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Baruch 4:5-12 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

III. Baruch’s Poem of Consolation[a]

A. Baruch Addresses Diaspora

Take courage, my people!
    Remember, O Israel,
You were sold to the nations
    not for destruction;
It was because you angered God
    that you were handed over to your foes.
For you provoked your Maker
    with sacrifices to demons and not to God;
You forgot the eternal God who nourished you,
    and you grieved Jerusalem who nurtured you.
She indeed saw coming upon you
    the wrath of God; and she said:

B. Jerusalem Addresses Neighbors

“Hear, you neighbors of Zion!
    God has brought great mourning upon me,
10 For I have seen the captivity
    that the Eternal One has brought
    upon my sons and daughters.
11 With joy I nurtured them;
    but with mourning and lament I sent them away.
12 Let no one gloat over me,
    a widow, bereft of many;
For the sins of my children I am left desolate,
    because they turned from the law of God,

Footnotes:

  1. 4:5–5:9 The poet addresses the exiles (vv. 5–9a), and then Zion personified is introduced, speaking to the nations and mourning the loss of her children (vv. 9b–16). She then addresses the exiles (vv. 17–29). Finally (4:30–5:9) the poet issues three calls to Jerusalem (4:30, 36; 5:5): she will see her children returning (4:22, 36–37; 5:5).
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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Baruch 4:27-29 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

27 Take courage, my children; call out to God!
    The one who brought this upon you will remember you.
28 As your hearts have been disposed to stray from God,
    so turn now ten times the more to seek him;
29 For the one who has brought disaster upon you
    will, in saving you, bring you eternal joy.”

New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Scripture texts, prefaces, introductions, footnotes and cross references used in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition © 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC All Rights Reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

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