shall he behold the good that I will do for my people, saith the LORD; because he hath taught rebellion against the LORD
. (KJV)  

Lam. 5:20 Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time? (KJV)

Wherefore dost thou, forget us for ever . . . since the LORD is constant, firm and unchangeable, and His love and covenant are the same. God seems to forget His people when He afflicts them, or allows them to be oppressed, not rising at once to help them; which this help being delayed some time, seems like an eternity to those afflicted, for they fear it will always be so.
And forsake us so long time?. . . or to length of days, as long as the seventy years' captivity; which to be forsaken of God, or to seem to be forsaken of him, was with them a long time.

*****God will only punish if there is a reason, and that reason is sin! He is always fair and just. Because He is sinless, and He hates any and all sin, we must be sincere about forsaking our sin, and we must always express our eager desire for His gracious Presence, and show how much we prize it. JESUS was/is sinless!
Mat. 27:24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. (KJV)  
John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. (KJV)  
John 19:4 Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him. (KJV)  
2 Cor. 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (KJV)  
1 Peter 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: (KJV)  
Heb. 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (KJV)  
1 John 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. (KJV)  . . . JESUS IS GOD!

Lam. 5:21 Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old. (KJV)

Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned . . . this prayer expresses the sense they had of their backslidings from God, and the distance from Him; they did not turn themselves back to the LORD, nor change their ways. They did not seem to realize their need of His Divine grace and how effective it was. This is to be understood not only of returning them to their own land, and to the external worship of God in it; but of turning them to the LORD by true repentance, the conversion of their hearts and the improvement of their lives: Jer. 31:18 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD my God. (KJV)
Renew our days as of old . . . the request is that their good days might be renewed; that they might enjoy the same peace and prosperity, and all good things in their own land, as they had done in days and years past . . . but first they pray for repentance and then restoration.

Lam. 5:22 But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us. (KJV)

But thou hast utterly rejected us . . . this seems as if they had no hope, and did not have confidence in having their petitions granted. They felt as if God had totally rejected them from being His people, and that He would never have mercy on them again.
Thou art very wroth against us . . . the LORD had been, and still continues to be angry. Will He continue to be so angry with us? Will He continue His wrath to excess forever? They said that it is not consistent with His mercy and grace, truth and faithfulness . . . it is an argument of having faith in prayer, and not an expression of hopelessness; although the Jews, because they had such sorrow and distress, repeat the words in verse 21. Consider the prophecies of Isaiah, Ezekiel and Malachi, and what Ecclesiastes states! There indeed is hope for the nation of Israel!
Isa. 66:22-24 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. :23  And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD. 24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh. (KJV)
Eze. 48:29-35 This is the land which ye shall divide by lot unto the tribes of Israel for inheritance, and these are their portions, saith the Lord GOD. 30 And these are the goings out of the city on the north side, four thousand and five hundred measures. 31 And the gates of the city shall be after the names of the tribes of Israel: three gates northward; one gate of Reuben, one gate of Judah, one gate of Levi. 32 And at the east side four thousand and five hundred: and three gates; and one gate of Joseph, one gate of Benjamin, one gate of Dan. 33 And at the south side four thousand and five hundred measures: and three gates; one gate of Simeon, one gate of Issachar, one gate of Zebulun. 34 At the west side four thousand and five hundred, with their three gates; one gate of Gad, one gate of Asher, one gate of Naphtali. 35 It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there. (KJV)
Mal. 4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts. 4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 6  And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. (KJV)
Ecc. 12:13-14 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. (KJV)

*****But thou hast utterly rejected us . . . God's having rejected His people, and expressed great anger against them, they pray to be restored to His favor, and to enjoy their ancient privileges. It appears as if the LORD had shut the final door, because He displayed against them such great wrath. But He heard the prayer; and at the end of seventy years they were restored to their own land. Jer. 14:19 Hast thou utterly rejected Judah? hath thy soul lothed Zion? why hast thou smitten us, and there is no healing for us? we looked for peace, and there is no good; and for the time of healing, and behold trouble! (KJV)

The final verse reveals the depths of the writer's discouragement. But this book of Lamentation is also full of hope since God will always listen to a prayer from His people. The book ends, leaving the reader wondering . . . what will God do? But, we do know from the pages of Scripture that He did restore the nation at the end of the seventy years and the Temple was once again built. We also know that the Scriptures also tell us that Israel shall be gathered one day and they shall turn again to the LORD! God has NOT forgotten nor abandoned Israel!

Scriptures that clearly tell us God has NOT forgotten the Jews!

Ps. 107:2-3 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy; 3 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south. (KJV)
Isaiah 2:1-4 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2  And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. 3  And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4  And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. (KJV)
Isa. 11:11-12 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. 12  And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. (KJV)
Isa. 35:1-2 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. 2  It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God. (KJV)   
Isaiah 43:5-6Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; 6 I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; (KJV)  
Isa. 43:11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. (KJV)  
Isa. 66:8 Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. (KJV)  
Jer. 32:44 Men shall buy fields for money, and subscribe evidences, and seal them, and take witnesses in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, and in the cities of the mountains, and in the cities of the valley, and in the cities of the south: for I will cause their captivity to return, saith the LORD. (KJV)
Eze. 20:34 And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. (KJV)  
Eze. 36:11 And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the LORD. (KJV)  
Ezekiel 36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. (KJV)  
Eze. 38:11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, (KJV)  
Eze. 38:18-23And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face. 19  For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; 20  So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. 21  And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man's sword shall be against his brother. 22  And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. 23  Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD. (KJV)   
Eze. 39:1-8 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: 2  And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel: 3  And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand. 4  Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. 5  Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD. 6  And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD. 7  So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel. 8  Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken. (KJV)
Eze. 45:12-16 And the shekel shall be twenty gerahs: twenty shekels, five and twenty shekels, fifteen shekels, shall be your maneh. 13  This is the oblation that ye shall offer; the sixth part of an ephah of an homer of wheat, and ye shall give the sixth part of an ephah of an homer of barley: 14  Concerning the ordinance of oil, the bath of oil, ye shall offer the tenth part of a bath out of the cor, which is an homer of ten baths; for ten baths are an homer: 15  And one lamb out of the flock, out of two hundred, out of the fat pastures of Israel; for a meat offering, and for a burnt offering, and for peace offerings, to make reconciliation for them, saith the Lord GOD. 16  All the people of the land shall give this oblation for the prince in Israel. (KJV)    
Dan. 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. (KJV)  
Dan. 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. (KJV)
Hos. 3:4-5 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim: 5  Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days. (KJV)
Mic. 4:1-7 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. 2  And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 3  And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. 4  But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it. 5  For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever. 6  In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted; 7  And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever. (KJV)
Zep. 3:8-10 Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy. 9  For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent. 10  From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering. (KJV)
Zec. 8:22-23 Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD. 23  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you. (KJV)
Zec. 12:6 In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem. (KJV)  
Zec. 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. (KJV)  
Mat. 24:15-18 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16  Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17  Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18   Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. (KJV)   
2 Thes. 2:3-4 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. (KJV) 

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