The Economics and Politics of Welfare in the Third Reich by Thomas E. J. de Witt

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17, spoken by the second speaker and coming before v. 16, would then divide the section vv. 12-20 into two equal parts of four stanzas each, spoken by Jerusalem. 12 11. Hillers, Lamentations, pp. 30, 48. 12. Droin, Lamentations, pp. 25, 37. 54 Mourning in the Ancient Near East and the Hebrew Bible A (v. 12): call on the passers-by to look B (v. 13): Yahweh afflicts me C (v. 14): my sins D (v. 15): destructive assembly E (v. 17): no comforter D' (v. 16): my tears C' (v. 18): my rebellion B' (v. 19): my lovers deceive me A' (v.

11; NAB). In all the above texts, the word n~I] involves real moral turpitude, not the ritual/legal 'impurity' connected with menstruation. Similarly, in this context, ill] means something different than the impurity associated with menstruation. Jerusalem sinned by breaking the covenant with Yahweh and was consequently punished by Yahweh. Now she sits on the ground, mourning the loss of her children. This humiliated Jerusalem has come to be regarded as a worthless person, 'an object of head-wagging', in the eyes of the passers-by.

The second speaker) 1 Alas, she sits alone, the city once full of people! She has become a widow,a she that once was great among the nations! Once a princess over the city-states,b she is now subjected to forced labor! 2 She weeps bitterly through the night, with tears on her cheeks. She has no one to comfort her among all athose who have loved her;a All her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they have become her enemies. 6. For the sake of clarity, I have chosen to refer to the second speaker as 'he', so as to avoid any confusion with the use of 'she' for Jerusalem.

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