For the Lord saw the affliction of Israel that it was exceeding bitter, and that they were consumed even to them that were shut up in prison, and the lowest persons, and that there was no one to help Israel.
God was fully aware of the trouble in Israel, its bitterly hard times. No one was exempt, whether slave or citizen, and no hope of help anywhere was in sight. But God wasn’t yet ready to blot out the name of Israel from history, so he used Jeroboam son of Jehoash to save them.
For the Lord saw the full bitter torment of Israel, and that they were wasted unto the closed men of prison (and that they were wasted unto the enclosed men in prison), and to the last men, and there was none that helped Israel.
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