“In vain I have punished your people [with the consequences of their disobedience]; They received no insight from correction [and refused to change]. Your [own] sword has devoured your prophets Like a destroying lion.
“I punished you people of Judah, but it did not help. You did not come back when you were punished. With your swords you killed the prophets who came to you. Like a dangerous lion, you killed the prophets.”
“I ·punished [L struck] your ·people [L children], ·but it did not help [L in vain]. They didn’t ·come back when they were punished [L accept instruction/discipline]. With your swords you ·killed [devoured] your prophets like a ·hungry [ravenous] lion [Ps. 7:2; 10:9; Is. 5:29].
“What do you have against me, running off to assert your ‘independence’?” God’s Decree. “I’ve wasted my time trying to train your children. They’ve paid no attention to me, ignored my discipline. And you’ve gotten rid of your God-messengers, treating them like dirt and sweeping them away.
In vain I smote your sons, they received not chastising; your sword devoured your prophets, your generation is destroyed as a lion. (In vain I struck down your sons and daughters, for they would not receive their discipline, or their correction; your own sword devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.)
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