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Psalm 79
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2: The dead bodies of thy servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the heaven, the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the earth.— edit KJV text

Although God is great in mercy (Numbers 14:18), yet his servants and saints have suffered many afflictions. Psalm 34:19 asserts that "Many are the afflictions of the righteous...". Here it is noted that the dead bodies of God's servants and saints have been given over to birds and beasts. Surely, Judah had been unfaithful to God at many points in its history and the prophets had warned of judgement and destruction to come. Yet, in Judah at the time of the captivity, there were righteous men like Daniel (Ezekiel 14:14) and his friends. Daniel and his friends escaped with their lives but were led into captivity in Babylonian. Others are here described as servants and saints in their relationship with God. Yet, they did not escape with their lives but their corpses became litter on the ground and fed the wild creatures.

Almighty God is routinely merciful and afflicts us less than we deserve. If Almighty God would mark our iniquities as fully as he might, who would be able to stand? Although and because there is forgiveness or withholding of forgiveness from God, He is to be feared (Psalm 130:3-4). Let us fear God for his mercies that we enjoy in this life and let His true saints rejoice that His mercies endure forever (Psalm 136:1).

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