Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Go up into Gilead, and take balm, O virgin, the daughter of Egypt: in vain shalt thou use many medicines; for thou shalt not be cured.
Is there no balm in Gilead? is there no physician there? why then isn't the health of the daughter of my people recovered?
Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: wail for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed.
They sat down to eat bread, and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites was coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing spices and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.
Their father, Israel, said to them, "If it must be so, then do this. Take from the choice fruits of the land in your bags, and carry down a present for the man, a little balm, a little honey, spices and myrrh, nuts, and almonds;
Judah, and the land of Israel, they were your traffickers: they traded for your merchandise wheat of Minnith, and confections, and honey, and oil, and balm.
You shall say this word to them, Let my eyes run down with tears night and day, and let them not cease; for the virgin daughter of my people is broken with a great breach, with a very grievous wound.
"Come down, and sit in the dust, virgin daughter of Babylon; sit on the ground without a throne, daughter of the Chaldeans: for you shall no more be called tender and delicate.
For thus says Yahweh, Your hurt is incurable, and your wound grievous.
Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and behold, it has not been bound up, to apply [healing] medicines, to put a bandage to bind it, that it be strong to hold the sword.
For her wounds are incurable; for it has come even to Judah. It reaches to the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem.
There is no healing your wound, for your injury is fatal. All who hear the report of you clap their hands over you; for who hasn't felt your endless cruelty?
Most certainly I tell you, you shall by no means get out of there, until you have paid the last penny.
A woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her living on physicians, and could not be healed by any,