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June 10 - Morning

"Your foes roared in the place where you met with us;
they set up their standards as signs.
They behaved like men wielding axes
to cut through a thicket of trees.
They smashed all the carved paneling
with their axes and hatchets.
They burned your sanctuary to the ground;
they defiled the dwelling place of your Name.

They said in their hearts,
'We will crush them completely!'

They burned every place where God was worshiped in the land.

We are given no signs from God;
no prophets are left,
and none of us knows how long this will be."

- Psalms 74:4-9

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The Lord is Silent as the Babylonian Soldiers Chop Through and Burn the Temple    

Psalm 74 is a community lament prayed by the people of God in the midst of confusion and distress. The psalm begins with the people recognizing that they have been rejected, but they do not know how long they will continue to be rejected by God. (74:1) The worshippers know they are the ancient people of God who have been redeemed by God and brought to his dwelling place on Mount Zion (Jerusalem). But, now they ask to know how long this destruction will last and when God will again turn to defend and restore the people and the sanctuary.

The date of this psalm appears to be after 587 BC when Babylon had destroyed the land of Judah, leveled the city of Jerusalem, burnt the temple and deported the Jewish people into Babylon. The scene is similar to Lamentations 2:5-17 and 2 Kings 25. It is clear that God is angry, but the question is how long his anger will last.

In Psalm 74:4-7 the temple sanctuary is described as being overrun by Babylonian soldiers who have carried their military standards into the Lord’s holy places. The invaders’ purpose is to destroy the temple, so they chop with axes and hatchets through the wooden wall panels carved with images of trees and vines. The splintered lumber is lit on fire as they move through the Lord’s dwelling place.

Although the Babylonians present their own “standards as signs” (74:4), the Lord himself remains silent and “no signs from God” are given (74:9). The people of Israel are left alone to endure this judgment. Even the prophets cannot answer questions or explain how long the people will remain abandoned by their God. (74:9)
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Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Yad (Hb) - hand (Eng) - The Hebrew root word yad is common in Semitic languages. Originally yad meant “arm” and “hand.” Yad is one of the most frequently appearing words in the OT (+1,600x)


Four cuneiform capsules called the Cylinders of Nabonidus confirm the historical existence of Belshazzar (son of Babylonian king Nabonidus) who was the hand writing on the wall and called for Daniel to interpret what was written on the wall.

(Cylinder from Sippar Here ;
Cylinder with details about moon god temple in Ur Here)

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I will   "The mouth of the righteous
is a fountain of life, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked."

- Proverbs 10:11
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Samaria city wall, Mount Ebal Jehuchal son of Shelemihahu son of Shavi
The ancient Old Testament wall of the city of Samaria with Mount Ebal
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Jehuchal bullae on display.
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